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Alma, Arkansas Leader 1883

Seaborn J. Higginbotham (ca1825-1883) GA/MS/AR

Seaborn Higginbotham died November 4, 1883, an old resident of Georgia Ridge in Tate county, Mississippi and well known in the area.

 

Oakland (CA) Tribune 09/12/1911

Cora Higginbotham (ca1899-1911) AR

DIES FROM HEAT

FORT SMITH, Ark., Sept. 12 - Cora Higginbotham, 12 years old, of Hartford, Ark., yesterday was overcome by heat and died. Temperatures in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma ranged from 95 to 100 degrees.

 

The Clinch Valley (VA) News, Friday 04/20/1917

George Washington Higginbotham (1839-1917) VA/AR

Former Tazewell Man Dies At Arkansas Home George Higginbotham Once Owned Fine Farm Near Liberty Hill, Where He Kept "Open House"—Is Survived By Large Family

The following article from the Arkansas Gazette, announces the death at Bentonville, Arkansas, of George W. Higginbotham, a native of Tazewell County and for years one of the most highly esteemed citizens of the entire county. "Bentonville, April 10—George W. Higginbotham, aged 76, died at his home south of Bentonville Saturday. He was a native of Virginia, and had lived here 16 years. He served in Company A, Forty-fifth Regiment, Virginia Infantry in the Confederate Army. He is survived by his wife and ten children, Dr. W. M., and Joe of Bentonville; Section, of Rogers, Hunter, a member of the U. S. Marine band now at Bremerton, Wash.; Mrs. Ed Engstrom, of Little Rock; Mrs. M. L. Voyles, of Bentonville; Mrs. C. L. Denny, Mrs. J. L. Cockrell, Mrs. Arthur Fullerton and Mrs. Sam Halleck." There are many people in this county who will be sorry to know that their old friend and acquaintance has passed away. For many years he lived on a comfortable estate at Liberty Hill, in the western section of the county, the same on which he was born and reared. His father, Joseph Higginbotham, before him, lived at Liberty Hill. George Higginbotham and his wife, who was a Miss Sexton, of Smythe county, reared a family of ten children, moving to Arkansas about 25 years ago, where his widow and several children still live. Few families ever left Tazewell that were more sadly missed. The home was open day and night to all comers, and the humblest citizen found a friend in this hospitable family whenever in need or distress. The family was the mainstay, alongside the family of John C. Bundy, a neighbor, of the little Baptist church in the neighborhood, of which they were all zealous members. Deceased had seven sisters and three brothers, all of whom have passed away. He was the last of his father’s family. He was in the 80th year of his age. The only particulars of his death are given in a letter to Mr. Jeff Ward, of this town, who kindly gives it to this paper for publication. The letter follows: Dear Jeff: Mother requested that I write you of the death of our dear father, which occurred at noon last Saturday, April 7. We are broken of heart, while he, ripened in years, and fully prepared, passed on to enjoy the life Abundant. He had realized that his time here was growing short, though he was able to walk about the place and went to the table the evening before. Next morning he didn’t feel like getting up, tho ate a little, but about 9 o’clock had a hard chill and became unconscious and never rallied. Went as though falling asleep. Father adored gray, so, dressed in gray, he was buried in a gray casket. He looked so peaceful and as tho’ not dead. Father hadn’t had a care for years. His boys treated him and mother like children in their care for them. Mother has improved some in health this winter. She will miss him sorely. Her grief makes it doubly hard for us." M. L. Voyles.

 

The Lowell (MA) Sun 11/09/1923

George Hunter Higginbotham (1889-1923) VA/AR/PA

INQUEST ON DEATH OF HIGGINBOTHAM

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 9 - A board of inquest sat at the navy year today to determine whether Private George H. Higginbotham of the Marine Corps, whose home was in Rogers, Ark., came to his death accidentally or otherwise. He was on guard duty yesterday outside the court martial room of the marine barracks when a pistol shot interrupted the proceedings of the court. Opening the door, officers found the private lying face downward with a pistol at his side. Higginbotham, officers said, had a fine record in the corps.

 

Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner 05/31/1928

Frances Shipp Higginbotham (ca1913-1928) AR

CHARGED WITH SLAYING WIFE

TEXARKANA, Ark., May 31 - (AP)-Earl Higginbotham, 19, was placed in jail here Wednesday night charged with the murder of his 15-year-old bride Frances Shipp Higginbotham, who was drowned in a creek near Redwater, Tex., Tuesday night.

Bond was denied pending a preliminary hearing.

Higginbotham reported to officers that he and his wife had gone swimming in the creek near his father’s home and that cramps prevented his going to his wife’s aid when she got into deep water.

The girl's face bore a bruise which physician’s said was made before she was drowned.

 

Terre Haute (IN) Tribune 01/16/1934

Delia C. Shutt Higginbotham (1880-1934) IN/AR

Word has been received here by Lewis Shutt of the death of his sister, Delia Higginbotham, at Eureka Springs, Ark., Sunday morning. Surviving are the husband, Sam; one son, Herbert; five daughters, Mrs. Mattie Kennedy of Denver, Col., Mrs. Gertrude David and Mrs. Ethel White of Eureka Springs, Ark., and Thelma and Bessie at home; one sister, Mrs. Bess Smith of Detroit, Mich.; four brothers, Lewis, Charles and James of this city, and Elza of Mundel, and 11 grandchildren. Mrs. Higginbotham was formerly a resident of Terre Haute. Burial will be made in Arkansas.

 

 

12/14/1934

Willie Belle Higginbotham Campbell Going (1895-1934) AR

Mrs. Belle Going, aged 39 years, died at her home near Sharum Thursday night after a week's illness of pneumonia. Funeral services were held at Skaggs Christian church Friday afternoon at 3:30. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery, Pocahontas. She is survived by four children, Katherine Campbell, Worthy Campbell Jr., Vesta Lou Going and Homer Lee Going; two sisters, Mrs. Charlie Holmes and Mrs. Carl Higginbotham, and a brother, Lee Higginbotham.

 

 

The Benton County Democrat 01/02/1936

Sallie Texas Sexton (1848-1935) VA/AR

Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie T. Higginbotham, aged 87 years, eight months and 26 days, widow of the late George W. Higginbotham, who died unexpectedly about 6:30 o'clock p.m., Friday, Dec. 17th, 1935, at her home three miles south of Bentonville, were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Bentonville Baptist Church, of which she had been a long member, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. LeRoy C. Tedford. Two hymns were sung by the church choir, and a solo, "I Shall See The Light of Home", by Mrs. J. H. Morgan, with Mrs. F. E. Rogers as accompanist. Burial was in the family lot at the Oakley Chapel cemetery, southeast of Bentonville, and the pallbearers were Beverly Rakes, Will Rakes, Jim Rakes, Frank Rakes, James Drummond and Lee Smith. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Burns Funeral Home of Bentonville. A daughter of Joseph and Myria McDonald Sexton, members of pioneer Virginia families, Mrs. Higginbotham was born April 7th, 1848, at Chatham Hill, Virginia. She was married at Chatham Hill on May 13th, 1868, to George W. Higginbotham and they lived in Tazewell County, Va. until moving in 1892 to Harper, Kansas. In 1901 they and their children came to Northwest Arkansas, locating here in Benton County on the same farm near Bentonville where Mrs. Higginbotham passed away, and where her husband died in April 1917. Mrs. Higginbotham had been identified with the Baptist Church since girlhood and active in church work until advancing years and declining health would no longer permit. She was a woman of genuinely gentle breeding and loved by all who knew her well. She is survived by three sons, Dr. M. W. Higginbotham and Joe B. Higginbotham of near Bentonville, with whom she lived and Sexton Higginbotham of Kansas City, Mo., and by six daughters, Mrs. M. L. Voyles and Mrs. Ed Engstrom of Little Rock, Mrs. C. L. Denny, Colo., Mrs. J. L. Cockrell, Fort Wayne, Ind., Mrs. A. W. Fullerton, Neosho, Mo. and Mrs. S. W. Hallock, Springfield, Colo. She is also survived by a number of grandchildren and by one brother. Among her children and other relatives and friends coming here on account of her death were Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Voyles, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Engstrom, Miss Mary Voyles, and John Walters, all of Little Rock; Mrs. A. W. Fullerton of Neosho, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Sexton Higgonbotham and children of Kansas City. Due to distance and weather conditions the three daughters living in Indiana and Colorado were unable to be here.

 

 

Hope Star 03/11/1937

James Curtis Higginbotham (ca1903-1937) AR

J. C. Higginbotham, 34, of Jonesboro, Is Dead

LITTLE ROCK - (AP) - James Curtis Higginbotham, 34, of Jonesboro, attorney and brother of State Senator Gene Higginbotham of Hardy, died suddenly Thursday at Hotel Marion of a heart attack.

 

 

Pine Bluff Commercial 12/01/1945
Martha Jane Higginbotham Ratliff (1861-1945) GA/AR

Funeral Services for Mrs. Martha Jane Ratliff, age 86, widow of the late Ben F. Ratliff of Rison, Arkansas, who died Thursday morning, at 2:30 o'clock at the home of  her daughter, Mrs. M. D. Camp, of DeWitt, were held Friday at 2:30 pm at Mt. Zion  Baptist Church near Rison, burial in the family lot by the Buie Funeral Home of Rison in charge.
She was born in Rome, Georgia in 1859, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Higginbotham, pioneer residents of Georgia, coming to Arkansas when a small child.
She made her home in Cleveland County the remainder of her life.
Mrs. Ratliff was an active member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church until her ill health detained her.
Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Maudie Beard of Long Beach, California, Mrs. M. D. Camp of DeWitt, Arkansas, Mrs. Carrie Ross of Tacoma, Washington, and Mrs. Gertrude Williams of Rison; six sons, B. B. Ratliff of Watson Chapel, Rev. J. E. Ratliff  of El Paso, Texas, J. R. Ratliff, W. R. Ratliff, and J. L. Ratliff, all of Pine Bluff, one sister, Mrs. Delia England of Parr, Texas, sixty-three grand-children, one hundred great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

 

 

The Clinch Valley (VA) News, Friday 11/28/1947

Joseph B. Higginbotham (1871-1947) VA/AR

Death of Former Citizen

The news comes that J. B. Higginbotham, oldest son of Geo. W. and Sallie T. Higginbotham, is dead at his home in Rogers, Ark., after an illness of three weeks. The Higginbothams left Tazewell over half a century ago, and moved to Arkansas. Lute, Minnie and their husbands, and Sexton and wife were with him to the end. Other relatives were unable to be present on account of illness.

