The Norman Transcript

Religion

January 3, 2014

Preacher back in pulpit after variety of careers

NORMAN — “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.”

Larry Eugene Loggins grew up in a religious family and answered a call to preach at 15.

“I was blessed to have a family that was always in church,” he said.

But that call came after an incident that shattered his faith.

“My brother died at 14 years old. His lungs collapsed and his heart stopped beating,” Loggins said, recalling that he was 15 years old at the time. “I had given up on religion. After he died I had nothing to do with the church. I wondered why would God take my brother and leave all the other wrong-doers alive.”

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