Leonard Higgins Sr. dies after battle with cancer

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Leonard Higgins Sr., president of the Maryville/Ashleyville Neighborhood Association and a past principal of St. John’s High School, died Tuesday following a lengthy battle with cancer, according to friends of the family and city officials.

Higgins, who was in his late 70s, spent most of his life as an educator and community leader. He was at the forefront of successful neighborhood efforts to drive an adult video store out of the community several years ago, and worked closely with the city of Charleston on crime prevention efforts.

“We often think of the things that a man does during his lifetime, but he was a husband, a father, and a God-fearing Christian who worked for the betterment of the citizens and all mankind,” said Cedric Smalls, a family friend and neighborhood association officer. “Knowing his condition, he would not complain, but would get up every day and do what he could for his community.”

“He was an activist for many years, and the precedent he set as a citizen — it’s hard to find a role model better than him,” Smalls said.

Read more in Thursday’s editions of The Post and Courier.