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Middletown (NY) Daily Argus 07/23/1895

Jasper N. Higginbotham (1858-1895) FL

Killed by a Desperate Negro

Callahan, Fla., July 23-Jasper N. Higginbotham, one of the best known men in this county, was killed here yesterday at Dyal's Station by George Seymour, a notorious negro character. Seymour was wanted for some offense. The sheriff sent Higginbotham and Jim Dyal to make the arrest. The negro began shooting when the men approached him. Higginbotham fell, but not until he shot the negro. Higginbotham died and Seymour is not expected to live.



Florida Times-Union 03/12/1904

Louis W. Higginbotham (1832-1904) FL

Louis W. Higginbotham, aged seventy-two years, died at the residence of his son, L. B. Higginbotham, on Mission Street Thursday night. He was a native of this State, and had lived in this county for the past thirty years, his residence being at Callahan. He leaves eight children. The funeral will occur at Callahan this morning in the family lot. Clark & Burns, funeral directors, prepared the body for burial.



The Van Wert (OH) Daily Bulletin 09/13/1906

J. H. Higginbotham (????-1906) FL

L. W. Hicks of Macon, Ga., and J. H. Higginbotham of Brookville, Fla., killed each other in a pistol duel on platform of a train at Brookville. Cause not known.



Jacksonville Journal 01/23/1924

Clinton Lafareniew Higginbotham (1886-1924) FL

Clinton LaF. Higginbotham, 37, a flagman on the seaboard Airline Railway died Monday afternoon at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Stonewall Jackson Higginbotham at 527 Stockton St., following an illness of only a few days. He had been a resident in Jacksonville for the past 15 years coming here from his birthplace in Nassau county. He was a member of the Florida Lodge 624, Brotherhood of Railway trainmen, who will attend the funeral in a body. Besides his parents he is survived by 4 sisters: Mrs. R S Manucy of Hamlet NC, Mrs. DB Houston, Mrs. M Tazel and Mrs. GP Stevens of Jacksonville and one brother, Guy H Higginbotham of Hamlet. Funeral services at 3pm on 23 Jan from the Woodlawn Baptist church of which the deceased was a member, Rev. WC Sale officiating. Interment in the family plot in West Evergreen cemetery.



Fort Myers New-Press 07/23/1936

Alfred C. Higginbotham (1908-1936) FL

Alfred Higginbotham, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Drew Higginbotham of Buckingham, died of appendicitis yesterday at the Lee Memorial Hospital after a three-weeks' illness. He is survived by his parents, three brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be held at the Higginbotham residence in Buckingham at 4 o'clock this afternoon with the Rev. C. T. Tew officiating. The pallbearers will be John D. Powell, Robert Neal, Louis Flint, L. Stallings, Henry Daniels and Henry Carter. Interment will be at the Buckingham Cemetery with Lawrence A. Powell in charge of arrangements.




Franklin Harold Higginbotham (1906-1941) FL

Franklin Harold Higginbotham, 38, of Maxville, Fla., died early this Saturday morning in a local hospital following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Long Branch Baptist Church with Rev. G. W. Shows and Rev. S. E. Godwin officiating. Interment will be in Long Branch cemetery under the directions of Key-McCabe Funeral home.



The Flagler Tribune 02/05/1942

Porter Preston Higginbotham Jr. (1922-1942) FL

Porter P. Higginbotham, Jr., died six o'clock Wednesday evening in the Glendale Hospital at Palatka from injuries received in an automobile accident near Bunnell early Sunday morning. Mr. Higginbotham was 20 years of age and had resided in Flagler County since childhood. He was married to Miss. Effie Crews, also of Bunnell, on December 24, 1941. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Effie Higginbotham of Bunnell; his mother, Mrs. P. P. Higginbotham, Bunnell; his father, P. P. Higginbotham of West Palm Beach; one sister, Marie of Bunnell; and four brothers, Jack Higginbotham of the U. S. Army and stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia; Gilbert Higginbotham of the U. S. Army and stationed at MacDill Field, Tampa; Harold Higginbotham and Clifford Higginbotham of Bunnell. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon from the First Baptist Church at two o'clock with Rev. R. P. Tomlinson, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial services will follow at the Espanola Cemetery. Pallbearers are: Eugene Bowers, Walton Johnston, Howard Bankston, Waldon Durrance, Tommy Salyerds and. Shelton Barber.



The Florida Times Union 01/16/1943

David Aaron Higginbotham (1874-1943) FL

David Aaron Higginbotham, 68, died early Friday morning at his home, 3204 Warrington Avenue. A native of Baldwin, he had resided in Jacksonville for the past year. He was a member of the Orange Street Baptist Church at Baldwin. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Estella Higginbotham; three daughters, Mrs. Gressie Harris and Mrs. Myrtle Coleman, Maxville, and Mrs. Nellie Parrish, Jacksonville; four sons, Daulphus and Marion Higginbotham, Jacksonville; Buford and Edwin Higginbotham, Maxville; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Hewitt, Baldwin, and Mrs. Sallie Green, Macclenny; a brother, John L. Higginbotham, Baldwin; 26 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 P.M. in the Long Branch Baptist Church, with the Rev. G. E. Cutshaw officiating. Pallbearers will be; George Johnson, Leon Herrington, Jessie Parrish, Andrew Harris, Pat Griffis, and C. E. Wilkinson. The funeral cortege will leave the residence, 320 Warrington Avenue, Sunday at 1:30 P.M. Interment will be in Long Branch Cemetery under the direction of Key-McCabe Funeral Home.



