Benny Leonard “Ben” Huffman, 90, of Valdese, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at Amorem Hospice following a period of declining health.

Ben was born on May 20, 1932 in Burke County to the late Lewis Huffman and Nanny Rhoney Huffman. He was a United States Army Veteran; was a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and employed as a real estate agent with Chapel Hill Realty for many years. Ben loved to cook, especially cheesecakes, travel, was an avid Tarheel fan and was a member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Selenah Pons Huffman; his son, Benji Huffman; his brothers, Harold Huffman and Lewis “Jay Bird” Huffman; and one sister, Livian “Libby” Huffman.

Survivors include sister-in-laws, Becky Morgan of Chapel Hill, NC and Paula Kandarian of North Attleboro, MA; nephews, Matthew Huffman of Nashville, TN, Michael Huffman of Portland, OR, Tony Hall of Chapel Hill, NC and Tom Hall of St. Louis, MO, numerous cousins, and many friends

A Graveside Service will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday May 13, 2023 at Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery, with Rev. Tamika Garrison officiating.

The family would like to give special thanks to Amorem-Burke Hospice and the compassionate care given by Lisa and Ashley.

Memorial contributions may be made to Black Mountain Home for Children, 80 Lake Eden Rd. Black Mountain, NC 28711 or Amorem, 1712 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

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Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.