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James Adam Huggins

James Adam Huggins, 40 of St. Petersburg, FL and formerly of Havana, died unexpectedly January 24, 2024 in his home. Born November 28, 1983 in Peoria to Brian F. Huggins and Eva Jane (Mohlman) Huggins. He leaves behind his parents, stepmother Cheryl Huggins, wife Orteillia Huggins, brother Joseph D. Huggins, sister Rachel (Jay) Gonzalez, nephews Jaden, Dylan, and Ethan Gonzalez, niece Adalyn Gonzalez; aunts Carla Huggins Hart, Diane Huggins Schad and Margaret Mohlman, uncle Gene Mohlman. He also leaves behind his best friend Mark (Dana) Castellano, his beloved German Shephard Bruno as well as too many cousins, friends, and business associates to list. Preceding him in death are grandparents Herb and Ruth Huggins, Clayton and Bertha Mohlman, step grandfather Harold Smith, uncles Neil Mohlman and Greg Hugginsand aunt Benita Mohlman. As a teen he worked for Jim and Eric Stelter farming in Havana. He grew up in Havana and in 2002 he moved to Florida with his father for his senior year in high school in St. Petersburg. James had some adversities in his teens. He holds the record for the highest GED score in the state of Florida. His family is so proud of the wonderful, caring man he became. In 2007 James was blessed to be hired as an apprentice electrician by a wonderful family-owned business, Merit Electric of Largo, FL. In 2011 he graduated as Apprentice of the Year and in 2018 he was promoted to General Superintendent of Merit Electric. James was intelligent, articulate, compassionate, funny, and goofy at times. He was dedicated to family, friends, and Merit Electric. He was always helping others and encouraging them to reach their full potential. James loved building and fixing everything. He was a master with his grill and smoker. His free time was spent with family and friends, swimming, kayaking, and spending time with Bruno. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 8 from 3 – 6:00 p.m. at Big Storm Brewery, St. Petersburg, Florida. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the Havana VFW Post #6408.

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