Alfred “Bink” William Huddleston III
Alfred “Bink” William Huddleston III was born on October 8th, 1948, in Loma Linda Hospital, Loma Linda, California, to Alfred “Buck” William Huddleston Jr and Martha Jane (Orf) Huddleston of Reche Canyon.
His mother Martha gave him the nickname Binky at birth and it stuck. Bink attended Holy Rosary Catholic School, Golden Valley Junior High School and Pacific High School before the family moved to Plumas County. Bink’s father, Buck, had fallen in love with Lake Almanor on a fishing trip and decided to move his family to Greenville in 1965, where Bink would finish high school in Greenville as a graduate of the class of 1967.
Bink worked in construction along side his father, building many homes in the county and commercial buildings such as The Crossroads at Hamilton Branch, Placer Savings and Loan complex, Elks Lodge and Bank Club in Quincy and later went into moving dirt as Bink’s Backhoe Service in the 1980s. During this time Bink would install numerous septic systems in Plumas County, and larger commercial projects such as the expansion of North Shore Campground at Lake Almanor and Big Springs Domestic Water Service in Prattville. Bink married Vonnie Marie Carman in November of 1974 and they, along with Vonnie’s son Brad Moore, moved to Taylorsville into a home Bink was just finishing for them. They would have one son, Josh, born in 1979. During their marriage, Bink and Vonnie would raise registered Appaloosa horses at and near their home in Taylorsville and, with Vonnie’s passion for them, would travel to parades far and wide taking part in fancy dress and other parade competitions. They together were actively involved in the Taylorsville Riding and Roping Club, and Greenville Riding and Roping Club (now non-existent) and its arena which use to be located at the Greenville Campground. This club under their direction started such events as the Greenville Easter Egg Hunt. In 1998, with son Josh, opened Main Street Antiques on Main Street in Greenville, which would later become Sterling Sage. In 2001 he purchased the Hideaway Motel & Lodge in Greenville. This venture was to be one that occupied his time in retirement from construction yet became more demanding than expected. Travelers from far and wide would be greeted by Bink upon their checking into the historic Inn. And he loved meeting all the people, telling them stories of the Inn and the town and of his beloved Indian Valley. He was a charter member of the Chester Elks Lodge. He was actively involved in the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce serving as a board member for many years as well as a lifetime member of the Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum serving as its president and project manager of the historic Bransford and McIntyre Warehouse renovation. After the Dixie fire in 2021 Bink was ready for a simpler life and he and partner Jeff moved to Keddie to enjoy the sun, sounds of the river and wind in the trees. He was an avid lover of music, dance, art, and nature and was never more at ease than sitting in the sun listening to the birds and enjoying the beauty of Plumas County.
On March 7th Bink suffered a stroke and after just over a month in therapy and rehabilitation, complications caused by the stroke he passed. He is preceded in death by his mother Martha, father Buck, sister Laura and twin brothers Timmy and Tommy. He is survived by his son Josh Huddleston of Greenville, partner Jeff Titcomb of Quincy, sister Debra Huddleston of South Daytona Florida, brother John Huddleston of Taylorsville and six nephews and one niece.
Graveside services for family will be held in the Greenville Cemetery in Greenville at 10am on April 29th. A Luncheon and Celebration of Life will begin at noon on the 29th in Taylorsville at the Historic Taylorsville Community Hall. All are welcome to attend.