The Higginbothams formerly owned the Witten farm in Witten Valley.

 

 

Joplin (MO) Globe 05/21/1948

Susan A. Higginbotham Engstrom (1875-1948) VA/MO

Dies in Little Rock

Bentonville, Ark., May 2O.-Mrs. Sue Higginbotham Engstrom, wife of J. Ed Engstrom of Little Rock, a deputy of the Pulaski county circuit clerk and former Pulaski county treasurer, died unexpectedly at Little Rock  Wednesday. Born in Tazewell county, Virginia, she moved with her parents to Benton county and resided about three miles south of Bentonville until her marriage in 1908.

She is survived by her husband, two sons, George Edwin Engstrom of Taos, N. M. and Joe Sexton Engstrom of Fresno, Calif., a daughter, Mrs. Norman Kavanaugh of El Dorado, four sisters, Mrs. Arthur Fullerton of Neosho, Mo., Mrs. William Arbuthnot of Springfield, Colo.,  Mrs. John Cokrell of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. C. L. Denney of Melton, Wash.,  two brothers, M. W. Higginbotham of Bentonville and O. S. Higginbotham of Kansas City, Mo. She was a sister of the late Mr. M. L. Voyles, wife of a widely known Baptist minister and former pastor here.

 

 

Blytheville Courier News 08/04/1953

Sandra Darlene Higginbotham (1953-1953) AR

Higginbotham Child Dies; Rites Tomorrow

Services for Sandra Darlene Higginbotham, one-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Higginbotham of Chicago, formerly of Blytheville, will be conducted tomorrow in Cobb Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Bob Petrovich. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. The child died Sunday in Chicago, where her parents had moved recently. Other survivors include a brother, David.

 

 

Blytheville Courier News 09/02/1955

Henry Lee Higginbotham (1955-1955) AR

Higginbotham Services Held

LEACHVILLE - Services for Henry Lee Higginbotham, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Higginbotham of Leachville were conducted at Leachville Cemetery yesterday morning by J. S. Jones, pastor of Church of China.

The child died at birth yesterday.

Howard Funeral Service was in charge.

 

 

The Lawton (OK) Constitution 08/20/1958

James Higginbotham (ca1943-1958) AR

Arkansas Boy, 15, Drowns in River

TAHLEQUAH (AP) - James Higginbotham, 15-year-old Fort Smith, Ark., boy drowned late yesterday in the Illinois River east of Tahlequah where he was swimming with five other teenagers.

Officers said Higginbotham never came up after diving into the river from the Standing Rock Bridge on State Highway 82. His body was recovered.

 

 

Northwest Arkansas Times 06/05/1963

Morris J. Higginbotham (1914-1963) WV/AR

Morris (Long John) Higginbotham, 48, died yesterday morning at a local hospital. He has been a resident of this city for the past eight-and-a-half years, born Sept. 23, 1914 in Echman, W. Va., the son of J. M. and Mae Higginbotham. He was a body repairman and painter.

Survivors include the widow, Flora and a daughter, Janice, both of the home; his mother,

Mrs. Mae Higginbotham, Charleston, W. Va.; two brothers, Ellis, Mabscott, W. Va., and Kenneth, Finley, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Headrick, Beckley, W. Va., and Mrs. Cecilia Mae McKinney, also of Charleston.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Moore's Chapel. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

 

 

Gospel Herald 12/15/1964

Everett Owen Higginbotham (1908-1964) OK/AR/WA

Higginbotham, Everett Owen, was born at Sparks, Okla., Aug. 4, 1908; died of cancer at Leavenworth, Wash., Nov. 9, 1964; aged 56 y. 3 m. 5 d. He grew up at Culp, Ark., where on June 17, 1929, he married Zella Cox, who survives. He became a member of the Bethel Springs Church, Culp, Ark., in May, 1947. Also surviving are 4 sons and 4 daughters (Owen, Daniel, Leon, Paul, Mrs. Doris Schumann, Mrs. Herman Krehbiel, and Carolyn; one name omitted), one brother (Russell Poole), one sister (Ada Bartow), and 16 grandchildren. While living in Oregon, since 1952, he became a member of the Sheridan Church. The last few months of his illness he spent at Leavenworth, Wash., with his wife, at the home of their son, Owen and family. Funeral services were held at the Betts Funeral Home; interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Leavenworth, Wash.

 

 

Ashley County Ledger 1966

Rosie Virdelle Higginbotham McDonald, 60, Hamburg, May 5 (no obit, pg. 1)

 

Northwest Arkansas Times 04/12/1967

Thomas J. Higginbotham (1895-1967) AR/TX

HIGGINBOTHAM, Thomas J. Returned to Weatherford, Texas for service and interment.

 


Ashley County Ledger 1967

Ella Rose Ingram Higginbotham (1873-1967), 94, Hamburg, Sept. 7 (no obit, pg. 1)

Lizzie Higginbotham Murphy (1884-1967), 82, Hamburg, March 9

 

 

Walla Walla (WA) Union Bulletin 05/03/1967

Rush Atlas Higginbotham (1893-1967) AR/WA

Death Claims Touchet Man

Rush A. Higginbotham of Route 1, Touchet, died at his home Tuesday morning at age 73 after a short illness. Higginbotham was born in Hamburg, Ark., on Oct. 5, 1893. He and Lois M. Hardy were married in Hamburg on Feb. 2, 1919, and they moved to Missouri two years later. In 1924, the family traveled west and settled in Hedges, Wash. Higginbotham was section foreman for the OWR & N railway and Union Pacific for 35 years before retirement in 1958. The family moved to Walla Walla at that time and Higginbotham worked at the Peoples Market with his son. He retired from that job and moved to Gardena in 1966. The Higginbotham's celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary Feb. 2. Higginbotham had recently been busy remodeling their home, gardening, fishing and traveling Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lois M. Higginbotham at the home; two daughters, Mrs. Elmer (June) Slater and Mrs. Elmer (Grace) Bald, both of Touchet; two sons, Rush W. Higginbotham and Harral C. Higginbotham, both of Walla Walla; his mother, Mrs. Ella Rose Higginbotham of Hamburg, Ark.; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Patterson of Shreveport, La., and Mrs. Willie Lee Etheredge of Hamburg, Ark.; two brothers, Leroy Higginbotham of Hamburg, Ark., and Garvin Higginbotham of Eureka, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Higginbotham was a member of Touchet Community Congregational Church; Walla Walla Lodge No. 7, F & AM; Alki Chapter No. 25, Eastern Star Touchet Grange No. 251, and the Union Pacific Old Timers Club. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Marshall-Herring Chapel with Chaplain Lawrence Cousins officiating. Ritualistic services will be by Walla Walla Lodge No 7, F & AM. Interment will be in the Touchet Cemetery.

 

 

The Courier News 07/06/1970

Donald Ray Higginbotham (ca1954-1970) AR

Higginbotham

Donald Ray Higginbotham, 16, Osceola high school student, drowned Saturday.

He was a member of the Osceola High football team, a member of the First Baptist Church and would have been a junior in September.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Higginbotham; two sisters, Connie Jo Higginbotham and Patricia Ann Higginbotham, both of Osceola.

Services will be tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in Swift Colonial Chapel, Rev. H. G. Jacobs officiating with burial in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Perry Poyner, Donnie Whitney, Corky McCorkly, David McDaniel, Grover Bowers, Jerry Childers, Dennis Curtwright and Tommy Hendricks.

 

 

Northwest Arkansas Times 10/09/1970

Rollin Raymond Higinbothom (1900-1970) OH/AR

Raymond Higinbotham, 70, of Fayetteville, died Thursday in a Huntsville rest home. Born June 13, 1900 at Hopewell, Ohio, the son of William and Elizabeth Higinbothom, he was a retired employee of the University of Arkansas.

Survivors are one brother, Hilbert of Farmington and three sisters, Mrs. Olive Francis of Gratiot, Ohio, Mrs. Margaret Crist of Newark, Ohio and Mrs. Marjorie Chandler of Dresdin, Ohio.

Funeral and burial will be in Zanesville, Ohio with local arrangements by Moore's Chapel.

 

02/04/1971

Noel Coy Higginbotham (1931-1971) AR/IL

Noel C. Higginbotham of Edwardsville, Ill., 39-year-old son of Walter and Ruth Higginbotham of Warm Springs, was killed Friday night in a car wreck in Edwardsville. A car which Higginbotham's car was meeting is said to have crossed the centerline on a curve at a high rate of speed and hit Higginbotham head-on. Both cars were demolished. The two occupants of the other car are in critical condition in a Granite City, Mo., hospital. Born Oct. 7, 1931, he was an employee of General Motors. In addition to his parents, he is survived by 3 brothers, Paul Higginbotham of Edwardsville, James Higginbotham of Rt. 5; Pocahontas, and Boyd Higginbotham of Bernie, Mo.; 1 sister, Mrs. Doris Martin of Dallas, Tex. Funeral services were held at 10 a. m., Tuesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Grant Robinson officiating. Interment followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens under direction of McNabbs.

