HUCKABY, James Leroy

Jim Huckaby

James Leroy Huckaby, son of Emmett and Ella Huckaby, was born in Coushatta, Louisiana on September 3, 1931, the youngest of eight children. His parents were divorced when he was four years old. He grew up in the Chicago area with his mother working hard to support eight children. Jim gave his life to the Lord at age 11 at his brother's graveside because he wanted to know Jesus like his brother knew Jesus. When Jim was 14 he hitch-hiked to California wanting to find a better life for his mother.

Just before leaving Chicago Jim met Dorothy (Dottie) Oas at a Youth For Christ rally at Moody Church and couldn't get her out of his mind. Five years later, they got married in Chicago on January 20, 1951. He took her to California where they lived for many years and had four

children.

Jim had a varied career in the field of electronics. He worked for a company that built equipment for recording studios and another that built national defence armaments, but when he got into communications he had found his niche.

Since his youth, Jim was interested in foreign missions, especially those using radio. In 1960 he came to Prairie Bible Institute as a student. After one year of school he and Dottie joined Prairie staff and they served there for four years. While there he learned of the radio ministry in Haiti and he felt called to respond to their urgent need of a radio technician. In 1966 the family went to Haiti as missionaries where they served for three years. After that Jim settled his family back in California and found a job in mobile communications. It wasn't long before an opportunity opened up for him to start his own business, Communications Consultants Company; selling and servicing car phones long before cell phones. He built an impressive reputation for his honesty and skills in a city and industry where those values were hard to find. Many famous people were among his list of clients.

When cell phones entered the market, everything changed and he decided it was time to move on to the next phase of life. Having good memories of Three Hills, Jim and Dottie decided to move there in 1985. He started a two-way radio business, RadioCom Products, which he continued until he retired in 1996. During that time he and Dottie also opened the Three Hills Sewing Center, a Singer dealership. The highlight of his business day was having coffee with local farmers at The Coffee Break.

Jim didn't have much time for hobbies but enjoyed photography and computers. On vacation he liked to go fishing. During his years on Prairie staff he enjoyed big game hunting which provided meat for the family. In later years he liked to travel.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dorothy; 4 children, Bob (Ann), Sandy (Tom) Raisbeck, Debbi (Dennis) Foss, Steve (Patri); 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM in Three Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse or the charitable organization of one's choice.