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The Cleburne New Era 12/03/1890

Armenta Kennedy Higginbotham (1827-1890) AL

Mrs. Higginbotham, wife of Burl Higginbotham, died at Chulafinnee on Nov. 24th, in her 64th years. She had been greatly afflicted for several years. For more than forty years she had been a faithful consistent member of the M.E. Church as was shown by her daily life. As a wife and mother she set a shining example. Her death has cast gloom over the community in which she so long and usefully lived. The sympathies of many friends go out to the bereaved husband and children.


The Cleburne New Era 02/03/1900

Nancy L. Turner Higginbotham (????-1900) AL

Mrs. Nancy L. Higginbotham died at home in Edwardsville last Saturday night after a long illness. She was a consecrated Christian woman, having joined the church in early life, she remained true to the teachings of the master. Funeral service was held at the M.E. Church and her body laid to rest in the Edwardsville cemetery Monday. Many of her Heflin friends attended the funeral.


The Anniston Star 11/12/1919

James Daniel Higginbotham (1839-1919) AL


J.D. Higginbotham, a well-known citizen of this city, died Monday at his home on West Fourteenth Street, and the funeral services were held from the late residence of the deceased on Tuesday afternoon a 3 o'clock. The Rev. R.M. Phiffer conducting the ceremony.

Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters. Interment at Edgemont followed the services at the family residence.



Pleasant Grove News 11/25/1926
Mary Elizabeth Watson Higginbotham (1845-1926) AL

We are sorry to report that Aunt Bett Higginbotham passed away last Monday
night the 15th. We all hope to meet her again in the sweet bye and bye.



The Anniston Star 12/21/1926

Emory Lawrence Higginbotham (1888-1926) AL


Well Known Man Will Be Buried In Edgemont Cemetery Wednesday Afternoon

E. L. Higginbotham, 38, well known man of this city, died at his home at 2320 Gurnee Avenue at 12:30 o'clock Tuesday morning following an illness of about two weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at McCoy Methodist Church, Rev. Roy L. Hewett will be in charge of the services. Interment will be made in Edgemont cemetery.

Mr. Higginbotham was a member of the Masonic lodge and the Odd Fellow lodge at Blue Mountain and was a member of McCoy Methodist church. Members of the Blue Mountain lodge will be in charge of services at the grave.

Surviving are his widow, three daughters, Esta, Alice and Ruth Elizabeth, and one son, Ralph, all of this city, and his father. W. L Higginbotham, of Montgomery.

Pallbearers will be H. A. Smitherson, W. H. Fuller, M. S. Nowlin, W. E. Parker, L. C. Guier and Joe Wise.



The Cleburne News 09/24/1931

Samuel Hays Higginbotham (1851-1931) AL

Funeral services for S. H. Higginbotham, 80, who died at his home at Chulafinnee Sunday night following an illness of about two months, were held from the Chulafinnee Methodist church at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. L.D. Tyson of Anniston officiating, and interment was in Chulafinnee local cemetery, with Usrey of Anniston in charge. Surviving are two sons, W.F. of Anniston and R.L. of California, and a daughter Mrs. Ike Hayes of Bremen, Ga.



The Anniston Star 05/02/1933

Harrelton Morgan Higginbotham (1904-1933) AL


Services Conducted at Chulafinnee for Victim of Fishing Trip

Funeral services for H. M. Higginbotham, age 20, Alabama Power Company employee, who was drowned Monday morning while on a fishing trip at Mellon's Pond in Choccolocco Creek, were held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at Chulafinnee Methodist Church, with the Rev. L. N. Claxton officiating. Burial was in Chulafinnee Cemetery, with Usrey directing.

Pallbearers were Fred Pool, P. E. Wine, C. J. Sanders, E. R. Stewart, M. J. Meaders and  G. R, Krape.

Mr. Higginbotham was drowned when the boat which he and small boy were using in putting out a trot line plunged over the dam. The boy jumped out above the dam, and swam to shore, but Higginbotham stayed in the boat.

Alabama Power Company employees tried for more than an hour and a half to resuscitate Mr. Higginbotham, but their efforts were futile. The body had been in the water for about two hours when recovered.

Surviving are the widow, and three children, Mary, Mildred and Franklin Higginbotham; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Higginbotham of Oxford; three brothers, Ollis, Cecil and Carl Higginbotham, and two sisters, Mrs. C. R. Dunwoody, Chattanooga, and Mrs. W. W. Bennett of Anniston. He is also survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Hollis of near Chulafinnee.



The Anniston Star 08/27/1934

Maude E. Harts Higginbotham (1906-1934) AL


Funeral at Chulafinnee Church With Rev. T. O. Slaughter in Charge

Funeral services for Mrs. C. M. Higginbotham, age 28, of near Oxford who was drowned Thursday in the Alabama River near Montgomery while on a swimming party, were conducted at Chulafinnee Church at 4 o’clock this afternoon by the Rev. T. O. Slaughter, pastor of the First Christian Church. Interment was in Chulafinnee Cemetery with Usrey in charge.

Mrs. Higginbotham’s body was found about three miles downstream from the point where she stepped off a ledge of shallow water into the deep part of the river. Joe Stewart, a member of the swimming party, narrowly escaped drowning when he attempted to rescue Mrs. Higginbotham when she screamed for help. The body was found by searching parties late Sunday afternoon and was returned to Anniston early today.

Surviving Mrs. Higginbotham are her husband and her sister, Mrs. Mary McKeand whom she was visiting in Montgomery.

About a year ago, her brother-in-law, H. M. Higginbotham of the Alabama Power Company office here, was drowned in Mellon’s Mill pond near Oxford.



The Anniston Star 08/09/1937

Macon Higginbotham (1895-1937) AL


War Veteran Killed; Mill Worker Held

PELL CITY, Ala., Aug. 9 (U.P.) - The county grand jury today opened an investigation into the slaying of Macon Higginbotham, 38-year-old World War veteran who was beaten to death with a baseball bat here yesterday.

Held on murder charges in connection with the veteran's death was Troy Lee Voss, 23, a cotton mill worker. Higginbotham was slain in Voss' home, police said.

Deputy Sheriff George Lovell said Higginbotham was annoying a 17-year-old white girl employed as a cook in the Voss home, when Voss ordered him to stop. He refused and Voss struck him with the bat, the deputy said.



The Anniston Star 07/18/1940

Mary Zoe Higginbotham (1940-1940) AL

F.O. Higginbotham Infant's Rites Held

Funeral services were conducted from the Union Church in Clay County this afternoon for little Mary Zoe Higginbotham, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Higginbotham of 708 Leighton Avenue, who died at the local hospital at 7:30 o'clock last night. The Rev. Clinton Mulalley officiated at the services. Interment was in the church cemetery, with Jones in charge.

Surviving are the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.V. Higginbotham of Oxford.



The Alabama Courier 05/08/1941

Gerald D. Higginbotham (1939-1941) AL

A pall of gloom was cast over this community when the shocking news came of the sudden death of little Gerald Higginbotham, age two years, on April 26. He is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Higginbotham, and one brother, Erskin. Interment took place in the Bottoms Cemetery, with Toney Rainey in charge.



Limestone Democrat 01/06/1944

Nora Adline Higginbotham (1895-1943) AL

Miss Higginbotham's Services Wednesday

Funeral services for Miss Nora Higginbotham were conducted last Wednesday at the home, the Rev. Willie Steelman officiating, with burial in Bottoms Cemetery.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Higginbotham; five sisters, Mrs. Oliver Pratt and Mrs. Claud Brakefield of Athens, Route 2; four brothers, Gardner, Ozell, Hubert and Junior Higginbotham, all of near Athens; five nieces and 10 nephews, two of whom are in the armed serves. Pallbearers were the brothers of the deceased, Gardner, Junior, Ozell and Hubert Higginbotham and Claud Brakefield and Oliver Pratt, brother-in-laws.



The Cullman Banner 06/21/1945

Louis Carlton Higginbotham (1923-1945) AL

Navy Dead: Higginbotham, Louis Carlton, S1-c, USNR, wife, Mrs. Ruth Azalia Gorham Higginbotham, and father, George Ellie Higginbotham, Cullman.



The Anniston Star 03/14/1946

Josie Adkins Higginbotham (1888-1946) AL

Services Held Today For Mrs. Higginbotham

Funeral services for Mrs. Emory L. Higginbotham, 58, of 2105 Gurnee Avenue who died Tuesday afternoon, were held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at McCoy Methodist Church, the Rev. R.L. Baker of Alabama City and the Rev. E.B. Ogburn officiating. Burial was in Edgemont Cemetery, Ursey in charge.



The Anniston Star 03/31/1946

Mrs. Carl Moyce Higginbotham (????-1946) AL

Mr. and Mrs. S.O. Higginbotham, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bennett have returned from Troy, Ala., after having attended the funeral of their sister-in-law, Mrs. C.M. Higginbotham, who died Sunday morning.



The Alabama Courier 07/13/1946

Infant Higginbotham (1946-1946) AL

Sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Higginbotham in the loss of their infant daughter at Limestone Hospital on July 8th. The mother is doing fine.



The Alabama Courier 09/25/1947

Ettice J. Stanford Higginbotham (1907-1947) AL

Athens Route One

Mrs. Hubert Higginbotham died Sept 11 about eight o'clock and was laid to rest in Mitchell cemetery Friday afternoon with Rainey in charge. Rev. Steelman conducted the services.

Pall bearers were Floyd and Elvis Dunnavant. Harold Smith, Joe Loggins, Dale Black and Fred Evans. She was 39 years of age and is survived by her husband and eight children, her mother, sisters, brothers and many friends. Our tenderest sympathy goes out to the many bereaved ones.



The Anniston Star 10/13/1947

Glenda Jean Higginbotham (1947-1947) AL

Glenda J. Higginbotham Dies at Hospital Here

Funeral services for Glenda Jean Higginbotham, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Ray Higginbotham of Bynum, who died at Anniston Memorial Hospital at 4 o'clock Sunday morning, were held Sunday afternoon at Coldwater Cemetery. Usrey was in charge.

The child is survived by her parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Higginbotham of Bynum and Mrs. Hary Russell.



The Anniston Star 08/04/1948

Bama Ethel Higginbotham Dunwoody Hieb (1902-1948) AL/CA

Mrs. Bama H.D. Hieb Dies In California

Mrs. Bama H. Dunwoody Hieb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Higginbotham of Oxford, died at Al Hambra, Calif., last night.

Funeral services will be held in California.

Mrs. Hieb is survived by her parents; three brothers, C.W. Higginbotham of Eutaw and C.R. Higginbotham and S.O. Higginbotham of Oxford; one sister, Mrs. Jack Bennett of Oxford; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hieb was born and reared in Calhoun County and was a resident until a short time ago when she moved to California.



The Alabama Courier 11/04/1948

Cleller Mae Corum Higginbotham (1929-1948) AL

Mrs. Celler Higginbotham Laid To Rest November 2

Mrs. Celler Mae Higginbotham, 18, died at Jackson's Clinic on October 31, just one year after her marriage. Her home was Anderson Route 1 and last rites were held at Anderson Church of Christ on Tuesday, November 2 and 2 p.m. Interment was in Mitchell Cemetery, McConnell directing. Rev. Gilbert Crutcher officiated.

She is survived by her husband, Alton Higginbotham; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Corum; three sisters, Mrs. Arlin Alexander, Mrs. Chester Farmer and Miss Othell Corum; one brother, James Earl.

Pallbearers were Lonnie, Hubert and Junior Ritter, Alton and Almond Corum and Arthur Brown.



The Anniston Star 07/26/1949

Lena McNeal Higginbotham (1893-1949) AL

Mrs. Higginbotham's Funeral Service Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Lena M. Higginbotham, 56, who died yesterday at her residence at 615 East 22nd Street, were held at at 4 o'clock this afternoon at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. E.B. Ogburn officiating. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery, Usery in charge.

Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by two brothers, George McNeal of Anniston and Charles McNeal of Gadsden; four sisters, Mrs. T.E. Bonds of Anniston, Mrs. Mary Ballard of Bessemer, Mrs. Tom Statom of Gadsden, and Mrs. Joe Minzer of Galveston, Tex; and several nieces and nephews.

First cousins serving as pallbearers were: James and H.T. McNeal, Bass Huff, Oscar Dorris, and Arthur and Clarence Sims.



The Anniston Star 09/17/1951

Walter Franklin Higginbotham (1878-1951) AL

Higginbotham Passes At 69 At Residence

Retired Gas Firm Employee Passes At 69; Funeral Rites Held

Walter Franklin Higginbotham, 69, of 310 Munger Street, Oxford, died at 6 o'clock yesterday morning at his residence. He had been ill for the past year. A retired employee of the Southern Natural Gas Company, Mr. Higginbotham was born and reared at Chulafinnee in Cleburne County, but had resided In Oxford for the past 23 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dular Higginbotham; three sons, S. O. and Cecil R. Higginbotham, both of Oxford, and C. M. Higginbotham of Eutaw; one daughter, Mrs. Lanier Bennett of Arlington, Va.; one brother, R. L. Higginbotham of El Central. Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Ike Haynes of Cullman; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Chulafinnee Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gerald Walker, the Rev. C. P. Brooks, and the Rev. Edwin Kimbrough officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery, Usrey Funeral Home in charge. Active pallbearers were: Clyde Parnell, Ralph Nabors, W. M. Cornelius, E. D. Jordan, Henry  Hollingsworth, and Joe Blue. Honorary pallbearers were: A. E. Patty, J. B. Hobbs, R. R. Pope, Murphy Cole, Dr. Irwin Boozer Dr. Hugh Gray, Dr. C. H. Day J. B. Self, W. A. Neal. J. M. Peoples, Melvin Bible, Roy Snead, and employees of the Southern Natural Gas Company.



The Anniston Star 10/23/1951

Myra Sue Higginbotham (1951-1951) AL

Myra Sue Higginbotham Dies In Hospital Here

Myra Sue Higginbotham, age four months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Higginbotham of 524 Palmetto, died early this morning at Memorial Hospital, after an illness of three months. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Glen Addle Baptist Church with the Rev. G. D. White officiating. Burial will be in Edgemont Cemetery, Usrey in charge. Besides the parents, the child is survived by two brothers, Robert Earl and Billy Wayne Higginbotham; the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Crossley of Anniston and Chess Higginbotham of Lakeview.



The Anniston Star 01/24/1954

Harold Arthur Higginbotham (1913-1954) AL

Homer Crossley, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Higginbotham, Mr. and Mrs. Chess Higginbotham and Mrs. Nell Nunley attended the funeral of the late Harold Higginbotham of Montgomery Thursday.



The Anniston Star 02/07/1957

Mary Elizabeth Higginbotham Morrison (1887-1957) AL

Mrs. Morrison Succumbs At 70

Funeral Friday

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Morrison, 70, of Delta, Rt. 1, died last night at Memorial Hospital  at 11 o'clock following an illness of one day. She was a lifelong resident of the Delta community and was a member of the Delta Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Abel Church with the Rev. M. V. Steadham officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery, Usrey directing. Survivors include her husband, John W. Morrison; three daughters, Mrs. C. C. Gann of  Birmingham, Mrs. J. L. Pate of Anniston and Mrs. W. C. Burrell of Bakersfield, Calif.; five sons, H. R. Morrison of Oxford, the Rev. T. E. Morrison of Milbry, Clifton Morrison and A. N. Morrison of Anniston and W. E. Morrison of Delta, Rt. 1; four brothers, Dudley Higginbotham, Vernon Higginbotham and Chess Higginbotham of Anniston and George Higginbotham of Gadsden; two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Spears of Delta, Rt. 1, and Mrs. Lonnie Messer of Tarboro, N. C. ; 31 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Grandsons will act as pallbearers. The body will lie in state until just prior to services at the home of H. R. Morrison, 704 Hale St., Oxford.



The Anniston Star 01/07/1959

Lizzie Jane Higginbotham Teague (1888-1959) AL

Mrs. Teague Passes At Home

Mrs. Lizzie Teague, 70, of Heflin, Rt. 3 died yesterday at 8:30 p.m. in her residence following along illness.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Heflin with the Rev. Zakie Carpenter officiating. Gantharp Funeral Home of Heflin will be in charge of the burial in the adjoining cemetery.

The body will lie in state at the residence prior to the funeral.

Surviving are the husband, Austin Teague; one son, Hop Teague; one brother, Virgil Higginbotham and one sister, Mrs. Irene Kennedy.



The Anniston Star 08/12/1959

William Dudley Higginbotham (ca1882-1959) AL

William Dudley Higginbotham, 77, 3804 Noble St., died Tuesday in St. Clair County Nursing Home following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held at the Noble Street Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. O.D. Parker officiating.

Usrey of Anniston will be in charge and burial will be in the Forestlawn Memorial Gardens. The Body will lie in state at the home of Mrs. Vera Shaddix, 2221 Gurnee Ave., prior to the services.

The retired merchant is survived by two sons, Herman of Anniston and Manning E. of Clifton, N.J.; two daughters, Mrs. Vera Shaddix of Anniston and Mrs. Hillard M. Green of Anniston; three brothers, S.V. Higginbotham and C.L. Higginbotham of Anniston and George Higginbotham of Gadsden; two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Spears of Lineville and Mrs. Lonie Messer of North Carolina; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers will be J.L. Dempsey, Ralph Hill, Leonard Hill, D.A. Deese, Russell Morrison and Flavo Higginbotham.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Davis and Dr. Moseley of Leeds, H. Stewart, C.R. Colquit, Gordon Willingham and C.H. Bentley.



The Anniston Star 04/11/1962

William James Higginbotham (1894-1962) AL

William James Higginbotham, 69, of Bynum died at the Veterans Hospital in Birmingham Tuesday after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Alton Kirk and Bill Harris officiating. Burial will be in the adjacent cemetery with Gray Brown Service Mortuary in charge.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lula C. Higginbotham; three sons, Johnnie Ray, Charles William and Jack, all of Bynum; one daughter, Mrs. Kelly F. Prady of Runtsville; three sisters, Mrs. Effie McGuffie and Mrs. Dora St. John, both of Ragland, and Mrs. Corene Bice of Wattsville; one brother, Dallas Higginbotham of Ragland; three half-brothers, Jesse, Austin, and Bud Rainy of Ragland; seven grandchildren.

Active pallbearers will be Denny Cofield, Ralph Thornton, Jackie Thompson, Enos Holmes, Marvin Bentley, and Jimmy Lindsey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Singleton, John Pilkington, Walter Hurst, Will Bentley, and Bill Murphy.

Mr. Higginbotham had lived in Calhoun County since 1944. He was a retired employee of Anniston Ordnance Depot and a veteran of World War I.



The Anniston Star 11/22/1963

Carrie Higginbotham Whitlock (1882-1963) AL

Mrs. Whitlock

Mrs. Carrie Whitlock, 71, of 217 Main St., Oxford, died unexpectedly at 4:20 p.m., Thursday at Anniston Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at the residence Sunday at 11 a.m., with burial in Box Cemetery near Ragland with Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge.

She is survived by one son, J. E. Whitlock of Oxford; one daughter, Mrs. Ruby Kelly of Oxford; one sister, Mrs. Fannie Summers of Coldwater; one brother, Claude Higginbotham of Coldwater; eight grandchildren and two  great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Whitlock had resided in Calhoun County most of her life.



The Anniston Star 05/14/1964

Mae Etta Carter Higginbotham (1896-1964) AL

Mrs. Higginbotham

Mrs. Mae Etta Higginbotham, 68, of 3807 George St, died at Anniston Memorial Hospital Wednesday at 4 p.m., after a long illness.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m., at Mount Zion Church of Christ in Clay County with Ervin Strickland and the Rev. Charlie Mange officiating. Burial will be in Forestlawn Gardens with Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge.

She is survived by her husband, Sanders V. Higginbotham; three sons, F. C. of Anniston, J. F. of Oxford and F. V. of  Fontana, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. C. L. Hassel of East Gard, Ind., Mrs. Ellen Boyd of Mentone, Calif., and Mrs. Barbara Hayes of Fontana, Calif.; two brothers, Marvin Carter of Savannah, Ga., and John Carter of Oxford; two sisters, Mrs. Josie Burchfield of Lineville and Mrs. Myrtle Chandler of Boaz; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Hill, Leonard Hill, Robert Denson, B. F. Traywick, R. D. Gann, Johnny Deese.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Anniston Helping Hand Club.

Mrs. Higginbotham had resided in Anniston for 29 years. A former resident of Clay County, she was a member of the Mount Zion Church of Christ in Clay County.



The Anniston Star 11/27/1964

Gary Higgenbotham (ca1959-1964) AL

Gary Higgenbotham, 5, of Birmingham was killed when a car struck him near his home Thursday.



The Anniston Star 07/15/1966

William Henry Higginbotham (1891-1966) AL/LA/GA

W. H. Higginbotham

William H. Higginbotham, 75, died Thursday in Atlanta while visiting a brother.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at l p.m. at Oxford City Cemetery, Gray Brown-Service in charge.

He is survived by one brother, H. H. Higginbotham of Atlanta; one sister, Mrs. A. Z. Heard of Auburn, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Higginbotham, a native of Oxford had lived in Alexandria, La., the past several years. He was a veteran of World War 1 and a retired railroad employee.


Limestone Democrat 06/04/1968

Loren Lee Higginbotham (1923-1968) AL

Slip Of Foot Takes Man's Life On River

A 41 year old Anderson Rt. 1, man was drowned last night (Monday) when he slipped off a high bluff and fell into the Tennessee River at Lucy's Branch picnic area, according to Limestone County Coroner Charlie Sammett.