 

Ashley County Ledger 1971

James C. Higginbotham Jr., 70, Hamburg, Feb. 11 (no obit, pg. 1)

 

 

Northwest Arkansas Times 11/10/1972

Raymond F. Higginbotham (1904-1972) OH/AR

Rogers - Raymond F. Higginbotham, 68, of Rogers, died Wednesday in the Rogers hospital. Born Sept. 28, 1904 in Lima, Ohio, he was a retired assistant division superintendent for an oil company and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Helen Higginbotham and one brother, Robert E. of Tulsa.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Callison Funeral Chapel with burial in Fayetteville National Cemetery.

 

 

10/30/1975

Ruth Williams Higginbotham (1913-1975) MO/AR

Mrs. Ruth Higginbotham, 62 of Rt. 5, Pocahontas, passed away Saturday in Randolph County Hospital. She was born May 27, 1913 in Lilburn, Mo., daughter of the late Henry and Annie Burns Williams. She is survived by her husband, Walter Thurman Higginbotham of the home; 3 sons Boyd and James Higginbotham, both of Rt. 5, Pocahontas and Paul Higginbotham of Pocahontas; a daughter, Mrs. Doris Martin of Houston, Tex., and a sister, Mrs. Mary Davidson of Leachville; 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Grant Robertson officiating. Burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens with McNabb's in charge.

 

 

Ashley County Ledger 1976

Mary Higginbotham Tiner (1910-1976), 65, Hamburg, May 13

 

 

11/1978

Pansey Alvadean Evans Higginbotham (1913-1978) MO/AR

Mrs. Pansy Alvadean Higginbotham, 65 of Ravenden Springs, passed away in Randolph Home, Saturday. She was born Sept. 19, 1913 in Missouri, a daughter of the late Howard and Pearl Speer Evans. A widow of Gene Higginbotham, she was a former postmistress at Ravenden Springs. She is survived by two sons, James E. Mooney of Ravenden Springs and Milton J. Mooney of Enid, Okla.; two brothers, Charles E. Evans of Memphis and Lyman Evans of Columbus, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. Flossie Green of Torrence, Calif., and Mrs., Gerrilean Wagner of Oran, Mo.; three grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Neil Inness officiating. Burial followed in Yadkin Cemetery with McNabbs in charge. Pallbearers were E. O. Fultner, Jim Andrews, Frankie Wells, G. W. Butler. Voye Cook and Ferrel James.

 

Ashley County Ledger 1978

Janie M. Venters Higginbotham (1902-1978), 76, Hamburg, Nov. 23

 

Ashley County Ledger 1979

William Garvin Higginbotham (1890-1979) AR/WA, 88, Walla Walla, Washington (Hamburg), Jan. 11

 

Ashley County Ledger 1981

Leroy Higginbotham, Sr. (1895-1981) AR, 85, Lake Village (Hamburg), Feb. 11

 

03/1981

Walter Thurman Higginbotham (1899-1981) AR

Walter Thurman Higginbotham, 81 of 1217 Pyburn St., Pocahontas, passed away in Randolph County Medical Center last Thursday. He was born Feb. 17, 1899 in Sharp County, a son of the late John and Rebecca Huckabee Higginbotham. His wife, Mrs. Ruth Williams Higginbotham preceded him in death. Survivors include three sons, Boyd and James Higginbotham of Pocahontas, and Paul Higginbotham of Jonesboro; a daughter, Mrs. Doris Martin of Bloomington, Tex.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. C.C. Hodges officiating. Burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens with McNabbs in charge. Pallbearers were Marty Hueter, Merle Loflin, Tom Wynne, Darrell Higginbotham, Art Williamson and Bill Rapert. 

 

 

12/17/1981

Almous J. Higginbotham (1914-1981) AR

Almous J. Higginbotham, 67, of Pocahontas, died Saturday morning at Randolph County Medical Center. A native of Ravenden Springs, he was a lifetime resident of Randolph County and had managed Bill's Dollar Store in Pocahontas at one time, had also been a farmer. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the Assembly of God Church in Pocahontas and a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Wilma Jones Higginbotham of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Sharon K. Higginbotham Smith of Osceola; one brother, Henry R. Higginbotham of Pocahontas; one sister, Mrs. Willie Hamlin of Peach Orchard; a half-brother, Lavern Higginbotham of Michigan and two grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 Monday afternoon at the Assembly of God Church in Pocahontas, with C. S. Howell officiating. Burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens with Higginbotham Funeral Service of Walnut Ridge in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Ashley County Ledger 1984

Dorene Higginbotham Sherrill (1917-1984) AR/GA, 67, Helena, GA (Hamburg), Dec. 12

 

Ashley County Ledger 1986

Irene Worley Higginbotham (1900-1986) AR, 85, Hamburg, Feb. 26

 

10/01/1986

Thomas Isaac Higginbotham (1917-1986) AR

Thomas Isaac Higginbotham, 69 of Rt. 3, Pocahontas, passed away in Delta Nursing Home, England, Ark., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1986. He was born Feb. 24, 1917 in Randolph County, a son of the late Owen V. and Exie Myrtle Warner Higginbotham. Survivors include two sons, John R. Higginbotham of N. Little Rock and Truman Higginbotham of Hermaston, Okla. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m., last Thursday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Bennie Gates officiating. Burial followed Thomas Cemetery with McNabbs in charge. Pallbearers were Clarence, Hershel and Jay Walker, Adolph Warner, John Sanders and Dewrell Potter.

 

Ashley County Ledger 1988

Nellie Higginbotham Patterson (1898-1988) AR/LA, 89, Shreveport (Hamburg), Feb. 10

 

04/14/1991

Elva Lowina Anderson Higginbotham (1914-1991) AR

Mrs. Elva Lowina Higginbotham, 76, of 917 Redbud, Pocahontas, died at Randolph County Medical Center Saturday, April 13, 1991. She was born June 24, 1914, at Manson, a daughter of the late Julian and Mintie Riddle Anderson. She is survived by her husband, Henry Higginbotham of the home; a son, Billie Higginbotham of Osceola; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held Monday morning in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Ben Williams officiating. Burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Tommy and Robby Smith, Joe Wallace, Junior and Phil Hamlin and Willis Hayes.

 

Ashley County Ledger 1992

Ellen Estelle White Higginbotham (1898-1992) AR, January 29

Eunice Griswald Higginbotham (1906-1992) AR,  November 25

 

Ashley County Ledger 1995

Leroy Higginbotham, Jr. (1922-1994) AR/LA, 72, Alexandria, La. January 4

 

The Commercial Appeal 10/07/1995)

Thelma Lillie Higginbotham Carlin (1926-1995) AR

Forrest City, Arkansas - THELMA LILLIE CARLIN, 69, supervisor for 27 years for the Conwood Corp. in Memphis, died of pneumonia Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis. There will be private family services with burial in Hughes Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home has charge. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Carlin, the widow of James J. Carlin, leaves a son, Donald Qualls of Forrest City; three sisters, Faye Emerson of Earle, Gladys Archer of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Josey Newland of Maryland; a brother, Jack Higginbotham of Millington, Tenn., four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

Ashley County Ledger 1996

Travis Lee Higginbotham (1927-1996) AR, 69, Little Rock  November 20

 

Texarkana Gazette Monday, December 27, 1999

R.V. Higginbotham (1913-1999) TX
R.V. Higginbotham, 86, of Houston, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, in a Pasadena, Texas hospital.
Mr. Higginbotham was born March 26, 1913 in Minton, Texas. He was retired from Red River Army Depot, a member of the Christian Church, former member of the Maud, Texas VFW, and was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Zella Higginbotham of Houston; one daughter, Caroline King of Tyler, Texas; one stepdaughter, Wanda Jinks of Sugarland, Texas; and a number of grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Center Ridge Cemetery, Maud, with Doris Lytle and Charlie Tutt officiating, under direction of Texarkana Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 

 

Ashley County Ledger 08/06/2000

Billie J. Higginbotham Bussell (1934-2000) LA/AR

Mrs. Billie Higginbotham Bussell, 66, of Lake Village, died Saturday, August 5, 2000, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Mrs. Bussell was a native of Bastrop, LA, a resident of Lake Village since 1988 and a former resident of Hamburg. She worked for 18 years for the Ashley County Ledger and the Ashley News Observer as a bookkeeper. A member of the Chicot Baptist Church in Lake Village, she was preceded in death by her parents, J. C. & Eunice Griswald Higginbotham; and a sister, Lorece Ozment Rainey. She is survived by her husband of 47 years , R. H. "Sonny" Bussell of Lake Village; a son, Randy Bussell of Lake Village; a daughter, Camille Goodell of Gillette; a sister, Helen Foote of Hamburg; three brothers, Don Higginbotham of Houston, TX, Phillip Higginbotham of Winona, TX and James Higginbotham of Crossett; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, August 7, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. James Morris & David Powers officiating. Pallbearers were Chad, Shawn & Stacy Higginbotham, Nan & Kyle Barnett, Dallas Stanberry, Brad Lott and Chris Lay. Honorary pallbearers were Shanna Lay, Donnie Goodwin, William Hankins and Frank Jenkins. Interment followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Chicot Baptist Church, 744-A Lake Hall Road, Lake Village, AR 71653.
 


