Claude E. Liggin, 89, passed away Friday, March 15, 5:53 p.m. at St. Vincent Hospital of Kokomo.
A native of Kokomo, he was born January 12, 1930, to the late George and Lottie (Taylor) Liggin. He received his formal education in the Kokomo Public School System, graduating in 1947 from Kokomo High School. He married the late Peggy L. (Greer) Liggin and together they shared 55 years of marriage.
In August of 1978, after 30 years of service, he retired from Continental Steel Corp. He also retired January 1, 1990, as a self-employed real estate broker with 25 years of service. He was a member of Second Missionary Baptist Church. Among the many memberships he held were a 50 years plus lifetime member of Keystone Lodge #40 Free and Accepted Mason ( a 32 degree Mason), Marion Consistory #60, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, a lifetime member of El Zora Temple #124, Ancient Egyptian Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, charter member of the Sportsmen Social Club Inc. of Kokomo IN, past member of the NAACP, Local #1054 United Steel Workers of America, National Realtors Assoc., Indiana Real Estate Assoc., and the Kokomo Board of Realtors, Inc. He served as Past Worshipful Master, Past Illustrious Potentate and Past Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of Indiana, Prince Hall Affiliation.
Of his many achievements in life he was the first real estate appraiser for Continental Steel (FFO) Credit Union. In November of 1966, he was recognized in the Kokomo Tribune as being the first African American in Howard County to be licensed by the state as a real estate broker.
He was preceded in death by wife, Peggy L. (Greer) Liggin; parents; George E. Sr. and Lottie (Taylor) Liggin; son, Bruce E.; granddaughter, Bridgette; sister, Mary Ann; brothers, George E. Jr. and David Sr.
He leaves to cherish his memory, daughter, Carol E. Stewart of Alcoa, TN, sons: Eric E. Liggin of Chicago, IL and Troy D. (Janet) Liggin of Indianapolis, IN; brother, Randle E. (Janice) Liggin of New York, NY; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. William J. Smith Jr. as officiant and Dr. Robert A. Lee as eulogist. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. There will be Masonic Rites by Keystone Lodge #40 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Crown Point Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to Second M.B.C. College Scholarship Fund c/o Second M.B.C. 818 Apperson Way North, Kokomo, IN 46901.
*All floral and memorial tributes should be delivered to the Church on Thursday after 8am.