Johnnie O. Huggins, Sr., “Huckle Buck”, 72, of Thorndale, PA, departed this earthly life Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at the Reading Hospital in West Reading, PA.
Born January 30, 1949, in Marion Hospital in Marion, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Melvin Huggins, Sr. and Marie Brady Huggins. His nickname came from his mother-in-law Beatrice Harris.
Johnnie was educated in Walstonburg School District in Walstonburg, North Carolina. He attended Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology for his apprenticeship program where he learned to operate heavy equipment.
Johnnie relocated to Coatesville, Pennsylvania 1968 following his sister Jessie Mae Harris (Fleming) where he met Elizabeth Harris and married and from there had four children: Marie Huggins and Monica Huggins both of Thorndale, Johnnie O. Huggins, Jr. (Sara), Kenneth L. Huggins, Sr. (Monica) of Coatesville, Ashley Janae Huggins of Philadelphia; 13 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson, 1 godson.
Johnnie leaves cherished memories to his sister, Jesse Mae Harris of Glenolden, PA, brothers, Cleveland Huggins (Dorothy) of Wilson, North Carolina, Benny Huggins (Barbara) of Lancaster, PA; 2 sister-in-laws of Coatesville; 3 brother-in-laws of Coatesville; special friend, John Dent and his companion Marie Hunter and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin & friends.
Johnnie was employed by Tony DePaul & Sons, Seravellis, after which he was employed at Local Union 542 Operating Engineer until he retired in January of 2013. Johnnie was a member of Ushirika Fundi a non-profit organization where he also was an officer of the organization operating Engineers of Solidarity Local 542.
Johnnie was a faithful member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Philadelphia. He served on the men’s choir, trustee board and was very dedicated to the maintenance operations around the church.
Johnnie could fix anything. He always kept a nice car. He enjoyed shopping, loved to dress and stayed sharp. He enjoyed all kinds of sports. He especially liked baseball, shooting pool, and watching the Dallas Cowboys. Most of all, Johnnie was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
He was fun, loving and dearly loved his grandchildren who affectionately called him "Pop-Pop" and “Grand-dad”.
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A walk-thru public viewing will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 5301 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19139.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral service will be held privately with limited seating for only the immediate family.
The service can be viewed LIVE on Zoom beginning at 10:45 AM by using the link below:
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Interment will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester, PA.
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