Loren Higginbotham, slipped into the river about 11:15 p.m., and his body was recovered about 12:25 a.m., by the Athens Limestone County Rescue Squad. Apparently he had walked too close to a large bluff that over looks the river near the picnic area, the coroner reported.

Limestone County law officers said William Thomas Whitworth 35, Athens Rt. 5, and Higginbotham were returning from Huntsville and stopped for a brief rest at Lucy's Branch.

Whitworth told Limestone County Sheriff M. W. (Buddy) Evans he heard a scream and a splash and ran to aid Higginbotham who apparently could not swim.

He said after jumping into the river at one time he had a hand hold on his shirt but could not bring him to safety.

After rescue efforts failed Whitworth went to the home of Mrs. William Vinson, Athens Rt. 5, to summon help and request she call authorities.

Athens Limestone County Rescue officials said the body was recovered after approximately 15 minutes in about 10 feet of water and 25 feet from the bank.

Higginbotham is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sylvia Higginbotham, Anderson Rt. 1.

Morrison and Elkins Funeral Home, Florence will be in charge of arrangements.



The Anniston Star 12/22/1969

Dock Higginbotham (1881-1969) AL

Dock Higginbotham, 88, of Anniston, Rt. 4, died Sunday in a Birmingham hospital after a short illness.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m., at Oak Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Lawrence Greenwood officiating. Burial will be in Munford Cemetery. Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Sarah Pilgreen, Mrs. Lula May Murray and Mrs. Ada Mae Johnson of Anniston and Mrs. Cora Lee Ponder of Oxford; four sons, D. C. and Wesley Higginbotham of Anniston, Robert Higginbotham of Birmingham and Jack Higginbotham of California; 2 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Davis, Louis Higginbotham, James Slaughter, Glen Williams, Johnny Sims and Johnny Bean.

A resident of Calhoun County most of his life, Mr. Higginbotham was a retired moulder.

The body will lie at the residence of D. C. Higginbotham until time of services.



The Anniston Star 04/14/1970

PFC Richard Lee Higginbotham (1949-1970) AL/Vietnam

Two State Soldiers Killed In Vietnam

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two Alabama soldiers have been killed in action in Vietnam, the Pentagon said Monday.

They were Pfc. Richard L. Higginbotham of Scottsboro and Pfc. Leroy Nelson of  Theodore.

Their deaths raise to 1,003 the unofficial tally of Alabamians killed in action in the conflict in Southeast Asia.



Birmingham News 03/29/1971

Horace Dunam Higginbotham Sr. (1890-1971) AL

Horace D. Higginbotham, Sr. 83 of Belle Ave., Tarrant who died Sunday was a native of Jefferson Co. He was a retired employee of L&N Railroad and was a supervisor of the night staff at the Athens Building. He was a member of Boyles United Methodist Church for 55 years. Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Brown-Service Norwood with burial in Forest Hill. Survivors include three sons, H. D. Higginbotham, Jr., and Cecil W. Higginbotham both of Birmingham, and James E. Higginbotham, Tarrant; three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Isaacs and Mrs. Era Ruth Horn both of Tarrant, and Mrs. Betty Ann Redmond, Hueytown; two brothers, Oscar Higginbotham, Tarrant, and Bernard Higginbotham, Village Springs, and a sister, Mrs. Clara Clark, Los Angeles, Calif. 



The Anniston Star 07/28/1972

Gradie M. Higginbotham Carlisle Bell (1912-1972) AL/CA/TX


PELL CITY - Mrs. Grady Carlisle Bell, 59, of Bellflower, Calif., died Wednesday at a Longview, Tex., hospital after a brief illness.

Funeral services were scheduled today at 2 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Ragland with the Rev. John Hastins officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery with Kilgore Funeral Home in charge.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Sarah Chapman of Los Angeles, Mrs. Carolyn Sue Walker of Montgomery and Mrs. Yvonne Shaffer of Indiana; two sons, Edward James Carlisle of Auburndale, Fla., and William Carlisle of Haines City, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. Katie Phillips, Mrs. Minnie Phillips and Mrs. Lucy St. John, all of Ragland; three brothers, Robert Higginbotham and Buddy Higginbotham, both of Ragland, and Bradford Higginbotham of Longview, Tex.; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



The Anniston Star 01/23/1973

Dorothy Lee Burnham Higginbotham (1918-1973) AL

Tuesday rites set for Mrs. Higginbotham

Mrs. Ralph Higginbotham, an Anniston civic leader who helped her husband found Higginbotham Incorporated Printers, died at her home this morning. She was 55.

The daughter of Henry L. Burnham of Jacksonville, Mrs. Higginbotham was an active member or Anniston civic clubs. She was a past president of the Women’s Civic Club, a member of the Forthian Club and a Pink Lady at Anniston Memorial Hospital. She was a member or Parker Memorial Baptist Church, where she worked in the Intermediate department.

She worked together with her husband to round their business in 1946, and continued working there until 1953.

Mrs. Higginbotham, who lived at 336 Wildwood Road, is survived by her husband, Ralph O. Higginbotham; two daughters. Miss Diane Higginbotham of New York City and Nancy H. Bryson of Manchester. Ga.; a son, Danny Higginbotham of Anniston , and her father, Henry L. Burnham of Jacksonville.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Parker Memorial Baptist Church. The Rev. Charles Martin will conduct the service. Gray Brown Service Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

The body will remain at the mortuary until one hour prior to services.



The Anniston Star 01/26/1973

Dula Anoldros Hollis Higginbotham (1879-1973) AL

Mrs. W. F. Higginbotham, 93, formerly of Oxford, died Thursday in Arlington, Va., after a short illness.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Chulafinnee Methodist Church, Cleburne County, with Dr. Eli Landrum officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery with Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert M. Bartell of Arlington, Va.; two sons, F. O. Higginbotham of Oxford, and Cecil R. Higginbotham of Anniston; a sister, Miss Dovie Hollis of Heflin; three brothers, Chester V. Hollis and Gwin Hollis. both of Heflin, and Gaston B. Hollis of Anniston; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Samuel S. Higginbotham, F. V. Higginbotham, Joel Gray Bennett, James E. Brooks Jr., Luther Wayne Oliver, Donald R. Oliver, Richard Brooks and Randall Brooks.

Mrs. Higginbotham was a native of Cleburne County and lived in Calhoun County most of her life.

The body will remain at the funeral home until one hour prior to services.



The Anniston Star 01/28/1973

Claud Higginbotham (1887-1973) AL

Claude Higginbotham, 76, of 1027 Constantine Ave., Anniston, died Friday in Anniston Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Ragland, Ala., with Rev. J. W. Minton officiating. Burial will be in Box Cemetery in Ragland with Gray Brown-Service Mortuary directing.

Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Gladys Freeman of Anniston and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Mr. Higginbotham, a native of Ragland , had lived in Calhoun County 25 years and was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Ragland.

The body will remain at the funeral home until one hour prior to services.



The Anniston Star 03/03/1973

Willie Frances Sherbert Higginbotham (1881-1973) AL


CENTRE - Mrs. Willie Frances Higginbotham, 90, of Leesburg, died Thursday at Cherokee County Nursing Home after a long illness.

Funeral services were scheduled today at Perry Funeral Home with the Rev. Glover Garmon and the Rev. Eulis Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include five sons, Carl Higginbotham of Chicago, Ill., Otis Higginbotham of Centre, Junis Higginbotham of Leesburg, John Higginbotham of Detroit, Mich., and R. B. Higginbotham of Gadsden; two daughters, Mrs. Lois Watkins of Detroit, Mich., and  Mrs. Juanita Gomez of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Henry Sherbert of Collinsville; two grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carl Higginbotham. Walter Higginbotham, James Turner, James Farrington, Bobby Farrington, Melvin Sherbert, Walter Roberts and J.W. Pollard.



The Anniston Star 01/23/1974

Tressie Jane Higginbotham Smith (1894-1974) AL

CENTRE - Mrs. Tressie Jane Smith, 79, of Collinsville, died Monday at Cherokee County Hospital after a long illness.

Services were scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney Yarbrough and the Rev. Troy Chamblee officiating. Burial was to be in the adjoining cemetery with Jordan Funeral Home in charge.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Hudgins of Leesburg, and Mrs. Mary Harding of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a son, Howard Smith of Collinsville; a sister, Mrs. Delia Murphy of Collinsville; a brother, Gordon Higginbotham of Leesburg; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church No. 2.



The Anniston Star 06/02/1974

Alice Welch Higginbotham (ca1895-1974) AL/CA

Alice Hickenbottom, 79, of Los Angeles, and formerly of Anniston, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short illness.

Services and burial will be in Los Angeles.

Survivors include four sons, Lonnie Higginbotham of Anniston , Joseph Higginbotham, Charles Higginbotham and Paul Higginbotham, all of Los Angeles; and  four daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Greggs, Mrs. Lillian Smullen, Mrs. Kay Aston and Mrs. Chris King, all of Los Angeles.

Mrs. Hickenbottom was the sister of the late Marshall, Lon and Coleman Welch of Anniston.



Birmingham News 12/17/1986

Flora Evelyn Higginbotham Isaacs (1914-1986) AL

Mrs. Evelyn Higginbotham Isaacs, 72, of Tarrant City, died Tuesday. She was a lifelong resident of Tarrant City. She was a member of Boyles United Methodist Church, and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 104. Funeral will be at 2pm Thursday at Roebuck Chapel with burial in Forest Hill. Survivors include her husband, Clarence Isaacs; a son, Don Isaacs, a daughter, Mrs. Betty Ruth Handley, both of Center Point; two sisters Mrs. Betty Redmond, Hueytown and Mrs. Era Horn, Tarrant City and three brothers, Cecil and James Higginbotham, both of Tarrant City and Buddy Higginbotham of Vestavia Hills.



Your Community Shopper 08/15/1993

Dentas Minford Higginbotham (1909-1993) AL

Mr. Dentas M. Higginbotham, 84, of 31731 Stateline Road in Ardmore, TN, died Thursday, August 19, 1993 at Medical Center Hospital in Huntsville, AL. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 21, 1993 at 2:30 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dalton Warden officiating. Burial followed in Gatlin Cemetery with Taylor Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mr. Higginbotham was a deacon of Macedonia Baptist Church and one of the church's original founders. Survivors include one son, Charles Higginbotham of Ardmore, TN; one daughter, Ann Whitt of Huntsville, AL; one sister, Tinnie Hardiman Smith of Ardmore; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.



Texas City Sun 12/17/1995

Charles William Higginbotham (1932-1995) AL/TX

Chuck Higginbotham

Charles W. "Chuck" Higginbotham, 63 , formerly of Texas City, passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 1995 in Mobile, Ala.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Monday at Grace Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City.

Mr. Higginbotham was born Feb. 2, 1932 in Birmingham. Ala. He was a newspaper circulation manager and a former employee of the Texas City Sun.

Survivors include his daughters, Kathryn Higginbotham of Galveston and Elizabeth Reed of Austin; a brother, J.D. Higginbotham; grandchildren. Zachariah Higginbotham and Allen and Shannon Lang ; and special friends. Bill and Rita Lang.



The Anniston Star 11/15/1997

Lula J. Higginbotham (1911-1997) WV/AL

Weaver, Al. Graveside services for Lulu J. Higginbotham, 86, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Anniston Memorial Gardens. Chapel Hill Funeral Home will be in charge. Mrs. Higginbotham died Thursday at Stringfellow Hospital. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Taylor of Weaver ; two sons; Larry Higginbotham of Meansville, Ga. and Donald Higginbotham of Tallapoosa, Ga.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Higginbotham, a Pine Grove, W.V. native, was a resident of Calhoun County for the past 23 years. She was a member of The Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church of Weaver.




Bailey Gardner Higginbotham (1905-1999) AL

Mr. Bailey Gardner (B. G.) Higginbotham, age 93, of 18640 Moorseville Road, Athens, AL, was born April 2, 1905 and died January 5, 1999.

Services were held Thursday, January 7, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. in the Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Kennum and Rev. Calvin Inman officiating. Interment was in Bottoms Cemetery (Limestone County, AL).

Survivors include wife, Edna Higginbotham; sons, James Erskin Higginbotham, Douglas Earl Higginbotham, and Milton Ray Higginbotham; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson; brother, Ozell Higginbotham.


Birmingham Paper 04/24/1999
Betty Ann Higginbotham Redmond (1927-1999) AL
BETTY ANN HIGGINBOTHAM REDMON, Age 72 of Hueytown, Alabama died on April 22, 1999. She was born and grew up in Tarrant, Alabama, graduating from Jefferson County High School in 1945. She was a member of the Boyles Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for several years and served as a WMU Circle Leader for over 20 years. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Perry Redmond, Sr. of Hueytown; daughters, Peggy (Danny) Richey of Cropwell, and Elizabeth (Wayne) Bush of Clay; three sons, Perry Jr. (Ann) Redmond of Maryville, Tenn., Paul (Gina) Redmond of Hueytown, and Bruce Redmond of Hueytown; eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren; brothers, H.D. Higginbotham of Vestavia, James Higginbotham of Tarrant, and Cecil Higginbotham of Pinson; several nieces and nephews. Services will be Saturday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Brown Service West Chapel in Hueytown with Burial in Forest Hills Cemetery in Birmingham. Rev. J. Paul Hunter and Peggy Merritt will be officiating. Brown Service West Chapel Funeral Home directing.



The Decatur Daily 09/07/1999

Kenneth L. Higginbotham (1932-1999) AL

HARTSELLE -- Funeral for Kenneth L. Higginbotham, 66, of Hartselle will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with the Rev. Sherril Hill and the Rev. David Lett officiating. Burial will be in Johnson Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 9 at the funeral home. Mr. Higginbotham died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at his residence. He was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Limestone County, to William H. and Ettece J. Stanford Higginbotham. He made candy at Brach's Candy Co. in Chicago and was a Marine veteran. He is survived by his wife, Margret Nethery Higginbotham; two sons, Kenneth Lee Higginbotham of Hartselle and Daniel Raye Higginbotham of Falkville; one stepson, James Murrell Frazier of Hartselle; one daughter, Betty Juanita Niebres of Sleepy Hollow, Ill.; one stepdaughter, Debbie Richard of Birmingham; four brothers, Doyce J. Higginbotham and Billy R. Higginbotham, both of Hartselle, William E. Higginbotham of Orlando, Fla., and Donald W. Higginbotham of Gibsontown, Fla.; two sisters, Bobbie N. Lee of Hartselle and Carol Counts of Florence; five grandchildren and one step-grandson. Pallbearers will be Robert Puckett, Thomas Marshall, Lewis Rogers, John Chenault, Ray Kirby and Kenneth Standridge. 



The Brunswick News 01/29/2000
Leona Higginbotham Jones (1916-2000) FL/AL
Leona Higginbotham Jones, 83, of Kingsland died Thursday (01/27/2000) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Kingsland. Burial will follow at Lawnwood Cemetery with the Rev. Vernon Dillingham officiating.
The family will receive friends from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday at Edo Miller-Dekle-Wainwright Funeral Home.
Surviving are a son, Ronald K. Jones of Tuscaloosa; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mrs. Jones was born in Nassau County, Florida. She moved to Camden County in the mid-1940s.
She retired from Barnett Bank, and was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Kingsland.



Daily Home 08/11/2002
Rachel Kay Higginbotham (1980-2002) AL
WEOGUFKA — Funeral service for Rachel Kay Higginbotham, 22, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Sylacauga with the Rev. Jeff Finklea and the Rev. Danny Bynum officiating. Burial will be in Childersburg City Cemetery.
Miss Higginbotham died Aug. 9 at her residence in Weogufka.
She is survived by her parents, Frank J. Higginbotham Sr., and Judy Higginbotham of Weogufka; brothers, Frank Higginbotham Jr., and his wife Venessia of Germany, and Samuel Monroe Higginbotham of Weogufka; grandmothers, Vonna Higginbotham of Childersburg and Betty Gardner of Sylacauga; grandparents, Martha Hamilton and Maskon Hamilton of Sylacauga; and nephews, Corbin Higginbotham, Dalton Higginbotham and Blaine Higginbotham.
Pallbearers will be J.W. Gardner, Kent Gardner Sr., Jason Swint, Christopher Gardner, William Gardner, and Randall Foster.
Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.




William Thomas Higginbotham (1918-2003) AL

William Thomas "W.T." Higginbotham, 84, of Quinton died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at his residence. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at New Horizon chapel with burial in Shanghi Cemetery. Rev. Doug Tate will officiate. New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home is directing. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today, July 25, 2003, at New Horizon Memorial Funeral Home. He was retired from Frisco Railroad where he had worked as a car inspector. He was a member of Faith Worship Center in Sumiton. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ethel Higginbotham; daughters, Judith Higginbotham and Sharron Wires and her husband, James, all of Sumiton; sons, Gene Higginbotham and his wife, Mary Nell, Larry Higginbotham, and Randy Higginbotham and his wife, Sandra, all of Quinton; brother, Dank Higginbotham of Quinton; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 



Shelby County Reporter 08/20/2003

Gloria Frances Fowler Higginbotham (1925-2003) AL
Southcrest Baptist member
Gloria Frances Higginbotham of Bessemer died Aug. 9, 2003. She was a member of Southcrest Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Terri (Steve) Hartsfield of Birmingham; two grandchildren, Dylan and Cale McSweeney of Birmingham; and two sisters, Jean Heard of Palmerdale and Montriel Pitts of Birmingham.
Service was Aug. 11 at Southern Heritage Chapel, the Rev. Scott Bush presiding. Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery, Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home directing.



Selma Time-Journal 07/29/2004
Flora B. Higginbotham Nichols (1935-2004) AL
Flora Nichols, 69, of Selma, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at her home.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday, July 30, at the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Fancher officiating. Burial will follow in New Live Oak Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.
Survivors include a devoted companion, Ricky Moore; sons, Phillip (Brenda) Higginbotham, Ben (Aleyda) Higginbotham and Randy (Gayle) Higginbotham; daughter, Debra (James) Smith; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers are Butch Huffman, David Rinehart, Micky Patterson, Bob Cook, Pete Nichols and Roger Nichols. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home.


The Augusta Chronicle January 25, 2004

Ruth Elizabeth Higginbotham Blackwood (1920-2004) AL
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, January 24, 2004 at Doctors Hospital. Mrs. Ruth Higginbotham Blackwood, 84, wife of the late Mr. Claude F. Blackwood of 1106 Rolland Rd. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 1 p.m. at Cliftondale United Methodist Church in College Park, Ga. with the Rev. Sally Oakes and Terry DeLand officiating. The internment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Anniston, Alabama. Other family members include his daughter, Kay Blackwood Doby; a son, Joe A. Blackwood, of Cumming Ga.; a sister Alice Key of Anniston, Ala. and a brother Ralph Higginbotham of Jacksonville, Ala.; two grandchildren Edward Lee Doby of Harlem, Ga. and Brent A. Blackwood of Oxford, Ala. Two great-grandchildren, Edward Jacob Doby and Jessica Ann Doby. The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until 1 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the Cliftondale United Methodist Church, Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, Ga. Sign the guestbook at



The Independent 09/30/2004

Preston Holland Higginbotham (1928-2004) AL

Preston Holland Higginbotham, 77, died Sept. 11, 2004 at his residence. He was born March 21, 1928 in Tarrant City and he resided in Summerdale. He served in the United States Army in the Korean War as a Major and retired from the Alabama By-Products Corporation. Survivors include: two daughters, Peggy (Ernie) Lay of League City, Texas; Joyce (Buck) Tucker of Destin, Fla.; one sister, Betty (William) Deneke of Mobile; one granddaughter, two great-granddaughters and a special friend/companion, Jackie Woodrome of Fairhope. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary Pierce Higginbotham. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Wolfe-Bayview Chapel. Interment followed at Jubilee memorial Cemetery, Daphne. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made in his name to the Alabama Elks Association, Covenant Hospice, 6475 Van Bueren Ave., Daphne, AL 36526, or your favorite charity. Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory, Fairhope.



Alfred B. Higginbotham (1925-2005) AL

Birth: May 27, 1925    Death: Jan. 17, 2005

Alfred "A.B." Higginbotham, 79, of Cordova, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 19, at Bell Sumiton Funeral Home with burial at Brasfield Cemetery in Burnwell. The Rev. Harvey Mitchell will officiate. Bell Funeral Home will direct. Mr. Higginbotham was a member of Cordova Church of God on the River Road. He was a veteran of World War II and retired from Hammond Lead Products in Hammond, Ind. and from the city of Cordova. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Higginbotham; brother, C.J. Higginbotham; and sister, Carrie Jones. He is survived by his sons, Arwine Higginbotham, and his wife, Louise, of Sipsey, Terrell Higginbotham, and his wife, Lenita, of the Pleasantfield community, and Paul Higginbotham, and his wife, Pat, of Parrish; daughter, Mary Higginbotham of Cordova; sister, Nita Nutter of Palos Heights, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.


