Dr. Sam W. Huddleston III, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at his vacation home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Dr. Huddleston served during World War II in the United States Navy in the submarine service. He studied engineering at North Carolina State University, attended Cornell University and graduated from Vanderbilt University. He then graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training and served as Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt. All of his life he loved and studied the sciences. His quest for knowledge was an inspiration to his family. Dr. Huddleston moved to Johnson City in 1956 with his family and joined Dr. Tom Ellis at The Ellis-Huddleston Clinic. He retired from Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates after practicing for 49 years. A pioneer in outdoor sports in this area, he enjoyed many outdoor activities. He was an instrument-rated commercial pilot, a championship sailplane pilot, an avid snow skier, enjoyed white water kayaking, brought windsurfing to the area, and was an avid runner for 40 years. He was the founding member of the Deep Powder Medical Society and one of the founders of the annual Medical Updates meeting. He is survived by his wife, June Hallyburton Huddleston; his children, Donnan C. Huddleston of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dr. Sam W. Huddleston IV and his wife Peggy, of Johnson City, Dr. Tom L. Huddleston and his wife Cecile, of Johnson City; his sister, Maryanne Huddleston Hasek, Kingsport, TN and six grandchildren, Sam V, Haynes, Lauren, Alex, Thomas and Stewart. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, March 26th at 2:00 PM at Morris-Baker Funeral Home South Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday the 25th from 6:00 until 9:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have donations sent to one of the following: The Children?s Advocacy Center, 201 E. Myrtle Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601; Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, P. O. Box 533, Johnson City, TN 37605 or to Area 3 Special Olympics, P. O. Box 4594, Johnson City, TN 37602. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.morrisbaker.com. Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601 phone: 423-282-1521

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Butch & I would like to offer our sincere condolences to all the family members. Butch & I worked with Dr. Huddleston @ North Side Hospital for quiet a few years. The one thing that I noticed & admired about Dr. Huddleston was the humbleness he ask of all of us to be kind to the old patients. He would say be kind to them for they are old. Butch & I have talk alot about Dr. Huddleston through the years & how much he meant to us @ that time. Our prayers go out to all of you & family. If his grandchildren could have watched him work in the hosp. like we did, it would always be etched in their minds,for we loved to watch him work with his hands. He had such a great work ethic for his family to follow. God Bless each & every one of you Rev. Jim Stout & Linda

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Family, I mourn with you, but rejoice in Dr. Sam’s graduation. I was a teen-ager when I first met him at the old Memorial Hospital. I was a college student working my way through school by being an x-ray tech on the night shift. He and Dr. Jim Phillips were studying for their boards in Orthopaedics at that time. A couple of years later, he and Dr. Tom called me in North Carolina and asked me to be their office tech. What a blessing this was for me and I worked with them for about 14 years at Ellis-Huddleston Clinic. What fun Dr. Sam was to work with! He would tease me by telling me that I was the second best tech in the area, but he never would say who the best was. This was suppose to keep me humble, according to him. He would use his pocket knife as a medical instrument, wipe it off and slice one of the big home grown tomatoes that I had brought to work. He would allow me to put Methiolate in the water to color the plaster cast for a pediatric patient. There were down times when he would tell Nurse Jo or Stella and myself about his latest adventure. He was our employer, but he was also a friend to us outside the office. He taught me to snow ski and let me steer the piper club plane when I became air sick. He was a very moral man and took very good care of his patients. His great love for his family was always evident. I remember the boys coming to the clinic after school sometimes for a visit with Dad. Due to arthritis in my knees, I was forced to retire after 50 years as a x-ray tech/nurse. During my career I worked for many doctors, but Dr. Sam will always be the one that I have the fondest memories of. The love and faith that all of you have will sustain you during the difficult days ahead. The grieving process takes time. God does not promise instantaneous healing, but He does promise healing. “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Surely I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5 My deepest sympathy and prayers, Charlene Larimer Elliott (Retired nurse & x-ray tech)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I send my condolences and sympathies to the Huddleston family. You are in my thoughts.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Huddleston family at this most difficult time. Sam was our friend and we shall miss him. Please don’t hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do for any of you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.I’m so sorry for your loss. Kim Hoyle

