Mrs. Dorothy C. Huff-Baker, accomplished pianist, organist and songwriter, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at University Hospital.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road, with the Revs. Marion Jay and David Biner officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mrs. Huff-Baker, a native of Augusta, was a musician, organist and songwriter whose music career spanned 77 years beginning at age 10, with her debut on the stage of the Imperial Theater at the first live broadcasted radio hook-up in Augusta. During her musical career, she played for two presidents, Lyndon B. Johnson and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and performed at the USO in Augusta for paralyzed veterans.
She went on to perform in The Sancken's Youth Review, Colonial Showboat, Elks Minstrels, Paul Whiteman Talent Contest and Little Chapel Around the Corner, which was broadcast live from Elliott Sons Funeral Home. She volunteered her talent for stage shows for Augusta Recreation Department and played many shows at Bell Auditorium.
She worked as music director for WJBF-Channel 6 in the 1950s. When she took her nephew to audition for Today in Dixie, she met Jim Nabors with whom she remained friends until her death.
Mrs. Huff-Baker was actively involved with the youth of Augusta, and she was a member of St. Albans Episcopal Church, Resource Center on Aging and Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was a former volunteer with Meals on Wheels and a life honorary member of Atlanta Federation of Musicians.
The family said, "She was a very special lady, a devoted mother and grandmother whose god-given talent and love touched the lives of everyone around her."
Survivors include a son, William C. Huff, Lincolnton; three daughters, Doris Huff Edwards, Augusta, Angele Huff Boland, Eatonton, and Nancy Huff Berzins, Grovetown; three stepdaughters, Donnis Strickland, Hephzibah, Pat Williams, Trenton, S.C., and Medeira Naten, Ridge Crest, Calif.; a brother, James H. Cloud, Lincolnton; a sister, Frances Minor, McRae; and more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Stan Crouch, Bill Waters, Larry Olive, Harry Kirkland, Andy Cheek, Robert Symms, James Kitchens and Bobby Maaxwell.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The Augusta Chronicle May 12, 2000