Horace Dunam Higginbotham Jr. (1915-2005) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, H. D., Jr. died March 8, 2005, at the age of 89. He is now able to join his beloved first wife of 46 years, Helen West Higginbotham. He was born on June 27, 1915, in Birmingham, Alabama. Retired from L Railroad, where he worked as a Yardmaster, he was a longtime member of Boyles Methodist Church in Tarrant and more recently, Mountain Chapel Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills. He was also a member of the Shriners and Masonic organizations. Known and loved by many as “Buddy”, he contributed much of his time helping others with handyman projects, in particular voluntarily painting for the church and other charitable organizations.
He is survived by his spouse, Ovada Williams Higginbotham, his brother, James of Tarrant, Alabama and his six children, Horace D. Higginbotham, III of Atlanta, Georgia, Charles E. Higginbotham of Bainbridge, Georgia, Sandra G. Voss of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Patricia H. McKinney of Ocean Ridge, Florida, Nancy H. Hanklin of Birmingham, Alabama, and Donald Ray Higginbotham of Atlanta, Georgia; his 9 Grandchildren are Keith. Kimberlee, Gretchen, Craig, Brian, Megan, Colin, Julie, and Michael; and his great grandchildren are Wesley, Landon, Makenzie, Aaron, Compbell, Hudson, Griffin and Kyle. A viewing will be held at John Ridout’s Funeral Home on March 11, from 6-8 p.m. on March 12. Ridout’s Valley Chapel Directing.



The Huntsville Times 07/23/2005

Dorothy Lee Higginbotham Simmons (1932-2005) AL

Dorothy H. Simmons, 72, of Huntsville died Thursday. Funeral services will be at noon Sunday at Walking by Faith Church. Interment will be in Cochran Cemetery. The family will begin receiving friends after 5 p.m. today at Berryhill Funeral Home.


Cherokee County Herald 12/05/2005
Joe Clifton Higginbotham (1929-2005) AL
The Rev. Joe C. Higginbotham, of Centre, passed away Thursday, Dec. 1, following a brief illness. Perry Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. Rev. Higginbotham is survived by his wife, Ann; their three children, Joe P. Higginbotham (Deanna) of Dothan, Joan Ingram (Russell L.) of Jacksonville and John C. Higginbotham (Kristi) of Tuscaloosa; a sister, Flora Self of Clay and six grandchildren.


The Gadsden Times 12/06/2005

Bonnie Lewellen Higginbotham Turner (1921-2005) AL
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Collier-Butler Funeral Chapel for Bonnie Higginbotham Turner, 84, Gadsden, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005. The Rev. Bob Payne will officiate. Entombment will be in Forrest Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Service directing.
Mrs. Turner was a native and lifelong resident of Gadsden. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Forrest Avenue, a member of the Mt. Laurel Garden Club and an American Red Cross volunteer for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Irvin Turner; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Higginbotham.
Mrs. Turner was a loving wife, mother, sister and a great Nana.
She is survived by her son, Bill (Teresa) Turner; grandchildren, Meghan and Jimmy Turner; brothers, Robert C. (Avis) Higginbotham, Austin, Texas, and Walter C. Higginbotham; sisters, Jimmie Farrington and Frances Higginbotham; nephews, Robert Farrington and Robert Higginbotham Jr.; nieces, Sandra Nichols and Ruthie Wilson; three great-nieces; and a great- nephew.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.



The Tuscaloosa News 02/17/2006

Carl Moyce Higginbotham Jr. (1938-2006) AL

SFC Carl M. Higginbotham, Jr., a 22 year veteran of the U.S. Army, passed away February 16, 2006, at the age of 67. Graveside services will be noon Saturday at Mt. Hebron Church Cemetery in Akron with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. He leaves behind a devoted wife, Lena Higginbotham; three daughters, Lynn Higginbotham, Mary Durrett (Kenneth), and Missy Sartain (Tony), all of Tuscaloosa; five grandsons, Rhyan Higginbotham, Jon, Grant, Adam, and Luke Sartain. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of choice.


The Sun Herald 02/23/2006

Vivian Inez Perez Higginbotham (1912-2006) AL/MS
Vivian Higginbotham, a native of Pascagoula and widow of Prieur Jay Higginbotham, Sr., died on Tuesday, February 21 2006 in Mobile, AL in her 94th year.
Mrs. Higginbotham was born in Pascagoula on November 18, 1912, daughter of Vincente Pe'rez and Maude Irene Davis of Pascagoula. On her father's side she was descended from the earliest settlers of Mobile, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Dauphin Island and Pascagoula.
She attended the Pascagoula Public Schools, excelling in drama, music and athletics. She spent her youth in Pascagoula and in Mobile where her grandmother, sister and numerous relatives lived.
In 1931, she entered Mississippi Woman's College in Hattiesburg, where she majored in music and foreign languages. She was president of her class and president of the Spanish Club, and was selected by the student body as "Most Versatile," and "Most Popular."
After her graduation, she began her teaching career in the public schools. From 1935 until 1968, she taught English, Spanish and French, while directing numerous plays, musicals and operettas, as well as the Pascagoula High School Chorus. In the 1950's she founded and was the first director of Choraliers.
In 1936 she married Prieur Jay Higginbotham, Sr. and had three children Prieur Jay, Mary Kay and Richard Dale.
"Miss Higgy" as she was fondly known, was active in numerous civic activities, such as the Woman's Club and Anola Club, of which she served as President. She also served on the library board for nearly a quarter-century, and as chairman for several years. She ran several times in the Azalea Trail Race in Mobile during the early 1980's.
She began as pianist for the Baptist Church in Pascagoula in 1924 at the age of 12. Later, she became organist and served in that capacity for 73 years. In addition, she played for hundreds of weddings, funeral and social functions and played for the Pascagoula High School graduation exercises until 1996.
An ardent feminist, she was among the first women in Jackson County to run for public office and was only narrowly defeated in 1965 for the Pascagoula City Council.
In 1996, she appeared on NBC's "Today Show" playing the piano and speaking about one of her long-time friends and former pupils, Trent Lott.
Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her three children, Jay Higginbotham of Mobile, AL; Mary Kay Parrish of Shawnee, OK; and Dale Higginbotham of Natchitoches, LA; seven grandchildren: Jeanne-Mercier, Denis Prieur, Robert, John Michael, Robin, Amelia, and Julia; three great-grandchildren, Carson, Holly and Kerrie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Visitation will be Friday, February 24 , 2006 at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula from 7-9 pm. Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 2:00pm from the First Baptist Church of Pascagoula with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Old Spanish Fort Cemetery also known as Krebs Cemetery in Pascagoula.
Mike Flechas, Gary Greenough, John Wilkinson, Bill Lambert, Joe Webb, Gary Holland, Bobby Canty, and John Corlew will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home , Pascagoula, MS.


The Jacksonville News 05/18/2006

Ralph Daniel Higginbotham Jr. (1945-2006) AL
Graveside services for Ralph “Dan” Higginbotham Jr., 61, of Anniston were at 10:45 a.m. May 13 at Highland Cemetery. Rev. Bruce Hodge officiated. Gray Brown-Service Mortuary officiated.
Mr. Higginbotham died May 9 at his residence.
Survivors include his father, Ralph Daniel Higginbotham Sr. of Jacksonville; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Nancy and John Bryson of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Diane Higginbotham of New York City; and two nephews, Benjamin D. Bryson and Samuel J. Bryson.
Mr. Higginbotham was a native and resident of Anniston. He was a graduate of Anniston High School and Georgia Tech. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Parker Memorial Baptist Church and the Anniston Rotary Club. He was owner and operator of Higginbotham Printing.
Memorial donations may be made to Parker Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, American Heart Association or to the Mississippi Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch.


The Birmingham News 05/26/2006

Matthew Thornton Higginbotham Jr. (1916-2006) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, M. T., JR., age 89, of Bessemer, AL, passed away on May 25, 2006. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bessemer where he was an Elder and Sunday School teacher. Funeral Services will be held in the Chapel of Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home on May 27, 2006 at 11:30 a.m., with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens. Rev. Randy Kessler officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, May 26, 2006 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his: wife, Grace Higginbotham; son, Michael (Sheryl) Higginbotham of Tuscaloosa; granddaughters, Sarah Higginbotham of Winston-Salem, NC and Emily Higginbotham of Tuscaloosa. Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home will be serving the Higginbotham family. 425-2424.



The Birmingham News 06/12/2006

Ray Harold Higginbotham (1928-2006) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, RAY HAROLD age 77, of Birmingham, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2006 at this residence. He was born in Blount County, Alabama to the parents of George Ellis Higginbotham and Mable Lee Marsh Higginbotham. He was a retired truck driver specializing in heavy haulers and a Korean War Messenger. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Sue Higginbotham; parents, Ellis and Mable Higginbotham; sister, Ezell Guarracino and brothers, Carl Higginbotham and Russell Higginbotham. He is survived by his wife, Dot Walker of Birmingham; sons, Harold (Sheila) Higginbotham of Clay, Randal (Benita) Higginbotham of Moody, Carl Higginbotham of Irondale; daughter, Debra (Walter) McGarr of Hoover; brother, Perry Higginbotham of Texas; sisters, Estell Cornelius of Easley, Elmira Forrester of Prattville, Linda Gail Snider of Albany, GA; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 12, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment in St. Mountain Memory Gardens. Rev. John Ray officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2006 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be David McGarr, Chase Higginbotham, Nick Higginbotham, Jason Higginbotham, Santigo Chappro, and Jeremy Ryer. Lemley Chapel of Oneonta Directing, 205-274-2323.



The Gadsden Times 06/13/2006
Opal Christine Higginbotham Miller Hicks (1923-2006) AL
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan Funeral Chapel for Opal Christine Miller Hicks, 83, Attalla, who died Sunday, June 11, 2006. Pastor Bill Scott will officiate. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Morgan Funeral Chapel & Crematory directing.
Mrs. Hicks was a native of Etowah County and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luke and Tommie Higginbotham; sisters, Vernice Clark and Dalhia Boba; and brother, Milton Higginbotham.
She is survived by her sons, Glenn Miller (Helen), Attalla, and Ricky Miller (Jeanie), Attalla; daughter, Sylvin Lowery, Attalla; grandchildren, Richard, Tina, Jason, Christina and Tiffany Miller and Misty Driskell; and great-grandchildren, Luke, Zachary, Lindsey and Hannah.
Pallbearers will be Richard Miller, Jason Miller, Roger Cleveland, Rodney Cleveland, Shannon Cleveland and Cain Parrish.
Honorary pallbearers will be Nick Clark, Wayne Bobo, Conley O'Rear, Tommy Earl Clark and Joe Hereford.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home and Wednesday until the hour of service.



The Birmingham News 06/27/2006
Robert Corbett Higginbotham (1939-2006) AL/FL
HIGGINBOTHAM, ROBERT CORBETT, age 67, died June 18, 2006 in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Corbett was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Gertrude. A loving memorial service was held at Baldwin Memorial Chapel and was attended by his surviving sons, Michael and Stephen of Birmingham; wife, Debbie; daughter, Leah; granddaughter, Paige; brother, Dennis; and a host of grieving family and friends. Also, Corbett will be missed by his beloved pets, Honey and Dudley.



The Birmingham News on 8/26/2006
Billy Roland Higginbotham (1931-2006) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, BILLY ROLAND, age 74, of Birmingham, went to be with the Lord on August 24, 2006. Billy was a good man that worked very hard for his family. He retired from Citadel Cement Corp with 27 years of service. He was a member of North Park Baptist Church for over 40 years. Billy and his wife, Patsy celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary February 13, 2004. Billy will be missed by all his family. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, August 27, at 2 p.m. at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel with burial in Hopewell Cemetery. Chaplain David Farry officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Dora Higginbotham; oldest brother, Ray Higginbotham; sister, Edna Tidmore and a brother, Rev. W. D. Higginbotham. Survivors: wife of 52 years, Patsy Heaton Higginbotham; sons, Michael (Tamra) Higginbotham of Springville and David (Carolina) Higginbotham of Trussville; grandchildren, Cory, Connor, and Joshua David Higginbotham; sisters, Annabelle Dawson of Gardendale, Frances Cooley of Birmingham and many nieces and nephews. A very special thank you to Nurse Ronnie Green, Chaplin David Farry, Social Worker Linda Kicker, and to the two ladies who came everyday to bath Billy, they were Lecita and Mime. Memorials may be made to Odessy Hospice. Ridout's Gardendale Chapel directing.




The Birmingham News 08/26/2006
Lorine Marie Kennedy Higginbotham (ca1933-2006) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, LORINE MARIE, age 73, of Trafford, Alabama, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2006. Funeral Services will be held at New Generation Church on Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with burial in Hopewell Cemetery. Bro. Keith Brewer officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2006 from 6-9 p.m. at Messmer-Goodwin Funeral Home. Survivors: husband, Robert Higginbotham Sr. of Hayden; daughters, Freda Ennis of Trussville, Teresa Dobbins of Oneonta & Roberta Wells of Trafford; son, Robert Higginbotham Jr. of Hayden; brother, James Kennedy; also survived by 16 grandchildren & 23 great grandchildren host of nieces & nephews.

The Birmingham News 10/2/2006

Albert Earl Higginbotham (1915-2006) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, ALBERT EARL age 90, of Cropwell, AL, died Sunday, October 01, 2006 at home. Mr. Higginbotham was born on October 7, 1915 in Sayreton, AL to the late Floyd Washington Higginbotham and Rosa Mae Buckalew Higginbotham. Albert served in WWII in the Pacific Theater as a Master Sergeant in the Headquarters & Service Company of the 1874th Engineer Aviation Battalion. He was a mining engineer for Republic Steel his entire career; working in Birmingham, AL, Uniontown, PA and Berry, AL. Albert was married to the late Alwilda Granger for fifty-nine years. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his son, A. Darryl (Lee) Higginbotham; granddaughters, Storey H. (Curtis) Freeman and Samantha Higginbotham (Michael Thomas); great-grandson, Peyton Freeman; sister, Beryl H. Ferguson and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 at 10:00 AM, Jefferson Memorial Trussville in the Abbey Mausoleum with Services following at 10:30 AM. Memorials may be given to the Big Oak Boys and Girls Ranch, Rainbow City, AL. Jefferson Memorial Trussville, directing.



Mobile Register 11/24/2006
Paul Higginbotham (1930-2006) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM Paul Higginbotham - age 76. A longtime resident of Mobile, Alabama died at a local hospital on Tuesday, November 21, 2006. He was a member of Creekwood Church of Christ and retired from Scott Paper Company in 1994. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Mrs. Annie Ruth Higginbotham of Mobile, AL and son Roger Von (Susan) Higginbotham of Wimberley, TX. Sisters in law Verna Higginbotham of Pittsburg, KS, Vera Abercrombie of Bessemer, AL, Glenda Davis of Birmingham, AL and Jean (Frankie) Witt of Birmingham, AL. Two grandchildren Christopher Paul Higginbotham, Jacob Scott Higginbotham, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside services and interment will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 12 Noon in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held on Saturday 11 AM until 12 Noon at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers family request memorials be made to Creekwood Church of Christ Building Fund 1901 Schillinger Rd. Mobile, AL 36695 Funeral arrangements by Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home 6040 Three Notch Rd. Mobile, AL.



Florence Times Daily 12/24/2006

Alton Guy Higginbotham (1954-2006) AL

Alton Guy Higginbotham, 52, professional musician, of Sheffield, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at Huntsville Hospital.
The funeral was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at Parkway Funeral Home, with O.D. Bowling officiating. Burial was in Colbert Memorial Cemetery.
He was born May 8, 1954, in Madison County, to Joan Carmichael and the late Fred Higginbotham.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Higginbotham, of Carbon Hill; mother, Joan Carmichael, of Sheffield; sister, Carole H. Pigg, of Tuscumbia; nephews, Chris Newton, of Clanton, and Craig Newton, of Mobile; great-niece, Sara Grace Newton, of Clanton.
He was a God-gifted, outstanding musician who had the biggest heart ever. He was well-known throughout the world for his talent and passionate ability to make Bulah, his tenor saxophone, sing their song. He could play flute and guitar as well as many songs published in his publishing company. Guy cherished his family and friends and would give the shirt off his back if you needed it.



The Birmingham News 02/11/2007

Robert Claude Higginbotham (1919-2007) AL/TX
HIGGINBOTHAM, ROBERT CLAUDE (BOB), 87, of Austin, Texas died after a long bout with cancer on February 7, 2007. He was a long time resident of Birmingham, Alabama, and was a Southern Company Services, Inc. retiree. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, a graduate of Auburn University, and a veteran of World War II. Visitation will be held at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, AL, on Monday, February 12, from 11am to noon, with funeral at noon. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Gardens. Rev. Terry Bentley of Christ Central UMC of Gadsden officiating. Survivors include wife Avis, daughter Sandra H. Nichols (Mark) of Austin, TX; son Robert C. Higginbotham Jr. (Bonnie) of Orlando, FL; granddaughters, Angela N. Davis (Ryan) of Austin, TX; and Bridget and Anna Higginbotham of Orlando, FL; brother Walter C. Higginbotham of Gadsden, AL; sisters Jimmie Farrington and Frances Higginbotham of Gadsden, AL; and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any donations be made to St. John's United Methodist Church (356 Killough Springs Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215).


The Birmingham News 03/21/2007

Adelene Ola Mae Lee Higginbotham (1923-2007) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, ADELENE O., age 83, of Pinson, AL, died Monday, March 19, 2007. Mrs. Higginbotham was a long-time member of Masseyline Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Higginbotham and her son, Arnold Higginbotham. Survivors include her son, Harold Higginbotham (Barbara); her daughter, Charlotte Morton (J.C.); her grandchildren, Eddie (Jennifer), Michael (Lisa) and Jon (Joanne) Higginbotham, and Cherie League (Craig); her great-grandchildren, Kalyn and Kyle League, and Joshua Higginbotham; and her daughter-in-law, Gloria Higginbotham. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2007 at Ridout's Trussville Chapel with Reverend Roger Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Pinson. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 5:30-8 p.m.



Florence Times Daily 03/24/2007

Theda Jeaneta Matthews Higginbotham (1934-2007) AL
Jeaneta Higginbotham, 73, of Anderson, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at ECM Hospital. Visitation will be Saturday, March 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Rogersville Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m.
J.D. Harrison will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.
Mrs. Higginbotham was preceded in death by her parents, Ovitte and Clara Matthews, and her husband, Pete Higginbotham.
She is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Ronald) McGill; sons, Michael (Sarah) and Richard (Denice) Higginbotham, all of Anderson; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; brother, Dwight Matthews; and a sister, Bettie Wallace.


The Huntsville Times 03/29/2007

Wilma E. Tedder Higginbotham (1921-2007) AL
Died March 27, 2007
Wilma E. Higginbotham, 85, of Scottsboro died Tuesday. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with burial in Mountain View Memory Gardens.



The Birmingham News 05/06/2007

Annie Bell Higginbotham Dawson (1919-2007) AL
DAWSON, ANNIE BELL (Anderson, Findley), Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Born in Bradford, AL., September 11, 1919. Died May 3, 2007. She is preceded in death by her parents; Charlie and Dora (Self) Higginbotham, Brothers, Raymond Higginbotham, Rev. Wilber D. Higginbotham, Billy Higginbotham, sister, Edna Tidmore, husbands, Robert S. Anderson, Charles Findley and Robert L. Dawson. Survivors include daughters, Nancy (Ernest) Downs, Jane (Larry) Morton, Carmen (Gene) Rooker. 9 grandchildren, Keith (Cindy) Morton, Kenneth (Penelope) Morton, Karmen (Michael) Fischbach, Jeff (Melissa) Downs, Steve (Tracy) Downs, Laura Wald, Terry (Kim) Rooker, Mark Rooker, Rebecca (Jeff) Taylor. Also surviving are 20 great grandchildren, sister, France Cooley and sister-in-law Patsy Higginbotham, a host of nieces and nephews, friends, and special friends at Covenant Place of Gardendale, AL. where she lived for the last 5 years. Visitation will be on Mon. the 7th from 1-2pm and services will follow at Bradford Sanctuary of Praise in Pinson. Burial in Hopewell Cemetery. Jefferson Memorial, Trussville, directing.



Florence (AL) Times Daily 05/30/2007
Mary Christine Wilson Higginbotham (1917-2007) AL
Christine Wilson Higginbotham, age 90, of Florence, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Rehab and Nursing Center.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 30, from 6-9 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home, Florence. The funeral will be Thursday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Pettus Cemetery, Lexington, Ala. The Rev. Larry Bullard will officiate.
Christine was a member of Broadway Baptist Church. She was the last surviving charter member of First Baptist Church, Lexington.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Clark Higginbotham and Stewart Higginbotham; her parents, R.O. and Mary Wilson; brothers, Paul, Clyde Norris, Ralph and Bill Wilson.
She is survived by sons, John Higginbotham and wife, Ginnie, Tommy Higginbotham and wife, Barbara; daughters, Martha Shaffer and husband, Joe Yearling, Mary Jean Ligon and husband, Al; grandchildren, Chris Curtis and wife, Naomi, Craig Curtis and wife, Mary, Andrea Geissler and husband, Bill, Shawn Ligon and wife, Whitney, Candace Schlosser and husband, Al, Thomas Higginbotham and wife, Deanna, Heather Ward and husband, Logan; great-grandchildren, Kaya and Alia Curtis, Devon and Graham Curtis, Mary Karlin and Rachel Geissler, Mackenzie Ligon, Luther and Eliot Ward; step great-grandchildren, Kristen and Sam Dalton; brothers, Marvin Wilson and wife, Frances, Coye Wilson and wife, Frances; sister, Ellen Johnson; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Clinton Wilson.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Wee Care Day Care Center, c/o Broadway Baptist Church, 3215 Huntsville Road, Florence, AL 35630.
Special thanks to the Station 6 Staff at Mitchell-Hollingsworth for their loving care.
Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is assisting the family.




