Grady Eugene Huckeba, 81, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 at his home in Apalachicola.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1937 in Bainbridge, Georgia to Grady Mike Huckeba and Evie Thompson Huckeba.

Gene had many occupations. He loved hunting, being on the water as a commercial fisherman, working and living downstairs at the old jail as a deputy sheriff for Franklin County. He retired after 17 years from the Apalachicola nursing home as head maintenance man. He also served in the Army National Guard for eight years.

After his first love, his family, Gene had a second love – the many, many animals that he loved and cared for over the years. He named his dogs, goats, horses, pigs and several roosters. They were important to him.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Huckeba, and daughter Rachel Huckeba and Rodney Brown, all of Apalachicola; his brothers Tommie (Deborah) Huckeba, of Eastpoint, and Ray (Helen) Huckeba, of Towncreek, Alabama; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Leonard and Bobby Lee Huckeba, and sister Faye Sintikakis.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, June 28 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Apalachicola, 46 9th Street, Apalachicola.