Clarence Pope (Tony) Huggins Jr., 69, a distinguished associate professor of English at Francis Marion University, died Jan. 9 at Pawleys Island.
“As a longtime member of the faculty, Dr. Huggins was held in high esteem by his colleagues and had many friends at the university,” said FMU Provost Richard Chapman. “He truly will be missed.”
Huggins came to FMU in 1974 after having taught at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He taught English and film and video production at FMU. During his tenure, Huggins completed doctoral degrees in English and education at the University of South Carolina. He retired from FMU in August of 2006 and moved from Darlington to Pawleys Island.
Huggins was born in Boston, Va., but grew up in Kingstree. He graduated from Kingstree High School in 1954 and then Davidson College in 1959. Later, he attended Duke Divinity School and Edinburgh University in Scotland. His studies were interrupted in 1960 when he was called to serve in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer. After completing his military obligations, he received the master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill in American Literature.
Surviving are his wife, Marion, and two sons, Clarence III, and Geoffrey.
A graveside service was held at noon Saturday, Jan. 13 in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pee Dee Land Trust, P.O. Box 4, Darlington, S.C. 29540 or the Darlington Free Medical Clinic, c/o Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl St. Darlington, S.C. 29532.