It is with great sadness that I deliver the news of the passing of Hugh Babb. He has been a member of the Babb Family Association as far back as I can remember and it was he and I and his daughter Brenda who hatched the scheme to rescue the 1787 Seth Babb Homestead. He cheered me on through every step and encouraged me, gave funds, scavenged other family members for participation and even helped us find our builder. It was him who told me of the opportunity for its current location. He was my champion, my advocate and my friend.
It is easy to forget the dire situation the homestead was in back in 2004, so I’ve included some before and after pictures to remind you. They are taken from approximately the same position.
I’m privileged to have known him and will miss him greatly. He passed away, yesterday morning (02 Aug 2017), just one week after his 89th birthday. He is preceded in death by his wife Anne. He is survived by his two daughters and three grandchildren (Brenda McCroskey, Kathy Wust, Jon McCroskey, Eric Wust & Spencer Wust. He has a exceedingly large extended family.
I’ll leave you with two pictures of him that I’ve always treasured. The first is of him at our 2004 Babb Family Reunion. He is pictured with Michael & Brenda McCroskey and their son Jon. Hugh was playing the part of Phillip Babb (1-2-2-1) who moved his family to Greene County, (then the state of Franklin) and took up residence just outside of modern day Greeneville. Michael and Jon played the role of Seth Sr. & Seth Jr. (who built the homestead). Brenda (BFA President 2007-2010) was playing the part of Seth Sr.’s wife Mary McClellan.
The second picture is of Hugh laying the first log during the reconstruction of Seth Babb’s Homestead in 2011. It is effectively the cornerstone of the building. You can’t see it in the picture, but he has a giant grin on his face as his lifelong dream was about to come true!
His Obituary Follows:
Obituary for Hugh Babb
He took particular joy in his three grandsons, Eric, Jon, and Spencer.
Mr. Babb was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, his father and mother, Carl and Anna Babb, and brother, Kenneth Babb.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Kingsport. The funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with the Reverend Ray Amos, Jr. and the Reverend Randall Wright officiating.