The corner of Market and Wolf was just another wooded area of Huffman, Texas, to most people who passed by. Lion Bud McCune, however, knew it was a cemetery where the founders of the township of Huffman were interred. He believed it was a disgrace that the site had fallen into ruin. Lions agreed the cemetery needed to be restored. Located about 30 miles northeast of Houston, the town was named for David Huffman, who first settled in the area in 1839. From a few pioneer families, the population now stands at about 10,000. Volunteers “besieged the area like an army,” says Lion Gary Jordan. The pace slowed when fragile headstones dating back to the early 1800s began to emerge. Several belonged to Confederate troops, as well as one of a World War II soldier. The project was put on hold for a while when Huffman took a “direct hit” from Hurricane Ike in September 2008. After engaging in their own personal cleanup effort, Huffman Lions encountered a mystery when they returned to the cemetery. Debris was disappearing. Turns out that Lion Mark Rudolph and a group of students from Hargrave High School known as the “Huffman Nine” did the cleanup after the hurricane closed their school. The Daughters of the Confederacy provided new headstones for the soldiers’ graves, and a large marble headstone identifying all known interred and an American flag were placed at the cemetery’s entrance. “This is the first time I’ve seen a cemetery bring new life—to the community and to the Lions,” Jordan emphasizes. Huffman Lions regularly mow the grass and clean up. The Huffman Nine gave the club a $500 donation in honor of McCune. Nameless no more, the cemetery is now called the Huffman Heritage Cemetery.
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