Saturday, February 07, 2015

Linda Garmon Huggins Passes

By Frank Clontz

Linda Garmon Huggins 1954
Linda Garmon Huggins passed away today about 4:30 PM.  I hated to hear this as she has been, as many have, a long time friend of mine.  Although she has lived in Florence, SC these past many years, she lived on Laburnum during my high school years and I lived on Bay Street.  I used to go to her house and play the piano for her and her mother and little sister Dale.  Dale passed away some years ago; however, the memory of her will live on just as my memory of so many years of friendship with Linda and her husband Ross.

Frank Clontz

Here  is Linda's obituary:

Linda Garmon Huggins
March 26, 1937 - February 7, 2015)

FLORENCE – Dr. Linda Garmon Huggins, 77, wife of Samuel Ross Huggins for 57 years,
passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Born in Charlotte, NC, she was
the daughter of the late Louis Walker Garmon and Rachel Garmon McConnell. In addition
to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her sister, Dale Garmon and her beautiful
granddaughter, Christina Huggins.

Linda shared a lifelong passion for her faith, her family, and children of all ages, races, and
abilities. She recognized the good in every person she met, and she had a unique gift of making
all who knew her feel special and loved.

After moving to Florence, SC, Linda attended Francis Marion University and the University of
South Carolina, earning a Doctorate of Education. She served the children of Florence School
District One as a special needs teacher, district coordinator for programs for special needs
students, and principal of Henry Timrod Elementary School. One of her proudest moments as
an educator came in 1995, when Henry Timrod School received the Palmetto’s Finest Award, a
recognition of excellence given to only two elementary schools in the state.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Michael Ross Huggins (Paula)
and Valerie Huggins Alexander (Bill); her grandchildren, Steven F. Murray, Jr. (Melissa) and
Matthew Ross Murray (Amani); and also her great-grandchildren, Abigail, McKenna, Delilah,
and Carter Ross.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 9, 2015, at Waters-
Powell Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church on
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. with burial at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte,
NC, at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul UMC Children’s Building Fund, P. O.
Box 5446, Florence, SC 29502; or McLeod Hospice House, c/o McLeod Foundation, P. O. Box
100551, Florence, SC 29502 or