The Flagler Tribune 10/28/1943

Aileen Cody Higginbotham (????-1943) FL

Stricken suddenly with a heart attack while visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lee here, Mrs. Aileen Cody Higginbotham died about four o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Higginbotham had been in one of the stores here just a few minutes before going to the Lee home, and had complained to a friend that she had a severe pain in her check. She told Mrs. Lee that she was suffering with indigestion, but had scarcely spoken before she died. Surviving are her husband, P. P. Higginbotham of Green Cove Springs; four sons, three of whom are in the U. S. Army; Gilbert and Harold in the United States and Jack in Africa; Clifford of Bunnell; one daughter, Marie, also of Bunnell. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. L. L. James of New Orleans, La.; two brothers, Ed Cody and R. W. Cody of Bunnell. McCabe Funeral Home of St. Augustine has charge of funeral arrangements which will be completed after arrival of her sons Gilbert and Harold.



The Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier 08/18/1949

O. J. Higginbotham (ca1921-1949) FL

Uniontown, Aug. 18-Motor accidents in July took a toll of five persons, as compared the three preceding months, according to the report of Coroner W. Ralston McGee.

The victims were: O. J. Higginbotham, 28, of Frostproof, Fla., killed July 5, one mile east of Laurelville.



Florida Time-Union 08/22/1950

Edwin Woodrow Higginbotham (1917-1950) FL

Funeral services for Edwin Woodrow Higginbotham, 32, of Maxville, was fatally injured Monday about 11 o'clock when his car went out of control and overturned on State Highway 136, at Maxville. Mr. Higginbotham was a native and life long resident of Maxville. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was employed by the State Highway Department. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Alverta Higginbotham and two daughters, Carolyn and Annette Higginbotham; two sons, Charles and Edwin W. Higginbotham Jr.; five sisters, Miss Mae Higginbotham, Mrs. Gressie Harris, Mrs. Nellie Parrish, Mrs. Myrtle Coleman and Mrs. Lena Joiner, and three brothers, Doss, Buford of Maxville and Marion Higginbotham of Macclenny. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Longbranch Baptist Church, The Rev. S. E. Godwin will of­ficiate. Interment will, be in Long Branch Cemetery, under the direction, of Key-McCabe Funeral Home.



News-Tribune 06/16/1956

David Monroe Higginbotham (1950-1956) FL

David Monroe Higginbotham, 6, of Maxville in west Duval County, was killed when he ran into the path of a truck on State Route 200.



The News Tribune 06/10/1966

George Wilton Higginbotham (ca1926-1966) FL

George Wilton Higginbotham, 40, of St. Lucie Boulevard, died Thursday at his home.

He was a commercial fisherman, a veteran of World War II naval service and came to Fort Pierce about a month ago from Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ella Mae Sapp Higginbotham, three sons, David, George and Mark, and four daughters, Ella Mae, Elizabeth, Brenda and Gale Higginbotham, all of Fort Pierce; one sister, Mrs. Bernice Boynt, of Port Isabelle, Tex; and his mother and step-father, Mrs. and Mrs. James Higginbotham, also of Port Isabelle.

He was a native of St. Augustine.



The News Tribune 10/10/1966

Joseph Peter Higginbotham (1922-1966) FL

Word has been received of the death of Joseph P. Higginbotham, a former resident of Fort Pierce.

Mr. Higginbotham died of a heart attack early Sunday morning at his home at 5522 Stanford Rd., Jacksonville.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Pierce, he was also affiliated with the local chapters of Scottish Rite Masons, the Shrine Club and the Elks Club.

Survivors include his wife Jeannie and two daughters, Debbie, 12 and six-year-old Mary.

The family resided in Fort Pierce for several years before moving to Jacksonville five months ago.



Panama City Herald 08/21/1967

Sam Higginbotham (ca1940-1967) FL

Man Slain in Shootout with Police

Starke-Sam Higginbotham, shot down in a 45-minute gun battle with Bradford County deputies Sunday, died today at the University of Florida Medical Center at Gainesville.

Higginbotham, 27, of Lake City, drove his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Conner, out of their home near Starke with a knife and then held deputies off with blasts from a semi-automatic shotgun.

Sheriff B. D. Reddish said officers' pleas for Higginbotham to lay down the gun and come out were answered with buckshot.

"It's not clear yet what set things off," Reddish said.

Higginbotham was driven from the Conner's home by tear gas. He ran to a nearby shed where he continued to blaze away at deputies. He was struck by an officer's bullet as he fired from the shed.



News Tribune 06/03/1969

Jerry Higginbotham (ca1947-1969) FL

Funeral services for Jerry Higginbotham, 22, of Dixie Mobile Homes, who drowned Sunday, will be held Wednesday, at 3 p.m. at the Baird Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Joe McCullough, of Fairlawn Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Fort Pierce cemetery.

Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his widow, Kathryn, of Fort Pierce; his mother, Mrs. Winifred McDaniel; his father, Roy Higginbotham; and two sisters, Mrs. Earl Stokes and Mrs. Richard Byenum, all of Fort Pierce.

Friends may call at Baird Funeral Home.



