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Harvey Alexander Huggins, Sr. 

Harvey Alexander Huggins, Sr. was the fourth child born to John Alexander Huggins and Edna Carter in Boston, Massachusetts on November 15, 1911. As the years went by, the Huggins family grew reaching 18 children.

Huggins enjoyed singing and was a lover of music, which was instilled in him by his mother. He would continue to nurture his love of music, so much so that it began to change his life. Huggins received individual attention, initially, working with one instructor. He would eventually begin working privately with Professor Steven Townsend, faculty member of the School of Music at Boston University, after hearing Huggins sing.

In his teens, he performed for the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church, where his solo career began.  As a young man, Huggins was a successful soloist performing locally. In the early 1940s, the Works Progress Administration, which grew from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration, created a choral group made up of some of the best voices in the country. Huggins was approached by the choral and decided to join, which led to more experience and exposure.

During that decade, Huggins was introduced to the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church. He, his mother and his sister were baptized. He then met and later married Kathryn Jones of Salem, New Jersey in 1943. His first two children, Alyce La Verne and Joyce Francine, were born in Boston.

In 1946, Huggins accepted an invitation to join the faculty of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. He taught music and voice for a year and relocated to Los Angeles, CA. He would teach music at Los Angeles SDA Academy. He later had a third child, Harvey Huggins, Jr. Around 1950, Huggnins and his wife became founding members of Berean SDA Church and he, the church’s first choir director.

As his family grew, Huggins made a shift in career and began working in the aerospace industry, where he worked for a number of years. In 1953, tragedy would strike when his wife delivered a still born, male child. Huggins named him Wayne and always acknowledged his birth. In 1955, the family would celebrate the birth of their fifth and final child, Marian. In the 1960s, Huggins returned to school, studying mathematics, which would lead to training as an engineering draftsman. He joined CalTrans around 1972 and worked there for the rest of his working career. He still had a love for music and gave private vocal coaching lessons.

In February of 2006, his wife, Kathryn, passed away. They had been together for over 60 years. In 2011, he turned 100-years old and had a birthday celebration at Berean SDA Church organized by his children and grandchildren, which proved to be a huge success.

Harvey Alexander Huggins, Sr. departed this earth on August 3, 2013 at the Country Villa Mar Vista facility after a long bought with illness. He is survived by his daughters, Alyce Huggins Bailey of Los Angeles, Francine Huggins Drew of Sacramento, Marian Huggins Atkinson of Boron, California, his son, Harvey A. Huggins, Jr. of Los Angeles, and his brother, Carl Huggins of Texas.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Erica Drew of Los Angeles, Keith Bailey of Los Angeles, Reginald Drew III of Sacramento, Kathryn Bailey Cunningham of Los Angeles, and Elizabeth Drew of Monterey, California.

Finally, he is survived by his great-grandchildren, Christopher Bailey, Joshua Bailey, Zachary Bailey, Alyce Cunningham, Thomas Cunningham V, Kole Cunningham and Gabriela Bailey, all of Los Angeles, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

 



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