Elvis Henry Huffard
Biographical Sketch On The
Life Of Elvis H. Huffard
Elvis Huffard was born on April 24, 1918 in Bernie Missouri. He was baptized by Albert
S. Hall, Sr. in 1933. He married Emily Ann King in 1938. To they union was
born four children: Joyce King; Carolyn Sue; Elvis Henry, Jr.(Hy); and Kathryn
preaching in Bernie, Missouri in 1935. He attended: David Lipscomb College;
Southeast Missouri State Teachers College; Austin Peay State College where he
received the B.S. degree. He did graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Trinity
University where he received the M.S. degree.
He served a
number of churches through the years: Rosiclare, Ill., from 1941 to 1944;
Hopkinsville, Kentucky from 1944 to 1949; Baltimore, Maryland from 1949 to 1951;
the Red Bank Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1951 to 1953. From Chattanooga
he entered the mission field of Nigeria in Uyo in 1953 evangelizing and teaching
among the population there. While there he inaugurated the work in six different
Christian Schools. Emily was also deeply committed as his co-worker to help in
the training of women and children.
returned to the U.S. in 1955 to work with the Sunset Ridge congregation in San
Antonio, Texas. In 1958 he moved to Mayfield, Kentucky and worked there. While
in Kentucky he participated in a county radio program on WNGO.
In 1961 the family moved to Henderson, Tennessee where they began a long
relationship with the church at Henderson as well as the students at
Freed-Hardeman College. He shared the pulpit at Henderson with
briefly in the fall of 1966, but during the year of 1967 he was the sole pulpit
minister. He continued after this period as a full-time faculty member at FHC while preaching for different churches in the area for many years. He served
some years on the Board of Trustees of the college, for a time as
In the early
1980s the Huffards moved to Florence, Alabama where Elvis worked with the
Chisholm Hills church as well as teaching at International Bible College
(Heritage Christian University).
wrote for various publications and for a while was Contributing editor of the
The Christian Bible Teacher publication.
years in Nigeria his love was for mission work. He made trips to the various
regions around the world. He served as chairman of the Nigerian Christian
Schools Foundation, Inc. that had the responsibility of furthering the work of
eleven Christian Schools in Nigeria.
declining years Elvis and Emily lived in Henderson, Tennessee in the home of
their daughter, Joyce. They continued to
be active in the church, mission work and education until health prevented them
from doing so. Emily died July 3, 2000 and within a few months Elvis followed on
October 13th. They were life-long companions and co-workers. All that knew them,
worked with them, were their students, or their friends, loved them and
appreciated their commitment. They stood as an example of how to be married for
life, and to be lovers of God and His will. They are buried in the cemetery at
Woodlawn on the south lawn among many great gospel preacher's and their wives of
yesteryear such as H. Leo Boles,
Hall L. Calhoun, B.C.
Goodpasture and A.G. Freed.
-From Preachers Of Today,
Vol. II, c.1959, GA, p.212; Freed-Hardeman Lectures CD ROM; Other Various
The circles of service continued to get larger for Elvis and Emily Huffard even
as they moved into the eighties. These octogenarians lived together for 62
glorious years and died only a few months apart. She died July 3 and he on
October 13, 2000. Funeral services were conducted in Henderson, TN with large
crowds in attendance to bestow honor on this stellar couple. Their bodies were
reposed in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville, TN where dear friends came to pay
their respects and to show love to their children, grandchildren and other dear
Elvis was born on April 24, 1918 at Bernie, MO to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Huffard. In
July 1933 he was baptized by Albert S. Hall. Emily was born on February 20, 1920
to Mr. and Mrs. V. C. King in Nashville, TN.
Reflecting on their ever widening circles the first one was in pursuit of
Christian education which culminated in the beginning of a Christian home. Next
they were engaged in public school teaching at Brosely, MO and beginning a full
time preaching work. Then they launched into Christian education both at home
and abroad. Another circle was in missionary work in numerous countries. They
served as teachers and lecturers throughout many regions of the world. At the
apex of their career they were pillars in the work of Freed-Hardeman University
as teachers, counselors and administration. They never quit serving and were
energetic until they were cut down by disease. They lived past the psalmist's
"four score years" but their last days of infirmity illustrate his words: "if by
reason of strength labor and sorrow." (Psalm 90:10.) Few Christians are
privileged to live as long as they to accomplish so much for the Lord and their
family. They left a legacy of godliness, zeal and faithfulness. Their legacy
will be the impact of their Christian home, of missionary efforts and
evangelism, and leadership in Christian education.
In multiplied thousands of instances two young people meet in a Christian
university and then marry and for the majority they "live happily ever after."
It happened to Elvis and Emily who met at David Lipscomb College and this strong
spiritual background empowered them to serve as a team for over six decades.
Forty one years after graduation from David Lipscomb College (then a junior
college) Emily earned a degree in psychology at Freed-Hardeman University. Also,
David Lipscomb honored her as "Woman of the Decade - 1930-39." Elvis served a
term as alumni president of David Lipscomb College.
Elvis continued his education at Austin Peay University for the B.S., graduate
work at Johns Hopkins University; Trinity (San Antonio) University for the M.S.
Also, Freed-Hardeman University awarded him an honorary doctorate.