 

Barbara Jo Bates Higginbotham (1932-2001) AR

Mrs. Barbara J. Higginbotham, 69, of Hamburg died Friday, September 14, 2001, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Higginbotham was a native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ardell & Iva Mae Hill Bates; and two brothers, Robert Howard Bates & Marvin W. Bates.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Higginbotham, Sr.; three sons, Frank Higginbotham, Jr., and wife Kathryn, Billy Ray Higginbotham, and Lamar Higginbotham and wife Janice, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Beverly Mosley and husband Wayne of Crossett; a brother, Richard Bates and wife Becky of Clarksville, TN; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 16, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Jimmy Bates, Charles Pullin, E. W. Ricks & Kenny Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Smith, Luther Richardson, Daniel Grygrecyk, Dewayne Bussell, Alvin, Gene & Dale Bates. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and Floyd Ellingburg. Interment followed services at the Trafalgar Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658 or to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

 

 

Ashley County Ledger 10/31/2001
Willie Lee Higginbotham Etheridge (1902-2001) AR
Mrs. Willie Lee Higginbotham Etheridge, 99, of Hamburg, died Friday, October 26, 2001, at her daughter's residence in Amory, Mississippi. Mrs. Etheridge was a native of Ashley County and a life long resident of Hamburg. She was a homemaker and she worked for years in the Hamburg School lunch room and in the central supply at the Crossett Health Center. She was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star Margaret Chapter 151 in Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Etheridge, in 1950; a son, Ruben Allen Etheridge, in 1977; a foster daughter, Lisa Maxwell in 2000; and her parents, Will & Ella Ingram Higginbotham; five brothers, Harold, Leroy, Garvin, Rush & Joe Higginbotham; and three sisters, Nellie Patterson, Edna Riley and Virdelle McDonald.
She is survived by a son, Rev. W.F. "Rick" Etheridge of Sheridan; a daughter, Nell Johnston of Amory, MS; a daughter-in-law, Merlene Etheridge of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 28, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Jackie Adams & Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Pete Higginbotham, Charles Akers, Walter Chester, Kenneth Leigh, Lynn Croswell and Doyle Sivils. Grandsons were honorary pallbearers. Interment followed services in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 400 W. Washington Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.

 

 

11/27/2001

Hazel Wallace Higginbotham (1934-2001) AR

Hazel Higginbotham, 67, of Osceola, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, in Memphis. Born May 26, 1934, in Dell, she was the daughter of J.L. and Cecil Davis Wallace. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her mother, Cecil Wallace of Osceola; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Stan McPherson of Osceola, and Patricia and Jeff Clark of Manila; a brother, Joe Wallace of Osceola; a sister, Billie Sue Coley of Romulus, Mich., and three grandchildren, Brittany Clark, McKenzie Clark and Amy White. She was preceded in death by her father; her husband, Bill Higginbotham; a son, Donnie Higginbotham; and a sister, Crystal Gipson. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola with Brother Logan "Doc" Perkins officiating. Burial was in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 
 

 

02/08/2002

John Laval Higginbotham (1962-2002) AR

POCAHONTAS -- John Laval Higginbotham, 39, of Pocahontas died Sunday, Feb. 3, at Warm Springs. Born in Monette, he was a diesel mechanic. Survivors include one son, Derek Wayne Higginbotham of Seymour, Tenn.; his mother and stepfather, Mary and Steve Anderson of Pocahontas; his father and stepmother, Boyd and Leola Higginbotham of Pocahontas; three brothers, Steven Anderson of Imboden, Allen Higginbotham of Shreveport, La., and Mike Higginbotham of Pocahontas; and two sisters, Mary Collins of San Antonio, Texas and Susan Beede of the home. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Graveside services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday at Warm Springs Cemetery, with Gaylan Russell officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will include Allen Higginbotham, Mike Higginbotham, Steven Anderson, Jeremy Gamso, Sawn Hackworth and Randy Collier. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 


Texarkana Gazette Friday, October 11, 2002

Ina Mae Higginbotham (1915-2002) AR
Ina Mae Higginbotham, 86, of Texarkana, Ark., died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Higginbotham was born Dec. 13, 1915, in Doddridge, Ark. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.L. Higginbotham.
Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard L. Higginbotham of Texarkana and Tim and Teresa Higginbotham of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Lonnie Jones of Fouke, Ark., and Judy and Larry Bowman of Texarkana; two sisters, Mable Gregory of Texarkana and Mavis King of Dallas; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Sylverino Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas Launius officiating. Burial will be under direction of East Funeral Home, Downtown.

 

Trumann Democrat 12/26/2002

Edna Marcella Gibbs Green Higginbotham (1940-2002) AL/AR
Marcella Higginbotham, 62, died Dec. 24, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Medical Center in Meridian.
She was born in Alabama and lived most of her life in Trumann. She had made her home in Philadelphia for about seven years. She was of the Pentecostal faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Green, in 1993 and her parents, Henry and Vera Estellee Gibbs.
She is survived by her husband, William Higginbotham of Philadelphia; two sons, Gregory Lynn Green and Jimmy Dean Green, both of Trumann; one sister, Vera Louise Green of Trumann; two brothers, Robert Earl Gibbs of Harrisburg and Ray Gibbs of Jonesboro; one stepdaughter, Charlotte Alford of Philadelphia; two stepsons, Brad and Brian Higginbotham, both of Philadelphia and seven grandchildren.
Memorial services were Dec. 26, 2002, at the chapel of McClain-Hays Funeral Home. The Rev. David Richardson officiated the ceremony. Burial was at Trumann.

 


Jonesboro Sun 03/31/2003

Mary Odessa Higginbotham Carter (1907-2003) AR

LEACHVILLE -- Mary Odessa Carter, 96, of Leachville died Saturday, March 29, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville.
Born in Ravenden Springs, she had been a Leachville resident since 1929. In 1948, she and her late husband founded the Melody Theater in Leachville. She was a longtime member of the Leachville First Baptist Church where she taught a Sunday school class and was active in the choir. She was a charter member of the Leachville Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and was a graduate of Jonesboro Baptist College and had taught in the Jonesboro school system in the early 1920s.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Carter of Helena and Dr. Jerry Carter of Little Rock; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Carter; her parents, Robert Lee and Ella Marriott Higginbotham; and one grandson.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Leachville First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Doug Applegate officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery at Jonesboro under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville.
Active pallbearers will be Snowden Hawkins, Leon Swihart, Wilburn Lovelady, Jerry Lee Carter Jr., Brent Carter and Jared Zeiser.
Honorary pallbearers will include the deacons of the Leachville First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

12/22/2003

Billie Charles Higginbotham (1932-2003) AR

Mr. Billie Charles Higginbotham, age 71, of Quitman, Arkansas, passed away at his home on Saturday, December 20, 2003. Born in Woodruff County, Arkansas, on January 8, 1932, he was the son of the late Virgil Lee and Winnie (Brown) Higginbotham. Mr. Higginbotham had been a resident of Quitman for ten years, and he was a retired truck driver. He was a veteran of Korea, having served in the United States Army. His religious belief was Baptist. Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Jean, in September of 2001. Survivors include: two sons, Jim Higginbotham and Mark Higginbotham, both of Winters, CA, one brother, Harold Higginbotham of Heber Springs, AR, one sister, Mary Lee Low of Heber Springs, AR, three grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. Mr. Higginbotham is also survived by other relatives and his many friends.

 

Texarkana Gazette 10/23/2004
Roy Rogers Higginbotham (1936-2004) AR
DE QUEEN, Ark.-Roy Rogers Higginbotham, 67, of De Queen died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, in a local hospital.
Mr. Higginbotham was born Dec. 17, 1936, in De Queen. He was retired from the City of Los Angeles and a Marine veteran. He was preceded in death by one son, Vernon Higginbotham.
Survivors include seven sons, Rick Higginbotham, Roger Higginbotham, Rory Higginbotham, Rodney Higginbotham and Jonathan Higginbotham of Los Angeles, Erick Higginbotham of Baltimore and Gerald Higginbotham of St. Louis; four daughters, Beverly Gooch, Roxanna Higginbotham and Judy Higginbotham of Los Angeles and Evelyn Bennett of Flint, Mich.; one brother, Otis Hill of De Queen; one sister, Thelma Gilmore of Muskegon, Mich.; 22 grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Chandler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jesse Miller officiating. The body will be cremated.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 

 

Texarkana Gazette 01/30/2004
Judy Lynn Copeland Higginbotham (1959-2004) AR
NEW BOSTON, Texas-Judy Lynn Higginbotham, 44, of New Boston died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, in New Boston.
Mrs. Higginbotham was born Sept. 6, 1959, in Texarkana, Ark. She was a homemaker, retired from Red River Army Depot and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Joe Higginbotham of New Boston; her parents, Eldean Copeland and Joe E. Copeland Sr. of Texarkana; two sisters, Elnoria Ruth of Texarkana and Normia Moore of Genoa, Ark.; one brother, Joe E. Copeland of Simms, Texas; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bobby and Juanita Higginbotham of New Boston; one brother-in-law, Steve Higginbotham of San Diego; and a number of other relatives.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with Norman Hooten officiating. Burial will be in Daniels Chapel Cemetery under direction of Bates-Rolf Funeral Home.
The family will be at 5716 Wilshire, Texarkana, Texas.
Memorials may be made to Boles Children's Home Inc., 7065 Love, Quinlan, Texas, 75474-4609, or Shriner's Children's Hospital, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, La., 71103.
 