Florida Times-Union 11/22/1974

Solomon M. Higginbotham (1906-1974) GA/FL
Funeral services for Mr. Solomon M. "Sol" Higginbotham will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Buford Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Sam Stewart and the Rev. Samuel Lee officiating. Burial will be in the Mill Creek Cemetery. Mr. Higginbotham of Route 1, Box 1876, Callahan, Florida, died Wednesday in a Fernandina Beach Hospital. He was born in Ware County, Georgia and had lived in Nassau County area most of his life. He was a member of the Buford Grove Baptist Church and before his retirement he was with the Nassau County Road Department. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Flora R. Higginbotham; a daughter Willene H. Scussell, Hilliard; 3 sons, David B. Higginbotham, Columbia, South Carolina, Leland G. Higginbotham, Vandenburg, California and Gene E. Higginbotham, Hilliard; 2 sisters, Mrs. Cora Johnson of Hilliard, and Mrs. Nora Rhein of Yulee, Florida; a stepsister, Mrs. Betty Guynn; a half brother, Charlie Higginbotham of Nahunta, Georgia; 4 stepbrothers, Harry Johnson of Washington, D.C., Joe and George Johnson, Jacksonville, Steve Johnson, Hilliard: 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Active pallbearers will be Tom Haley, Paul Thornton, Wayne Temple, Jack Barker, Flake Hewett and Dick King. The body will rest at the home from 2:00 p.m. Friday until 12 noon Saturday. George H. Hewell & Son, Northside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



The News Tribune 07/28/1975

Hampton Higginbotham (1934-1975) FL

Lake City, Fla.-A part time airport employee, accused of taking a friend on an unauthorized pre-dawn joyride flight Sunday which resulted in the passenger's death, may face charges when the investigation is completed, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said today.

The plane crash-landed in a swampy field about a mile from the Lake City airport soon after takeoff at about 1:30 a.m., killing Hap Higginbotham, 40, and seriously injuring the pilot, Charles H. Cannon, 57. Both were from Lake City. Cannon was taken to Gainesville Veterans Hospital for treatment.

Both Cannon and the body of Higginbotham had to be cut out of the wreckage by rescuers, who had difficulty finding the crash scene in the darkness and reaching it.



Florida Times Union 02/03/1976

Mary Caroline Tanner Higginbotham (1899-1976) FL

Mrs. Mary (Mae) Higginbotham, of Maxville, died Sunday evening. Services will be held in the Long Branch Baptist Church Wednesday at 2 p.m., with Rev. Elvin C. Watson and Rev. George W. Wilkinson, officiating. Casket bearers will be E. B. Higginbotham, G. J. Parrish, James Coleman, Donnie Coleman, Rudy Higginbotham and Perry Oliver. Honorary, Leon Harris, J. D. Padgett, Dave Coverdale, and Vince Taylor. Interment in Long Branch Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Mr. Doss Higginbotham of Maxville, to whom she had been married 57 years; six daughters, Mrs. Lillie Robinson and Mrs. Sarah Johnson of Jacksonville; Mrs. Dorothy Kilgore, Mrs. June Carter, and Mrs. Shirley Johnson of Maxville; Mrs. Bernice Strickland, of Hampton, Ark.; two sons, Frank of St. Petersburg; and Ben of Maxville; one sister, Mrs. Lena Joyner, of Jacksonville; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Mrs. Higginbotham will rest at the residence in Maxville from 5 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday, when the Funeral cortege will leave for the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fraser's Macclenny Funeral Home, 712 S. Sixth St., Macclenny.



Naples Daily News 12/09/1977

Lucy M. Clark Higginbotham (1907-1977) OH/FL

Lucy M. Higginbotham, 70, of Tropical Air, Bonita Springs, died Thursday in Naples Community Hospital. Born in Bethesda, Ohio, she had been a winter resident for 12 years coming from St. Clairsville, Ohio. Mrs. Higginbotham was a member of the Lloydsville United Methodist Church, Lloydsville, Ohio.

Survivors include her husband, C. E. Higginbotham; two daughters, Vivian Simpson, Greenville, Ohio and Wilma Suprynowitz of Marlborough, Conn.; two brothers, Paul Clark, San Bernardino, Calif. and George Clark, Bethesda, Ohio; three sisters, Mable Zaleski, Bethesda, Ohio, Mary Logue, Glendale, Calif. and Hallie Hearn, Titusville, Fla. and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in Bethesda, Ohio with burial in the Richland Township Cemetery, Richland, Ohio.

Pittman's Bonita Springs Chapel, 2116 Old 41 Road, is in charge of arrangements.




Buford Monroe Higginbotham (1903-1983) FL

Buford Monroe Higginbotham 79, of Maxville died Sunday morning, May 1, at Green Cove Springs Geriatrics Center in Green Cove Springs. Mr. Higginbotham was born in Nassau County moving to Maxville at an early age and was employed by St. Marys Craft as a carpenter until his retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist. Church in Maxville. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Janie Carter Higginbotham of Maxville; two daughters; Mrs. Lois Waters of Lawtey: Mrs. Joyce Schmehl of Jacksonville; three sons, E.D. Higginbotham of Maxville, J.C. Higginbotham and Elmer Higginbotham, both of Lawtey; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Coleman and Mrs. Gressie Harris, both of Maxville; two brothers, Doss Higginbotham of Maxville and & Marion Higginbotham of Jacksonville; 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Maxville with Rev. Lester Taggart officiating, with Rev. R.T. Williams, assisting. Burial was in Long Branch Cemetery with Archie Tanner; Funeral Home of Starke in charge of arrangements. 



The Florida Times Union 05/06/1983

Daulphus Higginbotham (1896-1983) FL

Mr. Daulphus (Doss) Higginbotham, 86, died Wednesday in a Jacksonville hospital. He was born in Nassau County but had resided in Maxville most of his life. He was a retired timber producer and a member of the Maxville Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hester Higginbotham; 5 daughters, Mrs. Lillie Robinson, Sarah Johnson, Dorothy Kilgore, Shirley Johnson and Bernice Strickland; 2 sons, Franklin and Ben Higginbotham; 2 sisters, Mrs. Gressie Harris and Mrs. Myrtle Coleman; 1 brother, Marion Higginbotham. Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Maxville Baptist Church and with Rev. R. T. Williams and Rev. Lester Taggert officiating. Interment will be in Long Branch Cemetery. Arrangements by Fraser Funeral home, Macclenny.



