David Stratton HUGGINS Jr.

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HUGGINS, JR., David StrattonWent to heaven peacefully on March 2, 2013. He was born on October 30, 1922 to David S. Huggins, Sr. and Marguerite Batten Huggins. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 67 years, Mary Edith Gregory Huggins; brother, Hooper Huggins (Frances); son, David S. Huggins III; daughter, Sallie Huggins Wallace (Guy III); grandchildren, David Stratton Huggins IV (Kimmie), James Gregory Huggins, Olivia Connell Huggins Hillerio (Matt), William Guy Wallace IV (Cindy), David Huggins Wallace (Lauren), Cooper Scott Wallace (Kaley); great grandchildren, William Guy Wallace V, Jeremiah Luke Wallace, Lakely Gray Wallace, Colton Thomas Hillerio. He attended secondary school at Wallace University School. After graduating, he enrolled at Vanderbilt University, but with the start of World War II, he joined the U.S. Air Corp and spent time training at Kessler Field in Mississippi and Maxwell Air Force Base. Due to an injury, he was permanently discharged. He then re-enrolled at Vanderbilt University and joined the Tennessee State Guard. Upon graduation from Vanderbilt Engineering School where he was president of Sigma Chi fraternity, he achieved the rank of Captain in the Tennessee State Guard. After graduating from Vanderbilt, he worked for the DuPont Company (34 years) in Old Hickory, Tennessee and took early retirement as a senior engineer. After retiring, he was called to help start Christ Presbyterian Church serving as the executive administrator as well as an elder. During this time, he served as a Trustee of the Presbyterian Church in America and on the Administrative Committee of the PCA. After retiring from Christ Presbyterian Church, he was a founding member and elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church. From childhood, he loved the outdoors. Having grown up in a railroad family, he started riding his pony to Radnor Lake in 1930 to meet his father in the spring and summer afternoons to fish while using a wooden john-boat and a coffee can to bail water from the leaks in the boat. His memories of the years at Radnor Lake are documented in the Tennessee State Archives. Also, his memories of fishing, hunting, gardening and the history of Nashville have brought joy to family, friends and others. The greatest gift that will endure was David's love for Jesus, His Lord. His gentle spirit, unconditional love for family and others as well as the gentle kindness that spoke from his eyes will be remembered by anyone that knew him. Special appreciation goes to caregivers: Bonnie McGee, Angela Shelton, Sarah Harris and Shenita Sawyers and the loving care from all those at Alive Hospice. Visitation will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. Private Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church; Alive Hospice; or Christ Presbyterian Academy. MOUNT OLIVET FUNERAL HOME, (615) 255-4193
Published in The Tennessean on Mar. 4, 2013
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