The Huffards served congregations in Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Texas,
Alabama and Tennessee. His last preaching was with the Mountain View Church of
Christ near Savannah, TN. His first full time preaching was at Rosiclare,
Illinois from 1941-43. As part of his work he conducted radio programs on
numerous stations. Also, he directed the West Kentucky Youth Camp in 1959.
In all of the congregations Emily was a dedicated preacher's wife and full time
mother. She was acknowledged as a master Bible teacher of all levels of
children's classes from nursery to the high school girls, and of ladies'
classes. She engaged in hundreds of ladies days, teacher training classes,
college lectureships, mission workshops, mission campaigns and Vacation Bible
Schools. Her methods of teaching were unique and her students excelled in Bible
knowledge. She was creative with visual aids and in using pneumonic devices to
make the Bible come alive.
Elvis was from a preacher family. His late brother Elza was a renowned preacher
and Christian college president. Evertt L. has preached for over 50 years and he
was on the Bible faculty at Freed-Hardeman University and he continues to
recruit Bible majors. Elvis has two sisters who were married to preachers. Elvis
was a sound and faithful gospel preacher and he was firm in his opposition to
efforts to bring unscriptural changes into the church.
Not only did Elvis preach in the U.S. he had a world vision. He was a pioneer
missionary in Nigeria. He also engaged in mission efforts in Sierra Leone, W.
Africa; Scotland; Canada; Panama; Malaysia; and South Africa. He and Emily
taught the gospel in Europe; Asia; South America; and islands in the Pacific and
Caribbean. Emily was always a supportive wife willing to go to any part of the
world. She had the personality to adapt to any situation or environment in any
part of the globe.
Emily lived a fulfilled life that enabled her to enjoy much happiness. Hers was
a joyful Christianity. She was jovial with a good sense of humor. She laughed a
lot and was the "life of the party." Her self-confidence was manifest in her
favorite New Testament verse: 2 Timothy 1:7. It was said of her, "She certainly
spent her life for others."
The calm and pleasant disposition enabled Elvis to be an effective counselor.
Through his service and wisdom he saved broken homes, depressed lives and
stabilized fractured congregations. He was a counselor at Quinco, a mental
health center, in Henderson, TN. At
Florence, AL he was director of a Christian marriage and family counseling
Elvis will be remembered for his involvement in Christian education. In the fall
of 1952 he was the first president of Chattanooga Bible School, now
Boyd-Buchanan in Chattanooga.
While he was a pioneer missionary in Nigeria he managed eleven schools with an
enrollment of 2500. He is called the father of Christian education in Nigeria.
He taught Bible, missions and family studies in Freed-Hardeman. He was Director
of Student Counseling. As Dean of Students he was popular with the students who
honored him with a special plaque. For several years he was a member of the
Board of Trustees of Freed-Hardeman University. The Huffards saw all of their
children receiving a Christian education, and they are active and supportive of
Christian education. Furthermore, all of
their children have engaged in mission work in several nations. Elvis was a
charter member of the African Christian Schools Foundation.
Emily was a tireless member of the local and national Freed-Hardeman Associates
and past president of the Chester County chapter. She was also a past president
and an active member of the Jacks Creek F.C.E. Club.
Elvis and Emily had three daughters: Joyce Harrison and Sue Hayes of Henderson,
TN and Kathy Cox of Chattanooga, TN and a son E. Henry Huffard, Jr. of
Nashville. They had fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Emily
is survived by two sisters, Carolyn Forrester Maddux and Barbara Joan Brooks.
Elvis is survived by a sister, Evelyn Perry of Beamsville, Ontario, Canada and a
brother, Evertt L. Huffard of Henderson, TN.
"Before honor is humility." (Proverbs 18:12.) Elvis and Emily qualified
eminently to be honored both in life and death.
The Huffards and the Gardner family have had a close relationship for about 60
years. The late Elza Huffard encouraged three Gardner brothers, Don, Albert and
me to preach the gospel. Evertt and I were fellow students in college and then
when I was President of Freed-Hardeman University we employed him to teach
Bible. I first knew Elvis and Emily in the early forties. It was my privilege to
ask him to teach, serve in the administration, and then to recommend him to be a
member of the Board of Trustees. Because of his good life and talents he made
many great contributions to the work of young people. He had my utmost respect
and confidence. We cherish the memory of Elvis and Emily.
am glad I asked Dr. Gardner to write
about Elvis and Emily. He did a superb job. My Margie and I counted Elvis and
Emily among our most beloved friends. We rejoice in hope for these two servants
of God. -Basil Overton)
—Gardner, E. Claude,
World Evangelist, December, 2000, page
Buried At Woodlawn Memorial
Park, South Lawn, In Nashville, Tennessee
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Webmaster's Personal Note: As far back as I
can remember, I knew and loved the Huffards. As a boy growing up in Atlanta, the
Huffards would come to the World Mission Forum at Forest Park speaking on their
greatest love, mission work. When I attended Freed-Hardeman in 1976 they were
there working among the students. They were dear friends then, a mainstay among
the students on campus. In later years it was always a pleasure to return to the
campus from time to time and see the Huffards at the Lectureship or other
events. They made an impact in my life, as well as the lives of so many who knew