Gene B. Higginbotham (1943-2007) AL

Gene Higginbotham, 64, of Quinton, died Thursday, June 7, 2007, at University Hospital in Birmingham. Funeral services will be at Bell Funeral Home with burial in Shanghi Cemetery. Pastor Mark Eddy will officiate. Mr. Higginbotham was a retired coal truck driver and loved rodeos and horses. His wife and family were very important to him. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Higginbotham, of Quinton; children, Laura Jones and her husband, Mike, of Moulton, Regina Higginbotham of Orlando, Fla., Donna Berry of Arab, Rita Culbert and her husband, David, of Guntersville, and Guy Higginbotham of Moulton; sisters, Judy Higginbotham and Sharon Wires, both of Sumiton; brothers, Larry Higginbotham and Randy Higginbotham, both of Quinton; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family.



The Citizen Online 06/21/2007

Lucille Avo Higginbotham Langley (1921-2007) AL/GA
Lucille Avo Higginbotham Langley, 85, Palmetto, died June 17, 2007. She was born Sept. 18,1921 in Anderson, Ala., the daughter of Charlie Tillman and Mattie Mae McGraw Higginbotham. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, the Rev. Renard W. Langley. After graduating from high school, she moved to Atlanta and worked for Continental Insurance. In addition to being a homemaker, she ran her own income tax service in Hapeville for many years.
Services were at the Parrott Funeral Home chapel., with the Rev. Ralph Bobo and the Rev. Al Busby officiating. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park. Survivors include children, Glenda and Ralph Gamblin, Palmetto, Nonnie and Joe Christopher, Newnan, Boyd and Andrea Langley, Buford, Marie and Carew Carswell, Decatur, and Kevin and Kim Langley, Norcross; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291.



The Decatur Daily 07/06/2007

Ellen Delora Smith Higginbotham (1933-2007) MS/AL
Funeral for Ellen Delora Higginbotham, 73, of Falkville will be Sunday, July 7, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Lebanon Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Ashley officiating and her sons giving personal memories. Peck Funeral Home is directing.
Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 9 at the funeral home.
Mrs. Higginbotham, who died Thursday, July 5, 2007, at the residence of her son, John, was born Oct. 26, 1933, in Walthall, Miss., to Newell Booker Smith Sr. and Bessie Lee Hall Smith. She was a homemaker and a graduate of Southwest Mississippi Junior College, The University of Southern Mississippi and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, she met and married her future husband, Jesse Higginbotham. They served in the ministry together for 41 years, retiring in January of 1996. The churches they served were Enon Baptist Church in Atmore, First Baptist Church in Destin, Fla., First Baptist Church of Samson, Providence Baptist Church in Clayhatchee and Lebanon Baptist Church in Falkville. Before going to the seminary, Mrs. Higginbotham taught high school business classes (typing, shorthand and bookkeeping) in Tylertown, Miss., for four years. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Jesse Andrew Higginbotham, who died June 11, 2007; her parents; and by her brother, Newell Booker Smith Jr.
Survivors include four sons, David Andrew Higginbotham of Columbus, Miss., John Newell Higginbotham of Hartselle, and Paul Lee Higginbotham and Joel Allen Higginbotham, both of Birmingham; two brothers, John Neil Smith of Tylertown, Miss., and Joe Lindy Smith of Enterprise; three sisters, Alda Flo Smith of Tylertown, Miss., Alla Faye Fike of Prentiss, Miss., and Willa Lee Smith of Tylertown, Miss.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mike Anders, Jim Aycock, Don Crow, Bill Dobbs, Bobby Rhoads and Eugene Speegle.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Lebanon Baptist Church.



The Anniston Star 07/25/2007

Patricia A. Higginbotham (1923-2007) AL
OHATCHEE — Patricia A. Higginbotham, 83, died Friday, July 20, 2007 at RMC Anniston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ebbert Higginbotham. Arrangements by K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Jacksonville.


The Gadsden Times 08/28/2007
Bessie Veneda Higginbotham Ingram (1917-2007) AL
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Collier-Butler Chapel for Veneda Higginbotham Ingram, 89, Glencoe, who died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007. The Revs. Barry Benefield and Bill Harbison will officiate. Burial in Rainbow Memorial Park. Collier-Butler Funeral Home and Cremation Service directing.
Mrs. Ingram was a charter member of Eastside Baptist Church and was presently a member of First Baptist Church of Glencoe. She was valedictorian of Cedar Bluff High School Class of 1935 and attended Jacksonville State University.
Mrs. Ingram was preceded in death by her husband, Grady A. Ingram; mother, Mary Ashworth; father, Horace Higginbotham; stepfather, Tom Ashworth; sisters, Odell Neese, Alma Meadows; and brothers, Nelson Higginbotham, Stewart Higginbotham and Carey Ashworth.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Alton and Martha Jo Ingram, Glencoe, Thomas Nolan and Martha A. Ingram, Glencoe; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Helen and Bobby Posey, Glencoe, Linda and Ralph Freeman, Gardendale; grandchildren, Jeff and Joel Ingram, Lisa Bradshaw, Dennis Posey, April Snow and Jenny Freeman; and great-grandchildren, Jake and Madison Ingram, Brennan and Brandt Ingram, Joshua Freeman, Rachel, Zack and Reid Bradshaw.
Active pallbearers will be family and friends.
Special thanks to her friends at Melodie Meadow and her caregiver, Tina Phillips.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 tonight at Collier-Butler.


The Huntsville Times 10/01/2007
Lois Mae Carter Higginbotham (1928-2007) AL
Nov. 3, 1928 - Sept. 29, 2007
Lois Carter Higginbotham, 78, of Scottsboro died Saturday in Chattanooga. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Scottsboro. She is survived by her son, Tommy Higginbotham and wife Jo Ann; one brother, Doyle Carter of Scottsboro; three grandchildren, Melani Higginbotham, Emily Waldrop, and Daniel Haga; two great-grandchildren, Shelby Waldrop and Gabriel Waldrop. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Valhalla Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Evans officiating. Interment will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens.

The Aniston Star 10/05/2007

Louis Wesley Higginbotham (1939-2007) AL

ANNISTON — Funeral services for Mr. Louis Wesley Higginbotham, age 67, of Anniston will be Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Gray Brown Service Mortuary. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. Mr. Higginbotham died Wednesday, October 3, 2007 in Anniston.
Survivors include: son, Joseph Dale Higginbotham and wife, Sandra, of Anniston; step-daughter, Theresa Bragg and husband, Adam, of Anniston; sisters, Jessie Swindall and husband, John, Shirley Bean, Mary Slaughter and husband, James, Louise Stone and husband, Dale, Carolyn Angle and husband, William, Terra Lee Davis and husband, Wayne, Judy Crawford and husband, Ralph; grandchildren: C. Justin Higginbotham, Michelle Cosper, Richard Williams, Joshua Williams, Tosha Levesque, Anthony Levesque; great-grandchildren: Amber and Ashley Atkinson and Jyrris; also numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be C. Justin Higginbotham, Travis Talley, Billy Gandy Jr., Allen Slaughter, James Thompson, Eddie Davis and Dennis Yarborough, Johnny Bean.
Mr. Higginbotham was a lifelong resident of Calhoun County. He retired from Blue Mountain Industries.
He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Elaine Higginbotham and his parents, Wesley and Louise B. Higginbotham.
Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements.


The Birmingham News 10/16/2007
Oscar Lee Higginbotham (1931-2007) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, OSCAR LEE, age 75, of McCalla, AL, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 14, 2007. He was a Navy Veteran who served during the Korean War. He was inducted into the Central Alabama Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in 2002. Graveside Service will be on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Montevallo Cemetery. Rev. Stan Huguley, Rev. Bill McCall and Rev. Keith Higginbotham officiating. Visitation will be at Brown Service Funeral Home Bessemer on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 from 5 until 8 pm. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty Higginbotham; 2 sons, Keith (Darlene) and Ken (Diane) Higginbotham; 4 grandchildren, Mike-U.S. Army, Steve, Becca and Katie; 2 sisters, Rose Wright and Clara Mink as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to CBS Ministries, P.O. Box 489, Green Pond, AL 35074. Brown Service Funeral Homes Bessemer is honored to serve the Higginbotham family.

The Huntsville Times on 11/27/2007
Robert Jefferson Higginbotham (1982-2007) AL
Died Nov. 25, 2007
Robby Higginbotham, 25, of Skyline died Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Scottsboro Funeral Home with the Revs. William Ikard and Billy Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Gold Cemetery.


Tuscaloosa News 12/01/2007
Eula Belle Mathews Higginbotham Miller (1918-2007) AL
GORDO Eula Belle Miller, age 89, of Gordo, died Nov. 29, 2007, at Pickens County Medical Center. Services will be 1 p.m. today at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marshall Sutton and Rev. Ben Logan officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Noman, Aaron, and Herman Mathews; her sister, Margie McCoy, her granddaughter, Armi Frame; and her great granddaughter, Brandi Moore.
Survivors include her husband, J. T. Miller of Gordo; her daughters, Anna Rae Turney (Millard) of Birmingham and Sherry Guy (Benny) of Reform; her sons, Joe Higginbotham (Ricki) of Randolph, Jack Higginbotham (Gail) of Gordo, and Danny Miller (Joyce) of Elrod; her sister, Ruby McCoy of Fayette; 17 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Mrs. Miller was born March 3, 1918, in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama to the late Early E. Mathews and Beulah Mae Weaver Mathews. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Foley, Alabama, a retired kindergarten teacher with the Tuscaloosa County School System, and a well-known resident of Pickens County.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Higginbotham, Ben Cohron, James Robertson, Auzie Martin, Earl Beams, and Elmer Lynn.
Honorary pallbearers are all of her sisters in-law, Faye Sutton, Dr. Catherine Skinner, Lynwood Holliman, Gerald Homan, Bobby Cowart, Amedisys Home Health staff, and Pickens County Medical Center caregivers.


The Birmingham News 12/07/2007
Jerry Wayne Higginbotham (1942-2007) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, JERRY WAYNE, age 65, of Graysville, Alabama, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, a veteran of the Korean War, retired from Busby Trucking and was co-founder of Engine Warehouse in Baton Rouge, La. He will be remembered as an avid racing fan, mechanic, fisherman and BBQ chef. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Higginbotham; and brother, Donald Higginbotham Moore; and parents, Roy Leslie and Dorothy Martin Higginbotham. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Higginbotham; sons, Jerry "JoJo" Higginbotham and wife Jackie and Brian Weslee "Boo" Higginbotham; grandson, Adam; stepchildren, Tyler Durham and Mary Elizabeth Diab and husband Philip; step-grandchildren, Leila, Victor and Juliana; sister, Shirley Kelly; brother, Larry Higginbotham and wife, Marie; and sister, Pam Nakhleh and husband, Jenan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8th at Bell Funeral Home Forestdale Chapel with burial at Crestview Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 7th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Bell Funeral Home Forestdale directing.

The Birmingham News on 12/19/2007
Sarah Frances Reynolds Higginbotham (1921-2007) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, SARAH FRANCES REYNOLDS, age 86, passed away December 15, 2007. She was a homemaker and beloved mother and grandmother. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Robert W. Higginbotham (Shelley), J. T. Higginbotham (Linda), Col. W. N. Higginbotham, Ret. (Jane), and Andrew R. Higginbotham (Jo Ann); daughter, Sue Rejonis; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Graveside service will be held Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at Remlap Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, 2007 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Ridout's Roebuck Chapel.

The Birmingham News 01/12/2008
Scottie Ruth Higginbotham Lovell (1933-2008) AL
LOVELL, MRS. SCOTTIE HIGGINBOTHAM, of Pell City passed away January 10, 2008. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home-Pell City. Visitation will be Sat. from 6 until 8 p.m.


The Gadsden Times 02/08/2008
Rimp Stancil Higginbotham (1968-2008) AL
Rimp Stancil Higginbotham, 39, Gadsden, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. Funeral services will be announced by Village Chapel Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Anniston Star 02/21/2008

Catherine Cummings Higginbotham (1922-2008) AL
OXFORD — Graveside services for Catherine C. Higginbotham, 85, of Oxford were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday February 20, 2008, at Oxford Memorial Gardens with Miller Funeral Home in charge. The Rev. Terry Bostick and Hugo White officiated. Mrs. Higginbotham died on Monday, February 18, 2008.
Survivors include her husband, John Fletcher Higginbotham, of Oxford; daughter, Wanda White and her husband, Hugo, of Panama City, Fla.; daughter, Linda Fair and her husband, Lamar, of Dalton, Ga.; son, Ronnie Higginbotham and his wife, Cynthia; grandchildren, Pam Hill, Jay White, Jeremy Higginbotham, Jennifer Donahue and Kelly Fair; great-grandchildren, Whitney White, Jackson White, Christina Hill, Candyce Hill, Cody Higginbotham, Brittney Cumbia, Mason Donahue, Brooke Bishop and Brian Bishop; great-great-grandchild, Brile Thompson. Mrs. Higginbotham was a resident of Oxford and a member of First Baptist Church of Oxford. She was preceded in death by her parents J.W. and Beatrice Ward Cummings and a grandchild, Lisa White Bishop.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Oxford.



The Birmingham News 05/16/2008

Terry Dean Higginbotham (1964-2008) AL/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, TERRY DEAN, passed away on May 14, 2008 at his home in Palm Bay Florida. He is survived by his mother, Joan Minatra of Birmingham Alabama; his grandfather, Mr. JW Higginbotham of Empire Alabama; one brother, Jim E. Higginbotham; one sister, Kandace Minatra, two nieces, Azaline Gunn and Sophia Woods; one very special aunt, Helen Hammond of Leeds Alabama; along with several faithful and loving cousins who demonstrated love without condition during some very difficult times. Terry will be remembered for his charm, quick wit and determination in the face of adversity. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 16th from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Johns Ridouts funeral home, Southside Chapel on University Blvd and there will be a graveside service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 17th at the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ Cemetery in the Corner community of Warrior, Alabama. The service will be officiated by Reverend Malcolm Marler . The family requests that any memorials in his honor be made to the 1917 Clinic at UAB or The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


The Birmingham News 05/21/2008

Avis Angela Burns Higginbotham (1926-2008) AL/TX

HIGGINBOTHAM, AVIS BURNS, a resident of Austin, Texas for the last 6 years, passed away May 17, 2008 at age 82 after a long bout with Parkinson's disease. She was a long time resident of Birmingham, Alabama. She was formally employed by Liberty National Insurance Co. and was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 22, 2008, with funeral at noon. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Gardens. Rev. Reagin Brown will be officiating. Avis was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Claude Higginbotham. They were married for 58 years. Survivors include daughter, Sandra H. Nichols (Mark) of Austin, TX; son, Robert C. Higginbotham Jr. (Bonnie) of Orlando, FL; granddaughters, Angie Davis (Ryan) of Austin, TX, and Bridget and Anna Higginbotham of Orlando, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church (356 Killough Springs Road, Birmingham, AL 35215).


The Birmingham News 06/03/2008

Mamie Lucille Cribbs Higginbotham (1909-2008) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, MAMIE CRIBBS, age 98, of Hoover, AL, formerly of Central Park, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2008. She was a longtime member of Central Park Methodist Church. She retired from Parisian Dept. Store in 1955. Funeral Services will be held at Valhalla Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 2:00 pm with burial in Valhalla Cemetery. Dr. Reese Sherman officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 from 1:00 until 2:00 pm. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas D. Higginbotham. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ruth (Bill) Jones; grandchildren, Karen Cunningham, Vicki Rich and Dr. Tracy S. Jones; great grandchildren, Ian and Brenna Hoppe, Cameron and Brittany Rich; a number of nieces, nephews and a host of friends.


The Birmingham News 07/06/2008
Sara Elizabeth Smith Higginbotham (1923-2008) AL
HIGGINBOTHAM, SARA ELIZABETH, age 84, of Hoover, a truly wonderful lady, passed away July 2, 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Nobie Smith of Atlanta, GA and a brother, Billy Smith of Birmingham. Sara is survived by her son, Paul Hollis and wife Alice; her daughter, Janet Sandlin and husband Terry; a brother, Richard Smith and late wife Joyce of Atlanta; a granddaughter, Olivia Hollis; a step-grandson, Kyle Sandlin and wife Audrey; one step-great-granddaughter, Natalie Sandlin; and many nieces and nephews. Sara was a well known home builder in Birmingham in the early 70's, and owned S & H Homebuilders and S & H Cabinet Works, Inc. in Pelham of which the cabinet shop is still in operation today with co-owner James Smith. Sara's knack for decorating and design prompted her to open The Gift Bag in Pelham, which she owned and operated for 29 years before its closing last year. Sara was a member of Shades Mountain Church of Christ for over 50 years. Sara will be greatly remembered as a hard worker, her kind heart, unsurpassed generosity to others and of course, her flare for fashion. Anyone who didn't know or meet her missed knowing a truly great and beautiful lady. She will be deeply missed forever by her family, loved ones, friends, employees and regular customers of The Gift Bag and S & H Cabinet Works - all of which are thankful that she was part of our lives. Visitation will be held at Elmwood Chapel on Monday, July 7 from 5 to 7 PM. Services will be held Tuesday, July 8 at Elmwood Chapel at 11 AM. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Ridout's Elmwood Chapel, 205-251-7227, directing.


The Birmingham News 07/20/2008

Jo Ethel Nelson Higginbotham Masters (1929-2008) AL

MASTERS, JO HIGGINBOTHAM, age 78, of Gardendale, passed away Friday, July 18, 2008. She was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church and was a retired school teacher at Pinson Elementary School. Jo was a member of Berry College and James Madison University Alumni Associations. Survivors include her sons: Kenneth N. Higginbotham, David H. Higginbotham, Robert L. Higginbotham and Carl Jonathan Higginbotham; daughter, Peggy Jo Skelton; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers: George Franklin Nelson and Lowell Thomas Nelson; sisters: Mary Lou Johnson and Betty Harp; uncles, Kenneth Isbell and Kelly Nelson. Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel with burial in Remlap United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the National Parkinson's Foundation. Ridout's Gardendale Chapel, is directing. 


Washington County News 07/29/2008

Janile Lindsey Higginbotham (1930-2008) AL

Janile Lindsey Higginbotham, 77, of the Prosperity community near Westville died July 20. She was born Aug. 7, 1930, in Gonzales, La., to the late John William and Mary Bougeois Lindsey. She was a member of Hickory Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Marion L. Higginbotham of Westville's Prosperity community; one daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Gale and Tom Weaver of Dallas, Texas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Glyn Marion Higginbotham of Fort Lauderdale, Lyle Troy "Jack" and Farida Higginbotham of Houston, Texas, and three grandchildren. Service was held July 25 in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Bradley officiating. Burial was in Hickory Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home of Geneva directing Express condolences in the funeral home guest book at


The Birmingham News 07/28/2008

Mable Fay Higginbotham Wren (1931-2008) AL

WREN, MRS. MABLE FAY HIGGINBOTHAM, 76, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, passed away at her daughter's home on Saturday, July 26, 2008. Mrs. Wren was originally from Village Springs, Alabama in Jefferson and Blount County. She was generous and loving, always giving to, and helping others. She adored children, and her greatest blessing was being a mother and grandmother. No one could tell a funny story better than our Mable, and we will cherish her stories and treasure the memory of her laughter and wonderful sense of humor. She was very dear to us all. Her husband, Billy Wren of Tarrant, her daughter, Carla Higginbotham Monaghan, her son-in-law, David Monaghan, and grandsons Ashton and Mason Monaghan, of Oneonta, survive her. Other survivors include her sisters, Virginia Kourmoulis of Albuquerque, NM; Pauline Walker of Valparaiso, FL; Peggie Smith of Birmingham; Judy Key of Birmingham; and her brother Jimmy Higginbotham of Fayetteville, NC. She was a beloved aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Mable was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Belle Hicks Higginbotham and Paul Lafayette Higginbotham of Village Springs, her first husband, Carl Higginbotham, sister Sara Higginbotham Allen, niece Clara Lee Withers, and brother Jesse Higginbotham. Funeral arrangements: Visitation, Tuesday, July 29, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. with graveside at 3:00 p.m. at Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery, in Remlap, near her parents.

Hattiesburg American 09/04/2008

Marian E. Sopher Higginbotham (1919-2008) MS/AL

MOBILE, Ala. - Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Heidelberg Presbyterian Church for Marian Higginbotham, 89, of Mobile, Ala., formerly of Heidelberg, who died Sept. 1, 2008, at Cogburn's Nursing Home in Mobile. Burial will be in Heidelberg Cemetery. Mrs. Higginbotham was a bookkeeper for an oil company in Heidelberg and managed property and oversaw production at selected oil wells in Jasper County. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Weldon Higginbotham, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Royal Sopher. Survivors include two sons, Weldon Francis "Joe" Higginbotham of Columbus and Robert T. "Bob" Higginbotham of Madison; a daughter, Anna Elizabeth Higginbotham Rogers of Mobile; and six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the church. Memory Chapel Funeral Home of Heidelberg is in charge of arrangements.

The Birmingham News 10/25/2008

Jeannette Rena Brown Higginbotham (1935-2008) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, JEANNETTE, age 73, passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Higginbotham. Beloved Sister, Aunt, and Friend She is survived by her sisters, Betty Love of Kimberly and Gail Hallmark of Center Point; 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Services will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. in the parlor of Gardendale Funeral Home. The family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 4:00 p.m. and after the service until 6:00 p.m. Graveside service will be held on Sunday October 26, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Hopewell Cemetery on Hwy 79 in Pinson. Messages of comfort and condolence may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.gardendalefuneral Arrangements are by Gardendale's only locally owned and operated funeral home.


