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Huff, Leroy C.

Huff, Leroy C.

September 25, 1947 — February 22, 2020

Celebration of the Life and Legacy of
Christopher Leroy Huff

Leroy “Christopher” Huff was born September 25, 1947 in Kansas City Missouri and passed away February 22, 2020. He was the son of Leroy George Huff and Dorothy Jennison Huff, both preceded him in death. Chris professed Christ at an early age and was baptized as a Christian at Bethel A.M.E. Kansas City, Missouri.

Chris attended the Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools where he graduated in 1965 from Paseo High School. His parents wanted him to be well-rounded and ready for the world. He played musical instruments and enjoyed drawing. He also loved reading and writing, which lead to his extensive vocabulary. In high school he added sports to his interests and became the defensive end for the football team. During college he was the best ping pong player on campuses. No one could beat him, and he never had a coach. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pittsburg State University in 1970. Chris received a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pittsburg State University in 1972.

After college he played semi-pro baseball for the “Club 400” league as the first baseman. Chris also, had a love for basketball, tennis, golf and swimming. He was a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs Fan. He was a professional videographer and DJ. He Deejayed and videoed countless weddings and parties for friends and family. His love for music came from hanging out at Garrets Record shop on 39 th and Prospect.

In 1977 he married Diane Gray and to this union a daughter was born, Shauntá Huff. They remained married for 45 blessed years until Chris was called home to be with the Lord. He was a devoted husband and father. He was the best uncle and role model to his nephews and nieces. Chris was also known to many as a “Gentle Giant” and "The Huffer". He counseled many youth and adults over the years.

Chris spent 25 years with Penn Valley Community College as a faculty counselor at the Pioneer Campus. After retiring, he went on to be a counselor for the Missouri State Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. He then became the Director of the Even Start Family Literacy Program at the Upper Room. Chris served as the Coordinator of the Family Literacy Program for the Kansas City, Missouri School District. He also was the facility Director at the Federal Residential Reentry Center. Lastly, he was a Social Service Coordinator at the Heartland Center for Behavioral Change.

Chris earned numerous awards and recognition over the years. While each was special and close to his heart, some of his most cherished accolades included Bishop’s Award from the Diocese of Kansas City, Excellence Award in Adult Basic Education from Kansas City School District, Outstanding School Board Award from National Association of School Boards, Board of Directors Award from the Niles Home for Children, and he received the Most Valuable Person Award from St. Louis Catholic Church. He was also recognized in the Cambridge Publications for Executives and Professionals. Chris earned numerous awards and recognition over the years. While each was special and close to his heart, some of his most cherished accolades included Bishop’s Award from the Diocese of Kansas City, Excellence Award in Adult Basic Education from Kansas City School District, Outstanding School Board Award from National Association of School Boards, Board of Directors Award from the Niles Home for Children, and he received the Most Valuable Person Award from St. Louis Catholic Church. He was also recognized in the Cambridge Publications for Executives and Professionals.

Chris was deeply involved with the betterment of his community. His memberships included: Alpha Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission for The City of Kansas City, Pittsburg State University Alumni Association, Head Start Advisory Board, Head Start Fatherhood Initiative, Vice- President of Fairlane Home Association, and Bookkeeper for St. Louis Catholic Church.

He leaves a beautiful legacy: his biggest advocates/protectors/cheerleaders, wife Diane Huff, daughter Shauntá Huff and beloved pet Romeo all of Kansas City, Missouri. Daughter Anisia Clay of Charlotte, North Carolina, God daughter Tynisa Collins of Kansas City, Missouri, one sister-in-law Cheryl Richardson of Kansas City, Missouri, three brother- in-laws Michael Hayden, Hartzel Gray Jr., Donald Gray all of Kansas City, Missouri, four lovely cousins, Teleatha Mahone, Leontine Silvers-Hamner, Ronetta Buford-Brown, and Zania Brown all of Kansas City, Missouri. A host of nieces, nephews, fraternity brothers and best friends.

Visitation will be 930AM-11AM, with services to follow at 11AM, Saturday, February 29 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Rd.; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Service Information

Visitation will be 930AM-11AM, with services to follow at 11AM, Saturday February 29 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Rd.; burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Huff, Leroy C.'s Guestbook

I always teasingly called Chris, "Leroy," which is his given first name, although he never used it. We met in college in 1967 , so I have known him for over 50 years. We also worked together at Penn Valley Community College as fellow faculty members. I was an instructor, and he was a Counselor. He was always kind and respectful to me. He had a great laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. Chris, and my husband, Willie, were great friends until the very end. Heaven got a good guy!!!

Marjorie (Brown) Miller

To Diane and the Huff family, you are in my prayers. The last time I saw you - you and Chris were at Peach Tree. You met my younger grandson. Keep your memories and God will take care of you,

Joyce White

Chris, Our friendship was a gift from GOD.

Willie Miller

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