The printing community in Central Texas lost two special people in May. Faye Edwards passed away from a prolonged bout with cancer several weeks ago, and San Antonio lost a real champion of print this past week when Bill Huddleston succumbed from the same disease.
Faye and Barkley Edwards were the long-time owners of Capital Printing in Austin and were extremely active in our Association. Faye had served as a local chapter president and a member of the board of directors. She was a gracious lady who was known for her heart of gold as well as her ability to handle tough business situations; thus the moniker “The Iron Duke” which she proudly wore. At a remembrance service held earlier in the month, it was obvious that she was well-loved by many in Austin, and her passion for the Longhorns was unsurpassed.
Bill Huddleston was the executive secretary for the Printing Industries of San Antonio, a chapter of PIA Texas, the predecessor of today’s PIA MidAmerica. He was one of the “greatest generation” having served in the US Army during WWII and was in three major battle campaigns as a member of Patton’s 3rd Army. Subsequently he joined the Civil Service with the Army Corp of Engineers and was also a member of the Texas State Guard ultimately reaching the rank of Brigadier General.
The “General” as I used to call him joined PIA as a “part-time” employee after he retired from the Civil Service. That was in 1986 if I recall correctly. He quickly became the champion of the printing industry and was constantly involved with shepherding “the printer’s outfit” as he referred to the San Antonio chapter. He was always a source of energy and had a true “can do” attitude. Any visiting dignitary or speaker always got a tour and a history lesson about the Alamo City from Bill. Although he “fully” retired in the late 1990’s from PIA MidAmerica, he still served on several graphic arts committees and was very involved with the high school programs teaching printing until 2010.
Although both Faye and Bill will be missed, their legacy and commitment to the industry, their community, and their families will always live on. Vaya con Dios amigos.