Florida Times-Union 05/07/1985

Peter Charles Higginbotham (1962-1985) FL
Funeral services for Peter Charles Higginbotham, 22, of Middleburg will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the Blanding Chapel of Rivermead Funeral Home at 127 Blanding Blvd. with the Rev. Ronnie Surrency officiating. Interment will follow in Jacksonville Memory Gardens. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Doria and Leon Baxley, DeDe Sanders; brothers and sisters: Jeri Dyess, Roger Higginbotham, Fred Higginbotham, Sarah Stripling, Charlene Higginbotham and paternal grandmother, Lillia Higginbotham. Friends may call from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.



Florida Times-Union 03/15/1988

Edith Prescott Higginbotham (1924-1988) FL

Edith P. Higginbotham, 64, of 1706 Art Museum Drive, died March 13, 1988, at her residence after a brief illness. A native of Jacksonville, she had resided here all her life. She was a member of the Baptist faith. Survivors include 1 daughter, Rillagene Sue Sapp; 1 stepdaughter, Betty Anderson; 2 stepsons, Thomas W. and Clyde F. Higginbotham; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Riverside Memorial Park, with Rev. Ronald E. Greeson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Arrangements by Town and Country Guardian Chapel, 7242 Normandy Blvd. 




Foster Higginbotham (1907-1989) FL

Foster Higginbotham, 82, of 5537 101st Street died at his home on Monday, September 25, 1989. He was a native of Nassau County, Fla., and was a member of the Wesconnett Baptist Church and also a member of the Auditorium Bible Class of Trinity Baptist Church for many years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annie Combs Higginbotham; 2 sons, Johnie Higginbotham and Ronald V. Higginbotham of Jacksonville, 3 daughters, Genevieve Hansen, Tacoma Wash., Jennie Lee Richardson, Jacksonville and Sylvia Ann Wright, Lake City, Fla., 1 brother, Ralph Higginbotham, Bostwick, Fla.; 1 sister, Esther Cope, Jacksonville, 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and Don Genung, Jacksonville. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 A.M. in the Wesconnett Baptist Church, 5711 Wesconnett Blvd. with Rev. Gerald K. Powers, Pastor, officiating, assisted by Dr. Bob Gray of Trinity Baptist Church. Active Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Deacons of Wesconnett Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the residence on Thursday until the hour of the service. Arrangements by Fraser Funeral Home, 8168 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville. 



The Florida Times Union 12/26/1989

Gressie Higginbotham Harris (1899-1989) FL

Funeral services for Mrs. Gressie Harris, 90, of Maxville, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday (today) in Long Branch Baptist Church, with Rev. Connie Johnson officiating. Burial in Church cemetery. Surviving are 1 daughter, Lucille Bell; 1 sister, Mrs. Myrtle Coleman, both of Maxville; 1 brother, Marion Higginbotham, Jacksonville; 2 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Fraser Funeral Home, Macclenny.



Florida Times Union 02/26/1994

Janie Rowena Carter Higginbotham (1908-1994) FL

Janie Rowena Higginbotham, 86, Lawtey, died yesterday at Orange Park Medical Center after a long illness. The Highland native had lived most of her life in Lawtey. Mrs. Higginbotham was employed as a cook with the Duval County school system. She was a member of Maxville Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Ed Higginbotham, Maxville, and Elmer Higginbotham, Lawtey; a daughter, Joyce Schmehl, Jacksonville; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Maxville, with burial in Long Branch Cemetery, near Starke. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Archie Tanner Funeral Home, Starke.




Joseph Higginbotham (1911-1997) RI/FL

Joseph Higginbotham, 85, of Barefoot Bay, died June 15, 1997 at Sebastian River Medical Center after a prolonged illness. He was born Oct. 2, 1911, in Pawtucket, R.I., and moved to Barefoot Bay in 1987 from North Providence, R.I. Mr. Higginbotham was a retired, self-employed contractor in the Rhode Island area. He was a member of the Barefoot Bay New England Club. Surviving are his wife, Gertrude; one son, Wayne Wilkinson, of Hobe Sound; three daughters, Dorothy Turgeon, of Attleboro, Mass., Elaine McAlice,  of Lincoln, R.I., and Janice Proux, of Monument, Colo.; one brother, Gerald Higginbotham, of North Attleboro, Mass.; three sisters: Hazel Griffin, of North Attleboro, Marion Major, of Cumberland, R.I., and Olive Lowe, of North Attleboro; 18 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation. A memorial service was held June 18 at Roseland United Methodist Church, Roseland, with the Rev. Carl Bray officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Fountainhead Memorial Park, Palm Bay. The family suggests donations be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1181 Vero Beach, Fla. 32961, or the American Lung Association, 2701 N. Australian Ave. West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407, in Mr. Higginbotham's memory. Fountainhead Memorial Funeral Home, Palm Bay, is in charge of arrangements.




