Kerry Blaine Huckaby, 57, died Monday, April 8, 2024 in Columbia.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jeff Jacob and Reverend Dan Camp officiating.  Burial will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens.  The family will visit with friends Friday, April 19, 2024 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home and Saturday from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM in the Atrium at First United Methodist Church.  Online condolences may be extended at

Kerry was born in Columbia on October 8, 1966 to Elaine Green Huckaby and the late Loyd Huckaby, Jr. He was always an avid reader and excelled academically.  He graduated from Columbia Academy in 1985 and earned his Associate’s degree with honors from Columbia State Community College.  In 1990, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University.  

He was a kind and thoughtful person with many loves and passions. From childhood, he loved John Wayne movies and Tennessee Walking horses.  All his life, he and his father spent countless hours raising and showing yearling colts and attending walking horse shows.  The Walking Horse Celebration was his favorite time of year.   He loved professional and college football. He enjoyed tail gaiting and attended many Titans games with friends.   Even though he was a University of Tennessee fan for many years, his number one team became the University of Alabama when his son started college in 2016.   He loved music of all genres.  He especially loved Elvis, Eric Clapton, George Strait, and the classics of Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack.  His love of movies and novels included anything James Bond, Lewis Grizzard, and other southern fiction.  His love of cars spanned from old cars, old Dodge trucks, jeeps, muscle cars, and mustangs.   Car shows of any kind were a favorite pastime.  He enjoyed being with friends to share a good bourbon or his homemade ice cream.  Tennessee Coffee Co. was his favorite coffee shop and he visited them almost daily.  His greatest love and pride were his two children.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Columbia.  

Survivors include his son, Jackson Loyd Huckaby of Columbia; daughter, Linton Blaine Huckaby (Dillon Ocaña) of Frankin; mother, Elaine Green Huckaby of Columbia; aunt, Emily Mabry (Glenn) of Columbia; and the mother of his children, Kara Williams of Columbia.  

Pallbearers will be Jackson Huckaby, Linton Huckaby, Dillon Ocaña, Patrick Harlan, Tracy Boyd, Paul Watson, and Jeff Green.  Honorary Pallbearers will be the Columbia Academy Class of 1985.