Services for Aulbie Demain (Dee) Huggins Jr. will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with Revs. Brian Pounder, M. L. Agnew Jr., and Charles Floyd Jr. officiating. Burial will be at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Newton, with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Huggins, 82, was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Knoxville, Tenn., to the late A. D. Huggins Sr. and the late Coty Floyd Huggins Underwood. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he served as an acolyte in his youth. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1947 and soon joined the U. S. Navy where he attained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. His service of 20 years in Aviation Training link took him to stations at Moffet Field, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., Corpus Christi, Texas, Port Washington, N.Y., Jacksonville, Fla., and Hawaii. After his retirement from the Navy in 1967, he worked 20 years with the U.S. Post Office as an electronic technician. During his retirement years, he enjoyed many hours of friendship with members of the Fleet Reserve Association in Meridian and he commuted from his home in Meridian to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport.
Survivors include his daughter, Stephanie Huggins Shipp (Robert) of Chichester, England; sons: Louis Huggins and John Huggins, both of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters: Norma Huggins Veach (Dr. Al) of Meridian, and Coty Huggins Tootle (Theo) Jasper, Ga.; one sister-in-law, Hannelore Huggins; and, many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his son, Demain O’Neal Huggins; brother, Samuel O’Neal Huggins Sr.; an infant brother, Kamper Floyd Huggins; his father and mother; and the mother of his children, Margaret Colonna Huggins.
Pallbearers will be members of the Fleet Reserve Association.
Honorary pallbearer is Dewain Walker.
Friends and family may sign the online guest book at jamesfwebb.com.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.