Gary Huckaby Obituary – In my life, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a lot of cool activities, but at the top of the list is having the chance to be a member of the boat crew that would take a 100-foot house boat called the Amazing Grace from Guntersville to Knoxville every couple of years in order to attend the Alabama-Tennessee game.
We were a rowdy group who never passed up a chance to have some fun, but there’s a lot of hard work and responsibilities that go into making a trip like that, and luckily for us, Gary “Huck” Huckaby was the best Captain a crew could ask for. This morning I learned that our Captain had passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Huck’s guidance included more than just keeping the Amazing Grace and its crew of merry madmen on course (or even just afloat). He was always happy to lend an ear or a few words of advice to help you work through some of life’s toughest times. This was one of the things that made him so beloved by his crew. When I was going through a rough patch about a year ago, Huck called me to talk me through it while he was going through chemo himself.
That was the person he posed as. I could go on and on, but instead I’ll just share the most recent text message he sent to me… I find myself clinging to a piece of advice that he gave me when I was trying to imagine living in a world without him: “Just get up every day and try to be the person your dog thinks you are.”