In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.
Benjamin Franklin Haggan was born on February 3, 1959 in Clarksdale MS to Jessie Lee Haggan and Benjamin Wright. He transitioned from his earthly home to his heavenly reward peacefully December 9, 2020 at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland MS.
Ben became a baptized believer in Christ at a young age at the Silent Grove Missionary Baptist church. He was a dedicated member of Silent Grove M. B. Church serving in many areas. Ben was faithful, serving as a deacon, assistant superintendent of Sunday School, Sunday School teacher class of #12, adult choir member and served on the Bereavement Committee.
Ben attended elementary school in the Clarksdale Municipal School District and graduated in 1977 from Clarksdale High. He was a member of Clarksdale basketball team and played for several league teams. He loved art, politics, laughter and sports. Ben loved all sports, any sports, but his favorite team was Washington.
Ben worked tirelessly for 27 years as a correction officer with MDOC. After retirement he began working at Merit Health Northwest Medical Center as a transporter. He spent his time making patients he transported feel comfortable in whatever procedure they were headed. Ben was truly loved and respected.
On June 23, 1990, Ben was joined in holy matrimony to the love of his life Deloise Trotter. Ben took his vows serious, he spent his life honoring, cherishing and loving his ‘Queen’. Their marriage was built on love, honor and respect. Ben dedicated 30 years of life and love to his wife and children Teran and Tylyn. He loved his kids but those grandkids, gave him life….life abundantly.
Ben was loved by all who met him. He shared a passionate love for his nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, classmates, co-workers and church family.
Ben’s love for his grandkids was genuine and pure. Their relationship was full of laughter and fun although he often reminded them of who was the boss. His favorite advice began with “I remember when I was…..” Of course. when he was providing non-refutable advice it began with “ Because I said so………..”
Ben was a father and boss. He was a straight shooter who gave sound biblical advice. If you were wrong, he told you. If you needed him, he was there. He loved and loved hard. He was the kindest gentlest person you would ever meet. His was a jokester and had the gift of laughter. More than anything, Ben loved God and trust and believed in his word. He was a doer of God’s word. He was not ashamed of the Gospel.
Visitation will be Friday December 18, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. The graveside memorial will be held Saturday December 19, 2020, 11:00 AM, at McLaurin Gardens.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents Jessie L. Cherry, Benjamin Wright; Siblings: Carnell Haggan, Gentry Haggan, David Cole Wright. His bonus family: Bobbie and Arthur Trotter; siblings: Arthur L. Hughes, Deborah Trotter Williams, Carolyn Trotter Galmore.
Ben leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted wife Deloise Trotter Haggan; three children: Teran Trotter Tylyn Haggan and Tanylin Gentry; three grandchildren: Teric Trotter, Taiden Johnson, and Marchello Scott; siblings: Darnell Haggan, Angelo Haggan, Vernell Haggan, Constance Cherry, Patricia Nelson, Brenda Nelson, Carol Griffin, Timothy Nelson, William Nelson, Benjamin Richardson; In-laws: James Trotter, Donnell Trotter, Charlotte (Roy) Brister, Victoria (Fred) Brister; Gregory (Nikki) Trotter; God-children: Kimberly Suggs, Angela Suggs, Erica Flaggs, Jordan Jones, Aleechia Grace and Hope Gray. Ben also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and a community who will miss him greatly.
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