Frank Huff, 4th generation Rappahannock native and life-long resident, died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Fauquier Hospital after fighting for over two months to overcome a number of health problems. He was the son of Rappahannock native Frank B. Huff and Katherine Lillard Huff who hailed from Madison County. He lived at times in Sperryville and Washington before moving to Flint Hill while in high school. He was a graduate of Rappahannock High and had turned 70 in September.
Frank married Yankee transplant, Sharon “Sherry” Hamill, in September of 1988 and son, Robert “Robbie”, was born the following year. They built a house and home on the Fodderstack Road. While he worked for a soft drink bottling and distribution company first in Warrenton and then New Baltimore for 46 years starting in May 1969 and retiring as a vending department manager in March 2015, his life-long passion was fire and rescue. He officially joined the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company as soon as he turned 16, but had spent many, many hours at the Fire House before that time, as his dad was very involved in the organization. Over the following years he became certified in Fire Fighter I, II and III, as well as becoming a fire instructor. On the Rescue side, he was an EMT, and then one of the first Shock-Trauma and Cardiac Techs in the county. He also was an EMT instructor for many years and trained many of Rappahannock’s top fire and rescue personnel.
Not only had he held nearly every office in the Flint Hill organization, including serving as a Chief for more than 20 years and President in the more recent past, he was also very involved in the County Fire and Rescue Association, holding many offices there and working tirelessly to improve the volunteer services county-wide. He also took on the position of Deputy Emergency Services Coordinator.
In between running calls, doing paperwork, attending classes and meetings, while making sure all was running smoothly at the Fire House, Frank could be found keeping things tidy and functional on the farm or hunting deer or trying to catch that big bass.
He was predeceased by his mother, father and sister, Carolyn Kinsey, who died in August 2016. He also outlived brother-in-law, Bill Harris; uncles Tom Huff of Silver Spring, Maryland, Allie Huff, formerly of Washington, Ernie Lillard, also from Washington and Robert Henry Lillard of Front Royal; his aunt, Sallie Lillard and cousin, Bobby Lillard; and his good friend and hunting buddy, Bob Hamill. He is survived by his sister, Connie Huff-Harris, known for her family gatherings, great meals and her work with FHVF&R; his wife, Sherry, and son, Robbie, both very active members of FHVF&R; his brother-in-law, Rick Kinsey; nephews Keith (FHVF&R), Kevin and Scott Kinsey; three great nephews; aunts Jean Payne and Shirley Huff with her sons Edward and Brian; cousins Nancy Barr, Doug, Bobby and Leroy Lillard all from Front Royal and Jean Lillard of Flint Hill; plus several second and third cousins in the area. On the distaff side, survivors include his loving and well-likedmother-in-law, Martha Hamill and a whole slew of in-law sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and other family members who will miss him sorely.
A celebration of life is being planned for early January. Memorial donations may be made in Frankie’s name to the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company where the establishment of a scholarship is in the works.