COLEMAN — Funeral service for C. M. “Huck” Huckabee, 86 of Coleman, will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St Mark’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Russell Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at AlzCare in New Braunfels.

He was born Aug. 2, 1921, in Ireland, Texas, to Ernest Briscoe and Fannie Wilmoth Myers Huckabee. He graduated from Ireland School in 1938 and attended John Tarleton College. Before graduating he traveled to California and worked there until enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served on the USS Aaron Ward during World War II being discharge in 1945. He then returned to college graduating from Texas A&M in 1948. After graduating he worked as Taylor County assistant county agent. He was married to Mary Conley in 1948, and she preceded him in death in 1956. In 1950 he moved to Coleman as County Agent. He was married to Rebecca Baird Horne in Abilene. She preceded him in death in 2004. He had been a resident of Coleman since 1951 where he was a member of the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He worked for the Farm Bureau before opening his insurance and real estate business, and owned and operated K&H Real Estate with Maurice Kingsbery. He served as president of the Coleman County Breeder-Feeder Association and worked on the county livestock show committee. He was a charter member of the VFW post and a longtime member of the Coleman Rodeo Association, Concho Hereford Association and West Texas Hereford Association and Kiwanis Club. He served several years on the Central Colorado River Authority. He was a recipient of the Rural Citizen of the Year Award.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Jare and husband Jim Smith of San Marcos; two stepsons, James and wife Imeda Horne, and Jack and wife Carole Horne, all of Coleman; his sister, Peggy Ashby Creek of Gatesville; five step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; two nieces; and two nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Coleman County Youth Activity Center, Hope Hospice in New Braunfels, First United Methodist Church in Gatesville or a charity of choice.