The Birmingham News 11/11/2008

Era Higginbotham Blankenship (1915-2008) AL

Era Higginbotham Blankenship, age 93, born September 21, 1915, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, November 9, 2008. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, William Lawrence Blankenship, Sr., and her precious great-grandson, Jarrett Graham. She is survived by her devoted and loving daughter, Qail Kelley and husband Jay of Pinson; her dedicated and loving son, William Lawrence "Larry" Blankenship, Jr., and wife Brenda of Lake Charles, LA; her sister, Helen Higginbotham Ervin of Tupelo, MS; her brother, Burnie Higginbotham, Sr., of Mt. Olive; her brother, Drew Higginbotham of Cataula, GA; five beloved grandchildren, Cynthia Kelley Grant and husband Ronnie of Pell City; Jaycylyn Kelley Nail and husband Chris of Birmingham; Lisa Blankenship Graham and husband Terry of Culpepper, VA; Stacey Blankenship of Lake Charles, LA; Wendy Blankenship Clayton of Lake Charles, LA; eleven cherished great-grandchildren, Kelleyne, Jayron, and Caycyn Grant; Jaycy and Jake Nail; Brandon, Alyssa and Ryan Graham; Hannah and Nick Nocilla, and Marlie Clayton; and one treasured great-great-granddaughter and her namesake, Kera Grant, along with numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mrs. Blankenship and her late husband owned and operated A & A Mattress of Tarrant for several years, and she retired from Queen Mattress of Birmingham in 1976. She was a member of Tarrant First United Methodist Church and later Tarrant Rock Methodist Church. She was well-known throughout her community for her love of yard work and passion for decorating during the holidays. For her efforts, Mrs. Blankenship was awarded the Tarrant Beautification Award, the Tarrant Christmas Decorations Award, and was featured in The Birmingham News. Her family and friends will remember her for her sense of fashion, her attention to detail, and her "good southern home-cooking." She took great pride in her appearance and looked much younger than her 93 years. Until recently, she would cook elaborate Sunday dinners for her family to enjoy. Her happiest moments were spent with those she loved, and one of her most memorable events was her 92nd birthday which she celebrated with more than 100 family members and friends. Mrs. Blankenship was surrounded by many wonderful people throughout her life and cherished her relationship with each and everyone of them. Her family would like to extend their love and special thanks to Dr. Gregory Hill and his wife, Roberta, along with his entire staff for their devotion and care. They also would like to thank Pastor Patrick Turner for his concern and support and the ladies of the UMW and all the members of Tarrant Rock Methodist Church for always making Mrs. Blankenship feel so special. Funeral Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Trussville with burial at Jefferson Memorial Gardens. The family will receive guests from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Jefferson Memorial Trussville. Mother/Mam-Maw, You will never be forgotten, Although we are apart, Your spirit lives within us, Forever in our hearts.


The Birmingham News 12/06/2008

Reuben Clay Higginbotham (1929-2008) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, REUBEN CLAY, age 79, of Bessemer, Alabama, passed away on December 4, 2008. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Hoover. A U.S. Army veteran, he was an electrician at Ziegler's in Bessemer for 20 years. He then went on to become the Business Representative for UFCW #442, retiring in 1985. Funeral services will be held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 10:00 am with burial in Currie-Jefferson Memorial Gardens. Rev. Randy Atkinson and Bro. Earl Tew officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2008 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben J. and Gertrude F. Higginbotham; and brother, Lawrence Eugene Higginbotham. He is survived by his beloved wife, Robbie; children, Scott Higginbotham, Judi Wright, Marcelle Higginbotham and David Higginbotham; step-children, Judy Ann King, David E. Williams, Linda Maloy and Brenda Hamner; grandchildren, Thomas Higginbotham, Scott Higginbotham, Alexis Higginbotham, Gwen Jackson and Christina Higginbotham; step-grandchildren, Jenny Wisham, Jason King, Brian Maloy and David Maloy; and great-grandchildren, Brooke Atchison and Jaden King. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers of Central Alabama, P.O. Box 2273, Birmingham, AL 35201. Every day had a purpose with accomplishments to achieve. Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home is honored to serve the Higginbotham family.


The Birmingham News 12/19/2008

Roy William Higginbotham (1920-2008) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, ROY, age 88, of Hoover passed away December 18, 2008. Higginbotham was born April 21, 1920 in Flint Hill, AL. During his lifetime he was active in many activities. He graduated with honors from Bessemer High in 1939, also attended Birmingham Southern for five years getting two degrees from Birmingham Southern and one from the University of Alabama. After graduation, he served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He taught school for Minor Elementary for 33 years, was active in his church after retirement continued to be a prolific writer of letters to the editor and Education Journals and founded The Higginbotham Property, Invest, LLC. Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by his mother and father, Matthew Thornton Higginbotham and wife Lucy; five brothers and one sister. He is survived by his loving wife, Doris; son, David Higginbotham (Linda); daughters, Deanne Vetrans (E.J.) and Angela Brown (Michael); five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 20, 2008 at Ridout's Elmwood Chapel on Dennison Avenue at 1:00 p.m. Reid Crotty officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Ridout's Elmwood Chapel directing.


The Birmingham News 01/11/2009

Harold Edward Higginbotham Sr. (1940-2009) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM SR., HAROLD E., age 68, of Leeds (June 28, 1940 - January 8, 2009). Harold was retired from the Veterans Administration Police Force and served as a police officer in Leeds and Springville. He was a veteran of the Air Force, where he had been stationed in Japan and Cape Canaveral. He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Adelene Higginbotham of Pinson; and a brother, Arnold of Moody; as well as his father and mother-in-law, L. C. and Gladys Taylor of Leeds. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Higginbotham and; their two sons and their wives, Ed Higginbotham and Jennifer Young and Mike and Lisa Higginbotham as well a grandson, his "little man," Joshua, son of Mike and Lisa; his sister, Charlotte Morton and her husband, J. C. and their daughter, his niece, Cherie League and her family also survive him; additionally, his sister-in-law, Gloria Higginbotham and her son, his nephew, Jon and wife Joann, survive him. Services will be held Monday, January 12, 2008 at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Leeds. Visitation will be from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 in the Chapel with burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leeds Welfare Cooperative, P. O. Box 192, Leeds, AL 35094. Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds directing.


The Birmingham News 01/13/2009

Carolyn Ann Higginbotham (1934-2009) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, CAROLYN ANN, age 74, died January 11, 2009, as a result of a brain hemorrhage. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of W.O. (Harry) Higginbotham and Mary Lou (Cork) Higginbotham. She lived in Graysville, Alabama during her early life and spent the last forty-two years living in Forestdale. She was a member of Crumly Chapel United Methodist Church. Carolyn graduated from Phillips High School and the University of Montevallo. She worked for Loveman's as a retail buyer in the jewelry department. She received a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Alabama and enjoyed a career in education teaching third grade at West Jefferson Elementary for over thirty years. She enjoyed traveling and her goal was in visiting every state. Carolyn spent her later life caring for family members very faithfully and unselfishly while tenaciously fighting her own battle with cancer. She was a genuine lover of animals and will be sorely missed by countless 'furry friends'. In addition to her own "rescued" cats and dogs, she braved all types of weather for more than seven years taking food daily to more than twenty feral cats living in the Forestdale area; paying for surgery for many of them. "Greater Love hath, no one than caring for God's creatures." She is survived by her sisters, Rachel Hubbard (Howard), Jean Doss (David); a niece and a nephew; an uncle, Charles G. Cork; and a loving host of very special cousins and friends. Carolyn was dearly loved and she will be greatly missed! The Funeral service will be Wednesday, January 14th at 1PM at Elmwood Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Greater Birmingham Humane Society, 300 Snow Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209 or to the charity of choice.


The Birmingham News 01/16/2009

Martha Jean Parsons Higginbotham (1934-2009) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, MARTHA JEAN, age 74, of Remlap, AL, passed away January 14, 2009 at her residence. She was born in Jefferson County, Alabama to Lee Bolden Parsons and Mae Parsons. She was a retired clerk from the Social Security Administration. She is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Higginbotham of Remlap, AL; son, Mike Higginbotham (Jo) of Remlap, AL; daughter, Janet H. Enfinger of Remlap, AL; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Terry Parsons (Dian) of Pinson, AL and Jack Parsons (Gloria) of Argo, AL. Lemley Funeral Home & Crematory Directing.


The Birmingham News on 3/21/2009

Sandra Jean Lovell Higginbotham (1962 - 2009) AL

Mrs. Sandra Jean Higginbotham, age 46 of Birmingham died Thursday, March 19, 2009, at her residence.  Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Shanghi Cemetery with Rev. Doug Tate officiating.  Visitation will be 6:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home.  Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her husband, Randy Higginbotham of Birmingham; daughters, Krystal Higginbotham Adams of Birmingham and Ashley Higginbotham of Birmingham; parents, James A. and Donna J. Lovell of Quinton; brothers, Michael W. Lovell and James S. Lovell, both of Quinton; brother-in-law, Larry V. Higginbotham of Dora; sisters-in-law, Judith A. Higginbotham and Sharon E. Wires, both of Sumiton; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Fort Payne Times-Journal 05/05/2009

Nora C. Oliver Higginbotham (1924-2009) AL

Nora Oliver Higginbotham, 85, of Collinsville, died Monday at her home.

Services will be today at 7 p.m. at Collinsville Funeral Home-Sharpe Chapel. Burial will follow in Black Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 5-7 p.m.



Tuscaloosa News 05/24/2009

Doris Porzelius Higginbotham (1919-2009) AL

DUNCANVILLE Doris Higginbotham, age 89, of Duncanville, died May 15, 2009, at Hospice of West Alabama. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Liberty Baptist Church in Duncanville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Christian and Matilda Porzelius, brother, Wayne Porzelius, husband, Forrest Higginbotham, and son, Paul Higginbotham. Survivors include four sons, Robert, Forrest, David, and Ken Higginbotham; daughter, Linda Watkins of Duncanville; dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Grace Shafer and brother, Glen Porzelius, both of Illinois; and numerous other relatives. During World War II, Doris was an acetylene welder at Caterpillar plant in Illinois where she met and married her husband, Forrest. She was an avid reader, an arts and crafts enthusiast, gardener, and nature lover. She was kind and sweet to everyone. Doris was a faithful, loving servant of the Lord and is with him now, but she will be greatly missed.


The Anniston Star 06/04/2009

Howard Lee Higginbotham (1937-2009) CA/AL

JACKSONVILLE — Visitation for Howard Lee Higginbotham, 71, will be today from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel in Jacksonville. Mr. Higginbotham died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at his residence. He is survived by four daughters, Deborah A. Murphy, Kim L. Green, Tamyra H. Arbuckle and Louanna H. Cumbie; two sons, Alan L. Higginbotham and Howard R. Higginbotham; three sisters, Mary Frances Henson, Melinda Johnson and Lenora Castleberry; two brothers, Lonnie G. Higginbotham, Roger L. Higginbotham; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three nieces and four nephews. Mr. Higginbotham was a native of California and moved to Calhoun County in 1956. He was a good friend, father and husband. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Country Side Hospice, 1021 Noble St., Suite 204, Anniston, Ala. 36201 Online condolences to the family at:


The Huntsville Times 06/07/2009

Pearl Horton Higginbotham (1919-2009) AL

Jan. 18, 1919 - June 1, 2009

Mrs. Pearl H. Higginbotham was born January 18, 1919 to the late Mr. Yancey Horton and Mrs. Pearl Cowans in Madison County, Alabama. She departed this life on June 1, 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama in her home. Pearl grew up in the Pond Beat Community and accepted Christ in her life at an early age, attending Cedar Grove Methodist Episcopal Church during her youth. She attended school and high school in the community going on to attend Alabama A&M University. Following her college years, Pearl left Alabama to fulfill duties with the United States Army. Married to Ted Richardson until his death and later married to Garnett Higginbotham, Pearl worked as a nurse in the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. for many years and at the Huntsville Hospital and Fox Army Hospital until retirement. She was an immaculate homemaker, who served her family with compassion, love, unselfish sacrifice, devotion and loyalty and after joining Lakeside United Methodist Church – she remained a faithful member until her death. Preceded in death by her parents, Yancey and Pearl, her son, Stephen R. Higginbotham; brothers and sisters: Andy Horton, Frank Horton, Archie Horton and Leonard Horton, Maggie Horton, and Hattie Robinson. Pearl leaves to cherish her memory, a loving daughter, Ms. Brenda Richardson, a devoted brother and caregiver, Mr. Earl Horton, nephews, nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl H. Higginbotham will be held on Monday, June 8, 2009 from the Lakeside United Methodist Church with Pastor Sara Cameron, officiating. Interment will follow in the Valhalla Memory Gardens. The remains of Mrs. Higginbotham will be in the church one hour prior to funeral time. 


Daily Mountain Eagle 06/14/2009

James Ray Higginbotham (1939-2009) AL

James Ray Higginbotham, 70, of Parrish, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at his residence. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today, June 14, at Odom Memorial Baptist Church in Parrish with burial in Gray Cemetery. Charles Underwood will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time at the church. Collins-Burke Funeral Home will direct. He was preceded in death by his son, Dustin Ray Higginbotham; daughter, Robin Roxanne Higginbotham; parents, Michael and Ruth Jordan and Luther and Lessie Higginbotham; brother, Drew Benny Sargent; and father-in-law, Frank Ferguson. He is survived by his wife, Betty Higginbotham of Parrish; daughter, Sonya Higginbotham of Parrish; brothers, Fletcher Jordan of Sumiton and Nathan Jordan of Como, Miss.; mother-in-law, Dorothy Ferguson of Cordova; sister-in-law, Della Jordan of Sumiton; and grandchildren, Robby Sargent and Lee Sargent; great grandchild, Callie Jean “Baby Girl” Sargent. Pallbearers will be Don Woods, Clarence Miles, Earl Moore, Barry Daniel, Joe Daniel, Michael Craig, Robby Sargent and Lee Sargent. Honorary pallbearers will be W.T. Ferguson, Wayne Thursby, and Fletcher Jordan.


The Birmingham News 06/18/2009

Ruby McDonald Higginbotham (1921-2009) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, RUBY MCDONALD, age 88, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009. She was born May 21, 1921 on the same property of her death in the Fourmile community near Columbiana. Left to cherish her memories are her care giving family, Shannon, Danny, and Haley Clark; nephew, Tommy McDonald (Sylvia); sister-in-law, Emmie McDonald, many nieces, nephews, and friends. The family would like to express their appreciation to Comfort Care Hospice and the wonderful sitters who helped us through this difficult time. Ruby was a retired accountant who volunteered with tireless enthusiasm at The Ministries Center for Shelby Baptist Churches in Columbiana from 1992 - 2006. Visitation will be at Fourmile Baptist Church at 1:00 pm, Friday, June 19 until service time at 2:00 pm with interment at the church cemetery. Bolton Funeral Home is directing.


The Birmingham News 06/30/2009

Claris Irene Bridier Higginbotham (1934-2009) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, CLARIS, age 74, of Sylvan Springs, AL, passed away on June 27, 2009. Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 10:30 A.M. in Forest Grove Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Survivors: Sons, Barry Higginbotham, Larry Higginbotham; Sister, Virginia Alexander. Claris was a superb seamstress.


Picayune Item 07/01/2009

Johnnie Mae Higginbotham Kellar (1921-2009) AL

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 3, 2009 at 10 a.m. in Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel in Childersburg, Ala. for Johnnie Mae Kellar, 87, of Picayune who passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at her residence. Burial will follow in Greenhill Memorial Gardens under the direction of Curtis and Son Funeral Home in Childersburg. Dr. Jasper Fail and the Rev. Ralph Barrow will officiate at the service. Mrs. Kellar was formerly of Childersburg. She was a Deaconess of the New Testament Baptist Church in Picayune. She was preceded in death by: one son, John William Boggs; her parents, John Wesley and Mary Francis Higginbotham; and brothers and sisters, Louis Orbin Higginbotham, Clarence Cleveland Higginbotham, Howard Franklin Higginbotham, Carol Griffin Higginbotham, Lilly Mae Higginbotham, and David Woodrow Higginbotham; Dorothy Ann Kellar and Geneva Catherine Craddock. Survivors include: her husband, Oliver E. Kellar of Picayune; one son, James O. Pike, Jr. (Barbara) of Adger, Ala.; four daughters, Mary Jane Lee (Ed) of Sylacauga, Ala., Ruby Jewell Reagan of Childersburg, Jacquelyn Lorene Kropp of Houston, Texas and Darlene Phillips Mathis (Paul) of Childersburg; 19 grandchildren, and 37 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be: Paul Mathis, Joshua Mathis, Zachary Mathis, Howard Higginbotham, Frank Higginbotham, and Carol Higginbotham. Honorary pallbearer will be D.J. Pody. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 2, 2009 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel. Curtis and Son Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.


The 07/17/2009

Gary Lane Higginbotham (1945-2009) AL/CA

Gary Lane Higginbotham died in Roseville on July 2. He was 65 years old.

Private services have been held.

He was born February 27, 1945, in Cleveland, Ala., to Robert O.D. and Vallie (Marsh) Higginbotham.

He graduated from high school in California and attended Mason Technical Education. He retired after 34 years as a brick mason. He married Linda Sue Arnswald in Reno, Nev., on Aug. 9, 2000.

He enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Nevada City; daughters Laurie and Nicole Higginbotham; step-son Matthew Higginbotham; son Jeff Fochs; step-children Jenna, Deanne and Matthew Vance; and 12 grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory, Grass Valley.



The Birmingham News 07/23/2009

Ann Smith Higginbotham (1937-2009) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, ANN SMITH, age 71, of Pelham, Alabama, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2009 in her home surrounded by her family and friends. Private services were held. She was born in Virginia, the daughter to the late Mr. Waymond Ware Smith and Mrs. Laura Blackburn Smith. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, William "Bill" Higginbotham; son, Les W. Higginbotham and his wife, Elizabeth and their children, Loren Bilbro and Lagen Hope Higginbotham all of Vestavia Hills, AL; son, Ben E. Higginbotham of Columbiana, AL; and brother, Ray Smith of San Francisco, CA. The family would like to especially thank Hospice Service of Alabama for their compassion and care during this most difficult time. Charter Funeral Home.


The Birmingham News 07/24/2009

Edward Earl Higginbotham Jr. (1952-2009) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, EDWARD EARL, JR., age 56, of Trussville, AL, passed away on July 21, 2009. He was the owner of Lube Supplies and Service, Inc. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Earl and Alva Marie Higginbotham. He is survived by his wife, Milinda Higginbotham; daughter, Kelly Grace Higginbotham Curry; son, Jacob Andrew Holloway; sisters, Glenda Chandler and Lisa Hearn; brother, Mark Higginbotham. Visitation will be Friday, July 24, 2009 from 2 to 3PM at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 3PM at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.


Florence Times Daily 08/06/2009

Frances Elizabeth Higginbotham Battles (1926-2009) AL/TN

Frances Elizabeth Higginbotham Battles of Clifton, TN was born June 20, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of the late Henry Higginbotham and Lillian Price Higginbotham House. She was united in marriage to Elmer Battles on February 23, 1941and he preceded her in death on September 18, 1981. Mrs. Battles was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She had lived on Chigger Ridge Road in Brookwood, AL before moving to Clifton, TN. Mrs. Battles departed this life on Monday, August 3, 2009 at Wayne County Nursing Home in Waynesboro, Tennessee at the age of 83 Years, 1 Month, 14 Days. She is survived by sons, Randy Battles and wife, Joanie and Paul Battles and wife, Janice all of Clifton, TN; grandchildren, Scotty Battles and wife, Stacey, Kenneth Battles, Eric Battles and wife, Natalie, Miranda Battles and friend, James Thompson, Ashley Battles, Carrie Battles Hamsley and husband, Billy; great grandchildren, Elizabeth Nicole Battles, Ethan Battles, Haley Beth Battles. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Battles was preceded in death by brothers, Gene, Simpson, and Cecil Higginbotham. Services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Shackelford Funeral Home in Waynesboro, Tennessee, with William (Butch) Burns officiating. Graveside services and burial will be on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 2 pm in the Big Hurricane Cemetery at Brookwood, Alabama with Shackelford Funeral Directors of Wayne County directing. Visitation will be Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 7 pm to 9 pm and Friday, August 7, 2009 from 8 am until service time at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Joe Hall, Kendra Prater, Hall Clinic Staff, Wayne County Nursing Home Nurses and Staff, Wayne Medical Center Nurses and Staff.



The Huntsville Times 09/18/2009

Ophelia Goolesby Higginbotham (1930-2009) AL

Dec. 3, 1930 - Sept. 16, 2009

Funeral services for Ophelia Goolesby Higginbotham, 78, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Rudder Funeral Home in Scottsboro. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.


The Birmingham News 09/23/2009

Mary Flora Higginbotham Self (1923-2009) AL

SELF, MARY FLORA, age 85, of Clay, AL, went home to be with her Lord on September 22, 2009 in Birmingham, AL. She was a member of Clay United Methodist Church and a faithful giver to her church and family. Mrs. Self was preceded in death by her husband, J. L. Self; parents, W. F. Higginbotham and Alma Ruth Higginbotham; brothers, Fred Higginbotham, Rev. Joe Higginbotham and Dicky Higginbotham; daughter, Sarah Ruth Self; daughters-in-law, Gloria Self and Carole Self. She is survived by children, Bill Self and his wife Shirley, Jack Self and his wife Robbie, Carolyn Webster and her husband Charles, and Waide Self; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 23, 2009 from 5 PM until 7 PM at Ridout's Trussville Chapel. The funeral service will be Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 10 AM at Ridout's Trussville Chapel. Interment will follow at Clay United Methodist Church Cemetery. Officiating will be Dr. John Higginbotham.