Robert Preston Higginbotham (1928-1997) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Funeral services for Robert Preston Higginbotham, 69, who died Thursday Aug. 28, 1997 will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 1426 Rowe Ave. with Bro. Rick Crews officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. Higginbotham was a native and life long resident of Jacksonville, was a member of Clay Hill Baptist Church, was a member of the Duval Masonic Lodge #159 F & AM; the Scottish Rite Bodies, The Morocco Temple of the Shrine, and served in the Navy during World War II. Surviving are 3 daughters, Kathryn H. & Les Pidgeon, Karolyn A. Shay, and Kristina R. & Farley Austin; a son, Charles T. (Gwen) Higginbotham, Sr.; 2 sisters, Betty Ahnemiller and Terri Davis; 3 brothers, T.T. (Timbo), Russell W. and M.G. (Grumpy) Higginbotham; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; his father-in-law, Charles A. Bray; brother-in-law, R.F. Smith. He was predeceased by Robert Preston (Bobby) Higginbotham, Jr. The grandsons will be pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Friday (TODAY) at the funeral home.




Hugh Rodney Higginbotham (1917-1997) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Hugh Rodney (Higgy) 80, died November 28, 1997. Born and raised in Jacksonville, he spent ten years in the Panama Canal Zone, was an electrician on the canal during World War II and retired from a local gas company. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Reba; sons, Rodney (Sylvia), Carlton, Mel (Donna) and Dan; a brother, Carlton; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held TODAY, December 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2961 University Blvd. North with the Reverend Jerry Walston officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to St. Luke's Memorial Fund or Northeast Hospice.



Florida Times-Union 10/20/1997

Betty Sue Higginbotham Anderson (1948-1997) FL

ANDERSON - Funeral services for Betty Sue Anderson, 49, of Jax, will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday in the chapel of Callahan Funeral Home, with burial in Jones Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Jimmie Anderson, Jax; a daughter, Malinda Brennan and a son, Jimmie Anderson, Jr., both of Jax; a brother, Thomas Higginbotham, Callahan; 3 grandchildren. Visitation will be 7-9 PM Monday at Callahan Funeral Home.




Delia Alma Higginbotham Holton (1902-1998) FL

HOLTON - Delia A. Holton, 95, of Jacksonville Beach, FL, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 1998 at the Jupiter Care Center. She was born in Callahan, FL and resided in Jacksonville Beach for her whole life. Prior to retirement, she was a teacher in Duval County, FL for 50years. She received a BA degree from FSU and her Masters degree from the University of Florida. She is survived by her nephew, Frank Higginbotham of North Palm Beach, FL. and several nieces. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward and two brothers, Arnold & Kenneth Higginbotham. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 17, 1998 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, Jacksonville Beach with interment in Dyal Cemetery, Callahan. Arrangements are under the direction of the AYCOCK FUNERAL HOME, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter.



Florida Times Union 10/14/1998

Myrtle Lee Higginbotham Coleman (1909-1998) FL

Myrtle Lee Coleman, 89, passed away on Monday October 12, 1998 at her daughters residence in Jacksonville. She was born in Macclenny, FL and had lived in Maxville most of her life before her illness. She is preceded in death by her husband Frances Coleman; son B.F. Coleman and grandson Randy Eichelser. Survivors include her sons, James (Judy) Coleman of Bryceville, Donnie (Ellen) Coleman of Maxville; daughters, Mary (Buddy) Browning of Ormond Beach, Shirley Louise (Don) Eichelser of Jacksonville, Minnie (Ray) Pellum of St. Augustine, Evelyn (Vince) Taylor of Maxville and daughter in law Shirley Coleman of Bryceville; Brother, Marion Higginbotham of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Terri, Jeanie, Fran, Junior, Barbara Sue, Tricia, Phyllis, Tammy, Ronnie, Michael, Glenn, Gerald, Sherri, Kim, Cindy, Benji, Anita and Stacey; forty four great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends; Funeral services will be held on Friday October 16 at 10 am in The First Baptist Church of Maxville, with Rev. Richard Fish and Rev. R.T. Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Long Branch Cemetery, Clay County, FL. The visitation will be held on Thursday from 11am until 9pm with the family receiving friends from 6pm until 9pm., at Fraser Funeral Home, 712 S. 6th St. Macclenny, FL.




Milton Ray Higginbotham (1935-1998) FL

Milton Ray Higginbotham, 63, passed away suddenly on October 20, 1998 in St. Vincent's Medical Center. Mr. Higginbotham was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies. Born in Callahan, Florida on 2/3/35, he resided in Jacksonville most of his life. He retired form CSX Railroad after 37 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Jo Higginbotham; 3 children, Mike and Sherri Higginbotham and Karen Dennison; 4 grandchildren, Kyle, Kaley, Jordan, and Ryan; brother, Earl Higginbotham. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 P.M. Friday at HARDAGE GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 729 S . Edgewood Ave. Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Riverside Memorial Park with Masonic Rites conducted by the Callahan Masonic Lodge.



Florida Times Union 01/08/1999

Deborah E. Higginbotham Keene (1955-1999) FL

Funeral Mass for Deborah (Higginbotham) Keene, 43, of Callahan will be held Saturday at 3:00 P.M. in our Lady of Consolation with burial in Jones Cemetery. Survivors include her parents, Tom and Peg Higginbotham, Callahan, 1 sister Christine Ann Keen Callahan, FL 2 brothers, Marty and Tommy Higginbotham both of Callahan, several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Northeast Hospice or Cancer Society. Visitation and the Rosary will be at 8 P.M. Friday at Our Lady of Consolation in Callahan. Arrangements by Callahan Funeral Home.



