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Sonny Huckaby

FROM THE BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF PRIMITIVE OR OLD SCHOOL BAPTIST MINISTERS BY DAVID MONTGOMERY AND MARK GREEN:


ELDER BILLY W. (SONNY) HUCKABY JR.


I was born on July 4, 1953, to Billy W. and Elva Lee Huckaby in Oakland, California. I have one sister, Terry, who is 3 1/2 years older than I. As a young child I had problems with the development of my feet, and had to wear a bracewith a bar going from on shoe to the other. The doctors stated that unless my parents took this action, I would be in a wheel chair early in life. Through my parent’s diligence, the doctor’s good care, and especially the Lord’s providence, Ihave very little problems with my feet today.

We attended Golden Gate Church, where my first memories of the Old Baptist are still precious to me. Elder Henry Cash is the first minister that I can remember, since he pastored the church during the 50s. My uncle, Elder T. L. Huckaby began pastoring Golden Gate in 1958, and became an extremely strong influence in my life. I still mourn his death of April 28, 1980.


My love for the Lord and His Church began so early in my life that I can notremember a time when it was not present. Golden Gate was made up of a lot of my father’s family. Church became a special place to me as I began to listen more and feel the effects of the Gospel as if fed my poor heart. Finally after several months of carrying a burden and talking to my father about it, I presented myself to Golden Gate and was baptized on June 12, 1960. My uncle, Elder T. L. Huckaby baptized me and I saw the Church in such glory, even as a young person.

In the summer of 1965, my family moved to Fresno, California, about 150 milesaway. My father had accepted the care of a church in Caruthers, California, and felt the need to live in her midst. It was there, at Caruthers, that I first felt the call to the ministry. At 11 or 12 years old, I sat under the preaching of Elder A. D.Abernathy one evening, and had such a burden come over me. While I cannot say I heard an audible voice, I did feel as if something said to me, "One day my child, you will be preaching." I wept much and began trying to study my Bible.Soon after I made my first attempt to speak in my Lord’s name, opening service for my father.

In July of 1967, my father again feeling impressed to accept the pastoral care of another church, we moved. Only this time, the move was to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Lord greatly blessed the faith and efforts of my father as theChurch grew immediately after we moved. I continued to feel the need to speak in my Lord’s name, and Dad continued to call upon me. Soon after, Brother Larry Webb and his family moved from Dallas to Oklahoma City, and I soon discovered a brother I never had in the flesh. Brother Larry was struggling under the same burden to preach, and we soon were sharing our secret and burdens with one another. The Lord blessed brother Larry and the Church to the point of finally ordaining Brother Larry Webb to the full work of the Gospel Ministry. Elder Webb continues to be a great blessing to the Primitive Baptists, and will forever have a special place in my heart.

At Oklahoma City, I met Sharon Sliger, the granddaughter of Elder Troy Corley, the daughter of Brother Chester Sliger. I begin to pray that the Lord would bless me with a loving wife, and one that loved the truth as much as I. I promised the Lord that if he would only answer my prayer, then I would do whatever he bid me in His service. Over the course of just a few months, Sharon became a special person to me. I saw my father baptize her, and I began to wonder if Sharon would be the answer to my prayers. We began "going together" when she was only 13, and we married when she was 17. My father united Sharon and me in marriage on December 21, 1973. I had to confess to her my impressionto preach before we were married, just to make sure she knew what might befall our life together. Much to my surprise, she said she had known of my impression for several years.

We finally moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in June 1975. I enrolled once again in college, working part time, and Sharon took a full time job to put me through school. Soon Sharon and I moved our membership to Bethel Church in Little Rock, where Elder Everett Abernathy so lovingly and carefully served as my pastor. Before long the Lord blessed me with liberty for the first time and soon the Church liberated me to speak. Some in the area wanted my ordination, butElder Abernathy stood tall and firm and said that the growth I could have in the next year would justify the wait. Of course, I knew nothing of this, as Elder Abernathy stood as a buffer between me and almost everything. I enjoyed suchfreedom as the Lord provided such a loving environment for me to grow. On July 29, 1978, I was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry. Elder T. L. Huckaby, my uncle, delivered the charge, with my father Elder B. W. Huckabypraying the ordination prayer.

My membership remained at Bethel for a few years and was called to pastor them for a short time. I resigned as pastor and moved my membership back to Old Union. Old Union had gone through the trouble, but the scars werepresent. However, God in His tender mercies allowed me to bypass this trouble. It has been told to me that God’s providence both led me away from Old Union, and then led be back to Old Union. However, on September 11, 1982, I was called as pastor at Old Union. God has been so good to us. Sharon and I had one more child born to us, Billy Joseph, on March 8, 1981. Our two daughters are married to precious Primitive Baptist brethren.

As I look back through my short 46 years, God’s providence has ever been present. I continue to learn of His precious truths for they are new every morning. I continue to long for the fellowship of God’s saints, and pray that I

might spend my life in service unto my God and His dear Church.


larry heldman  

Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)