Mr. James Vance Huffman, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at Grace Heights Nursing home, following a period of declining health.

James was born on June 8, 1937 in Burke County to the late William Ross Huffman and Maude Whisnant Huffman.  He worked as a machinist for over 42 years with Drexel Heritage Furniture, before his retirement.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by nine siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Barnes Huffman of the home, two daughters, Sandra Herring and husband Homer “Buddy” of Granite Falls, and Donna Meadows and husband Barry of Valdese.  Also surviving are two granddaughters, Ashley Patton and husband Kelly, and Tabitha Hennesee, and two great-grandchildren, Riley Fowler and Brandt Patton.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 4:00 P.M in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Rev. Gary Murry and Rev. John Jolly officiating.  Interment will follow at Warlick’s Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday, from 3:00 until 4:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at

Memorials may be sent to Pace At Home, 1913 Fairgrove Ch. Rd. SE, Newton, NC 28658.

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