Charles Lewis Higgins (67), of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on September 8, 2020. His smile, calm manner, and laughter could brighten a room and sooth the most aching hearts. His wit will never be forgotten. He will be dearly missed by many.
Charles was born in Versailles, Kentucky to Earl and Mary Higgins on March 22, 1953. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country as an aircraft mechanic. He met his wife, Georchia, in Hampton, Virginia while stationed at Langley Air Force Base. They married on September 18, 1976.
Charles graduated from Kentucky College of Technology with a degree in engineering. As a skilled telecommunications specialist, he traveled all over the nation building networks for various companies. With his wife and children, Charles lived in Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia before settling in Dayton, Ohio. He retired as a network engineer for Premier Health in 2016. In his retirement, he continued to develop his passion of photography and was often hired as a photographer in his community.
Charles was a man of God. Galatians 5:22-23 described the qualities he personified: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." He was a faithful member of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio for 30 years. Among other roles, he served as a deacon, media ministry leader, and assistant church school superintendent.
Charles is preceded in death by his father Earl B. Higgins, Sr., his mother Mary B. Manns, and his sisters Constance Brooks and Mary Mullins.
Charles is survived by his wife Georchia Higgins; his children Shilonqua Lee, Isaac (Candice) Higgins, and Chanda (Robert) Brown; his grandchildren Saniya Lee, Amaya Lee, Ryla Brown, and Caleb Brown; his siblings Earl B. Higgins, Jr., Vivian Simmons, Eric Higgins, Sr., and Hazel Higgins; along with a host of loving nephews, nieces, cousins, family, and church-family members.
The COVID-19 compliant walk-through viewing will begin at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., a home-going service will be held inside the sanctuary for family only per social distancing guidelines. Other guests are welcome to attend the service in Mt. Moriah’s remote access parking lot via FM radio.
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