Florida Times Union 02/02/1999

Robert Lee Higginbotham (1924-1999) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Funeral Services for Robert Lee Higginbotham, Jr. 74, of Hilliard will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday in the Chapel of Callahan Funeral Home with burial in Riverside Memorial Park. Survivors include his wife Angelea, of Hilliard, mother, Georgie Higginbotham, Winter Haven, Fla. 2 daughters, Virgie Pope, Bradford, FL and Betty Sweat, Gainesville , FL. 2 sons, Robert Dale and Robert Dustin Higginbotham, both of Hilliard, 4 sisters, Mildred Smith, Jax, Lois Barnowich, Plant City, FL, Frances Richardson and Winfred Jenkins both of Polk City, 1 brother, Curtis Higginbotham, Baldwin, 6 grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday 5-9 pm at Callahan Funeral Home.




Dellie Mae Hodges Higginbotham (1912-1999) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Funeral services for Dellie Mae Higginbotham, 86, of Callahan will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday in Buford Grove Baptist Church with burial in Old Still Cemetery. Survivors include 2 daughters, Maxine (Albert) Homer, Jax. and Sherry (Edward) Thompson, Callahan, 1 sister, Bertha Crews, Hilliard, 1 brother N. W. Hodges, Hilliard, Fla., 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at CALLAHAN FUNERAL HOME.




Georgia Burney Higginbotham (1907-1999) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Mrs. Georgia Higginbotham, 92, died March 24, 1999 in Winter Haven, FL. Mrs. Higginbotham was born in Jacksonville and had lived in Green Cove Springs before moving to Winter Haven about 6 months ago. She was a Jehovah's Witness and is predeceased by her husband Robert Lee Higginbotham, Sr. She is survived by 6 children; Mildred (George) Smith of Jax, Lois (Edward) Barnwich of Plant City, Frances (Oscar) Richardson of Polk City, Franklin Higginbotham of Dade City, Winiford (Robert) Jenkins of Polk City and Phillip (Helen) Higginbotham of Jax; 25 grandchildren; 25 great-grand children; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11:00AM, Saturday, March 27, 1999 in the chapel of PEEPLES FUNERAL HOME, 2220 Soutel Drive, with Mr. Alvin Plympton officiating. The family will receive friends fro m 5 to 7PM Friday, March 26, 1999 (TODAY) at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dinsmore Cemetery.




Robert Gerard Higginbotham (1946-1999) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Funeral services for Robert Gerard Higginbotham, Sr., 52, of Callahan, will be held Saturday at 11:00 A M in the First United Methodist Church of Callahan, with burial in Jones Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Rosalind Higginbotham, Callahan; father, Henry R. Higginbotham, Callahan; 6 daughters, Rachael Wood, Starke, FL, Nancie Higginbotham, LaRay, VA, Sherry Higginbotham, Callahan, Ava Loveland, Aurora, NE, Crystal Strickland, Jax, and Hope Herrin, Hilliard; 3 sons, Robert G. Higginbotham, Jr., LaRay, VA, Chase Williamson, Jax and Craig Williamson, Tampa; a sister, Patricia, and 2 brothers, Darwin and Donald Higginbotham, all of Callahan; 14 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 9 nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday (Today 7 to 9 PM at CALLAHAN FUNERAL HOME, Callahan, FL.




Earl Linton Higginbotham (1928-1999) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Earl L. Higginbotham, 70, passed away on July 23, 1999. He was a retired employee of CSX Transportation, member of West Normandy Baptist Church and a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Higginbotham; sons, Richard, David (Pam), and Glen Higginbotham; grandchildren, Matthew, Amy, Jessi, Aubrey and Ashlee; great grandson, Brett. Funeral services will be 2 P.M. Monday, July 26, in the chapel of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. with Rev. Murray C. Teuton officiating. Interment to follow in Riverside Memorial Park. Visitation with family from 6-8 P.M. on Sunday at the funeral home.




Marion Higginbotham (1924-1999) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Marion Higginbotham, 74, died August 9. Born in Baldwin, he was a Jacksonville resident the past 25 years and lived formerly in Macclenny. He was a veteran of the US Army, retired from Maxwell House Coffee Company, and a member of the Normandy Baptist Temple. Survivors are his wife of 23 years, Viola J.; children David Higginbotham, (Teresa) of Jacksonville, Aaron Higginbotham (Sue) and Brenda Crews (Jerry) of Macclenny, Vada Lloyd (Ronnie) of Orange Park, and Wayne Suggs (Peggy) of Yulee; sister Sarah Paulk (Jack) of Middleburg; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held Thursday, August 12 at 11:00 am at Normandy Baptist Temple with Dr. W.A. McMillan officiating. Inter­ment was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. The family received friends on Wednesday from 6:00-8:30 pm at Town and Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd. Donations may be made to the Missions Fund of Normandy Baptist Temple or Methodist Hospice.




Freddie Leroy Higginbotham (1917-2000) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Mr. Freddie Leroy Higginbotham, age 82, of Bryceville, FL died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000. He had resided in Bryceville, FL all of his life and was the son of the late Nathan H. and Josephine Mathis Higginbotham. He was the owner of F.L. Higginbotham Construction Company for thirty-two years until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Brandy Branch Baptist Church of Bryceville, FL for the past sixty-six years. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Higginbotham of Bryceville; one daughter, Linda (PeeWee) Knight of Bryceville; one son, Tommy L. (Donna) Higginbotham of Callahan, FL; one sister, Annie Ellenberg of Macclenny, FL; one brother, Farris Higginbotham of Callahan, FL; twelve grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren also survive. Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by his daughter, Nathalee Hargrove. Funeral services will be conducted at 2PM Thursday, March 2, in the Brandy Branch Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Turner, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Brandy Branch Cemetery, Bryceville, FL. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 PM Wednesday, March 1, at GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, U.S. 90 East, Macclenny, FL. The following grandsons will serve as active pallbearers: Jimmy Ray Shaffer, Ricky Hargrove, Nathan Higginbotham, Adam Higginbotham, Thomas Eugene Higginbotham and Steve Knight.




