Growing up Stephenville: Huckabee returns home to raise family, enjoy life.
By SARA VANDEN BERGE
Brandon Huckabee is about as hometown as it gets, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Stephenville native is working to make a true difference in the place he returned to raise a family and carve out his life.
“My grandfather (Leon Manley) was the principal of the high school,” Huckabee said. “I grew up during a time when Stephenville was winning state championships, and for a kid who loved sports, that was fun.”
But he couldn’t stay away from the place he had always called home.
After marrying his wife Alyssa, the couple moved back to Stephenville in 2015 and later that year started a business of their own - Huckabee Inspection Group.
“We do residential and commercial inspections. We come in when people are buying a home and inspect the structure from a functionality standpoint,” Huckabee said. “Lots of people buy a home and like the way it looks, but we go into the attic and check the wiring and climb on the roof to inspect it. We make sure people have a real clear idea about what they are buying.”
In 2019 Huckabee Inspection Group opened a second location in Waco and now the company has four employees.
Huckabee’s love for all things Stephenville led him to run for the Stephenville City Council in 2018 and today he serves as the chairman of the Planning and Development Committee.
“Part of the reason I ran for city council was to promote the smart growth of Stephenville and continue to better our services, streets and infrastructure,” Huckabee said. “I want to be a cheerleader for Stephenville and work to bring new businesses and services here that people want.”
Today, the young family, which now consists of daughters, Brinley and Ella, can be spotted at a variety of events across the city.
And their love of sports continues, especially Tarleton athletics.
Life for the young family is good.
“I want my girls to have all the opportunities I had as a child – both educationally and in sports,” Huckabee said. “I want them to become little Honeybees and grow up in a place that is as loving and tight-knit as Stephenville.”