Stephen Derek Huggins of Lebanon, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2021, at age 59.
Derek was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to Samuel and Frances Huggins on December 10, 1961. As the youngest child in the family, Derek learned how to turn on the charm at a young age. He was gifted at making others smile with his quick wit and upbeat personality. He continued to make others laugh even as he struggled in the hospital during his final days.
Derek attended Millington Central High School and then spent much of his career as an independent contractor. He was athletic and adventurous, having natural talent in sports like baseball and water skiing. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races and was an enthusiastic fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
Time spent with his children, friends, and family brought him joy. Derek found peace through prayer and confidently assured those he knew that if he were absent from his earthly body that he would be present with the Lord.
He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Derek is survived by his children Stephen Derek Huggins, Jr., Kimberly Huggins, Jacob Huggins, Wyatt Long, and Meghan Long; his brother, Lamar Huggins, Jr.; sisters, Sherry (Robert) Walters and Gail Wray; cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Lamar Huggins, Sr., and Frances Louise Huggins; grandparents, James Benton Roebuck and Ettie Ella Fair Roebuck; aunts, Geraldine Little and Florence Lester.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, 290 Goodman Road E., Southaven, MS 38671.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.