Martha Hunt Robertson HuiePublished 3:03pm Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Funeral for Martha Hunt Robertson Huie, 83, of Memphis, Tenn., will have a celebration of life held at the Scottsboro Jackson Heritage Center in Scottsboro on Sat., May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., with a memorial service at 2:30 p.m.
Her ashes will be interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery in a private service at a later date, on the land that was previously part of the Hunt family’s dairy farm in Scottsboro.
Mrs. Huie, educator, artist, and mentor died May 6, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee, where she had lived since 1986. Her roots were deep in Jackson County, Alabama where she was born March 5, 1931, to Ben and Grace Pulley Hunt. Her parents instilled a love of books and learning at a very early age, and her passion for teaching and mentoring was lifelong. Mrs. Huie graduated from Jackson County High School in 1949 and married her hometown sweetheart, James “Shorty” Robertson, in 1950. She taught in the Jackson County School System throughout the 1960’s and was active in numerous local organizations that promoted the arts and history. While married and rearing two daughters, Mrs. Huie graduated cum laude from the University of North Alabama with a double major in Secondary Education and Art. She later earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a concentration in Fine Arts Education. From 1970 to 1983, she was the Department Head and Instructor for the Art Department at Snead State Junior College in Boaz, where she taught all art history, design, drawing and painting classes. She continued to mentor and stayed actively involved in the lives of many of her students long after they graduated. She received numerous letters and emails from former students in the weeks before she died telling her what a difference she had made in their lives. Mrs. Huie was actively involved in the Mountain-Valley Council of the Arts. She served in multiple council leadership positions including President, and initiated and supervised art education programs for teachers and students throughout the county.
In 1977, she married author and journalist, William Bradford Huie, a native of Hartselle. She encouraged his work, supported him as his archivist and research assistant, and traveled with him as he continued to speak to audiences who admired his 50 years’ work producing 21 books in addition to thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. Since his death in 1986, she took charge of archiving and arranging placement of his papers at the Ohio State University and the University of Alabama Special Collections libraries.
Even in the last weeks of her life, she was speaking and corresponding with authors and filmmakers who have an ongoing interest in her late husband’s work. Throughout her life, she championed the work of friends, former students, and interesting characters who came into her life through her power of connection and unflagging interest in the arts, history, politics, and civil rights. Along with the joy she derived from art and literature, she loved the outdoors, becoming an avid swimmer, lifeguard, and water-safety instructor and was an extraordinary Girl Scout leader. She especially enjoyed learning to fly a plane, rafting down the Colorado River, hiking, and playing tennis.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ben Robertson Heflin (John) of Memphis, and Jamie Robertson Lendrum (Peter), of Phoenix; grandsons, Rob Heflin and Jack Heflin, both of Memphis, and Alex Lendrum, of Phoenix; sister-in law, Myra Hunt, of Birmingham; and nephews, Ben Hunt and David Hunt;.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Scottsboro Jackson Heritage Center at 208 S. Houston Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768 or the Methodist Healthcare Foundation for Hospice Care Attn: Alex Roberts at 1211 Union Avenue, Suite 450, Memphis, TN 38104.