Eugene Huggins was born January 27, 1929, in McColl, SC to parents Mollie Brewer Huggins and Burdine C. Huggins. He read law and was admitted to the Bar in 1952.
From 1954 until 1961, he was the Bennettsville Magistrate. He was chairman of the Marlboro County Democratic Party and later served on the State’s Executive Committee. He served as president of the Marlboro County Bar Association, and was an uncompensated member of the Selected Service System.
Gene was admitted to practice law before all Federal Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the SC Bar, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and the South Carolina Claimant Attorneys for Worker’s Compensation, where he served as its president in 1986.
In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent by then Governor James H. Hodges for his dedication to the citizens of South Carolina. He was a founding member of the board of directors for Marlboro Academy serving from 1969 until 1977.
He was a member of Thomas Memorial Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and Sunday school superintendent of the youth department. He was a Master Mason, and a member of the Marlboro Lodge #88 AFM and the Marlboro County Shrine Club-Omar Temple.
Eugene Huggins died on January 28, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred Cook Huggins. He is survived by his children, Nelson Huggins (Judy) and Cynthia Hope Huggins; a granddaughter, Jill Hilton (Josh); and a sister, Rowena Chittun (Harold).