 

Texarkana Gazette 01/30/2004
Russell Howard Higginbotham (1960-2004) TX/AR
NEW BOSTON, Texas-Russell Howard Higginbotham, 43, of New Boston died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, in New Boston.
Mr. Higginbotham was born Feb. 5, 1960, in Texarkana, Texas. He was employed with Red River Army Depot and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Joe Higginbotham of New Boston; his parents, Bobby and Juanita Higginbotham of New Boston; one brother, Steven Higginbotham of San Diego; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Eldean Copeland and Joe E. Copeland Sr. of Texarkana; one brother-in-law, Joe E. Copeland Jr. of Simms, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Elnoria Ruth of Texarkana and Normia A. Moore of Genoa, Ark.; and a number of other relatives.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at New Boston First Baptist Church with Norman Hooten officiating. Burial will be in Daniels Chapel Cemetery under direction of Bates-Rolf Funeral Home.
The family will be at Route 2 Box 398, Daniels Chapel Road, New Boston.
Memorials may be made to Boles Children's Home Inc., 7065 Love, Quinlan, Texas, 75474-4609, or Shriner's Children's Hospital, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, La., 71103.



 

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 04/26/2004

Ovia Harper Higginbotham (1913-2004) OK/AR
Ovia Harper Higginbotham, 90, of Fayetteville, Ark., died Dec. 15, 2004 at Fayetteville City Hospital Nursing Home. Born Dec. 17, 1913 in Lone Grove, Okla., she was the daughter of Joseph Harden Higginbotham and Inthy Catherine Purser.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Higginbotham of Fayetteville; one granddaughter; four brothers, Raymond Higginbotham of Carson City, Nev., Carl Lee Higginbotham, J.C. Higginbotham, and Shelby Gene Higginbotham, all of Amarillo, Texas; four sisters, Maybelle Gibson of Concord, Calif., Eulila Higginbotham of Vinita, Okla., Imogene Riddle of Disney, Okla., and Jesse Hartwell of Amarillo, Texas.
Pallbearers were Mark Vickery, James McCratic, Ritchie Weaver, Dewayne Higginbotham, Bobby Rust, and Lee Graham.
Services were held Dec. 18 at Luginbuel Chapel in Prairie Grove, Ark. Burial was in Weddington Cemetery in Wedington, Ark. Arrangements were under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home, Prairie Grove, Ark.

 

Jonesboro Sun 05/04/2004

Danny Wayne Higginbotham (1962-2004) AR

Danny Wayne Higginbotham, 41, of Jonesboro died Saturday, May 1, at St. Bernard's Medical Center.
Born at Walnut Ridge, he worked as a chef.
Survivors include his mother, Yvonne Shelton of Black Rock; his stepfather, James Leon Shelton of Black Rock; one sister, Cindy Hopkins of Jonesboro; and two brothers, James Shelton of Jonesboro and Tim Shelton of Searcy.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Wayne Higginbotham.
Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service of Walnut Ridge.

 

 

Texarkana Gazette 10/29/2004

Roy Rogers Higginbotham (1936-2004) AR

DE QUEEN, Ark.-Roy Rogers Higginbotham, 67, of De Queen died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, in a local hospital.
Mr. Higginbotham was born Dec. 17, 1936, in De Queen. He was retired from the City of Los Angeles and a Marine veteran. He was preceded in death by one son, Vernon Higginbotham.
Survivors include seven sons, Rick Higginbotham, Roger Higginbotham, Rory Higginbotham, Rodney Higginbotham and Jonathan Higginbotham of Los Angeles, Erick Higginbotham of Baltimore and Gerald Higginbotham of St. Louis; four daughters, Beverly Gooch, Roxanna Higginbotham and Judy Higginbotham of Los Angeles and Evelyn Bennett of Flint, Mich.; one brother, Otis Hill of De Queen; one sister, Thelma Gilmore of Muskegon, Mich.; 22 grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Chandler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jesse Miller officiating. The body will be cremated.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 


Texarkana Gazette 11/04/2004

R.M. Higginbotham (1919-2004) AR/NM
ROSWELL, N.M.-R.M. Higginbotham, 85, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, in Albuquerque.
Mr. Higginbotham was born March 7, 1919, in Texarkana, Ark. He was former business manager of the Roswell Daily Record, a member of Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Redcoats, Noon Optimists, Elks and St. Thomas á Becket Episcopal Church and a World War II Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Higginbotham.
Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Ronald and Marla Higginbotham of Roswell and Richard Higginbotham of Albuquerque; one granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Kristin and Rob Hause of Ruidoso, N.M.; and three great-grandchildren, Kasey, Scott and Corey.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday in South Park Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Tally officiating. Burial with military rites will be under direction of Lagrone Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, 200 N. Lea, Roswell, N.M., 88201.
 

 

02/14/2005

MaLinda Cherie Higginbottom (1972-2005) AR

MaLinda Cherie Higginbottom, 32, of Paragould died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at her residence. Born at Paragould, she was a homemaker and of the Baptist belief. Survivors include three sons, Josh Sherbrick, Wesley Shipman and Jacob Howell; her parents, Herbert and Debbie Higginbottom of Paragould; her grandmother, Loreta Owen of Paragould; and her fiancé, Rebel Howell of Paragould. She was preceded in death by one sister, Lisa Higginbottom; and her grandparents, L.H. "Blue" Owen and Herbert Ray and Imogene Tyner Higginbottom. Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today in Shiloh Cemetery, with the Rev. Bill Snow officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Heath Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be DeLane Owen, Darwin Owen, Bobby Ward, Gordon Kilgore, Aaron Harmon and Jose Rodrigez. Memorials may be made to the Children's Home of Paragould.

 

 

Texarkana Gazette Thursday, February 17, 2005

Ruby Green Higginbotham Gerrald (1913-2005) AR
Ruby Higginbotham Gerrald, 91, of Ashdown, Ark., died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, in an Ashdown hospital.
Mrs. Gerald was born Aug. 3, 1913, in Miller County, Ark. She was a retired licensed practical nurse from St. Michael's Hospital. She was preceded in death by two husbands, F.M. Higginbotham, in 1956, and Bob Gerrald, in 1981.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Bessie Higginbotham of Ashdown; one brother, Joel B. Green of Texarkana; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one nephew.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday in East Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Beth Waldrup and Dr. Herbert Wren officiating. Burial will be under direction of East Funeral Home, Downtown.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family will be at the home of Gary Higginbotham in Ashdown.
 

 

 

 

Ashley County Ledger 05/2005

Philip Ronald Higginbotham (1913-2005) LA/AR

Philip Ronald Higginbotham, 91, of Crossett, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 25, 1913, to James Edward and Rose Eugenia Hughes Higginbotham in West Monroe, LA.  He was an active member of First Baptist Church where he served as secretary of the sixth grade Sunday School department. He retired from Georgia Pacific where he worked as a draftsman/surveyor and later as supervisor of the duplicating department. Mr. Higginbotham was on the volunteer fire department for 45 years and the Crossett Sewer Department for 40 years. He was an avid golfer and held the course record on sand greens at the Prairie Country Club, where he was member for 65 years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Honeycutt Higginbotham of Crossett; one son, Dr. Philip Ronald Higginbotham, Jr. of Spartanburg, SC; three grandchildren, Hayley Elizabeth Higginbotham, Philip Ronald Higginbotham III and Cary Lynn Hart; two step-grandchildren, Catherine April Lerch and Justin Stephen Lerch; one great-grandchild, Hunter Bradley Hart. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 6, in the Crossett First Baptist Church with Reverend Larry White officiating. Interment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

 

 

Ashley County Ledger 09/2005

Elsie L. Stickleman Higginbotham (1932-2005) IN/AR

Elsie L. Higginbotham, 73, of Hamburg, died Monday, September 5, 2005, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native of Holton, IN, a resident of Hamburg, for the past ten years and a former resident of Killeen, TX, she was a homemaker and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Pete Higginbotham of Hamburg; a son, Stanley Nickleson of Fort Worth, TX; two daughters, Deborah Shiller of Killeen and Melissa Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, TX; a step-son, Carl Higginbotham of Killeen; four step-daughters, Debra Gay Smith and Karen Higginbotham of Killeen, Sonja Racher of Gatesville, TX, and Leslie Baise of Temple, TX; a brother, Sam Stickleman of Holton; a half-brother, Robert Stickleman of California; two step-sisters, Claranell Caswell of Holton and Hilda Sheets of Indianapolis, IN; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; Opha and Nellie Webster Stickleman.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 8, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Reese and Charles Pullin officiating. Burial followed services at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 10, at the Killeen City Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, with Dr. Joe Rich officiating. Funeral services were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg and Crawford and Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

 

 

12/01/2005

Mildred Eileen Hickingbottom Williams (1911-2005) AR/TX

Mrs. Mildred Hickingbottom Williams, age 94, of Dallas, Texas, and a former long time resident of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005.Mrs. Williams was born Sept. 17, 1911, in Phillips County, the daughter of John Cannon Hickingbottom and Allie Mae Jarrett Hickingbottom. She was retired from the Forrest City Public Schools Administration Office, was a member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the Cosmos Club and the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Williams married James E. Williams in 1942 and he preceded her in death in 2000. She is survived by a son, James E. Williams Jr. of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Charles C. Moore of Memphis; a brother, Marion L. Hickingbottom of North Little Rock; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Mrs. Williams will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at Stevens Funeral Home at 11 a.m.

