Col. Benjamin A. Huggin Sr. U.S. Army Ret.
Nov 18, 2009
Col. Benjamin A. Huggin Sr. U.S. Army Ret., 72, of Mineral, passed away peacefully in his home after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. Col. Huggin is the surviving son of Jamin and Elizabeth Huggin of Greenville, S.C. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret, his daughter Deborah and son Benjamin along with seven grandchildren whom he loved dearly and enjoyed spending time with on Lake Anna. He is also survived by his sister Mary Helen and her family.As a distinguished military graduate of Clemson College, the University of Alabama and the Defense System Management School, Ft. Belvoir, Va., Col. Huggin served his country valiantly in Berlin, Korea, Vietnam and throughout the United States in the 13th Field Artillery, 724th Ordinance Battalion and the 19th and 2nd Infantry. His personal decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Bars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry, Cross Unit Citation, General Staff Identification Badge, Army Service Ribbon, Legion of Merit, Army Occupation Medal and Vietnamese Armed Forces Medal, First Class. His final duty assignment was at the Pentagonand Col. Huggin retired honorably from Ft. Myer, Va. Ben continued his career with SAIC in McLean, Va. in research and development and fully retired in 2000 to the Lake Anna area where he enjoyed golfing, traveling with his wife and fishing with the grandchildren.Family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Avenue, Louisa, VA 23093. A funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2010 in the Ft. Myer Chapel with interment to follow with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, 1445 E Rio Road; Suite 104 Charlottesville, VA 22901.Visit www.woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.
Mrs. Huggin and family, please accept my condolences at the passing of your love one. Mr. Huggin hired me onto SAIC working for the Department of Energy; we grew to have a trusting work relationship for which I will be forever grateful for his frankness and his kindness. Respectfully – Ed Saxon
Mrs. Huggin, I wish to extend my sympathies to you and your family. Ben was one of the first folks I had the pleasure of knowing when I started working for SAIC. He was a wonderful and compassionate human being. He will be missed.My prayers are with you.
Ben: You were my first boss at SAIC and we will never forget you. Thanks for all your patience, understanding and many kindnesses.
Unfortunately, I did not get to work with Ben very much, but what chances I had to I felt privileged to do so. I am thankful for having known Ben, and extend my sympathy to the family.
Mrs. Huggins and Family, I am saddened to read of Ben`s passing. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him during his career with SAIC. He was what I call a class act”. He always spoke so warmly of his family. I recall meeting you at an SAIC meeting at Lake Lanier in Georgia many years ago – we were actually in the pool when he first introduced us. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Warmest regards Kathy”
Please accept my sincere condolences. Ben hired me into SAIC and was a good friend and mentor for many years. God Bless.
Ben was a dear colleague who represented his country with dignity and grace. He was full of life and enjoyable in his work with others. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing.
I am so sorry to hear of Ben`s passing. He was one of the best guys I had the opportunity to work with at SAIC. He was always such a gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mrs. Huggin, You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. I had the pleasure of working with Ben many years ago at SAIC and he was such a fine person to be aquainted with and to work for. He will be missed by many.
My sincere condolences; I am so very sorry that Ben lost his fight with cancer. I know he fought it diligently. We were chemical engineering classmates at Clemson.
Dear Margaret,Mary Helen and families, I would like to express my sympathy to all of you. I was so glad it was in our paper so we could express our sorrow to all. I would sure like to talk to both of you so much. So sorry it takes things like this to get in touch with our friends of the past. God Bless each and every one during this time and healing in the future.Eleanor Davis Ballenger424 Darlington Ave.Greenville,South Carolina 29609-3439
To The Family:I want to extend my symathies.Dianne WoodsCLA
Mrs. Huggin, I work with your son, Ben. He spoke often about his father and how proud he was of him as a man and soldier and his love for him as a father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.John Long
My condolences on the loss of one of America`s heros.
Margaret- Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. All of us who knew Ben appreciated his professionalism, dedication and above all his friendship. We will remember him with the fondest of thoughts.
Ben, I am so very sorry for your great loss. I lost my father in August. I was very proud of my father and after reading your father`s obituary…you must also be very proud of him, not only as a father but for his service to this great nation we live in. My prayers are for peace and comfort at this time for you and all of your family. God Bless. – Jeb Bradshaw, CLAUSA
Margaret and Huggin Family,As others have written, Ben hired me to SAIC. Unlike the others, however, that was my first job. I will always be grateful for his confidence in me, as well as his sage guidance throughout the years. With fond memory, I send Lynn`s and my sincerest condolences.
Ben and I were class mates at Clemson. He was tops.Joe Cox
Dear Margaret and Family,Ben was truly a special man, gifted by God for service to his country and family. He not only faithfully served others, but did it with excellence and joy in his heart. He always shared a smile with us and words of encouragement and a good joke or two. We loved having him on our golf team for Twilight because he was so positive and made us all smile. He was a joy to be around. We will truly miss him. Our hearts ache for you. You are all in our prayers. In Christ`s Love, Annabel and Greg