Jason Peter Huff, Jr.

March 22, 2022

Charlotte — Jason Peter Huff, Jr., 16, took his life on Tuesday, March 22, after a long and courageous battle with mental health illness. Jason knew he was loved and adored on Earth but now rests peacefully with his Heavenly Father.

Jason was born to his generous and loving mother, Jane Elizabeth Davis Huff, and his adoring father, Jason Peter Huff, Sr., on October 28, 2005, in Mooresville, NC, although the family jokes he was born straight into the arms of his big sisters, Lauren and Ashley. His birth was perfectly timed, as he was first introduced to the community as Baby Jesus in the Christmas tableau at the family’s Davidson church.

As a baby, Jason loved his blanket, “Blankie,” his dogs, Jenkins and Hazel, and was a happy baby who smiled generously. Growing as a toddler and preschooler, he was anxious to please and help others. His smiles grew into wit as he matured and entertained those around him with a wonderful sense of humor. He had a gift for storytelling and was fun-loving and uninhibited. He loved playing games and making silly videos with his sisters, never leaving their side. He was an affectionate child who never grew out of showering his family with love and attention, especially his mother with whom he shared the same caring and sensitive disposition. He shared his father’s devotion to family and loved to spend time at home with everyone. Jason’s life was a beautiful combination of genius, compassion, and curiosity. Upon preschool graduation at age 4, he received the award for “Deep Thinker,” a category they created just for him and a trait that followed him through life..

From an early age, Jason was imaginative and intuitively knew how to construct, build, and create. During his elementary years at Woodlawn School and later Eastover Elementary School, Jason became a gifted Lego architect, spending hours with his dad sorting Legos into muffin tins to create spectacular Lego displays. Later as Jason attended Randolph Middle School and then Myers Park High School, his imagination manifested into his hobby of building high performance computers and custom keyboards, convinced that he could outperform what he called Apple’s built-in obsolescence in an effort to provide more affordable and accessible computers for all. His wisdom was sought after, and he taught his friends how to build their own faster and cheaper computers.

Jason was a jack-of-all-trades who dreamt of a career in engineering. He easily shifted from Legos to computers to cars as he worked long hours in the garage shop with his dad. On the weekends, Jason could be found at a Cars and Coffee gathering or in the garage modifying what became “Subie,” his pride and joy 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, what some called the coolest car on campus, a creation of his own doing.

Equally as agile in other pursuits, Jason worked to challenge himself to achieve in nearly every aspect of his life. Jason was unafraid to try almost any activity, with his mother, father, and sisters on the sidelines as his biggest cheerleader. He enjoyed recreational sports but was more concerned about helping injured teammates than scoring goals while playing Charlotte Junior Soccer. He later discovered he was more suited to individual sports such as fencing, skateboarding, biking and rock climbing, often inviting his friends to learn from him on the high courses at InnerPeaks. He also found himself at home on the Catawba River with his friends on the Charlotte Youth Rowing team.

By early elementary school, Jason had mastered political discourse and was known to cite regulations to his attorney parents after exhaustively researching topics of interest. As Jason’s academic career took shape, he worked to understand how classical subjects like Latin and mythology intersected with modern day science and people through civics and debate. Religion was an important part of this journey, as Jason independently pursued Christian confirmation at Westminster Presbyterian Church in middle school. Following his confirmation in 2018, his faith grew fervently, and his curiosity compelled him to study other world religions in an effort to understand and honor other people’s beliefs.

Jason was a friend to everyone but was deliberate in surrounding himself with kind and inclusive people. Jason was a loyal friend as he held his friends and colleagues in high regard. Jason is described by his family and friends as kind, gentle, empathetic, and always concerned for others. Jason was a helper, the boy who took out his neighbor’s trash, completed chores without asking, and always inquired, “How was your day?” to those who needed it most.

Jason lived intentionally and wanted his peers to understand the impact of their actions on other humans in the world. He advocated for anyone who was independent and self-made, including many fashion designers, artists, and musicians, some of his favorites being Tame Impala and Tyler the Creator. At over 6 feet tall, Jason could be spotted on campus easily and was recognized wearing his skinny black jeans with colorful tops, stylish sneakers and often his favorite leather jacket that belonged to his father.