 

 

Jonesboro Sun 01/12/2006

Jack Ray Higginbotham (1930-2006) AR
JOINER -- Jack Ray Higginbotham, 75, of Joiner died Jan. 9 of brain disease at his home in Joiner.
Born May 23, 1930, at Joiner, he was a retired manager of Home Oil and was a veteran of the Army. He was a member of Joiner Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Hill and Loys Blaine Higginbotham.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Higginbotham of Joiner; two sons, Loys Blaine Higginbotham of Monette and Joe Ray Higginbotham of Fort Smith; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Wednesday in Wilson Funeral Home at Osceola. The Rev. Joe Sparks officiated. Burial followed in Ashburn Musick Cemetery at Bards Town.
Wilson Funeral Home of Osceola was in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Ashley County Ledger 02/15/2006

William Thomas Higginbotham  (1919-2006) LA/AR

William Thomas (W. T.) Higginbotham, 87, of Hamburg, died Monday, February, 6, 2006, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. Born in Hamburg on January 15, 1919, he was the son of the late Joe A. & Estelle White Higginbotham. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, Mr. Higginbotham was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II earning the rank of master sergeant. After returning to Hamburg, he was associated with Higginbotham Motor Company, served as Ashley County Judge for 22 years and was president of the Wilmot State Bank. In recent years, he had been engaged in farming. A member of the First Baptist Church since 1929, he had been an active deacon and a junior boys Sunday school teacher. At the time of his death, he was the oldest continuous member of the church.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Gardner-Timberlake Post of the American Legion and was the first World War II veteran to serve as post commander. He was a former president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club and the Ashley County Fair Association; a former director of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Ashley County Sheltered Workshop, and served on the Southeast Arkansas Development Council and on the planning commission for Forest Echoes Vocational Technical School

In 1975, he received the Arkansas Community Development Exceptional Accomplishment Award for Leadership in Local Communities. In 1997, he was presented a 50 year service award by the officers of Prairie Lodge No. 465. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner.

An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and horseback riding. He was a member of H & H Deer Camp, the Kelley Place Bird Hunters and the Crossett Riding Club and a past president and 60 year member of the Prairie Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Dorothy Rainwater, one daughter, Rebecca Lynn Higginbotham Murphy and husband Robert D. Murphy, Jr.; three grandchildren, Robert D. Murphy, III, Rebecca Smith Murphy and Erin Elizabeth Murphy, all of Houston, Texas; one sister, Agnes Higginbotham Wheldon of Chebeague Island, Maine; three nieces and six nephews.

In addition to his parents, a sister, Dorene Higginbotham Sherrill, and two brothers, Travis L. Higginbotham and Joe A. Higginbotham, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 9, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Philip and Gerald Lauhon, Shan Streeter, Dewey “Scutter” Kilcrease, Bill Norsworthy, Bill Bonds, Kirby Cockrum, Allen and Steven Wilcoxon, John Young, Joe Foote, Stanton Veazey, Travis and Emmitt Wallace, Alan and Wayne Davis, Charles “Bull” Wells and Reagan Craig.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, c/o Mrs. Polly Lochala, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral services were under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

 

 

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 04/26/2006

Thomas Lawson Higginbotham Jr. (1928-2006) KS/IL/AR

Thomas Lawson Higginbotham Jr., 78, of Rogers, Ark., died Sunday, April 16, 2006. He was born March 18, 1928, in El Dorado, Kan., to Thomas Higginbotham and Eunice Eldridge Higginbotham.
He was raised and educated in Genesee, Ill., and served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Wal-Mart. He was a chief X-ray technician. He was a member of the American Legion, the Central United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men’s Association. He was a Boy Scout Explorer leader.
Survivors include his wife, Hattie Higginbotham; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Thomas Higginbotham III and Linda Higginbotham, David Higginbotham and Curtina Higginbotham, and Carl Higginbotham, all of Rogers, and Keith Higginbotham and Virginia Higginbotham of Centerton, Ark.; a daughter; Lisa Clark of Bella Vista, Ark.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 20, at the Central United Methodist Church in Rogers, with the Rev. Biff Averrt and the Rev. Jaimie Alexander. Burial was held Saturday, April 22, at the Kovar-Bretheren Cemetery in Kovar, Texas. Arrangements were by Callison-Lough Funeral Home Chapel in Rogers. Mary M. Howell.

 

 

Jonesboro Sun 07/28/2006

Thedford Mackson Higginbotham (1913-2006) AL/AR
CAVE CITY -- Thedford Higginbotham, 92, of Cave City died Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at Little Rock.
He was born July 27, 1913, in Alabama. He was a United States veteran and member of Cave City Church of Christ.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday in Qualls Funeral Home Chapel at Cave City with Dean Fugett officiating. Burial will follow in Cave City Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be Clyde Cossey, Les Kleider, Ray England, James Watson, Robert Watson and Philip Fugett.
Honorary pallbearers are Pete Ring and Eric Fugett.
 

 

Jonesboro Sun 08/10/2006

Willie Higginbotham Hamlin (1912-2006) AR
PEACH ORCHARD -- Mrs. Willie Hamlin, 94, of Peach Orchard died Aug. 8, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Hamlin Sr.
Survivors include a son, Carl Hamlin Jr. of Brookings; daughter, Joyce Gates of Prairieville, La.; one twin brother, Henry Higginbotham of Pocahontas; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday at the Ermert Funeral Home in Corning from 9-11 a.m., the time to leave for graveside services at Pirtle Cemetery at Peach Orchard.

 

 

The Monett (MO) Times 12/27/2006

Mark William Higginbotham (1959-2006) AR/MO
Mark William Higginbotham, 47, of Brookline Station, died at 3:32 a.m. December 25.
Mr. Higginbotham was born November 4, 1959, in Harrison, Arkansas. He was a truck driver and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon.
Survivors include his parents, Eugene and Lou Woods Higginbotham of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Steve Higginbotham of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Jennifer Smith of Mt. Vernon and Debbie Thompson of Republic; five nephews, two nieces, and two great nieces.
Private services are under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home of Mt. Vernon Burial will be in Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, December 27, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

 

 

Ethel Johnson Higginbotham (1905-2007) IL/AR

February 13, 1905 - April 16, 2007

Ethel Johnson Higginbotham, 102, of Little Rock died Monday, April 16, 2007. She was born February 13, 1905 in Moline, Illinois, where she taught kindergarten for 26 years. She grew up in a loving family of sound values dedicated to the church and community. Her mother was a wonderful cook and seamstress and her father was a bookkeeper for John Deere. Ethel had an older brother Raymond and a sister Irene. She graduated from Petalozzi Froebel College in Chicago with a degree in elementary education. Ethel was a Life Member of the Illinois Congress of Parent and Teachers Association, a 35 years member of Mary K. Hillhouse Kings Daughters where she received the Honor Pearl, and a 60 year member of the Eastern Star. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Amanda Johnson; brother, sister, husband, Clarence Vaughn Higginbotham and a daughter, Marieta. She is survived by her daughter and husband Vaughn Pike and Dr. John; three grandchildren, Angela Otis and husband Bill, John Pike, Jr. and wife Melanie and Valerie Pike; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Otis, Kyle Otis, Maria Pike, Alexander Pike, and Gregory Walker. The family would like to thank the Staff at Presbyterian Village, Caring Hands Prayer Shawel Ministry and Richard Davis of St. James Untied Methodist Church and Arkansas Hospice for their concern and loving care. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 21, at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home Chapel (501)224-8300 with Reverend Fred Haustein officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Moline, Illinois. Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212; Presbyterian Village, 510 Brookside Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205; or Arkansas Hospice, 5600 West 12th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204.

 

 

Times Record (Ft Smith) 05/02/2007

Myra Jones Higginbotham (1913-2007) LA/AR

She was born in Enon, LA, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Slidell, LA, attended Trinity Baptist Church in Alma, a retired LPN and the widow of Emmett Higginbotham. Funeral at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home Chapel in Bogalusa, LA with burial at Ponemah Cemetery in Bogalusa, LA. Local arrangements under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, AR. She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Pierson of Alma; a son, Emmett Higginbotham of Metairie, LA; a sister, Jessie Bateman of Franklinton, LA, 3 brothers, J.P. Jones of Lafayette, LA, Delos Jones of Amite, LA and Jimmy Jones of Ft. Worth, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

 

 

Holland (MI) Sentinel 05/26/2007
Mabel Winters Cash Bowers Higginbotham (1922-2007) AR
Mabel Higginbotham, 85, of Cave City, Ark., died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at the Cave City Nursing Home.
She was a retired beautician and member of the Cave City Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Jimmy Clint Cash, Sims Bowers and Thedford Higginbotham.
Survivors include her daughter Brenda and Ed Wendler; one grandson; one great-grandson; two step-grandchildren; sisters Beulah Sessums of Zeeland and Thelma Eakley of Hope, Ark.; nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 2 to 3 p.m. today at Qualls Funeral Home, 326 North Main, Cave City.
Services are 3 p.m. today at the Cave City Cemetery with Dean Fugett officiating.

 

The South Missourian News 12/19/07

Kevin Carson Higginbotham (1961-2007) MO/AR

Kevin Carson Higginbotham, 46, of Hardy, Ark., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 9, 2007, at Hardy. He was born on April 25, 1961, at Jonesboro, to William Carter and Mary Jo Shaver Higginbotham.
Kevin was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas, in 1982.
He was a licensed embalmer and funeral director and was associated with his families’ business, Higginbotham Funeral Service and Higginbotham Burial Insurance Company at Walnut Ridge and Hardy.
He was the top salesman for the Higginbotham pre-need sales force for a number of years.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.
Survivors include his daughter: Rachael Lee Acord and her husband, Jacob, of Horseshoe Bend; his mother, Mary Jo Higginbotham of Hardy; one brother, Robert Lee Higginbotham, of Muskogee, Okla.; a granddaughter, Addison Acord, and many other relatives and friends.
Kevin was preceded in death by: his father, William Carter Higginbotham Sr.; a brother, William Carter Higginbotham Jr.; his paternal grandparents, Carson and Hazel Higginbotham Best; and step-grandfather, J.W. Best; and his maternal grandparents, Harland Ray and Tola Shaver.
Two funeral services were held. The first one Dec. 14 in Higginbotham Chapel in Hardy.
A second service was held on Dec. 15 at the Higginbotham Chapel in Walnut Ridge. Bro. Harold Russell and Bro. Isom Everett officiated.
Graveside followed in Lawrence Memorial Cemetery in Walnut Ridge with arrangements under the direction of the Higginbotham Funeral Service.
Serving as pallbearers were Rick Dobbins, Ernie Rose, Stan Duckworth, Mark McArthur, Mac McArthur and Ronnie Rice.

