Posted on: 07.2.2018 at 01:15 p.m.
Claudius Edmond Huggins passed away Saturday, June 28, 2018. He was born Sept. 22, 1922 to Ira B. and Margaret McQueen Huggins of Green Sea, S.C. Claude had five brothers and seven sisters. Preceding him in death were Mildred Harrelson, Robert Huggins, Hazel Hinson, Flora McGougan, Howard Huggins, Hubert Huggins, Clayton Huggins, Voncille Huggins, and Bright Huggins.
He graduated from Green Sea High School in 1939, Mars Hill College in 1941, and Furman University in 1943.
Claude served in the U.S. Air Force as a Tech Sergeant from 1943-1945, serving as a gunner based in southern Italy. He was awarded the Overseas and Victory Medals, the EAMET medal with three bronze stars, and the Purple Heart.
Claude was a buyer and salesman with W.F. Cox Company of Tabor City from 1945 until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of the Tabor City Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in honor of his Rotary contributions.
Claude was actively involved in Tabor City Baptist Church, having served as deacon, Sunday school teacher with the junior and adult departments, Sunday school secretary and on the building and grounds committee. In 2005, Huggins was named Deacon Emeritus at Tabor City Baptist Church.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 2 at Tabor City Baptist Church. Visitation will be held Monday, July 2 one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Green Sea Cemetery. Inman Ward Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
On July 16, 1948, Claude married Avie Lee Herring of Loris, S.C. and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage until Mrs. Huggins death in 2013. They were the parents of three sons who survive, Claudius Edmond Jr. (BJ) of Cary, Randy (Pam) of Southport and Dennis (Jan) of Wilkesboro; grandchildren are Chrissie (Forrest) Wills, Doug (Alison) Huggins, Amanda (Matt) Gleason, Jeffrey Huggins, Abby Huggins, Andrew (Julia Sendor) Huggins, Ashley (Steele) Park, Jeff (Stacey) Summerlin and Heath Summerlin; great-grandchildren are Logan Wills, Evan Gleason, Noah Gleason, Abrey Park, Zoey Park, Rustic Summerlin and Bentley Summerlin. Claude is also survived by three sisters Verna Blanton, Lottie Ann Jones and Betty Grainger.
The family respectfully request no food or flowers. Memorials may be made to Tabor City Baptist Church at 200 Live Oak Street, Tabor City, NC 28463.
A guest register is available at inmanwardfuneralhome.com.