Community comes to remember former state senator, reverend

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Reverend Gene Huff's family said he left an impression on everyone who knew him.

“It's just gone on and on and on with all the people who were affected by his life,” said his son Marty Huff.

His children may not have known every person who knew their father, but they said it is humbling to see all who came.

“It's an honor for us, we know a lot of people loved daddy because he loved so many people,” said Arlene Zawko, his daughter.

Hundreds showed up to share memories of the man who touched so many lives in his 82 years. The former lawmaker, pastor and radio station owner's family said they know how they want to remember him.

“He did what was right, and that is what we want, we want people to remember that he did what was right both with the senate and our family and the church, he just did the right thing,” said Zawko.

People kept coming, hour after hour to the First Pentecostal Church in London, KY. Some of them were strangers to the family, but they had lots of stories to tell about Gene Huff.

His daughter said she was happy to hear the gratitude expressed by a lady who said Huff had preached her grandson’s funeral who died in a car wreck a few years before. She also said it was heartwarming to hear the story of an older woman who had a childhood memory of Huff she has held onto for years.

“She said that when she was a little girl dad was at her home visiting their home as a young preacher and she fell and hurt her knee and daddy picked her up and took care of her,” said Zawko.
“I didn't know either one of those people, but they had those beautiful memories that they have carried with them.”

His son said that he was glad they were able to share him with the world.

“He is the greatest man I have ever known,” said Marty Huff.
“He has meant the world to all of us and we are sorry to lose him, he is 82, but he packed more into 82 years than any man I have ever known.”

Huff said he was “at a loss for words” for all of the support that has been continuously given to the family during this difficult time.

“It is so nice, there are flowers from Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell and the Kentucky Senate and Governor Beshear but dad would have not made any more about those than from other people that people would not recognize their names,” said Zawko.
“That’s just the kind of person he was, he just loved people.”

Zawko said that they are beyond proud to carry on their father’s good fortunes.

“He was the patriarch of our family and we will carry on his legacy,” said Huff.

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