The angelic hosts came for Shelton Heggins on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Methodist Hospital of Dallas, among loving and devoted family. A viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe St. in Teague.
Funeral services for Mr. Heggins, 66, will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m at All Faith Chapel, Mexia State Supported Living Center, Chapel Drive in Mexia. The Rev. S.M. Wright II, of People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, will be officiating.
Mr. Heggins was born Feb. 16, 1947 in Jewett, to the parentage of Genie Heggins and Vessie Heggins Clark.
He received his education from Woodland High School in the Woodland community. He pursued a career in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Shelton accepted Christ at an early age. He attended various churches throughout his military career. He later became a member of the People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, where he served as an elder.
On Aug. 30, 1969, he married the love of his life, DeEvelyn Kirven. To this union, they were blessed with one child and three grandchildren. Shelton was accepted not only as an “in-law” to the Kirven family, but as a son and brother, uniting the two families as one. He and Floyd had an extraordinary bond.
Shelton entered the Marine Corps in May 1966. Lance Cpl. Heggins served in the Vietnam War. He had numerous assignments, stateside and overseas. Lance Cpl. Heggins served as squad leader, and sharp shooter.
His military awards included the Vietnam Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Medal, and the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1969 as a testimonial of honest and faithful service to his country.
Shelton was a mentor to youth and was actively involved in community organizations. He was a loyal member of the Sandy Creek Cemetery Association, the American Legion, and the NAACP. He coached Little League football and soccer for many years.
Mr. Heggins worked at Texas Instruments, in Dallas, as a manufacturing engineer for 24 years. He worked for United Parcel Service and retired after 15 years of employment.
Mr. Heggins was well-recognized as an outstanding citizen and a man of his word throughout the surrounding counties.
Preceding Mr. Heggins in death were his parents; and sisters Clara Bluitt and Linda J. Clark.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving, devoted and forever-caring wife of 44 years, DeEvelyn Kirven Heggins, of Dallas; son Darrell Dewayne Heggins and wife Aretha, of Seagoville; two brothers, Ernest Heggins (Patricia), of Los Angeles, and James Heggins (Peggy), of Mexia; four sisters, Gwen Smith (Wallace), of Dallas, Rebecca Taulton (Andrew), of Mexia, Paulette Melton (Sam), of Palestine, and Felicia Jackson, of Mexia; mother-in-law Vicy Kirven, of the Sandy community; sisters-in-law LaVern Jackson (Bobby) and Madeline Gamble (Don), all of Dallas, Jacqueline Gee (Winford), of Mexia, and Sharon D. Kirven, M.D., of Plano; brothers-in-law William (Pete) Kirven (Bennie), Floyd Kirven and Elvin Kirven, all of the Sandy community, Robert James Kirven (Gloria), of Mexia, Otis Kirven (Pearlie), of Dallas, Stelvin Kirven (Regina), of Sunnyvale, and Felix M. Kirven, M.D. (Ruth), of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren Shantavia Heggins, of Denton, Darriell (DeDe) Heggins, and Darrell (DJ) Heggins Jr., all of Houston; his extended grandchildren, Kristen Jackson Carter, Mariah Jackson and Tiffany Jackson, all of Arlington; long-time friend “Slim,” and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home will be serving the Heggins family. Visit moores angelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.