 

 

02/16/2008

Frank Felton Higginbotham Sr. (1928-2008) AR

Mr. Frank (Bunk) Higginbotham, Sr., 80, of Hamburg, died Friday, February 15, 2008 at his residence in Hamburg. Mr. Higginbotham was a native of Ashley County and a life long resident of Hamburg. He worked at Barnes Saw Mill for 40 years and he was a water well driller. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. He loved to hunt, fish and garden and he was a great dad and granddad. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Bates Higginbotham in 2001 and his parents, Gaston & Janie Venters Higginbotham. He is survived by three sons, Frank Higginbotham Jr. and wife, Kathryn, Billy Ray Higginbotham and Lamar Higginbotham and wife, Janice, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Beverly Mosley and husband, Wayne, of Crossett; four brothers, Lavon, Pete, Norman and James Higginbotham all of Hamburg; four sisters, Annie Jo Smith of Crossett, Betty Eubanks of Hamburg; Louise Pelton of Eudora and Margaret A. Riley of Hamburg; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are 2 p.m., Monday, February 18, 2008 at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Bates, Rev. Timmy Williams and Rev. Michael Reese officiating. Burial will be in the Trafalgar Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brian Higginbotham, Larry Smith, Dewayne Bussell, Wayne Mosley, Walter Hill and Chad Rice. Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and Luther Richardson. Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley 150 Road, Montrose, AR 71658.

 

 

04/09/2008

Zachary Seth Higginbotham (1982-2008) AR

Zachary Seth Higginbotham, 25, of Crossett, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at his residence. Zachary was a native and life long resident of Crossett. He received his G.E.D from Hamburg High School in 2000 and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello for two years. He was an electrician's apprentice and a member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett. He enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, and studying history. He is preceded in death by his father, Gary Higginbotham, Sr. in 2007. He is survived by his mother, Brenda O'Fallon Higginbotham; a brother, Gary Keith Higginbotham, Jr.; a sister, Denise O'Fallon Rinehart all of Crossett; his paternal grandparents, J.D. & Gail Bing Higginbotham of Hamburg; his maternal grandparents, Glen & Pauline Whitlock O'Fallon of Crossett; a niece, Emma Raiyn O'Fallon; a nephew, Skyler Blackburn; his best friend, Matt Gulledge and a host of family and friends. Funeral services are 10 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2008 in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. James Dean officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are Matt Gulledge, Gary Keith Higginbotham Jr., Chance Sharp, Joey Weatherly, John Bowles and Daniel Reap. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

 

The Benton County Daily Record 04/10/2008

Barbara Ellen DeGrand Higginbotham (1952-2008) MI/AR

Barbara Ellen Higginbotham, 55, of Bentonville, Ark., died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale, Ark. She was born Dec. 3, 1952, in Escanaba, Mich., to Paul A. DeGrand and Frances Jones DeGrand. She was raised and educated in Michigan. She married Walter Higginbotham on Jan. 28, 2006, in Farmington, Mich. The couple moved to Bentonville in February 2006. She was manager of Bentonville Storage. She was a competitive ballroom dancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Frances DeGrand; and a brother, Michael DeGrand. Survivors include her husband, Walter Higginbotham; six brothers and two sisters-in-law, Peter DeGrand and Pamela DeGrand, and Charlie DeGrand, all of Michigan, Tom DeGrand and Debbie DeGrand of Upper Peninsula, Mich., Daniel DeGrand of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Patrick DeGrand and Hang DeGrand, both of Lubbock, Texas; two sisters, Cindy De-Grand of Redford, Mich., and Darlene DeGrand of Victoria, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. No local services are planned. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory of Bella Vista, Ark. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a memorial fund, in care of Walter Higginbotham, Arvest Bank, P. O. Box 1229, Bentonville, AR 72712. Online condolences may be made at www. funeralmation. com.

 

 

05/20/2008

Betty Lou McKenzie Hahn Stevens Higginbotham (1930-2008) AR

January 6, 1930 - May 19, 2008

Betty Lou Hahn Stevens Higginbotham, age 78, died May 19, 2008. She is survived by her sons, Rick Hahn and Jim (Debbie) Hahn of Bryant; one daughter, Debbi (Randy) Smith of Jacksonville, Florida; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister Vanita Hill of Beebe and former husbands Gilbert Hahn and Jack Higginbotham. Preceding her in death are parents James Wister and Eulala Patton McKenzie; a sister Maycel Woodall, and former husband Russell Stevens. Visitation, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be Friday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke. Burial will follow in Hazen Cemetery. Online guest book, www.boydfuneralhome.net.

 

 

10/22/2008

John Tip Higginbotham, Jr. (1921-2008) AL/AR

August 30, 1921 - October 20, 2008

John T. Higginbotham, Jr. age 87 of Elizabeth, Arkansas passed away Monday, October 20, 2008 at his residence. He was born August 30, 1921 in Cordova, Alabama to the late John T. and Flora (Haynes) Higginbotham. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by two sons: Jerry Higginbotham of Napa, California and Ronnie Higginbotham of Waterford, California and a step-daughter: Helen Haile of Elizabeth, Arkansas. Funeral services will be private. Interment will be in Baxter Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home.

 

01/02/2009

Gregory Michael Higginbotham (1952-2009) AR

Gregory Michael Higginbotham, 56, of Little Rock, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2008. He was born March 30, 1952 in Blythville, Arkansas. He was a member of Geyer Springs Church of Christ. Survivors include his sister, Jo Carol of Sherwood and brother, William Higginbotham of Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 5, 2008 at 10:00 am at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral.

 

The News 05/29/2009

Alean Truda Higginbottom (1929-2009) AR

Alean Truda Higginbottom, 79, Highland, Ark., died on May 18, 2009, Highland, Ark. Barker Funeral Home, Salem, Ark.

 

Ashley County Ledger 06/05/2009

Oreece Kelley Higginbotham (1927-2009) AR

Oreece Kelley Higginbotham, 81, of Hamburg died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at her residence. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church since 1959 where she was the secretary of the children's department, a member of the choir and Women's Missionary Union for many years, and she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Lavon "Slick" Higginbotham of Hamburg; a son, Marion Higginbotham of Crossett; three daughters, Marilyn Chambers of Hamburg, Barbara Gifford of Crossett and Judy Pierce of North Little Rock; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mack Kelley & Vennie Mae Wallace Higginbotham, and her grandparents that raised her, Pres & Ossie Wallace. Funeral services were at 4 p.m., Friday, June 5, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial followed at the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jackie Lauhon, Zack Lauhon, Stuart Higginbotham, David Streeter, Jason Pierce, Ben Wood, Greg Griswould, Jon Jackson and Morris Knight. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646 Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

 

03/03/2010

Wilma Lois Jones Higginbotham (1932-2010) AR

Wilma Lois Higginbotham of Osceola died Tuesday March 2, 2010 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, she was 77 years old. She was born June 27, 1932 in OKean community to the late Charlie and Edith Wilson Jones. She married Jewel Higginbotham on November 16, 1950 in Pocahontas. She worked for many years as manger for the Dollar General Store in Pocahontas. She is preceded in death by her husband, sister, Debbie Corter and two brothers, Melvin and Charles Jones. Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her daughter; Sharon Smith of Osceola, three grandsons; Robbie Smith of Paris, TN, Rocky and Dusty Smith both of Osceola and 5 great grandchildren. Six sisters; Reba Oren and Nina Kazzee both of Pocahontas, Brenda Stone of Delapelaine, Linda Parten and Peggy Burnside both of Hoxie, and Pam Tate of Paragould. Two brothers; Tom Jones of Walnut Ridge and Russell Jones of Rockford, IL. A host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive her. Graveside funeral services and interment was held at Randolph County Memorial Gardens. Revs. Paul Craig and Jeff Watson officiating.

 

 

 

05/03/2010

Mavis Lynn Higginbotham (1969-2010) AR

March 7, 1969 - May 1, 2010

Mavis Lynn Higginbotham, 41, of Conway, died Saturday, May 1, 2010. She was born March 7, 1969 in Little Rock. She was a hostess at the Dixie Café. She is survived by her loving husband Jerry Wayne Higginbotham Jr.; son, David Wayne Jones, Jr.; mother, Ruth Lynn Adkins; half brother, James Wesley McClatchy; cousins, Wanda Johnston, Lisa Gail Jones, Lori Turner, Lesley Standridge. Memorial services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at the Point of Grace Church in Conway with Brother Chris Hackler officiating. Cremation arrangements by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway.

