On Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, our family lost a loving father and husband and he will be greatly missed.
Jerry L. Huggins, passed away in his home after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Charlotte Huggins, and his four children Sherri Huggins, Paul Huggins, Mike Huggins, Steve Huggins, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Born the fourth child of six to Emmette Lorenzo and Alta Pearl Huggins on Friday the 13th of May, 1938, he is also survived by his youngest brother Kenneth Huggins.
To his family and friends his generosity of spirit and his zest for life mark him as a wonderfully unique and loving individual. Often said of many, it was absolutely true of Jerry that he would give you the shirt off his back if you asked for it. When his generosity was taken advantage of, as it sometimes was, he never lost faith in humanity. Instead, he continued to be true to who he was and when the next person came along who needed help, if it was in his power to do so, he would help them.
A man who worked hard his entire life and instilled a strong work ethic within his own children, Jerry retired from the Texas Highway Department in 1995. He served in many capacities on many jobs throughout the state but was most proud of the work he did near his home, Highway 225 and the ship channel bridge portion of 610. There was not a roadway in Houston, or Harris County for that matter, that he had not played a part in, and we, his family, took as much pride in his accomplishments as he did. One of the greatest moments in his life professionally was when he was asked to teach highway construction lessons to other area supervisors at A& M in College Station.
Fiercely proud of being an American and a Texan, some of Jerry’s fondest memories and most entertaining stories centered upon his service in the US Air Force from 1955 to 1962. He began his service at the end of the Korean “Conflict” and ended it at the beginning of the Vietnam War. As children we were often regaled with his adventures and misadventures within the military. Many of these tales were set in Tachikawa and Okinawa Japan where he served a combined total of three years of his military service although as an engine and propeller specialist in a roving maintenance crew, he traveled all over the Pacific. When asked about his rank in the Air Force, dad would laughingly respond, “It varied according to how much trouble he got into” joking that his stripes “were attached with zippers.”
Jerry’s love of music was a near second to his love of family. The fact that he was not a particularly good vocalist never kept him from entertaining his young family on drives to Lake Texarkana by singing Chantilly Lace, Blueberry Hill and Thunder Road. We never tired of hearing them and would beg him to sing, especially Chantilly Lace (what child can resist a lyric like long neck goose?), over and over again. With the experience of adulthood, it is easy to imagine that he must have often grown weary of singing the same song over and over again but if so, he never let on. His love and pride in his family was shown in just such small, ordinary acts. Poor in material things for most of his life, he was nevertheless wealthy in those things that mattered most to him – the love of and for his family.
Friends and loved ones can gather one last time to say goodbye to a much beloved husband, father and friend by attending Jerry’s visitation from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Friday, September 7, 2012 with the funeral service beginning at 7:00pm, both of which will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.
A reception will follow at Cullen’s Restaurant, located at 11500 Space Center Blvd. in Houston, 77059.