  6. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most trying time. God will provide you with the strength to get through the pain and loss.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Please accept my condolences at this time of loss. If I may I would like to express how much Dr. Sam has meant to me in my life. I am fifty five years old now, but when I was fourteen I had an injury that left me with degenerative arthritis. I was sent to Dr. Sam by Dr. Nat Hyder. Since that time Dr. Sam performed four total hip replacements on me. Without his skill my life would have been totally different, and I would have been facing a life without the use of my legs. Through his wonderful skill he gave me the ability to live an almost normal life and raise a family. I am thankful I expressed to him on my last visit how much he has meant to me over the years. From the care I recieved from him I could have never even considered going to any other orthopaedic doctor. This area has lost a wonderful physician and a wonderful caring man. May the GOOD LORD Bless and comfort you at this time. William Ledford

  8. Anonymous says:

    To the Huddleston Family, Rhonda and I would like to express our deepest condolences on your loss. He was a great man, and will be missed. Our prayers are with you to aide in this difficult time. If there is anything we can help with, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Sam was one of my closest friends growing up in Asheville. Many are the fond memories of playing sandlot baseball & football with him on Sunday afternoons. Additionally, he was an usher in our wedding close to 50 years ago. Somehow we lost touch over the years, but his memory lives on with us. Our deepest condolences go out to the family.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I raise my glass and salute the life and friendship of Sam Huddleston. Sam… I love you. Thank you for inviting me into your life and family. You are by far the most important person in my life. We share a special bond that only soulmates can know. I know that you and EL are looking down and sharing this toast. June, I know that you and you family will miss him… we all miss him. However, we are all so blessed with so many wonderful shared memories…. Soaring, chasing, building trailers, camping, ..competitions, local flying, 1E (One Echo) ..Gren, George, Ben, Ed, Bill, Joe .. K-6, Pheobus, Libelle, ASW-19, ASW-20 Grilling burgers on your porch and dock .. and Sam’s special deep fried chips Building kayaks with the boys in your driveway… .. running rivers..breaking kayaks .. building new kayaks Sleding 3 miles from Poplar to Beauty Spot Skiing on the lake… riding saucer on step ladder Sailing in the Bahamas and Virgin Islands … crashing on to a reef and then getting off … sinking the dinging … racing Dick Beaver.. winning (running engine) … EL making a wrong turn and walking into the pool … the wonderful skin diving Wind Surfing off your dock at sunset Snow Sking trips to Colorado Sam, we all miss you… but you will be remembered well. June, thank you for bringing me and Nancy into your family. I share your loss so much. love Roger

  11. Anonymous says:

    It was a great honor to have worked with Dr. Sam when I moved to Johnson City in 1975. I will never forget his great skill as a physcian ahd his great zest for life. He was a graet inspiration to me and many other people that had the pleasure to work with him. God bless you. Jerry Bullard

  12. Anonymous says:

    As Chaplain of U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II, Tarheel Chapter, permit me to extend to Sam’s Family the condolences of the Submarine Veterans of North Carolina. May they understand the significance of the Breton Fisherman’s prayer: “Dear God, be good to me. The sea is so wide, and my boat is so small.”

  13. Anonymous says:

    It was such sad news to hear of Dr Huddleston’s passing. He was such a wonderful man to work with and such a spirt for life. I started working in the OR in 1973 and remember over the years his strong work ethic and his love for surgery. He always spoke with pride of his children, some of which are younger than me. My thought and prayers are with you all at this time. Shirley Hines

  14. Anonymous says:

    June: We were distressed to return to Johnson City and learn of the recent death of Sam. He was a credit to his profession and a contributor to the area. We are sure he will be missed by many. May Peace be with the family.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mrs. Huddleston and family. We are so very sorry for the recent loss of your husband and father. We are part of your home away from home. We reside in the Maisons and knew Dr. Huddleston to talk to as we would meet in the lobby and elsewhere in the building. We know how much he liked it here. God Bless you all.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mrs. Huddleston and the Huddleston family, Cindy and I are saddened at your loss. Dr. Sam will be missed by all of us. I know that in my own life Sam was an example of how I wanted to live. He taught me many a lesson both on a sailboard and off. Cindy and I will always cherish his friendship.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mrs. Huddleston and Family, I recently received an e-mail from my friend Hal Murdock informing me of your tragic loss of Dr. Sam. Needless to say, he is a man who impressed others by his many accomplishments. However, those of us who were fortunate enough to witness his relationship with his family were truly inspired. Even though I only had the pleasure of meeting him a few times, it was evident to me that he regarded his family as his greatest joy and blessing in life. My words cannot adequately express my sympathy for you all. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family. Sincerely, Michael Lowery 18094 Waterloo Road Amissville, VA 20106 540-347-5850

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