Edward Claude Buggs Jr., 55, died Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at his home. Ed was a longtime television and radio broadcaster in the Baton Rouge community since age 19 when he started at WBRZ. Ed graduated from Glen Oaks High School, attended Southern University and LSU, then ultimately graduated from Columbia School of Broadcasting in Los Angeles. In addition to broadcasting, Ed had an entrepreneurial spirit and engaged in a variety of business ventures from real estate to clothing manufacturing. Ed won numerous prestigious awards for his cutting edge professional efforts as well as his extensive community service. Most importantly, Ed was a Christian and openly demonstrated his faith through Bible study groups, church and participation in a prison ministry. Visitation at Winnfield Funeral Home on Monday, May 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Religious service at Hosanna First Assembly Tuesday, May 11, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Gardens. Preceded in death by father, Edward "Sarge" Buggs Sr. Survived by mother, Hazel F. Buggs; former wife, Debby Herman Buggs; brother, Clarence Buggs; sister, Jacentha Buggs-Morrison, M.D., and husband Bob Morrison; nephews, Robert and Edward Morrison; niece, Gabrielle Morrison; and godsister, Rosalind Wright. Ed Buggs was a local legend and a pioneering trail blazer. He will be missed by his family, friends and the local and global community.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on May 9, 2010