William Earl Higginbotham (1977-2000) FL

Will Higginbotham, 23, died Saturday, August 12, 2000 in St. Petersburg, FL. A resident of St. Petersburg, Will was a graduate of University of North FL with a degree in information technology. He is survived by his parents, Earl and Kirtley Higginbotham; brother, Jesse; grandfather, Dr. William White; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 11:00 AM at St. Johns Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Jacksonville, FL with Reverend Barnum McCarty officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4115 Hendricks Ave.




Lucille Wrye Higginbotham (1918-2000) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Funeral services for Lucille W. Higginbotham, 82, of Callahan will be held Monday at 11AM at Callahan 1st Baptist Church with burial in Jones Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter Brenda (Robert) Trantham, Jax, FL; 3 sons , Reginald Higginbotham, Hollywood, FL, Mike Higginbotham, Boaz, AL and Charles F. Higginbotham of Maine; 1 sister, Juanita Fatica, Orlando, FL; 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday 3-5PM at Callahan Funeral Home.



Ft Myers News-Press 01/25/2001

Grace P. Higginbotham (1913-2001) VA/FL

Grace P. Higginbotham, 88, of Fort Myers, passed away January 22, 2001. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church and the Eastern Star Chapter #31 both in Fort Myers, she was a past member of the Eastern Star Chapter #43 of Newport News, VA. She is survived by sons, Upton (Judith) Higginbotham of GA, Cabell (Nancy) Higginbotham of VA, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Baake. She also leaves her devoted and special friend, Judy Cockrill.




Helen Ruth Ussery Higginbotham (1916-2001) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Funeral services for Helen R. Higginbotham, 84, of Yulee will be held at 2:00 PM Monday in the 1st Baptist Church of Callahan with burial in Jones Cemetery. She was predeceased by husband J.W. Higginbotham and a son Lamar Higginbotham. Survivors include a son, Jimmy Higginbotham, Yulee, 2 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 4-6 PM Sunday (Today) at Callahan Funeral Home.




Oris W. Higginbotham (1921-2001) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - Funeral services for Oris W. Higginbotham, 80, of Callahan will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday in the 1st Baptist Church of Callahan with burial in Jones Cemetery. He was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon Malone. Survivors include his wife, Sara, Callahan; a step daughter, Martha (Bower) Jeffries, Callahan; a son Windle (Nancy) Higginbotham, Troy, AL; 3 sisters, Jewel Thomas, Zula Courson, and Louella Jones all of Callahan; 5 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Friday (today) at Callahan Funeral Home.



Times-Union 06/28/2001

Edna Higginbotham Todd (1933-2001) FL

TODD - Edna H. Todd passed away on June 27th. She was born on April 22, 1933, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kenton D. Higginbotham of Callahan. She is survived by her husband, of forty two years, John I. Todd, Jr.; son, John David Todd and his wife, Cynthia A. Todd; granddaughter, Molly Anne Todd; grandson, John David Todd, Jr.; sisters, Alma H. Potter of St . Augustine and Shirley D. Higginbotham of Jacksonville. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and attended Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She graduated with a B.S. Degree from Stetson University in DeLand, in Business Administration. She taught school at Paxon Senior High School for five years. She continued with her love for teaching and was President of the P.T.A. at John N.C. Stockton Elementary. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends. Funeral services will be held 10 A.M. on Saturday, June 30th, at HARDAGE GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 729 S. EDGEWOOD AVE. with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-5 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home




William Carlton Higginbotham (1920-2001) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM - William Carlton Higginbotham, 81, died Friday, November 23, 2001 following a brief illness. Mr. Higginbotham was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville and served with the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a Mason and member of the Morocco Shrine. He is survived by his son, Douglas C. Higginbotham and daughter, Nancy London, three grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the home of his nephew, Mel Higginbotham, on Thursday, November 29 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. At his request, his ashes will be scattered in Dead Lake near Bunnell, Florida. Please sign the Guestbook at



The Orlando Sentinel 01/15/2002

Doris Margery Higginbotham Swoope (1911-2002) FL

DORIS HIGGINBOTHAM SWOOPE, 90 MRS. SWOOPE, Arbor Way, Mount Dora, died Sunday, Jan. 13. She was a homemaker. Born in Callahan, she moved to Lake County from New Smyrna Beach in 1995. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Smyrna. Survivors: daughter, Sandra Rosier, Mount Dora; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Allen J. Harden Funeral Home, Mount Dora.



St. Petersburg Times 01/27/2002

Eleanor Rose Locke Higginbotham (1930-2002) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, ELEANOR ROSE, 71, of Tampa, died Friday (Jan. 25, 2002). She was a retired LPN and PBX operator for the Northeast Florida State Hospital. She was a member of the Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church. Survivors include her husband Fred; a son, Robin E. Higginbotham, Creedmoor, N.C.; a daughter, Vicki St. John, Macclenny; a brother, Wilson Locke, Tampa; two sisters, Betty Haynie, Tampa, and Darlene Copher, Macclenny; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.



