Patrick Roland Huggins, 56, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Patrick Roland Huggins was born on March 13, 1964 in Harlem, New York, to Thomasenna Huggins and Virgil E. Huggins, Jr. He spent his early childhood there, attending preschool at Virgie’s Tot Town and elementary school at The School on the Hill. As a child he was playful, with an easy-going and fun personality; he brought many hours of joy to his mother, aunt, and other family members. When the family moved to Macon Street in Brooklyn, Roland attended middle school at Dwayne Brathwaite School. He went on to high school in Manhattan at Power Memorial Academy before transferring to Boggs Academy in Georgia.
Roland returned to Brooklyn in the early 1980s, before relocating to Asheville, North Carolina in 1996. There, his career as hip hop lyricist and performer flourished, as the persona “MC Huggs” was born. Huggs was a pioneer and significant influence on the music scene in Asheville, fronting two bands—Groove Crust and Motorskills. He not only had “Mad Rhymes” and plenty of “Food for Thought,” but he also attracted people with his special wit, warm smile, huge heart, and deeply peaceful spirit. He used his music to bring people together, and he was widely loved and respected in the community.
But, in 2008, music took a back seat…when Taj Roland Huggins was born…and fatherhood became the most important thing in his life. Although he struggled at times, Huggs created a loving village of family and close friends to support him as he dedicated himself to raising his beloved son. His faith in God and his open, pure heart kept him strong through many challenges. He never stopped being present, caring, resourceful, humble, and giving. He departed this life on Father’s Day, June 21, 2020—a painful irony, but a reminder, too, of how much he cherished being a parent to his “Lil Dude.”
Patrick Roland “Huggs” Huggins leaves behind his loving son and parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous dear friends to mourn his passing, but also to celebrate his joyful, brilliant soul that graced us with deep beauty and love. Ascend in peace and power, Huggs…Fly high!
There will be a public viewing for Mr. Huggins from 1:00-5:00 pm Friday, June 26, 2020 and from 9:00 am-3:00 pm Saturday, June 27, 2020 in the chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. A funeral service will be 3:00 pm Saturday, June 27, 2020 also in the chapel. In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, all attendees will be required to wear a face covering and abide by social distancing protocols.
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