Joan Huggins Obituary, Death – Hartsville resident Mrs. Joan Huggins, 75, died away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at the McLeod Hospice House on Saturday afternoon, December 3, 2022. Mrs. Huggins has been committed to the care of Norton Funeral Home & Crematory, and they will make the necessary announcements regarding her funeral. Huggins, now 82 years old, was born on October 19, 1938, in Waukegan, Illinois, to Mary McClendon and Thomas Porter.
She lived with her maternal grandparents, Walter and Amanda Williams, until she was 12 years old, at which point she moved in with her mother and stepfather, Collins Hawkins. She received her education at the University of Illinois, Lake County College, Alverno College, and Waukegan and North Chicago High Schools. Her Master of Public Administration degree represents her highest level of education. In 1956, she wed John Warren Roberts III, and the couple went on to have three children.
Kandi, Sherri, and John IV. In this case, the marriage was not successful and eventually led to divorce. Sometime afterwards, she tied the knot with David Huggins. There were 46 years between David and Joan’s marriage. David C. Huggins was their only son, but they adopted and reared his grandson, Joshua D. Huggins, as one of their own. Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age, Joan left her position as Chief of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the Department of Labor. Some of the groups with which Joan was affiliated were: The Springfield, Illinois, Chapter of the Ebony Red Hat Society Chaplain at the Eureka Temple Daughters of the Elks in Waukegan, Illinois, where she oversaw the group’s youth activities. Former Granddaughter Ruler of the Sarah Price Temple of the Elks in Springfield, Illinois
As a member of Delta Sigma Theta, I participated on several committees, including one aimed at getting girls between the ages of 12 and 14 interested in STEM fields like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and another that awarded scholarships to deserving members of the organization. Springfield, Illinois’s American Legion Auxiliary. North Chicago, Illinois – Trinity A. M. E. Church, where I served as a steward and then as a missionary.
James A. M. E. Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as a steward and missionary; St. Paul A. M. E. Church, Springfield, Illinois, where she served as treasurer of the Lay organization and a delegate to the Fourth District annual Conference for two years. Many people she met became close friends, and she won many honors. Joan had a passion for travel, and she ended up spending the first month of 2020 in Okinawa, Japan, attending a conference for the Elks, Deltas, and the A.M.E. Church.
Mary Hawkins, Joan’s mother, and Collins Hawkins, her stepfather, both died before she did. From left to right: Walter and Amanda Williams, their daughter Kandi, and their grandchildren Donte’s and Dion Roberts. The depth of Joan’s affection for her loved ones was unfathomable. Sherri (Stephen) Sullivan, John (Janice) Roberts, David (Devin) Perkins, Mary Lewis, and Jaleesa Roberts are among the many people who will always remember and love their grandmother Joan. There are seven great-grandchildren: Elena Huggins, Jermiah Roberts, Aireus Byrd, David S. Perkins, Devon Gardner, and Christopher Perkins. Madeline Gardner, her cousin, and Emma Guins, her best friend and fellow author.