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Solomon Higgins made a deal with God and kept his word. Now, he's 105!

Published:Saturday | February 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
Solomon Higgins

Solomon Higgins was born on December 24, 1912.

He can't quite remember the year this incident happened, but one morning he woke up and couldn't get out of bed. He could not walk.

Born and raised in Epworth, St Ann, Higgins worked as a carpenter in his younger days. He worked with Reynolds Bauxite when the company started operations in St Ann in the 1950s, among other places. During World War II, he was one of the lookout men stationed at Murphy Hill, one of the highest points with a sea view in St Ann, and located close to Epworth.

With public transportation being a rarity in those early days, Higgins walked a lot, from Epworth to St Ann's Bay and to Ocho Rios and just about everywhere he wanted to go.

One night, after coming home from work, he went to bed as usual. But, the next morning, things took a dramatic turn for the worse.

"The next morning I could not come off my bed, I could not walk," Higgins told Family & Religion.

One of his sons assisted him to the hospital where he was given an injection, but it didn't bring about much improvement. Days went by and nothing changed. He still couldn't move on his own, relying on help to move around.

"I remember I go to mi bed one night, and mi dear brother, I don't know if you going to believe me, but what I tell you is fact truth. I remember that I lie in my bed and I prayed to God and I remember that in my prayer I said to Him, 'If you allow me to walk again, I would serve You for the balance of my life'. And, my dear gentleman, it was like a miracle! Next morning, I find myself could come off the bed, and I could come out of the room and sit down, and from ever since that day, I give God the glory; walking troubled me no more."

"I told one of my church sisters what happen to me and she said if that happened, I should be preaching and telling others about it. One Sunday, when the minister came to church, the young lady tell the minister, and to my surprise, the next preacher's plan that came down, I was placed on it to preach."

 

REGULAR PREACHER

 

And, for the next 17 years, Higgins was to preach regularly at the Methodist Church in Epworth. After he became a shut-in, one week his name was inadvertently placed on the preacher's plan by a new minister. After the mistake was found out, they took the service to his house that Sunday, and all who attended left feeling blessed.

After his healing, Higgins was never ever bothered again by that particular illness. He is unsure if the doctors eventually found out what had affected him. Today, he still walks, albeit with the aid of a stick.

His wife, Millicent, passed away in 2014 at age 99, after 64 years of marriage. The union produced four sons and a daughter with one son now deceased. There are dozens of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. His daughter lives with him in Epworth.

According to him, he has had a good life.

On December 24 last year, Higgins celebrated his 105th birthday, by attending church in Epworth.

"I give God thanks for all things," the centenarian said.

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