The Daily Home 10/28/2009

Louise Higginbotham Henderson (1920-2009) AL

PELL CITY - Graveside service for Louise Henderson, 89, will be Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11:30 a.m. at Providence Cemetery, Ragland. Ms. Henderson died Oct. 26, 2009. She was preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Edward Higginbotham; sisters, Margaret Archer and Norma Lee Pettit. Survivors are three sons, Bobby Edward Henderson, Anthony Henderson, and George Dallas Henderson; three daughters, Mary Jo Henderson, Barbara Pullen, and Dorothy Smith; two sisters, Jewell Powell and Dorothy Sue Archer; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 29, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.


The Birmingham News 12/19/2009

Howard Ellis Higginbotham (1931-2009) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, HOWARD "SONNY" ELLIS, of Cullman, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2009, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Higginbotham; daughter Rita Kay Pope (Michael); son, Danny Higginbotham; four grandchildren, Michelle Bennett (Rodney), Chris Pope (Joy), Matt Pope, and John Higginbotham; one great granddaughter, Charlee Bennett; sisters, Doris Russell, Charlene Snipes, Betty Russell, Catherine Beasley, and Rebecca Sapp; and brothers Jimmy Higginbotham and Paul Higginbotham. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 19, 2009, from 1:00-2:30 PM at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, Hwy 150, Hoover. Funeral service will follow at 2:30 in the funeral home chapel, Rev. Learon West officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South.


The Anniston Star 12/25/2009

Ralph Daniel Higginbotham (1916-2009) AL
ANNISTON — Funeral service for Ralph Daniel Higginbotham, 93, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 26, 2009, at Parker Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Mack Amis and the Rev. Dr. Billy Harris officiating. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery with K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center directing services. Mr. Higginbotham died Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at NHC in Anniston. He is survived by his children, Diane Higginbotham, of New York, New York, Nancy Higginbotham Bryson, of St. Simons Island, Georgia; Ann Jackson Woodrow, of Jacksonville, Miriam Jackson Gaines, of Millbrook and Rebecca Jackson Wilson, of Jacksonville; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Lee Burnham Higginbotham; his wife, Miriam Cockrell Jackson Higginbotham; his son, Ralph Daniel Higginbotham Jr. and three sisters. Mr. Higginbotham, a native of Flat Rock, Alabama, was a long time resident of Anniston and Jacksonville. He was a graduate of Anniston High School and Anniston Business College. He worked for The Anniston Star 16 years prior to purchasing Stephens Printing Company in 1946. Later, he bought Ben Sawyer Printing Company and Moore Printing Company, which became Higginbotham, Inc. From 1963-1974 he served as President of Calhoun Publishing Company and Publisher of The Jacksonville News. His educational involvement and service includes being a member of the Anniston City Board of Education for fifteen years, nine as its president, president of the Anniston Committee for Better Schools, member of the Alabama Advisory Committee on Vocational Education, member of the Southeastern Educational Research Laboratory in Atlanta, director and president of the Alabama Association of School Boards, and a delegate to the National Association of School Boards. In 1974 and again in 1978 voters elected him to the Alabama State Board of Education. Mr. Higginbotham became a Trustee of Judson College in 1968 and served until 1980. As an active member of Parker Memorial Baptist Church he served as Deacon, Deacon Chairman, Sunday School Director and teacher, church clerk, and Building Committee Chairman. In 1991, Mr. Higginbotham was ordained to the ministry and assumed the position of Minister to Senior Adults which he held until 1996. He also held leadership positions with the Calhoun County Baptist Association. Civic offices included President of East Central Cerebral Palsy Organization, Director of the United Way, Director and President of the Anniston Exchange Club, Director of the Anniston Rotary Club and several terms as Director of the Anniston Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Gideon's, Masons, and U.C.T. He received the following honors: The Anniston Star "Man of the Year" in 1970, an honorary Associate Degree from Gadsden State Junior College, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Judson College, membership in the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame and the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Pallbearers will be Benjamin Bryson, Samuel Bryson, Taylor Woodrow, Douglas Woodrow, Brandon Maye, Collin Adcock, Daniel Gaines, and Bobby Wingo. Honorary pallbearers will be the Baraca Class, Phebean Class, and Woodcarver's of Parker Memorial Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the building fund at Parker Memorial Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at:


The Birmingham News 01/19/2010

Doris M. Caffee Higginbotham (1947-2010) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, DORIS M., age 62, of McCalla, AL, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2010. She was an employee of Rainbow Technology. Funeral Services will be held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with burial in Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Pastor Steve Crawford will be officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Flora Caffee; three sisters and one brother. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Joe Higginbotham; children, Larry Joe Steeley and Renee Steeley; sisters, Mary Lois Crawford, Margaret Brewer, Sherlyn Green, Peggy L. Price, Mary Lou Goodwin and Glenda Caffee; brothers, Jack Caffee and Rufus Caffee; grandson, Ryan Steeley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home is honored to serve the Higginbotham family.


The Anniston Star 02/27/2010

Cynthia D. Snow Higginbotham (1951-2010) AL

Graveside services for Mrs. Cynthia (Cindy) Snow Higginbotham, 58, of Anniston will be Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Ohatchee First Baptist Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Legon officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. at Gray Brown Service Mortuary. Mrs. Higginbotham passed away Friday at her residence. Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Higginbotham; daughter, Jennifer Donahue (Chris), son Jeremy Higginbotham (Beth), god-son, Timothy Hayes (Stephanie); grandchildren, Brittany Cumbia, Mason Donahue, Cody Higginbotham, Layla Higginbotham; mother, Dorris S. Snow; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Higginbotham is preceded in death by her father, Roma W. Snow; her brother, R. Dwain Snow and her mother-in-law, Catherine Higginbotham. Cindy was a native of Anniston, Alabama and a resident of Iron City. She was a 1969 graduate of Ohatchee High School. She was employed by Super Value Warehouse for 20 years. She had Variety Plus Flower Shop at I-20 Trade Day for several years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society . Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements. (256) 236-3441 Online condolences made at


The Daily Home 02/28/2010

Vonna Marie Creasey Higginbotham (1926-2010) AL

Born: May 15, 1926 Died: February 26, 2010

CHILDERSBURG – Funeral service for Mrs. Vonna Marie Creasey Higginbotham, 83, of Childersburg, will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 at Curtis and Son Childersburg Chapel with the Rev. James William Casaday officiating. Burial will be at Childersburg Cemetery. Mrs. Higginbotham passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and loved to write poems. The family wishes to thank the third-floor nurses at Coosa Valley Hospital and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Florence Creasey; husband, Howard Frank Higginbotham; daughter, Linda Kay Higginbotham; sister, Vey Creasey; two grandsons, Jason Higginbotham and Steven Baggette; and granddaughter, Rachel Higginbotham. She is survived by two sons, Frank Higginbotham, Sr., of Childersburg, and Howard Higginbotham (Debra), of Childersburg; three daughters, Rosie Abbott (Ralph), of Childersburg, Diane Baggette (Stateman), of Jacksonville, FL, and Colette Brunn (Mike), of Conyers, GA; two sisters; Mable Horney, of Texas, and Evelyn Aleshire, of Illinois; 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Charles Carter, Rocky Gowers, Eric Abbott, Frank Higginbotham, Devin Ostic, and Eric Miller. Online condolences may be given at Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel will direct the services.


The Birmingham News 04/13/2010

Chalmers Webster Higginbotham (1929-2010) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, CHALMERS W. "CHUCK", age 81, of Palmerdale, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2010. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Shane. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Elizabeth Higginbotham; two loving brothers and sisters; daughter, Susan Dunnavant and husband of Birmingham; five step-children, Ronnie Burleson and wife of Moody, Brenda Pusser and husband of Texas, Michael Burleson and wife of Odenville, Sandra Harris and husband of Argo, and Linda Bradshaw and husband of Pell City; sixteen grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren. Chuck was a retired veteran and longtime employee of National Can. Inc. He was a loving and caring husband and father and will be missed dearly by all. Chuck may be gone but he will never be forgotten. His family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 5-7 PM at Ridout's Trussville Chapel. His service will be at the chapel on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 beginning at 11 AM with Bro. Billy Abrams officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Church Cemetery.


The Birmingham News 04/15/2010

Dorothy May Higginbotham (1937-2010) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, DOROTHY MAY, age 72, of Warrior, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Mrs. Higginbotham's visitation will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010 at Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. with a memorial service following at a later date. Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her three daughters; Cynthia (Joel) Owens, Patricia Isbell and Vicky (Chris) King; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. The family requests that instead of floral sprays, to send silk flowers, fresh cut flowers or green plants that they may be able to carry home after the visitation or you may make a contribution to Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home in Mrs. Higginbothams name.


The Birmingham News 04/22/2010

Norma Sue Loggins Higginbotham (1931-2010) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, NORMA SUE LOGGINS, 79, of Pinson, died April 20, 2010. Graveside service Friday, April 23, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery, Bro. Phillip Jones officiating. Blount County Cleveland Chapel directing.



The Daily Home 04/23/2010

Virgil L. Higginbotham Jr. (1940-2010) AL

PELL CITY - Funeral service for Mr. Virgil L. Higginbotham Jr., 69, will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 23 at Usrey Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Bain and Bro. Zane Smith officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Memorial Gardens. Mr. Higginbotham died Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in Pell City. He was retired from Lehigh Portland Cement in Leeds after 37 1/2 years of service. Survivors are his wife, Joyce L. Higginbotham; daughters, Ginger Higginbotham Knight, Robin (Paul) Pence, and Kim (Brian) Cofield; son, Alan Van Higginbotham; sisters, Jimmie (Glen) Hermonson and Clara (Billy Joe) Smith; eight grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday from 10-11 a.m. Usrey Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service.



The Birmingham News 07/03/2010

Elizabeth Webb Burleson Higginbotham (1933-2010) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, ELIZABETH W. age 77, of Pinson, AL passed away July 2, 2010. Liz was born in Cherokee County in North Alabama, she married Charles Curtis Burleson and they had 5 children, 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, after the death of Charles Curtis, she married Chalmers (Chuck) Higginbotham in May 1982 she retired from National Can and she loved traveling, working outdoors and feeding wild animals and her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chalmers W. Higginbotham and grandchild, Shane Dingler. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Gail Puffen (Al), Sandra Lynn Bradley (David), Linda Lee Bradshaw (Gerome), sons, Charles Ronny Burleson (Debbie), Michael Wayne Burleson (Nancy), (16) grandchildren and (24) great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Leeds. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, July 5, 2010 at Kilgroe Funeral Home Leeds Chapel with burial at Hopewell Cemetery in Pinson. Visit online at Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds directing.



Press-Register 07/04/2010

Lena Lillie Pearl Higginbotham Roberts (1951-2010) MS/AL

Lena Lillie Pearl Higginbotham Roberts, born August 28, 1951 in Shugulak, Mississippi and a longtime resident of Mobile, Alabama passed away on Friday, July 2, 2010. She was a retired employee of Flowerwood Nursery where she worked for many years. Always willing to help a friend or offer a smile to bring sunshine to someone's darkest day. She leaves to cherish her memory a loving and devoted husband of 39 years, Bobby Gene Roberts, Sr.; three loving children, Angelia (Blake) Westbrook, Barbara (Hiram) Bodon and Bobby (Connie) Roberts, Jr.; one wonderful grandson, Daniel Westbrook, two sisters, Mary Strachan and Ann Trull and a host of great family and friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM from the chapel of Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Interment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements by Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 6040 Three Notch RD. Mobile, AL 36619. Condolences may be offered at



The Birmingham News 07/11/2010

James Milton Higginbotham (1924-2010) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, JAMES MILTON, age 85, of McCalla, AL passed away July 9, 2010. He served in the US Army during WWII, and also served as a deacon at Parkway Baptist Church. Survivors; wife, Frances Higginbotham; children, Linda (Lee) Collins, Larry (Rhonda) Higginbotham, and Leigh Ann Higginbotham; 4 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2010. at Parkway Baptist Church in Bucksville, Visitation will be one hour prior to service.



The Gadsden Times 07/21/2010

Jimmie Kathleen Higginbotham Farrington (1917-2010) AL

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Crestwood Chapel for Jimmie Kathleen Farrington, 92, Wellington, who died Tuesday, July 20, 2010. The Rev. James Cohorn will officiate. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery. Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home will direct the service. Mrs. Farrington was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where she has served as Sunday School teacher, principal of Vacation Bible School and secretary of the WMU. She was also a member of AARP, Senior Outreach of Glencoe and was active in home demonstration clubs. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. James Farrington; parents R.C. and Neacie Higginbotham; brother, Claude Higginbotham; and sister, Bonnie Turner. She is survived by her son, Robert Farrington; sister, Frances Higginbotham; brother, Walter Higginbotham; niece, Sandra (Mark) Nichols; nephew, Robert (Bonnie) Higginbotham; and sisters-in-law, Ruth Farrington and Amelia Miles. Pallbearers will be Johnnie Vinyard, J.C. Broadwell, Steve Burnett, Mark Farrington, Ernest Taylor and Norman Hindman. Honorary pallbearers will be Herstine Quinn and Ed Browning. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until the hour of service Thursday.



Tuscaloosa News 07/28/2010

Sherry Ann Moore Higginbotham (1939-2010) AL

Sherry Ann Moore Higginbotham, age 69, of Tuscaloosa, died July 26, 2010, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Wyatt Rhone officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her father, Clinton Moore; mother, Mamie Moore; and sister, Doris Nell Moore. Survivors include her son, Terry J. Moore (Dinah) and brother, Jerry C. Moore (Barbara). Pallbearers will be James Robert Walker, Roger Whitley, Kelvin Jeames, Laverne Skelton, David A. Hodges and Earl Hodge. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Ronald Alvarez, Dr. Arti Pandey, Dr. Pamela Hughes, employees of Brewer Porch Children's Center, Teryl White, the staff of Hospice of West Alabama and UAB Gynecological Oncology Department.



The Huntsville Times 09/07/2010

Minnie Mayfield Higginbotham (1926-2010 AL

Nov. 11, 1926 - Sept. 5, 2010

Minnie Higginbotham, 83, of Limrock died Sunday. Visitation will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Rudder Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.



The Birmingham News 11/17/2010

William Sylvester Higginbotham (1922-2010) TN/AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, WILLIAM S. Age 88, of Pinson, left this life to meet his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 12, 2010. Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 48 years, Catherine; his sons, Eric (Rita) Higginbotham and Dwayne Higginbotham; sisters, Kat Garner and Johnnie Sue Holt; brother, Larry Higginbotham and a host of extended loving family members and friends. His funeral service will be held Thursday, November 18th at Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home beginning at 10:00 a.m. with burial in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. until service time.



Decatur Daily 12/05/2010

Faye Jean Roden Thrasher Higginbotham (1943-2010) AL

Decatur - Faye Jean Higginbotham, 67, of Decatur, passed away at her residence December 3, 2010. Mrs. Higginbotham was born March 14, 1943, in Lawrence County to Franklin Lawson Roden and Elvia Mildred Howell Roden. She was retired from 3M as chemical operator. Services will be Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel with entombment at Roselawn Mausoleum, with the Rev. Jason Moore officiating. Family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by one son, Keith Thrasher of Decatur; one daughter, Sylvia Peppers (Phillip) of Decatur; two sisters, Doris Lindsey (Eugene) of Cullman and Joyce Potter (Cliff) of Richmond, Va.; one brother, Frank Rhodes (Monrona) of Cullman; one granddaughter, Amanda Peppers of Decatur. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Amberly Peppers and her parents.



The Opelika-Auburn News 12/06/2010

G. J. "Dutch" Higginbotham (1920-2010) AL

G. J. "Dutch" Higginbotham, age 90, passed away on December 5, 2010. He was born February 22, 1920 in Calhoun City, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Higginbotham and his son-in-law, William Conway. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Betty Martin Higginbotham, his daughters Linda Conway and Betty Franklin (Sam), his sons Jon Higginbotham and Nick Higginbotham, four granddaughters, four great grandchildren and loving extended family. In 1941 First Lieutenant Higginbotham of the U.S. Army began his 69 year residency in the Auburn/ Opelika area when he was assigned to serve as commander of the Research and Development Unit at Auburn University. He left the area only to serve in the European Theater during World War II and in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired with the rank of Colonel. Dutch began his civilian career as a businessman in Opelika where he served as President of the Chamber of Commerce and Exchange Club. In 1966 he was elected to represent the residents of East Alabama and served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1966-70, 1974-1977 and 1986-94 and in the Alabama Senate from 1977-82. During his service in the House, he sponsored major legislation including the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program and became the first non-lawyer to serve as Chair of the State Judiciary Committee. In recognition of his years of public service, Dutch was awarded the honorary Doctorate of Laws from Troy University. Continuing his efforts to improve education for Alabama residents, he loyally supported the two-year college system and worked as Director of Public Affairs for Troy University, Phoenix City. He returned to public service in 1995 as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education until his retirement in 2002. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Opelika at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 with burial at Garden Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 7 in the parlor of First Baptist Church of Opelika from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Alabama, First Baptist Church of Auburn, Alabama or First Baptist Church of Opelika, Alabama. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory



The Huntsville Times 01/20/2011

Rose Higginbotham Giffin (1920-2011) AL

April 17, 1920 - Jan. 18, 2011

Rose Higginbotham Giffin of Huntsville passed away Tuesday. She was 90 years old. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 29, 2011 at Monrovia Church of Christ. Spry Funeral Home is assisting the family.



The Huntsville Times 03/04/2011

Lucile Higginbotham Null (1924-2011) AL

March 7, 1924 - March 2, 2011

Lucile Higginbotham Null, 86, passed away on Wednesday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond L. Null; parents, Roosevelt and Sarah Alice Higginbotham; and brother, John Vernon Higginbotham. Lucile is survived by her daughters, Betty Jean Merrell and husband Charles Ray of Huntsville and Sara Deneise Dotson and husband David of Dallas; son, retired Lt. Col. Carroll Ray Null of El Paso, Texas; six grandchildren, Jimmy Merrell, Sarah Batchelor, Carroll Ray Null Jr., John Lee Null, Cambria Dotson and Chase Dotson; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Lois Lowery and husband Bill; brother, J.D. Higginbotham; and numerous nephews and nieces. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the following: Whitesburg Garden Nursing Home and staff for the wonderful care they gave to our loving mom; Hospice of North Alabama, especially Michael, for the care they provided that went above and beyond; and for Diann Burruss and Judy White who are more than friends…they are family. No services are planned at this time. Spry Funeral Home of Huntsville is assisting the family.



The Birmingham News 05/20/2011

Clara Virginia Higginbotham Kourmoulis (1925-2011) AL/NM

KOURMOULIS, CLARA VIRGINIA age 85, formerly of Village Springs, Alabama, passed away on May 17, 2011. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and sister. She retired from the Ketona Nursing Home in Birmingham, AL. She was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Mary Higginbotham, her brothers Jesse and Jimmy Higginbotham, her sisters Mable Wren and Sara Allen and her daughter Clara Lee Withers. Survivors include her children Tina Shumate and Demetra Price of Albuquerque NM, Lisa Lucero of Rangely CO and Chris and Tony Kourmoulis of Birmingham AL, her sisters Pauline Walker of Valparaiso, FL and Peggie Smith and Judy Key of Birmingham, AL and numerous grandchildren. Rev. Ernest Walker of Valpariso, FL will officiate. Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel with burial at Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.



The Daily Home 05/29/2011

Richard E. Higginbotham (ca1935-2011) AL

MONTGOMERY - Richard E., Higginbotham, 76, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died at his home on Friday, May 27, 2011. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and impacted the lives of Alabama's public education students, teachers, and administrators as a teacher, coach, principal, and state employee for 36 years. Richard's volunteer work further impacted the community through various ministries of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, the Capitol Masonic Lodge, and the Montgomery Valley Scottish Rite/KCCH. Funeral services and interment will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 11 am at the Alabama Heritage Funeral Home and Cemetery located at 10505 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL with Dr. Tim Thompson officiating. There will be a visitation hour at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, George W. and Lydia (Bowman) Higginbotham; by four sisters, Florence (Higginbotham) Gaskey, Audrie (Higginbotham) Matthews, Lois (Higginbotham) Nelson, and Ellen (Higginbotham) Woods; and by a granddaughter, Julia Elaine Higginbotham. Richard is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathryn (Graham) Higginbotham; daughter, Kay (Higginbotham) Toole, Montgomery, AL; son, David Higginbotham, Colorado Springs, CO; son-in-law, Joe Toole, Montgomery, AL; daughter-in-law, Ginger (Keith) Higginbotham, Colorado Springs, CO; and three grandchildren, Jacob Higginbotham, Colorado Springs, CO; Kathryn Toole, Montgomery, AL; John Toole, Montgomery, AL. Active pallbearers are Bill Allison, Roy Guthrie, Bill Johnson, Paul Mann, Sidney Rooker, and Buddy Wilson. Honorary pallbearers are Frazer UMC's Encouragers' Class, the Capitol Masonic Lodge, the Montgomery Valley Scottish Rite/KCCH, and Dr. Keith Hughes. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard's honor may be made to the following: Wesley Gardens' Auxiliary Fund, Amedisys Hospice Care of Montgomery, the Salvation Army, or Scottish Rite Charities. Condolences may be offered at Alabama Heritage directing.