 

 

Callison-Lough Funeral Home 10/22/2010

Glenn Alan Higginbotham (1938-2010) CA/AR

Glenn Alan Higginbotham, 72, of Bentonville, AR, died Thursday, October 21, 2010 in his home. Born on June 21, 1938 in Berkeley, CA, Mr. Higginbotham was the son of Glenn Alan Higginbotham, Sr. and Dorotha Harrison Higginbotham. Mr. Higginbotham attended Carlmont High School in San Carlos, CA. After gradation he moved with his family to Puerto Rico where he worked as a draftsman. He then returned to the United States to serve 4 years in the United States Air Force. During his service at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, he met the love of his life, Edith Ernestine Talburt. They were married on June 5, 1960 in Batesville, AR then moved back to California to train under his father as a tool and die maker. Eventually, Mr. Higginbotham and his wife moved back to Arkansas where he spent the next 50 years of his life. He attended the University of Arkansas and received a B.S. in Vocational Agriculture. Utilizing this degree he taught for over 15 years in several schools throughout the state. His passion for teaching and education, his love for his students, and his ever present sense of humor made him an exceptional teacher. He returned to the University of Arkansas where he earned his Masters Degree in Education and served the last 15 years of his career as a High School principal. Mr. Higginbotham was a loving husband and dedicated father. After retiring from education he and his wife moved back to Bentonville, AR to be close to their children and grandchildren. His was known to family and friends as an avid photographer. Survivors include his lovely bride of 50 years, Edith Higginbotham, daughters Stacey Linn Parham and Sharon Aileen Zeeck, son Scott Alan Higginbotham, grandchildren Emily Reynolds, Christopher Zeeck, Lauryn Zeeck, and Jake Parham, sisters Terri Williamson and Sue Raymond, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 24, at Callison-Lough Funeral Home, 605 W. Central in Bentonville. Graveside service will be held at 11am on Monday at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Batesville, AR. Arrangements are under the care of Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Bentonville.

 

 

The Sun Times 11/20/2010

Mary Lee Higginbotham Low (1926-2010) AR

March 20, 1926 - November 10, 2010

Heber Springs, Ark. — Mary Lee Low, age 84, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away at her home on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.  Born in Augusta, Arkansas, on March 20, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Virgie Lee and Winnie (Brown) Higginbotham. Mrs. Low was a retired civil service employee and a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army.  She was a member of the Southside Baptist Church.   Her husband, Bondee Low, preceded her in death.  Mrs. Low was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Billie Higginbotham; and one sister, Dorthea McCoy. She is survived by her brother, Harold Higginbotham of Heber Springs; two nieces, including Vickie Larimore and her husband, Larry, of Newcastle, Oklahoma; and numerous nephews. Mrs. Low is also survived by other relatives and her many friends. Graveside services and interment were held Sunday, November 14, at 2 p.m. in the Center Point Cemetery with Rev. Bob Bittle officiating.  Memorials may be made to the Heber Springs Human Society, P. O. Box 401, Heber Springs, AR  72543.

 

 

Times Record 02/15/2011

Wanda Kay King Hickenbottom (1972-2011) AR

Ms. Wanda K. Hickenbottom, of Clarksville, Arkansas, died Feb. 10, 2011, in a Fort Smith, Arkansas, hospital. Ms. Hickenbottom was 38 years, 8 months, and 26 days old. She was a Respiratory Therapist by profession. Ms. Hickenbottom is survived by her husband: Mike Hickenbottom; two children: Valeria Hickenbottom and Tristan Hickenbottom; her father: Jimmy King, of Cave City, Arkansas; a sister: Jinna Schumacher, of London, Arkansas; a brother: Glen King, of Cave City, Arkansas; other relatives; and a host of good friends. Memorial service will be held at a later date. The body was cremated.

 

 

The Commercial Appeal 05/18/2011

H. O. Higginbotham Sr. (1926-2011) AR

H.O. Higginbotham, Sr., 84, of West Memphis passed away at his residence May 16, 2011. Mr. Higginbotham was a retired steel fabricator for Hagan Manufacturing; member of West Memphis Church of Christ; a WWII U.S. Army Veteran; past Commander of V.F.W. post #5225; the American Legion and the 40 &.8 He was preceded in death by his wife Naomi Jean Higginbotham and his parents Hershel & Mattie (Stacks) Higginbotham. He is survived by one daughter, Pam Clegg of Nashville, TN; two sons, H.O. "Butch" Higginbotham, Jr. and Michael O "Mickey" Higginbotham both of West Memphis; one sister Virginia Brite also of West Memphis; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren Visitation will be Thursday, May 19th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home and services 2:00 PM Friday in their chapel with interment following at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, AR.

 

 

02/04/2012

Lou Jane Higginbotham Starks (1932-2012) AR

July 1, 1932 - February 2, 2012

Lou Jane Starks, 79, of Texarkana, AR passed away February 2, 2012 in a local nursing home. Mrs. Starks was born July 1, 1932 in Texarkana, AR. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, AR; North Heights Alumni Association; and National Daylily Association. Survivors include her husband, Charlie Starks of Texarkana, AR; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Vicky Starks of Texarkana; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Johna and Jason Orr of Searcy, AR and Jamie and Josh Newberry of Fayetteville, AR; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Cullen and Callie Starks of Texarkana; brother and sister-in-law, Rufus and Mary Helen Higginbotham of Little Rock, AR; special friends, John and Rene Harmon of Palestine, TX and Mary Whidden of Texarkana; plus numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be 10 a.m., Monday, February 6, 2012 at East Memorial Chapel – Downtown with Rev. Bruce Bennett officiating. Burial will be in East Memorial Gardens under the direction of East Funeral Home – Downtown. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2012 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, AR; Watersprings Ranch; or Dierkson Hospice.

 

 

05/18/2012

Dorothy Dell Dowdy Higginbotham (1922-2012) OK/AR

Dorothy Dell Higginbotham, 89, of Parkin, AR., went home to be with the Lord, May 17, 2012. She passed away at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Dot Higginbotham. She resided at Three Rivers Nursing Home at Marked Tree, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Birley Len Dowdy and Cordia Iola Worley; husband, James C. Higginbotham; son, James Edward Higginbotham; brother, Jack Dowdy. Dorothy was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Birley and Cordia Dowdy. She graduated from Levelland High School in Levelland, Texas in 1941. She was a member of Parkin Baptist church. She enjoyed gospel music, preaching, all activities at the nursing home. She enjoyed all of the visits of her special little friend "Rascal" who loved to visit her at the nursing home. Survivors are sons, Larry Gene Higginbotham of Tyronza, Arkansas; Billy Wayne Higginbotham of Parkin, Arkansas; daughter, Jo Ann Ellison of Knoxville, Tennessee; six grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were at Kernodle Funeral Home with burial in Parkin Cemetery. Arrangements were by: Kernodle Funeral Home.

 

 

11/09/2012

Harold Lee Higginbotham (1930-2012) AR

(September 11, 1930 - November 7, 2012)

Harold Lee Higginbotham, age 82, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at his home. Born at Augusta on September 11, 1930, he was the son of the late Virgil and Winnie (Brown) Higginbotham. Mr. Higginbotham was a retired heavy equipment operator, and he was a Korean veteran, having proudly served our country in the United States Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Randy Higginbotham; one brother, Bill Higginbotham; and two sisters, Mary Lee Low and Dorthea McCoy. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by three sons, Darrel Higginbotham of Woodland, California, Todd Higginbotham of Butte Falls, Oregon, and David Higginbotham of Oroville, California; one grandson, Bryan Higginbotham of Woodland, California; one great-granddaughter, Sadie Lynn Higginbotham; and his nieces and nephews. Mr. Higginbotham is also survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the Olmstead Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment will be held Monday, Nov. 12, at 1:00 p.m. at the Center Point Cemetery with Lance Mays officiating. Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home.

 

 

06/25/2013

Thomas Leon Higginbotham (1942-2013) AR

Mr. Thomas Leon "Tom" Higginbotham, resident of McCrory, died Monday, June 24, 2013. He was 70 years of age. Tom was born on December 22, 1942 in Wynne, Arkansas, the son of Spencer Leon and Vivian Nichols Higginbotham. He attended school in Fair Oaks before moving to Augusta where he was a 1961 graduate of Augusta High School. Tom was a very active person and enjoyed all outdoor activities. He retired from Arkla Gas as manager of the McCrory Office in 1992, was a member of the Patriot Guard, and was a Mason. He served on the volunteer fire department for over 20 years and was the fire chief for several of these years. He also served on the City Council for over 20 years and was a member of the McCrory First Baptist Church. He regularly attended the F.G. Express morning "business" meetings and will certainly be missed there. Tom could be seen on his motorcycle or four wheeler and was often seen on his riding lawn mower, mowing not only his yard but the yards of people who were not able to do it themselves. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Wilson Higginbotham, One son: Jon Higginbotham and wife Julie all of McCrory Two daughters: Dana Bryant of Searcy and Tina Butler and husband Shawn of Beebe, Five grandchildren: Alex Bryant, Christina Daniels, Jordan Daniels, Dilan Bryant and Willow Butler, Two great-grandchildren: Jacee Arnold and Paisley Daniels and one granddog, Brody. Pallbearers were Glen Curtis, Brian Breckenridge, Chuck Joyner, Manford Ferrell, Shawn Butler, Jamie Beard and Bill Rushing. Honorary pallbearers were Leon Curtis, Carroll Wilson, Peyton Daniels III, The First Baptist Church Men's Sunday School Class and the Dirty Dozen Hunting Club.

 

 

The Commercial Appeal 05/24/2014

Larry Gene Higginbotham (1948-2014) AR

Tyronza - Larry G. Higginbotham, 65, passed away May 22, 2014 at his home. Mr. Higginbotham was the owner of Tyronza Truck & Trailer and he attended church at the Corner Chapel Baptist Church in Payneway. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Higginbotham and Dorothy Dowdy, two brothers: Billy and James Higginbotham, and by a grandson, Frank Lavoie. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three daughters: Chris Hopper and Ronda Tyler of Marked Tree, Arkansas and Diana Newcomb (Greg) of Hardy, Arkansas; two sons: Larry Higginbotham Jr. (Missy) and Doug Manning (Cathy) both of Tyronza, Arkansas; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Joann Ellison; his beloved friend and pet, Rascal; and by many other family members and friends. Visitation will be held at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, AR on Saturday, May 24 from 5-7 p.m. Services will be held on Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at Corner Chapel Baptist Church in Payneway, AR. Interment will be in Tyronza Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to be made to the Prostate Cancer Society.

 

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