Thomas Huggins


RECTOR — Thomas Harley Huggins, 72, of Rector, passed from the cares of this life to be with Jesus on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at his residence. He was born Sept. 4, 1947, in Paragould to the late Clayton and Virgeen Huggins.

Tommy proudly served his country in the United States Army, retiring after 39 years of active service, and then serving 15-plus years as the Clay County Veteran’s Service Officer.

He was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and was also active in the Clay County Cattlemen’s Association, Rector Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10480, American Legion of Piggott and The Grand Lodge of Arkansas.

Tommy enjoyed tending to his cows, aggravating his family, planting his garden each year, working on the family farm, fishing and helping anyone, including his veterans that he served.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry Huggins.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Joyce Tate Huggins; son, Jeremy Huggins; stepson, Derrick Dawson; brother, CD Huggins; sister, Janice Eaton; grandkids, Emily, Brittni and Kostalynn Huggins, Hannah Martin, Cody Dawson and Heather Percifull; and great-grandkids, Noah and Avery Percifull and Kipton Dawson.

He is also survived by his border collie, Tate, and a host of other special relatives and friends.

Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Irby-Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Kenny Burns and Josh Vangilder officiating. Interment will be in Woodland Heights Cemetery at Rector.

Following the State of Arkansas COVID-19 guidelines, no more than 100 people will be allowed to gather inside of Irby-Mitchell Funeral Home at one time. They must practice social distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance between one another. Face masks will be required to enter the building.

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