When Jason was not at school, he could be located near chocolate ice cream or otherwise in his happy place, the third floor “Man Cave” of his home, where he most enjoyed his car-racing simulator and debated and philosophized with his dad. Out of town, Jason particularly enjoyed special quality time with family at their homes in Nags Head and Winston-Salem and the family farm in Loudon County, VA. Many special vacations were spent on Kiawah Island, SC, and special summers spent at Camp Timberlake, an old-fashioned camp where Jason found brotherhood, bonfires, rocket launching, and God, all in the same place.

Jason will be remembered for his servant heart, the one who would bring you a glass of water before you were thirsty. He was a young man focused on others’ wellbeing yet faced internal struggles that he kept hidden from the world and that we will never know and understand. His memory is cherished by all who knew and loved him.

Jason loved his family dearly and is survived by his mother and father, Jane Elizabeth Hatch Davis Huff and Jason Peter Huff, Sr., his sisters Lauren Elizabeth Huff and Ashley Davis Huff of Charlotte. Jason adored his many family members, especially his grandparents Linwood Layfield Davis, Sr., and Martha Hannah Hatch Davis of Winston-Salem and Cathy Huff Bowman and Jim Bowman of Purcellville, VA. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, and cousins: the Kane Family of Purcellville, VA, the Davis Family and the Greco Family of Winston-Salem, and his beloved extended family from coast to coast.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207. The Reverend Bill Roth will preside.  The service will be livestreamed at: https://boxcast.tv/view/a-service-in-loving-memory-of-jason-huff-jr-oepkpge2hayskujsgsyc for those unable to attend in person.  The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Myers Park High School Foundation (note: Mental Health Support) at www.mphsfoundation.org or 338 S. Sharon Amity Rd, Box 228, Charlotte, NC 28211.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Rob Strickland

    Dear Jane Elizabeth and the Huff family, You have my deepest condolences during this difficult time. I am sorry to have never known Jason and am greatly saddened by the loss that all those around him, especially those that loved him, must be feeling right now. May God help guide you and your family back to peace. Sincerely, Rob Strickland

  • Gloria Sessoms

    I would like to send my deepest condolences to the family of Jason Huff, Jr., my he rest in peace

  • Len Preslar

    Jodi and I express our deep sorry for the family's loss. We dod not know Jason personally, but he sounds like a delightful young man, whom I know you will all miss dearly. We love his smile in this photo. We only hope the service was a healing time of celebration for the time you had with Jason, and that the memories of your time together begin to overwhelm the pain of loss you surely must feel. His time with you was far too short, yet still a blessing in your lives. May the Lord give you strength and comfort as you move forward, and may the memories of his life bring warmth to your hearts.
    Len & Jodi Preslar

  • Daryl and Karen Poppen

    Our hearts break for you and Jason's extended family and friends. We can relate to your pain, as we also lost a son to suicide in 2005 after a long and painful battle with depression and anxiety. He was 25. We will be praying for all of you. Since we are a bit further along this same difficult road, if you would ever like someone to talk to, we'd be happy to talk on the phone or meet with you. We live in Huntersville. Please contact us at dwpoppen@att.net or 209-678-4075.

  • Mrs. L.H.J. Overfelt

    My condolences to all the Huff Family and Friends. You are all in my prayers. May God Bless You All and Keep You in His Care.
    Mrs. L.H.J. Overfelt

  • Debra R. Simons

    While I did not know your gifted son, I send my condolences and feel so very heartbroken for this young person with such promise and for your family. Please accept my heartfelt prayers.

  • Connie, Dave, and Ian Wessner

    To the entire Huff family, we are heartbroken at the news of your family’s loss. Know that we are keeping all of you and especially Jason, Jr in our hearts. May his memory be a blessing to us all.

  • Trisha Kane

    Thinking of the Huff Family today, the Davis Family and the Bowmans.
    May God open wide his arms to gather Jason in, and also hold your hearts in His hands as you begin to move through these days.


    I do not know your beautiful son, but my heart felt pain for your family. So many of our young ones are suffering silently with mental issues that they do not know how to express. There are so many that will miss his smile, his giving spirit and his love. I pray that God grants each of you the peace that your hearts sorely need at this juncture. The pain of losing your angel will never go away, but those he left behind will learn to navigate through it. Rest Easy young angel.

  • Laura Carlyle

    I’m so sorry to read of the death of your beloved son and Linwood and Martha’s grandson. My heart aches for all of you and I will be praying for your strength as you move forward. I’ve always admired your family gatherings like my family does. Blessings to you all. May God hold you all close.

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