Huguley, Major Donald Lee

11/7/2006

 

MAJOR DONALD LEE HUGULEY

MARCH 24, 1934 - NOVEMBER 7, 2006

 
   Major Donald Lee Huguley, 72, died Tuesday, November 7, 2006 after a sudden illness. Don was born on March 24, 1934 in Washington, DC to Claude Cayce and Ethel Pitts Huguley as a twin to his brother Robert Lewis Huguley. He grew up in and around Washington, DC and Fairfax, VA. Just prior to junior high he met his future wife, Nancy Roberts Waple Huguely, when he responded as a youth volunteer firefighter to the general store her dad, Raymond Randolph Waple, managed. 
   Upon graduation from Fairfax High School, Don entered Bullis Preparatory Academy to prepare for entering the US Naval Academy. He was a 1957 graduate of the US Naval Academy. Prior to taking a commission as an Air Force officer, Don was reduced to tears in the Naval Flight Surgeon office when the doctor told him he hoped he didn't have his heart set on flying since he was unable to pass the eye-crossing requirements naval aviation had. He passed the AF requirements with flying colors and after attending a quick charm school on AF customs and courtesies he was off for AF flight training. It was while at AF pilot training Don Jr. came along --18 days prior to the first of many military moves, this one to Big Springs, Texas for additional graduate flight training. His first active duty flying assignment was in KC97's at Chennault AFB in Lake Charles followed by another assignment in KC97's to Selfridge AFB Michigan where Ann was born. Following Selfridge, Don was picked to attend graduate school at the University of Oklahoma where he got his BS and MS in Civil Engineering. Norman Oklahoma was where Matthew was born and where he was buried after only spending 4 months in the Huguley family. 
   Following Oklahoma, Don was sent to fly C-130's in Vietnam. After Vietnam he was assigned as the commander of the RAF Upper Heyford Civil Engineering squadron in Oxfordshire England. David was born at South Ruislip, near London and carried a dual citizenship for a number of years. From England, Don was reassigned to Barksdale AFB where he was again in Civil Engineering running Red Horse units and later flying as a T-39 pilot. He retired from Barksdale AFB, Louisiana in 1979. Just prior to retiring, Don worked on an MBA with Louisiana Tech and with Nancy became business owners of Camp n' Canoe, a Bossier City, Louisiana, camping store. Don also embarked on a 20 year venture as a business, statistics and business law teacher at BPCC. He had a brief stint as a pilot for Royal Airlines and Shreveport Aviation before Nancy shot down his post-AF flying aspirations. 
   In 1994, Don Jr. asked Don to attend a men's retreat in Kerrville, Texas. Don had for years taught and attended Bible study classes and Sunday school, and even preached on the local pastor circuit in England. Upon returning to Bossier City, Don discovered that an identical Men's Emmaus walk had just taken place the same weekend in Northern Louisiana. He and Nancy then became immersed in the Emmaus community. This led to Don's decision to embark on a third career, and he began the rigorous process of becoming a United Methodist preacher by taking classes in Jackson, Mississippi, and preaching as Pastor of Pine Grove UMC and Pleasant Valley UMC. Don was an active member of Cross Bayou Emmaus Community and Bossier FUMC, serving as Men's Prayer breakfast speaker, long-time teacher of Midyette Sunday School class and Disciple teacher. He was WM of W.H. Booth Lodge #380 and was a Shriner--Don had been in DeMolay (a youth branch of the Masonic movement) and went through Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and remained active with the Masons in England. 
   Don spent many years involved with Norwela Council BSA, having been active in Scouting with Don Jr. in England. Don was a Scoutmaster for Troop 220, having previously spent many years as an adult volunteer with Troop 202. He took Boy Scouts to Philmont in 1972 and 1974. He took a troop to the 1973 National Jamboree. He was a Vigil Honor in Caddo Lodge, was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and was a Woodbadger. 
   Don fed his lifetime love of sailing by being active in the Shreveport Yacht Club since 1994. He sailed on the USNA sailing team and spent many summers with Nancy, his twin Bob and wife Bo, sailing the Chesapeake Bay and attended a boat-building course in Maine to build a small wooden boat. 
   Don was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Ethel Huguley; his brother, Buddy; and his infant son, Matthew.   A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
 
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2007, p. 254