The Anniston Star 06/06/2011

Mary Frances Higginbotham Slaughter (ca1944-2011) AL

Funeral services for Mary Frances Slaughter, 67, will be today at 2 p.m. at Anniston Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Sewart officiating. Burial will be in Anniston Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends today from 12:30 until service time at the funeral home. Mrs. Slaughter died Saturday. Survivors include her husband, James Allen Slaughter; children, Randy Maxwell (Pam), Sandy Jones (Charlie), James E. Slaughter (Connie), Allen Slaughter (Dawn); nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six sisters and their spouses. Pallbearers will be Dougie King, Kody Smelley, Allen Slaughter, grandsons, Matthew Jones, Adam Stewart, Joseph Stewart. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Maxwell, Wesley Barker, Tater Higginbotham, Randy Maxwell Jr. and Jessica Maxwell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Louise Higginbotham; brother, Lewis Higginbotham and son, Marvin Allen Slaughter. Anniston Memorial Funeral Home 3865 US Hwy 431 North Anniston, AL 36206 256-820-0024



The Birmingham News 06/14/2011

Morris Cullen Higginbotham (1925-2011) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, MORRIS CULLEN, born June 6, 1925 passed away June 13, 2011. Coach Higginbotham a native of Birmingham served his country in the Air Force from 1943-1946. Returning home he earned his degree from the University of Alabama. He began his coaching career in 1952, and 27 years later retired with 190 wins, 5 state championships, 2 football fields named after him, and a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. Besides his great lifelong football success Morris Higginbotham influenced thousands of young men in becoming better people and citizens. One of his gifts to countless young men was to elevate their expectations in themselves and help guide them in finding their lifelong goals. Good coaches win games; great coaches win games, influence and inspire players for a lifetime. It's these qualities that carry young men forward and help them prepare for the hardships, which are surely to come in life. He was preceded in death by his parents George Cullen and Arie Savage Higginbotham and his sister Ann Langner. He is survived by his beloved wife: Billie Cooper Higginbotham; sister: Mary Francis Kendrick; sons: Robert (Lori), Steve (Cindy), and Frank Higginbotham; grandsons: Wes and Tyler Higginbotham. Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 14, 2011 from 5-7:00 PM at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday June 15, 2011 at the funeral home with burial to follow in Elmwood Cemetery. The family would like to give special thanks to Alacare Hospice for their Wonderful service they provided and to Miss Mary Cox for her loving care for the entire family. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund.



The Huntsville Times 07/21/2011

Henry Hoy Higginbotham (1929-2011) AL

Dec. 9, 1929 - July 19, 2011

Henry Hoy Higginbotham, 81, of Athens passed away Tuesday at home surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Lauderdale County to Dewey Hobson Higginbotham and Quillie Camp Higginbotham. He was an avid fisherman, quail hunter, golfer and sports fan, especially Alabama football and the Atlanta Braves. In later years, he played golf every day. He also loved to play cards and to work in his garden. Mr. Higginbotham was a member of Athens Church of God. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict, a master pipefitter and an employee on Redstone Arsenal for several years. He had a zest for life like no other. Foremost, he greatly loved his family. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary "Jeanette" Siniard Higginbotham of Athens; daughter, Diane Rasbury and husband Jim; son, Keith Higginbotham and wife Jayne Marie; and grandchildren, Blake Rasbury, Anna Rasbury and husband Jeremy Richter, Jill Higginbotham, Joseph Higginbotham and Lauren Higginbotham. He is also survived by his sister, Inez Higginbotham Tucker; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Alton "Pete" Higginbotham and Reese Higginbotham. Pallbearers will be Blake Rasbury, Joseph Higginbotham, Jeremy Richter, Ed Bridges, Ken Taylor and Tommy Puckett. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Spry Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David Root, U.S. Army Chaplain, officiating. Interment will be in Mitchell Cemetery in Lauderdale County.




The Gadsden Times 07/31/2011

Charlotte Otelia Ashley Higginbotham (1920-2011) AL

Charlotte Otelia Ashley Higginbotham, 91, of Gadsden, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 29, 2011. Funeral services will be at Collier-Butler Chapel on Monday at 2 p.m. The Revs. Jack Campbell and Vince Whittington will officiate. Burial will be in Crestwood Cemetery. Mrs. Higginbotham was born April 4, 1920, in the Turkeytown community of Etowah County, where she resided most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Frank Aaron and Vera (Cochran) Ashley. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Higginbotham was preceded in death by Stewart Higginbotham; three brothers, infant Garvin Quincy Ashley, Frank Aaron Ashley Jr., James Rayford "Ray" Ashley; and two sisters, Ester Kate Bryan and Dorothy Willingham. Mrs. Higginbotham was a lifelong member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Gaston High School, class of 1938, and a graduate of Alabama School of Trades, receiving her license in Practical Nursing in 1965. She was a charter member of Northeast Etowah Senior Outreach Services. She worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Gadsden for two years before she stopped work to marry and raise a family. She and her husband, Stewart J. Higginbotham, owned and operated a commercial poultry farm for many years. After working a short time at Cherokee Co. Hospital, Centre, she was employed at Baptist Memorial Hospital (Gadsden Regional Medical Center) for 16 years, retiring in 1982. After her retirement, she worked several more years for home health agencies in Etowah County. Mrs. Higginbotham delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a wonderful cook and gardener, especially enjoying growing flowers. She is survived by sons, Alan (Marsha) Higginbotham of Austin, Texas, and Phillip (Tammy) Higginbotham of Chattanooga, Tenn.; daughter, Nancy (Gayron) Davis of Opelika; grandsons, Matthew (Chelsea) Higginbotham and Patrick (Bethany) Davis; granddaughters, Kimberly (Rob) Koenig, Pamela (Paxton) Kelso, Melody (Daniel) Noles, Holly (Bryan) Word, Jennifer (Philip) Uland, Emily (James) Fenn; great-grandchildren, Emmaleigh Grace, Eli and Sarah Noles, Davis Word, Cecilia and Vivian Koenig, Grayer Kelso and Levi Fenn; brother, Hayden C. Ashley; sister-in-law, Louise Ashley; several nieces and nephews and special friends. Her grandsons and husbands of her granddaughters will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Macedonia Baptist Church. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Collier-Butler Funeral Home, Gadsden.



The Birmingham News 08/26/2011

Wesley Lynn Higginbotham (ca1973-2011) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, WESLEY age 38, of Hayden, AL, passed away on August 24th, 2011. He was survived by his sons, Korey, Jarrett, Drake, Chase; parents, Paul Higginbotham, Regina Densmore; and sister, Cheri Deason. Funeral services will be held at Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at 2:00 pm with burial in Elvester Cemetery. Bro. Marshall Childers officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time.



The Huntsville Times 09/06/2011

James Mark Higginbotham (1949-2011) AL

Date Of Birth: September 17, 1949

Date Of Death: September 4, 2011

Mr. James Mark Higginbotham, 61, of Scottsboro, AL passed away at Highlands Medical Center Sunday, September 4, 2011. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his mother, Mary Sue Higginbotham of Scottsboro; brothers, Bobby (Janet) Higginbotham of Skyline, and David and Duane Higginbotham of Scottsboro; and niece, Jamie (Brian) Wilbanks of Grant. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Higginbotham; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Miller and Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Higginbotham; and nephew, Robby Higginbotham. Funeral service will be held at 1 PM Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Scottsboro Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kevin Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12-1 PM prior to service.



The Birmingham News 09/12/2011

Mary Elizabeth Riley Higginbotham (ca1923-2011) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, MARY ELIZABETH (LIBBY) RILEY, passed away on September 5, 2011 in Montgomery, Alabama at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Arthur Franklin Higginbotham, and her brother, Daniel Alford Riley, Sr. She is survived by her niece, Carol Riley Lasater; nephew, Daniel Alford Riley, Jr.; and great niece and great nephew, Kathryn Elizabeth and Philip Walker Riley Lasater. She was a graduate of the University of Montevallo and was an Assistant Vice President at Banc Boston Mortgage. Visitation will be at Johns-Ridout's Elmwood on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Elmwood Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Glen Leathers of First Baptist Church, Montgomery will officiate the ceremony.



The Birmingham News 11/04/2011

Margaret Sims Higginbotham (1913-2011) AL

Margaret S. Higginbotham age 98, of Pinson, AL passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother who always had a smile and a good word of advice for her family. She was a long time member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in Pinson. She served faithfully and was always giving of her time to the needs of her community. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 76 years, Floyd O. Higginbotham; her parents, Grover C. and Cora W. Sims; brothers, G. Howard Sims and Edward E. Sims; and sisters, Eloise S. Melvin, Annie Ruth S. Rice, and M. Frances S. Autwell. She is survived by her son, Harold Higginbotham; daughters, Doris Campbell, Jeanette Higginbotham, Jewel Staton, and Reva Salter; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Special thank you to the staff at East Glen Nursing Home and Dr. Thomas for their dedicated care. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 4, 2011 at Ridout's Trussville Chapel from 5-7 PM. Her service will be at Hopewell Baptist Church in Pinson where she will lie in state from 10-11 on Saturday, November 5, 2011 with the service beginning at 11 AM with Rev. Bill Evans officiating. Grandsons will serve as Pallbearers. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Her family request in lieu of flowers that memorials and donations please be made to the Hopewell Baptist Church, 9060 Hopewell Church Road, Pinson, AL 35126.



The Birmingham News 11/09/2011

Joseph Higginbotham (ca1944-2011) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, JOSEPH age 67, of McCalla, AL, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Mr. Higginbotham was employed with Rainbow Technology for 33 years. He was also a Vietnam Veteran serving in the U. S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris M. Higginbotham. He is survived by his daughter, Renee (Larry Joe) Steeley of Hoover; his grandson, Ryan Steeley; his sisters, Mary Lou Goodwin of Bessemer and Peggy Price of Brent; numerous nieces, nephews and extended loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home Friday, November 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Pastor Chris DeGreen will be officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.



The Huntsville Times 12/02/2011

Jason Charles Higginbotham (1973-2011) AL

July 26, 1973 – December 1, 2011

Jason Charles Higginbotham 38 passed away Thursday in Huntsville. A long-time resident of Knoxville, TN, he was a construction cost estimator, where he was involved in the construction of several Knoxville city projects, as well as work in the private sector. He was a frequent volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. A native of Huntsville, he was a graduate of Grissom High School. He received his degree in building science from the School of Architecture at Auburn University, and was pursuing a master of business degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by one brother, Stephen Higginbotham, and three grandparents. He is survived by his parents, Charles and Mabry Higginbotham; brother Michael Higginbotham and his wife Andres; grandmother, Hazel Robinson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services will be Monday at 1 pm at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham. Hampton Cove Funeral Home is assisting the family.



The Birmingham News 12/06/2011

Alan Van Higginbotham (1959-2011) AL

December 4th, 1959 - December 5th, 2011

HIGGINBOTHAM, MR. ALAN VAN 52, of Ragland, passed away Monday, December 5, 2011. Mr. Higginbotham was a member of Broken Arrow Baptist Church. He was a 1978 graduate of Pell City High School and a veteran of the US Air Force with 11 years of service. Survivors are his daughter, Ashley (Derrick) Davison of Pell City; mother, Ginny Black of Pell City; sister, Ginger H. Knight of Ocala, FL; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews. Services will be held Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. at Usrey Funeral Home, Pell City, with the family will receive friends from 5-6 PM. Rev. Allen Bain presiding. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent online at:




Dorothy Louise Higginbotham Hay (1923-2012) AR/AL

April 22, 1923 - January 19, 2012

The Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Louise Hay, age 88, of Athens, AL will be Monday January 23, 2012 at 12 P.M. at First Baptist Church of Athens with Fred Lackey and Jerry Smith officiating. Mrs. Dorothy L. Hay passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at her residence. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper, AL. Visitation will be Sunday January 22, 2012 from 6-9 P.M. at McConnell Funeral Home. Mrs. Hay was born April 22, 1923 to Fred Virgil Higginbotham and Callie Ola Toombs Higginbotham in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was a resident of Athens for over fifty years. She passed away after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Athens. Mrs. Hay was preceded in death by her parents; husband John B. Hay, Jr.; Mrs. Hay is survived by her son John B. Hay, III. Of Athens, AL; daughter Callie Stewart and husband Brad of Athens, AL; eight grandchildren Miranda Stewart, Benjamin Stewart, Jacob Stewart, Katie Hay, Will Hay, Emily Hay, all of Athens, AL, Annette Williams of Indiana; Amy Hay of Washington; three great grandchildren Dylan Williams, Julie Williams, Meadow Williams all of Indiana. Pallbearers will be Benjamin Stewart, John McDougle, David Hay, Tommy McDougle, Roger Williams, and James Agee. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jacob Stewart, Will Hay and Dylan Williams. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to AlaCare Hospice and Alzheimer's Association.




Annie Ruth Witt Higginbotham (1936-2012) AL

October 13, 1936 - January 25, 2012

Arrangements under the direction of Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Mobile, AL. Visitation will be held Tuesday January 31, 2012 from 9:30am until 10am Graveside Service at Mobile Memorial Gardens.



The Birmingham News 01/31/2012

Flora Colene Fleming Higginbotham (1929-2012) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM, COLENE FLEMING of Cullman, Alabama passed away January 30, 2012 at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Gertrude Fleming; and her husband, Rev. David A. Higginbotham, Sr. She is survived by her sons, David A. Higginbotham, Jr. (Rene') and Dan Higginbotham; daughter, Colette Muncher (Allen); grandchildren, Joseph Willis (Tara), Brittany Muncher, and Lauren Muncher; three great grandchildren, Kolbe Willis, Caleb Willis, and Julia Willis; sister, Bea Sasser; brother, Eldridge Fleming (Nell); as well as many nieces, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Colene's joyful dedication to others was evident in her service as a Registered Nurse, most notably at Carraway Methodist Hospital, Sacred Heart Convent, Cullman College, Southern Benedictine College, and Cullman Family Practice. Colene and her family are gratefully blessed by the loving generosity shown throughout her life by the Congregation of The First United Methodist Church, Cullman, Alabama. Visitation will be private for the family. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 2nd at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL. Rev. Mitchell Williams officiating.




Malisa Helen Higginbotham

August 2, 1928 - January 31, 2012

Higginbotham, Malisa Helen, 83, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Mrs. Higginbotham, a Houston County native, worked at various bookkeeping jobs in Alabama and Georgia prior to becoming a full time homemaker. She was predeceased by her husband Dell Higginbotham of 38 years; 5 Sisters and 4 Brothers, step-son, Randall L.; a step-grandson, Randall Adam. Surviving family includes; daughter, Carlene Strahan (Julian son-in-law); step-great-grandson, Zachary Higginbotham; a step-daughter-in-law, Kay Higginbotham; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Capitol Heights Baptist Church at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 4, 2012 with Rev. Warren Culver officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made in her memory to the Capitol Heights Baptist Church and Vista Care Hospice. Leak Memory Chapel.



Anderson Independent-Mail 03/27/2012

James D. Higginbotham (ca1945-2012) AL

BRYANT, AL - James D. "Buddy" Higginbotham, age 67 of Bryant died Tuesday, March 13th at The Bridge of South Pittsburgh. Survivors include, daughters, Tammy Argo (Andrew), Shelby Kemp (Patrick), Paula Higginbotham (Demond), Michelle Higginbotham (Rudolph), step-son, Stephen O'Neil, 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, brothers, B. L. Higginbotham, Billy Ray Gibson, Ronnie Higginbotham, Raymond Higginbotham, David Higginbotham, sisters, Ruby Martinez and Jeanette Vermillion. Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by wife, Sharlotte Higginbotham, step-daughter, Kathy O'Neil, sisters, Barbara Jean Richardson, Linda Small, brother, Rodger Higginbotham, granddaughter, Crystal Brown. A memorial service for Buddy and Sharlotte Higginbotham will be held April 1st at 2:00 PM EST at the House Of Prayer in Anderson, with Rev. Mike Harrell officiating.




Katie Murl Stewart Sowell Higginbotham (1929-2012) MS/AL

Katie Murl Stewart Sowell Higginbotham, 82, of Laurel, died Friday, April 6, 2012 at the Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at First Baptist Church Pecan Grove, Ellisville, MS. Rev. Chris Wheeler will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Jones County. The body will be placed in the church at 9 am prior to the service. Katie Murl, as known, began playing piano at the early age of 8. She taught singing school in Jones County along with her father. Lavelle Stewart, and brother, Lawrence Stewart. As the Masonite Quartet, along with Estelle Wright and Scott Stewart, they sung at every Southern Gospel convention in Mississippi and adjoining states. Katie Murl also played piano for other quartets, including J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. Her influence for music and teaching was established by J. B. Coats, the writer of "Where could I go but to the Lord," and was given an accordion by him of which she traveled playing the accordion at churches and conventions. She eventually gave that accordion to missionaries in the Philippines, who needed some way to play music at their church. She was also a candidate for the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. In 1941, at the age of 12, she was the first pianist of First Baptist of Pecan Grove, Ellisville. She was also charter member, pianist, organist and Sunday School teacher of Houston Road Baptist Church. Katie Murl was a former graduate of Ellisville High School/ Jones County Junior College and was active in the community service for many years. She has served as past commander of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, member of American League of Women Voters, Order of the Eastern Star, National Association of Federal Employees, and member of the Order of Medical Assistants and Secretaries. She was a candidate for State Representative for District 82 and business owner. And in 1979-1980, she received the Personalities of the South Award. She was a beloved Christian mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rev. Narvel A. "Pete" Sowell; parents, Lavelle Stewart and Mamie Hester Stewart; daughter, Joan Michelle Sowell; brothers, Buford L. Stewart, Lawrence Stewart, and Charles Stewart; and grandchild, George Walters, Jr. Survivors include husband, Sam Higginbotham; two daughters, Janet Sowell Holmes and husband Guy Holmes of Deatsville and Jeana Sowell Boggs and husband Lemuel Boggs, Jr. of Deatsville; son, Joby Sowell and wife Belinda Burt Sowell of Tuscaloosa, AL; brother, Stephen Stewart of Laurel; grandchildren, Kristy Sowell Perry and husband Derrick Perry, Keira Sowell Brown and husband Gerald Brown; Kayla Sowell, Selena Sowell, Lemuel Andrew Boggs and Leighton Aaron Boggs; and great grandchildren, Morgan Sowell, Jackson Perry, Aubrey Perry, Montae Brown, Kadence Brown, and Colton Andrew Boggs. Pallbearers are Brian Stewart, Thomas Stewart, Wayne Stewart, Landry Boggs, Doug Stewart and Wendell Stewart. Honorary Pallbearers are Tim Stewart, Leighton Boggs, Ricky Stewart and Stephen Stewart. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Pecan Grove Ministries, 699 Pecan Grove Road, Ellisville, MS 39437. Visitation will be held from 5 until 9 pm Tuesday, April 10 at Memory Chapel of Laurel which is in charge of the arrangements.



The Anniston Star 05/19/2012

Judy B. Higginbotham Crawford (1951-2012) AL

November 21, 1951 - May 18, 2012

Oxford - Funeral services for Judy Higginbotham Crawford, 60, will be announced by Gray Brown Service Mortuary. Mrs. Crawford died Friday at UAB.



The Gadsden Times 07/25/2012

Nancy Virginia Higginbotham Davis (1948-2012) AL

Nancy Higginbotham Davis, 64, Opelika, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at East Alabama Medical Center. She was born in 1948 to the late Charlotte Otelia Ashley and Stewart Joseph Higginbotham. Nancy had been a resident of Opelika for many years. Though she excelled in academics and her medical profession, she was most known for her dedication and love of family and friends. She was valedictorian of her class of 1966 at Gaston High, and received her B.S. in Laboratory Technology in 1970 from Auburn University with highest honors. She received the Comer Medal for Excellence in Biological Sciences, and was Certified as a Medical Technologist, 1971 to present. Most recently, she was a Medical Technologist at EAMC and retired in 2010. Mrs. Davis had been a member of the WestPoint Pepperell Garden Club since 1977, Les Saisons Study Club, Mothers of Twins Club and faithful choir member for more than 30 years at First Baptist Church of Opelika. She loved to cook and sew special-occasion clothing for children and grandchildren, and loved to spend time with family, especially spoiling grandchildren. Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gayron Nixon Davis; daughters, Melody Leigh Noles (Daniel) of Chattanooga, Tenn., Holly Ashley Word (Bryan) of Birmingham; son, Patrick Nixon Davis (Bethany) of Bruce, Miss.; brothers, Alan Frank Higginbotham (Marsha) of Austin, Texas, Phillip Dale Higginbotham (Tammy) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Emmaleigh Grace, Eli, Sarah and Hannah Noles, and Davis and Kaitlyn Word. The family sincerely appreciates the care for Nancy by the doctors and staff at both EAMC of Opelika and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center of Houston, Texas. Funeral service for Mrs. Davis is 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Opelika with the Rev. Steve Scoggins officiating. Burial will be in Garden Hills Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is directing.



