Carey Hester Huddleston

 

Carey Hester Huddleston

Sat 18 Feb 1922 – Mon 17 May 2021

Garden Club Member

  Cumberland Park Garden Club She was State President from 1989-1991. 

Mountain Laurel District

 

Obituary

Carey Francis Hester Huddleston passed away May 17, 2021 at Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. She was born February 18, 1922 in Dyersburg, Tennessee to Carey Kitty Farris Hester and William D. Hester, was raised by her aunt, Mrs. Dollie Farris Williams. Mrs. Williams raised Carey and her older brother, Jack after their mother’s demise on the day of Carey’s birth. Carey graduated from Dyersburg Public High School in 1940. She attended Memphis State College for two years before graduating from Tennessee’s Union College in 1944 with a degree in Library Science where she worked for several years as an assistant librarian. Carey received her graduate degree from Peabody in 1945.

On June 26, 1949 in Dyersburg, TN, Carey married the late Charles D. Huddleston, formerly of Middlesboro. They had one child, Charles Vernon Huddleston. During the following years, Carey served as a teacher and librarian in various states before retiring in 1976. Upon Carey and Charlie’s move to Middlesboro in 1976, Carey began an active role in the Cumberland Garden Club where she served as chairman and the Garden Club of Kentucky. She served as President of the latter from 1989 to 1991. Carey’s theme for her Presidency was “Striving Together for Beauty’s Sake”. Carey won numerous ribbons for her flower arrangements at the regional, state and national levels. Carey was also an active bridge player, often hosting bridge parties at her home. Carey served as an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church until just two years ago. She was appointed a Kentucky Colonel by Governor John Y Brown in 1983.

Carey is survived by her son, Major Charles V. (Connie) Huddleston, U.S. Army retired; her granddaughter, Amy C. (Mark) Huddleston Davis and two great grandsons: Ethan Harrison Davis and Ian Kenneth Davis, all of Georgetown, Texas.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Shumate Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service will follow in Middlesboro Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Shumate Funeral Home Chapel.

Shumate Funeral Home is honored to serve the Family of Carey Francis Hester Huddleston and is entrusted with all arrangements.

 

In Memoriam: Sandra Robinson

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that former National Garden Clubs President, Sandra H. Robinson passed away on March 22, 2021.

Sandy Robinson was one of our very own, a founding member of the Lady’s Slipper Garden Club in London, KY, in the Mountain Laurel District. She was a former GCKY President, active at the state, regional, and national levels. Sandy was a four-star member, which means she was a Landscape, Gardening, and Environmental Consultant, and an Accredited Flower Show Judge.

Sandy served as President of National Garden Clubs, Inc. from 2015-2017 with a theme of “Leap Into Action”. Sandy may have been small in stature but had a heart as big as the outdoors. She was quick to share a smile from ear to ear and a story. She lived and loved the garden clubs, and never met a garden club member she did not like or miss an opportunity to promote NGC to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. She was the best traveling companion throughout the United States and abroad. Sandy held a special place in her heart for the IAs and never could believe the lavish attention and admiration they showered on her.

She truly did “Leap into Action” before, during and after her administration. Give her a job, ask her to enter a flower, or travel less than 24 hours after returning from an International WAFA show to judge a flower show, hoping she could get someone else to drive so she could catnap, but look totally refreshed and engaging when arriving at her destination. Sandy was game for any experience, as long as it didn’t involve chicken or shellfish. She was a mentor to many people, helping solve problems of all sorts. Truly, she was a “rock” to her friends and family, someone you could always count on.

She was a longtime and dedicated member of NGC and many lives have been enriched by her friendship. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Her obituary can be viewed on the Bowling Funeral Home, London, KY, website and Facebook page. Visitation is at 5PM on Friday, March 26, and service at 11AM on Saturday, March 27. It will be livestreamed and archived for later viewing as well.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations.

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att: Jan Worth
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Paris, KY 40361-2451
Memo line: Sandy Robinson

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Designate Oncology Dept.
or
Check: Baptist Health Foundation Corbin
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Corbin, KY 40701
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