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December 22, 2013

Preacher back in pulpit after variety of careers

“Make yourself comfortable” may well be Larry Eugene Loggins’ way of keeping house.

“Everybody does,” Loggins said. “This is a meeting place for all my friends. We all meet over here. This is one place where we hash out religion, politics and what’s in the paper, mess with one another, play dominoes. We just got finished playing a game, as a matter of fact.”

He said he might have 10-15 people at his home at any time.

“They come, and Deborah (his wife) cooks sometimes and they eat,” Loggins said, adding that sometimes, he fires up the cooker in his backyard for some fixin’s.

It’s a good way for Loggins, 60, to kick back after a busy life.

The Muskogee native said he began preaching at the age of 15. At 17, he left school to join the Navy — right in the closing years of the Vietnam War.

He has worked with handicapped people through INCOR, a service provider for people with disabilities.

As the co-pastor at Little Rose Baptist Church, Loggins has helped minister to people with all sorts of needs.

He also has shared his love of music, singing gospel and the blues.

Loggins now enjoys spending time with his wife and their three dogs.

“There’s Doodle, the poodle. That’s Deborah’s dog. He likes her,” Loggins said. “Valley is my little princess. She doesn’t do anything wrong. Then there’s Zeus. We just got him. He stays outside.”

Meet Larry Eugene Loggins

AGE: 60.

HOMETOWN: Muskogee.

EDUCATION:  Douglas Elementary, West Junior High School. Muskogee High School.

PROFESSION: Cook, co-pastor, worked at Yaffe, INCOR, served in Navy and National Guard.

FAMILY: Wife, Deborah Lynn Loggins; parents, Thaddeus and Billie Sue Snoddy; Stepsons, Bryan Griffin and Tyree Griffin III. Three dogs, Doodle the poodle, Valley the shih tzu and Zeus.

CHURCH: Little Rose Baptist Church.

HOBBIES: Bowling, fishing, cooking with the smoker.

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