Melvin V. Higgins, Sr. 80 of Warwick died Wednesday at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Bernice ( Sutherland ) Higgins.
Born in Providence a son of the late Clifton L. and Mildred F. (Battey) Higgins, Melvin served in the US Army during WWII, joining the US Navy to serve during the Korean War and then joined the Air Force reserves transferring to the Rhode Island Air National Guard retiring in 1985 as a Master Sergeant. He was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award and Air Force Commendation Medal in 1985. Melvin was a Foreman at Quonset Point for 29 years until its closure in 1973 and had worked for Walt’s Roast Beef, Morris and Brooms, Gtech and A& H Manufacturing. Mr. Higgins was a member of William Shields Post #43 Warwick, a Past Master of Corinthian Lodge, now affiliated with Thomas Smith Webb Lodge # 43 F.& A.M., was the oldest living Past High Priest of Providence Royal Arch Chapter # 1 and had been a member of Calvary Commandery Knight Templar #13.
Besides his wife Bernice he is survived by three daughters Deborah A. Porter and her husband James Porter of Warwick, Beverly D. Higgins of Warwick, Bonnie Teague and her husband Francis Teague of Warwick, three sons Gordon D. Higgins and his wife Deborah Higgins of Warwick, Melvin V. Higgins, Jr. and his wife Joann Higgins of Warwick, Scott S. Higgins and his wife Joann L. Higgins of Warwick. His brother Donald P. Higgins of Cranston, sister Rilma F. Summerer of Warwick, 15 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Roland L. Higgins.
Funeral service will be Tue. at 9 am at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick. A Masonic Memorial service will be Monday evening at 7:30 pm by Thomas Smith Webb Lodge # 43 F. & A. M. at the funeral Home. Calling hours Mon. from 4-8pm. Burial with military honors will be at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers gifts to Leukemia Society 1150 Pontiac Ave. Cranston, RI 02920 or Charity the of your Choice. Information and condolences at www.carpenterjenks.com.
Reported: 01/18/08 (Show all obituaries for this day)
By: Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home and White Dove Crematory (Show all obituaries and information about this funeral home)