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James William “Jim” Huls, 75,  was called home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Oct. 4.  He was born Dec. 9, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. to William “Bud” and Dorothy LeaHey Huls.  He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret of seven years; brother William “Skip” (Kathy) Huls Jr.; three children Christine (Mike) Malone, Colleen (Brad) Chafin, J. Christian (Cherish) Huls; two step-children Kristi (Chris) Lockhart, Scott (Mindy) Heller,  11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; five step-grandchildren. Jim’s life was punctuated by his love for his wife, family and friends, his devotion to God; his dedication for Scouting and his passion for racing, whether it be fast cars or motorcycles.  Jim’s career in freight sales for various barge lines brought him to Memphis with American Commercial Barge Line But his life-long passion for Scouting surpassed his career. He joined the Boy Scouts of America when he was 9 years old and became an Eagle Scout at the age of 15. He served the Boy Scouts in numerous roles and later in life he officially worked for the Boy Scouts of America as a professional scouter.  In his retirement, he also enjoyed volunteering with AARP as a safety driving instructor for over ten years.  Jim was a member of the DeSoto Hills Baptist Church, Southaven. A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. at Spitfire Acres located at 5198 Tchulahoma Rd, Southaven, MS 38671.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), the Memphis Church Health Center (churchhealth.org) or the Boy Scouts of America (donations.scouting.org).