Clarence Poe Hucks, Sr.
July 23, 1928 - July 18, 2014
COLUMBIA Clarence Poe Hucks, Sr., 85, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. He was born July 23, 1928, in Aynor, South Carolina, the son of the late Ed and Nolie Hucks. He was the seventh child of eight children and as such, his loving parents had already gone through their list of children's names. Upon the doctor's request for a proper name, Mr. Hucks acquired his name from the editor of Progressive Farmer at that time: Clarence Poe. His life continued to have many humorous and varied stories, too many to mention.
He was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Brotherhood President and Building Committee. Prior to moving to Columbia, he served on the Sanctuary Building Committee for Pickens First Baptist Church, taught men's Sunday School Class and was Director of the Adult Department of Training Union. He was a member of the Pickens Rotary Club, served on the SC Chapter of American Association of Hospital Accountants, the Board of Directors for three years and served as president of the Piedmont Hospital Council.
He graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where he was fortunate to meet Henry Ford and see first-hand the millions of dollars Ford contributed to the College. The millions came only after founder, Martha Berry impressed Ford by making a hundred dollars from the ten cents she received from Mr. Ford when she first requested his assistance for her school. Years later, Mr. Hucks enrolled at Clemson College for graduate work in agriculture.
Mr. Hucks began his career at Green Sea High School as Head Veterans' teacher. He was employed by Johnson Cotton Company in Conway as an office manager. He was a member of the United States Army stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C., for two years and served some months in Alaska.
Mr. Hucks began his healthcare career at Loris Community Hospital and served as their Administrator for three years before moving to Pickens and serving as Administrator of Cannon Memorial. He was employed by several South Carolina health entities, including State Park Health Center, where he served as Administrator; the Department of Mental Health and the State Board of Health Licensing Division. He served as a Public Health Analyst and Administrator of Addictions Project. This later project led Mr. Hucks to serve as an adjunct professor at USC.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Lavinia Lupo Hucks; daughters, Glenda Hucks, Mollie Roche (Pat), Susan Joyner (Kevin); sons, Clarence Poe Hucks, Jr., Harold Dennis Hucks; grandchildren, Lavinia Roche Toth (Brandon), Stephanie Roche, Patrick Roche, James Roche, Steven Hucks, Ashlee Joyner, Tiffani Joyner, Jason Joyner (Juanita); great grandchildren, Savannah, Jason Jr., and Sarah Joyner; brother, Ed Hucks, Jr. (Lilly); numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be greatly missed by those he left on earth, but warmly welcomed by those in Heaven.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Temple Baptist Church, with burial in Fort Jackson Cemetery at 12:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 3 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Temple Baptist Church, Providence Hospital Foundation or to a hospital foundation of your choice, in honor of his years of service and dedication to health care throughout South Carolina.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfuneralhomedevine.com.
Published in The Sun News on July 20, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Dunbar Funeral Home - Devine
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