A solid man leaves an empty space
May 10 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

A solid man leaves an empty space | Friday, May 10, 2002

Friday, May 10, 2002

A solid man leaves an empty space

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

It was no welcome news when we learned in late January that Kay Huggins had developed pancreatic cancer. At 58, Kay was far too young to die. He still had work to do and people to love.

After 30 years in campus ministry and a couple more as human resources director, Kay was the longest-tenured employee at the Baptist Building. He was also among the most trusted and most appreciated by fellow staff members. Campus ministers, summer youth workers, and countless acquaintances through the years are quick to rise up and call him blessed.

Bob Mullinax, a long time colleague, racquetball partner and friend, was one who shared thoughts at Kay's memorial service, held April 27 at Raleigh's First Baptist Church, where Kay and his wife, Barbara, were members. Bob's words work far better than mine. Speaking of the Fruitland native, Bob said:

"He was a mountain boy who never got over it, which may be the key to his blessedness. He was unpretentious. What you saw was what you got ... period. Kay never allowed himself to be devoured or compromised by any purely personal ambition. ...

"The three most prominent points of Kay's triangular life were his family, this church and the practice of his ministry. In this church he was a leader and a follower, unburdened by the need to be a drum major. He was here when the doors opened because that's the way Ethen and Junius raised him, and this church gladly and repeatedly gave him important work to do. ...

"One of Kay's favorite words was the word 'solid.' He liked to give it out as a compliment to the deserving: 'A solid person.' That's how he once described his pastor's preaching: 'Solid.' It is a fit word for Kay. No facade ... no hollow places ... SOLID.

"Kay Martin Huggins, may your tribe increase. The world needs more people like you."

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