Florence Times Daily 08/28/2012

Eleanor Faye Mangum Higginbottom (1953-2012) AL

September 18th, 1953 - August 23rd, 2012

Eleanor Faye Mangum Higginbottom, 58, died Thursday, August 23, 2012, of natural causes at her home in Florence. Known as "Snookie" since birth, Eleanor was proceeded in death by her mother Annie Blanche Oliver, father, Alfred Henry Mangum II, her oldest son Joseph Kevin Walden, and her husband Robert Neal Higginbottom. Eleanor was a fun-loving child at heart who loved everyone unconditionally and forgave as commanded. She spent her career helping others as an EMT, Paramedic and an RN. Compassion and empathy poured out of her. She spent her retirement loving with abundance her surviving family which includes: daughter, Angel Michelle Hancock and son-in-spirit, Richard Allen Weaver, both of Florence; son, Bryan Cody Smith and daughter-in-law Courtney Elaine Smith, both of Huntsville; daughter-in-law, Paula Dawn Holifield of Sheffield; her beloved grandsons, Christopher Lynyrd Walden , James Austin Walden, both of Sheffield , Bryan Cameron Smith of Huntsville and great-grandsons, Carson and Tyson Walden and her most adored dog Dixie Belle. As a woman who loved and treated everyone as family, her friends and relatives are too numerous to mention. Pallbearers will be Cody Smith, Allen Weaver, Lynyrd Walden, Austin Walden, Junior Holifield and Joshua Haley. Eleanor bore no pretense, so come as you are. Additionally, the family would like to thank the Zip City Fire Department and Lauderdale County EMS volunteers and personnel for their professionalism, compassion and grace. Services are being provided by Spry Williams Funeral home where visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 28 from 3-5 pm. A graveside service will follow immediately at Mt. Zion Church of Christ on Butler Creek Road with Brother Richard Kelley presiding. "The thing I find most amazing in amazing grace is the chance to give it out. Maybe that's what love is all about."--Brandon Heath. Services: Service at 5:00 PM at Graveside on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 Cemetery: Mt. Zion Cemetery Butler Creek Road.



The Daily Home 11/11/2012

George Wayne Higginbotham (ca1958-2012) AL

PELL CITY- Funeral service for George Wayne Higginbotham, 54, of Wattsville will be Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at Usrey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Ford officiating. Burial will follow in Broken Arrow Cemetery in Ragland. Mr. Higginbotham died Nov. 8 at his residence. He is preceded in death by his father, Dillard Higginbotham Sr. He is survived by his mother, Shirley M. Bunt; his sister, Sheila Jean Mather; his brother Dillard (Barbara) Higginbotham Jr.; and many loving nieces and nephews. Usrey Funeral Home will direct the service.



The Birmingham News 12/05/2012

Iladene Levan Higginbotham (1925-2012) AL

(May 8, 1925 - December 4, 2012)

Mrs. Iladene Levan Higginbotham, age 88 of Hoover, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at Brookwood Medical Center.  Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Empire Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Don Westbrook officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Survivors include her husband, Wayne B. Higginbotham; sons, Tim Higginbotham and Jeff Higginbotham; and granddaughter, Crystal Higginbotham.



The Birmingham News 12/18/2012

Elmer Milton Higginbotham Jr. (1958-2012) AL

Mr. Elmer Milton Higginbotham, Jr., age 54, a resident of Hoover, Alabama expired on December 16, 2012 at a local hospital. Milton was a 1976 graduate of Shades Valley High School. He played the drums in the band. Milton graduated from Bessemer State Technical College in drafting, and he also graduated from Jefferson State College in AutoCAD. He was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church. Milton had a love for aerospace, cars, and the Bible. Milton was preceded in death by his father: Elmer Milton Higginbotham, Sr. Milton is survived by his mother: Ruth Eloise Higginbotham, sister: Lisa Holland (Clay), brothers: Forrest W. Higginbotham and H. Lee Higginbotham (Dawn), nephews: Clay Holland, Jr., Luke, Hunter and Levi Higginbotham. Services for Milton will be held at Valhalla Cemetery on December 19, 2012 at 12noon. There will be a visitation held at Valhalla Funeral Home one hour prior to service at 11am. Internment will take place at Valhalla Cemetery.




Evelyn Pauline Rich Higginbotham (1923-2013) AL

September 7, 1923 - January 5, 2013

Evelyn Pauline Higginbotham (Polly) passed away at River City Care and Rehabilitation Center on January 5, 2013, at the age of 89. Services will be held at Roselawn Funeral Home, 741 Danville Road SW, Decatur, Alabama, on Wednesday, January 9. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverends Gary Heathcock and Jeff Sellers officiating. Polly is predeceased by her husband, Ira Jackson Higginbotham (d. 1988), her father, Roy T. Rich, and mother Era Carr Rich, and her dear friend and companion of over 20 years, Jimmie Adams. She is survived by her two sons, Roy Jackson Higginbotham of Decatur, Alabama, and J. Michael Higginbotham (Joan) of Memphis, Tennessee, and daughter, Cindy Mullins (Mark), of Auckland, New Zealand; a sister, Martha Lovell (Adrian) of Sylacauga, Alabama, and brother, Ralph T. Rich of Decatur, Alabama. She will also be missed by her beloved grandchildren, Stacey Peebles (Darrow), Hilton Treloar (Mark), Jay Higginbotham, Sara Thompson (Derek), Megumi Mullins and three great grandchildren, Taylor Peebles, Rowe Peebles, and Ross Treloar, and by her loving nieces and nephews. Polly was a member of Ninth Street United Methodist Church and served in a variety of roles over the years. She was a dedicated member of the choir and women's circles, taught Sunday School, and held leadership roles in United Methodist Women's groups. She retired from Decatur Utilities in 1988. Polly enjoyed international and domestic travel with her sister and beloved niece, Jennifer Hardison (Don). Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Solana program at River City Care and Rehabilitation Center, 1350 14th Avenue SE, Decatur, AL 35601, or to Hospice of North Alabama, 3311 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805.



Decatur Daily 01/29/2013

Trina Louise Wells Higginbotham (1964-2013) WV/AL

Funeral service for Trina Louise Wells Higginbotham, 48, of Hartselle will be today, January 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Parkway Funeral Home with I.V. Marsh officiating. Burial will be in East Lawrence Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Higginbotham, who died Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Decatur Morgan Hospital, was born December 2, 1964, in West Virginia to Bill and Kay Higginbotham. Trina was loved by so many. She loved to be well enough to go to church on Sunday morning. She was an amazing mom, sister and daughter. Survivors include one daughter, Ashley Barbee (Brandon); two sons, Fredrick Ewing (Lauren) and Ryan Ewing (Hope); her parents, Bill and Kay Higginbotham; four sisters, Belinda Johnson, Betty Hamond, Rita Simon and Billie Sanchez; three brothers, Billy Higginbotham, Jon Higginbotham and Henry Higginbotham; and three grandchildren.




Dorothy F. Smith Barnes Higginbotham (1938-2013) AL

Dorothy F. Higginbotham, age 74, of Holly Pond, passed away early Friday morning, March 30, 2013. She was born in Cullman County to Jesse James and Dora Mae Ramsey Smith. Mrs. Higginbotham was a beloved member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Holly Pond and a retired employee of Americold. She is predeceased by her parents. Survivors are her husband Jessie L. Higginbotham; four sons, Randall Barnes (Chiquita), Brian Barnes, Steve Barnes (Betty) and Tommy Higginbotham (Jo Ann); three brothers, Ray Smith, Guy Smith (Laura), and Loyd Smith (Faye); seven grandsons and four granddaughters. Visitation 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Holly Pond Funeral Home. Services 11:00 am Monday, April 1, 2013 at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Rev. Randy Burtram and Rev. Bobby Bryant officiating. Mrs. Higginbotham will lie in state 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Interment Baileyton Cemetery.



The Clanton Advertiser 04/05/2013

Kathy Darlene Higginbotham Bosworth (1955-2013) AL

Kathy Darlene Higginbotham Bosworth 57, of Marbury, passed away on April 3, 2013, at Prattville Baptist Hospital. She was born in Montgomery on Dec. 23, 1955. She was a housekeeper. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa (Dan Wright) Lucio of Verbena; son, Lynzy (Rebeka Mims) Bosworth of Marbury; daughter, Bonnie (Jonathan) Owens of Marbury; son, Jesse Bosworth of Marbury; brother, Bobby Christian of Birmingham; grandchildren, Anna Granthum, April Lucio, Christopher Lucio, Autumn Bosworth, Anna Owens, Dylan Owens, Connor Owens, Brenden Owens, Makenzie Owens and great-grandchild, Jerry “Little Bo” Granthum II. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Bosworth Jr.; mother, Violet Christian and sister, Diana Higginbotham. A memorial service will be held on April 6 at 2 p.m. from the Memorial Chapel of Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Edwards officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Final care and arrangements entrusted to Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home of Clanton.




Larry Kent Higginbotham (1957-2013) AL

December 29, 1957 - April 19, 2013

Burial arrangements under the direction of Highland Memorial Gardens.

Larry Kent Higginbotham, 55, April 19, 2013. Each of his friends knew him as Laughing Larry, the laugh lines on his face, constant memories of his travels across the United States. On his motorcycle he explored every corner of our great country, and along the way he made many loving friends who will forever be touched by just knowing him. He was a member of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club. He was preceded in death by his mother Claris Higginbotham, and his father Pete Higginbotham. He is survived by Mary Katherine Gum, Crystal E. Gum, William R. Gum, Judith A. Higginbotham, Shannon L. Young, Dustin J. Young, Michelle M. Gagne, and Barry C. Higginbotham. The visitation will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM, at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM. The burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens.



Dorothy Jean Kyle Higginbotham (1933-2013) AL

October 15, 1933 - May 1, 2013

Dorothy J. Higginbotham, 79, of Birmingham, AL passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Survived by daughter, Paula Newman  (Rusty), sister Clara Cagel (The Late Paul Higginbotham), and several nieces and nephews. Visitation is being held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 Pm Monday at Elmwood Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 Pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013 also at Elmwood Chapel. Entombment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery Mausoleum.



The Anniston Star 05/17/2013

Juanita Wright Higginbotham (ca1930-2013) AL

Bynum - Funeral services for Mrs. Juanita Higginbotham, 83, of Bynum, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Miller Funeral Home with Pastor Shannon Caudle officiating. The family will receive friends this evening, May 17, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Higginbotham died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at her residence. Survivors include her daughter, Dana Higginbotham; grandchildren, Patrick Higginbotham, Jay Thrasher, Shanda Higginbotham; seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Higginbotham attended Bynum Church of God and enjoyed working in her garden. She was preceded in death by her husband Johnnie Higginbotham; a son, Gary Higginbotham and two sisters. Miller Funeral Home



The Mobile Press-Register 05/19/2013

Harry Dean Higginbotham (1931-2013) GA/AL

"Harry O" Higginbotham age 81, a native of Woodbine, GA and a resident of Orange Beach, AL passed away Thursday May 16, 2013. He was owner and operator of Harry's Diving Service and Handy Man Service. Survivors include his wife Patsy Higginbotham of Orange Beach, daughter; Susie Blackard of Daphne; three sons; Larry Wilkinson of Daphne, Dean and Darwin Higginbotham both of Point Clear, AL, two step daughters; Debbie Marhofer of Houston, TX, Carol Krueger of Houston , TX ,three stepsons; John, David, Michael Bradbury all of Tallahassee, FL; several grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Foley from 10:00am until 11:30am. Graveside services will follow at 12:00 pm at Bear Point Cemetery, Orange Beach, AL.




Mildred Jane Higginbotham Brooks Stephens (1927-2013) AL

September 18, 1927 - May 22, 2013

Anniston – A Celebration of life service for Mrs. Mildred "Mickey" H. Brooks Stephens, 85 of Anniston will be Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Dr. Rick Reaves officiating with burial following at Eulaton United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 1 – 3 pm at the funeral home. Mrs. Stephens went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at her residence. Mrs. Stephens is survived by her sons, Randall "Randy" (Karen) Brooks, Richard "Ricky" Brooks; daughter-in-law, Pat Brooks; sister-in-law, Ellen Brooks; grandchildren, Roby Brooks, Wes Brooks, Kevin Brooks, Koy Brooks, Jarred Brooks and Betsy Clum; great grandchildren, Tanner Brooks, Dawson Brooks, Kaelyn Brooks, Landen Clum, Addisyn Brooks, RJ Brooks, Molly Brooks, Skylar Brooks, Payton Brooks, Sawyer Brooks, Shelby Brooks, and Dalton Brooks. Pallbearers will be Roby Brooks, Wes Brooks, Kevin Brooks, Koy Brooks, Jarred Brooks, and Joey Oliver. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Encouragers Sunday School Class at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her first husband, James E. Brooks; second husband, David L. Stephens; and son James E. "Jimmy" Brooks Jr. Mrs. Stephens was a native and lifelong resident of Calhoun County; she was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and was employed with AOD for many years as a switchboard operator. Family would like to say a special thanks to caregivers Ella Seabolt, Stephanie McDonald, Kaye Turley, Florence Pate, Juanita Moore and Tiffany Wilson and a very special thanks to Donna Gilmore and staff with Southern Care Hospice Family request in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church in her honor.



The Baldwin County News 05/27/2013

Joseph Raymon Higginbotham Sr. (1939-2013) AL

Joseph Raymon Higginbotham Sr., 73, of Magnolia Springs, passed away May 23, 2013. He was a United States Armed Forces veteran. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Armi Frame. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Higginbotham of Magnolia Springs, two sons, J.R. Higginbotham of Bibb County, Ala., John Higginbotham of Magnolia Springs; stepfather, J.T. Miller of Gordo, Ala.; sister, Anne Turney of Birmingham; one brother, Jack Higginbotham of Pensacola; and five grandchildren. A graveside service for Mr. Higginbotham will be Monday, May 27, 2013, at 2 p.m., from Pine Rest Memorial Park in Foley. Arrangements by Cason Funeral Service, Foley.



Decatur Daily 07/09/2013

Hiram Glen Higginbotham (1935-2013) TN/AL

Athens -Hiram Glen Higginbotham, 77 of Athens, Alabama passed away Sunday July 7 at Huntsville Hospital. Funeral service will be Wednesday July 10, 2013, 1PM at Spry Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Irby and Tom Holland officiating. Burial in the Roselawn Cemetery with visitation Tuesday 6-9pm at the Funeral Home. Born July 29, 1935 in Franklin County, Tn. Member of the West Hobbs Street Church of Christ, US Air Force Veteran, retired from Redstone Arsenal, member of the Pipefitter Local 566. Preceded in death by: Brothers: Bill Higginbotham, Fred Higginbotham, James Higginbotham, Lloyd Ray Higginbotham Survivors: Wife: Doris Holland Higginbotham-Athens Daughter: Stephanie Latimer and Husband Mike-Athens Grandchildren: Lacy Beth Latimer Newton and Husband Christopher-Athens Brandt Latimer and Wife Megan-Athens Great Grandson: Brock Newton Brother: Charles Higginbotham-Decatur Sisters: Ellen Knox-Athens Judy Holland-Ardmore, AL Nieces and Nephews Pallbearers: Brett Holland, Bradley Holland, Daren Holland, Jay Holland, Pat Holland, Chuck Higginbotham.



Cherokee County Herald 07/31/2013

Beverly Jan Stokes Higginbotham (ca1953-2013) AL

Mrs. Beverly Jan Higginbotham, 60 of Attalla passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Collinsville Funeral Home-Sharpe Chapel with Rev. Herman Edge officiating. Burial followed in Union Cemetery. Collinsville Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her husband, Donnie Sherrell, children, Jason (Kelly Bartko) Higginbotham, Cary (Crystal) Higginbotham, Danielle (Tony) Key, seven grandchildren, mother, Louise Ennis, sisters, Carla Stokes, Belinda Abernathy, Katrina Ennis, father of children, Kenneth Higginbotham and uncles and aunts.



The Birmingham News 08/20/2013

Grace Gertrude Grider Higginbotham (ca1920-2013) AL

HIGGINBOTHAM GRACE GERTRUDE age 93, joined her family and friends in heaven on August 18, 2013. She is survived by her son, Michael (Sheryl); granddaughters, Sarah Valpuesta (Domingo) and Emily Higginbotham; great granddaughter, Madeleine Jane Valpuesta. Mother loved her family beyond measure. She influenced both children and adults through Sunday School teaching and acts of kindness at her retirement community. She was known as "Amazing Grace", and amazing she is. Visitation will be Thursday August 22, 2013 from 10 - 11 AM at Peoples Chapel Funeral. Funeral service will follow at 11 AM in the chapel. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. Dr. Charles M. Durham officiating. In lieu of flowers family would like for memorials to be made to First Presbyterian Church of Bessemer, First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa or Hospice of West Alabama.



Tuscaloosa News 11/21/2013

Norman Dudley Higginbotham (1942-2013) AL

TUSCALOOSA Retired Army Colonel Norman D. Higginbotham, 71, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama passed away peacefully in his home on November 18, 2013. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel. Burial with full military honors will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Florence Martin. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Cris Higginbotham; his daughter and son-in-law, Monika and Craig Wedgeworth; his brothers, Buddy Martin and Joe Higginbotham; and grandchildren, Jacob and Evan Gragg. Norman was born on February 24, 1942 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was part of the Tuscaloosa High School graduating class of 1960, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1963. Norman retired from the U.S. Army in the rank of Colonel with 29 years of service. During his distinguished career, he served two combat tours in Vietnam, two overseas tours in Germany, numerous stateside assignments including service on the Joint Staff, and culminated his career as the Chief Of Staff of Southern Command in 1989 during Operation Just Cause. His leadership and dedication played a significant role in deposing the dictator, Manuel Noriega, and in restoring democracy to the Republic of Panama. COL (Ret) Higginbotham's military awards and decorations include two Legion's of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Award, the Vietnam Service Medal with 7 bronze stars, and numerous other distinguished awards. Norman retired in 1992 from Cumberland, Pennsylvania where he served as the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency and settled back into his hometown of Tuscaloosa. During his retirement, he enjoyed his time with his grandchildren, Jacob and Evan. His honorable service to this Nation will not be forgotten, and he will be missed by his friends and family.



The Gadsden Times 03/10/2014

Dahlia Taylor Higginbotham (1924-2014) AL

March 22, 1924 - March 8, 2014

Dahlia Higginbotham 89 of Boaz passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Interment: Adjoining Cemetery Visitation: 5 till 7 Monday, March 10, 2014 at Etowah Memorial Chapel Officiating: Bro. Kevin Brooks Pallbearers: Friends of the family Survived by: Son: Greg Higginbotham Nieces: Marilyn Dean, Heather Taylor, Joy Elliott Nephew: Brad Taylor Several Great Nieces & Nephews Sister-in-law: Bonnie Taylor Preceded in death by: Husband: Elmer Higginbotham.



Decatur Daily 05/04/2014

Roy Jackson Higginbotham (1942-2014) AL

Decatur - Memorial services for Roy Jackson Higginbotham, 71, of Decatur will be held Monday, May 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Gary Heathcock officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Jack Higginbotham passed away on May 1, 2014. He was born November 28, 1942. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1961 and Birmingham Southern College in 1965 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. His lifetime career was in construction and sales. Jack was a member of the Decatur Jaycees and a lifetime member of Ninth Street Methodist Church. Roy Jackson Higginbotham was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Jackson and Pauline Rich Higginbotham. He is survived by one brother, Joseph Michael Higginbotham (Joan) of Memphis, Tennessee; and one sister, Cindy Higginbotham Mullins (Mark) of Auckland, New Zealand; two daughters, Stacey Higginbotham Peebles (Darrow) and Hilton Higginbotham Treloar (Mark) of Decatur; three grandchildren, Taylor Peebles, Rowe Peebles and Ross Treloar; one nephew, Jay Higginbotham of Atlanta; and two nieces, Megumi Mullins of Decatur and Sarah Mullins Thompson (Derek) of Tuscaloosa. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at River City Care and Rehab, Decatur Morgan Hospital, Dr. Lyn Naylor for their faithful care and service during his illness and also to Ralph Rich a special uncle and friend for his constant concern and help. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Neighborhood Christian Center or Tennessee Valley Outreach.



Decatur Daily 05/27/2014

Katherine Louise McFann Higginbotham (1942-2014) WV

Hartselle - Funeral service for Katherine "Kay" Higginbotham, 71, of Hartselle will be Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Coffey Center, (next door to Parkway Funeral Home) with the Rev. Shane Williams officiating and Parkway Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the Coffey Center. Interment will be in East Lawrence Memorial Gardens. Katherine, who died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at her residence was born September 22, 1942, in West Virginia to Truman and Omie McFann. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Trina Wells. Survivors include her spouse, Billy Ray Higginbotham Sr.; sons, Billy Higginbotham Jr., Jon Higginbotham; daughters, Belinda Johnson, Betty Hammond; stepson, Henry Higginbotham; stepdaughters, Annette Sanchez, Rita Simon; grandchildren, Ashley Barbee, Ryan Wells, Freddie Wells, Olen Kilpatric, Shawna Higginbotham, Ceaira Higginbotham, Rodney Hammond, Timmy Hammond, Cody Burgess, Aaron Higginbotham; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Margret Gall and Rosalie SFerra. Pallbearers will be Billy Higginbotham, Jon Higginbotham, Byron Johnson, Bobby Curry and Tazz Curry.



The Birmingham News 07/03/2014

MacKenzie Grace Higginbotham (2014) AL

June 28, 2014 ~ June 28, 2014

Survivors include her father Michael Higginbotham and mother Kasey Teer both of Trafford, AL; brothers Kyle Anthony Higginbotham, Michael Dylan Higginbotham, Jackson Teer, Gage Anthony Higginbotham and Aiden Teer; grandparents Sherry Thrift of Trafford, AL, Mark Higginbotham of Trafford, AL and Boyce Teer of Cullman, AL; aunts Lindsay and Julie. Graveside service will be Monday, July 7, 2014 at Bethlehem Cemetery at 11:00 AM. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directing.


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