Official Obituary of

Mrs. Shanika R. Huggins-Whitney

February 20, 2024

Mrs. Shanika Huggins-Whitney Obituary

Mrs. Shanika R. Huggins-Whitney transitioned peacefully during her sleep on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Graveside Service will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, 4615 E. Hanna Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610.

On February 24, 1986, a Princess was born in Tacoma, Washington, to the late Deacon John Arthur Huggins and Pastor Linda G. Blaylock-Huggins.  Her father lovingly called her “Sweetie” as an honorific for his mother. 

Shanika accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at New Salem M. B. Church in Tampa, Florida.  Because she was a “military brat,” Shanika was educated in school systems around the world.  She graduated, however, from Riverview High School in 2004.  Later, she matriculated at Mars Hill University in Ashville, NC.

Shanika was an Adventurer and an Entrepreneur.  She has traveled the entire United States and many foreign countries.  In addition, she initiated and developed many projects and endeavors.  Big John’s Redemption Ranch is a project that was close to her heart.

She was preceded in death by: her daughter, Angelina Whitney; father, John A. Huggins; aunt, Sheryl Blaylock; uncle, Michael Blaylock; maternal grandparents, Doretha Blaylock and Cle P. Vasquez; and paternal grandparents, Roosevelt and Rosa Huggins.

Shanika leaves to cherish her memories:  a loving and devoted husband, Sterling Whitney; mother, Pastor Linda G. Blaylock-Huggins; siblings, Raynetta Mason (Vincent), Kashi Duckworth (Cedric), Deonte’ Singletery (Sharnette), DeShawnte’ Niles, John A. Huggins, II (Bianca), Jonquavia L. Huggins, and Ivana Tribble; In-laws, Judy and Lewis Stubbs; aunts, Julia Randle, LaVerne Blaylock Clarke, Michelle White, Sonjia Jackson (Jimmie), Harriet Farmer (Wendell), Terry Rowe, Tabitha DeBose, and Vyrice Perry; uncles, Harold Huggins (Ruth), James Huggins (Anne), Albert Glenn, Mitch Snow, Ronald Blaylock (Cassandra), Frederick Blaylock (Robin), Andre Blaylock, and Kippy Vasquez; nieces and nephews, Gabrielle (Darnell), Denise, Jeremy, Shenese, Rayvin, Jessie, Danzell, Deonte’ Jr., Darren, Darrell, Deshaun, Landon, McKenzie, Jonas, Parker, Preston, and Deonte’ III; special niece and nephew, Kennedy and Jayce; Godson, Jayceon; special cousins, Theba, Shemeka (Jason), Sean (Joy), Casey (Nikki), Byron, Ashley (Michael), Gennette (Alvin), Kay, Phyllis, James Jr., and Karen (Derrick); special friends, Tiffany Blossom, Charsetta Campbell, Gabe from California, and Alicia of North Dakota; God sisters and brother, Roneshia Leath, Michael Major, Nuwoo Pope, Pierra Heard, Christina Wilson, and Vryshaun Williams; and a host of other sorrowing relatives and friends, including the Kilpatrick, Holmes, Davis-Duval, and Bacon families and the extended loving family from Philadelphia, PA.

Arrangements entrusted to RAY WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, Rhodes & Northern, Owners


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Graveside Service
March 8, 2024

11:00 AM
Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery
4615 E. Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610


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