Florida Times-Union 03/19/2002

Brenda Higginbotham Trantham (1943-2002) FL

Brenda H. Trantham, 59, of Jacksonville died Sunday at her residence following a lengthy illness. Survivors include her husband Robert S. Trantham of Jacksonville, a daughter, Myra Lyn Hart of Florahome, FL, a son Robert S. (Sam ) Trantham, Jr. of Jacksonville, 2 brothers, Michael D. Higginbotham of Boaz, AL & Reginald P. Higginbotham of Hollywood, FL and 3 grandchildren Cody John Hart and Abby & Whitney Hart. Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00AM in Callahan First Baptist Church with interment in Jones Cemetery, Callahan. Visitation will be tonight (Tues) from 6 to 8PM in the chapel of Callahan Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Callahan Building Fund. Please sign the Guestbook at


News Ledger 08/02/2002

Jean Opal Grooms Higginbotham (1934-2002) GA/FL
Jean Opal Grooms Higginbotham, 68, of Hilliard died Monday, July 29, 2002, at the Life Care Center of Hilliard.
She was a secretary for the Charlton County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority for a number of years. She retired from Union Camp in Folkston, Ga. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Folkston.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Maude Duggan of Folkston. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Cecil F. Higginbotham of Hilliard a daughter, Wanda H. (Jimmy) Conner of Hilliard two sons, Russell F. Higginbotham and Terry L. (Tanya) Higginbotham, both of Hilliard a sister, Cornelia (Vernon) Huggins of Jacksonville step-father, Ralph Duggan of Folkston a stepbrother, Walter (Willene) Duggan of Jacksonville two sisters-in-law five grandchildren four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church of Folkston, with the Rev. Gene McCullough, the Rev. Randy Jacoby and the Rev. Christian Hoyle officiating. Interment followed in Pineview Cemetery in Folkston.
Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston.




Florence E. Higginbotham Harrell (1923-2002) FL

HARRELL - Funeral services will be held for Florence E. Harrell, 79, of Callahan at 11:00 a.m. today (Wed) at Callahan 1st Baptist Church of Callahan with burial in Jones Cemetery. She is survived with her husband, Wailon Harrell, Callahan, FL; a daughter Lana Woody, Callahan; 2 brothers, Charlie Jackson, Fernandina and Thomas Higginbotham, Callahan ; 2 granddaughters, Dena Pate and Karen Miller; 3 great grandchildren. Arrangements by Callahan Funeral Home.



The Gainesville Sun 12/03/2002

Morterman Braxton Higginbotham (1921-2002) AL/FL/TN
Morterman Braxton Higginbotham, a former Bronson resident, died Sunday at his home in Spring City, Tenn. He was 81.
Mr. Higginbotham was born in Gadston, Ala., and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a 32nd-degree mason and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rebecca Leigh Higginbotham of Spring City, Tenn.; sons Randy Higginbotham and Dennis Higginbotham, both of Spring City, Grady Higginbotham of Duluth, Ga., and Arthur Higginbotham of Orlando; a sister, Dorothy Davis of Prospect Heights, Ill.; brothers Arthur Higginbotham of Ponce Inlet and Jack Higginbotham of Addison, Ill.; and six grandchildren.
Arrangements by Ziegler Funeral Home in Athens, Tenn.


Bradford County Telegraph 12/19/2002

Harold R. Higginbotham (1932-2002) FL
LAWTEY - Harold "Rudy" Higginbotham, 70, of Lawtey died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Baker County, Mr. Higginbotham moved to Bradford County in 1961 from Maxville. He was a logging foreman for Parrish Pulpwood Co. in Maxville and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Maxville Baptist Church.
Mr. Higginbotham is survived by: his wife Bonnie Starling Higginbotham of Lawtey; a son Harold R. "Hal" Higginbotham Jr. of Starke; four sisters, Gloria Baker of Deltona, Jewel Golsby of Sanford, Alene Mosley of Waldo and Helen Pecore of Maxville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Higginbotham were Dec. 17, 2002 in Evergreen Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Steinbach conducting the services. Interment was in Lawtey Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Starke.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Lakes, 3204 Crill Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.



Florida Times Union 01/06/2003

Sarah Caroline Higginbotham Johnson (1923-2003) FL

JOHNSON - Sarah Caroline Johnson, 79, died on Sunday, 1/5/03. A life long resident of the Jacksonville area, she was a member of Maxville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Johnson in 1994. She is survived by her sons, Charles (Diane) Johnson and George A. (Diana) Johnson, her daughter, Eleanor (Freddy) Fillingham, brother Ben Higginbotham, and sisters Lillie Robinson, Dorothy Kilgore and Shirley Johnson, 2 grandchildren: Laina Gladden (Michael), Buck Fillingham and 3 great grandchildren: Kayla Fillingham, Ashlyn and Grant Gladden. A Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, 1/8/03 at 11:00 A.M. in Riverside Memorial Park. The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, 1/7/03 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at FRASER FUNERAL HOME, 8168 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville.



Bradford County Telegraph 01/30/2003

Daniel Kelly Higginbotham Jr. (1927-2003) FL
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Daniel K. Higginbotham Jr., 75, of Keystone Heights died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Gainesville, Mr. Higginbotham moved to Keystone Heights 18 months ago from St. Augustine. He was a retired estimator/planner with the U.S. government and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Orange Heights Baptist Church, the Masons, St. Augustine Shrine Club and the Elks Club.
Mr. Higginbotham is survived by: his wife Shirley Roundtree Higginbotham of Keystone Heights; a daughter Jane Andress of Hawaii; a son Mike Robinson of St. Augustine; two step-sons, Sandy Grayson and Bob Grayson, both of Keystone Heights; a sister Constance Hansen of Whittier, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Higginbotham were Jan. 29, 2003 in the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel in Keystone Heights with Dr. Lonnie D. Broome conducting the services. Interment was in Keystone Heights Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 16700 NE St., Rd. 26, Hawthorne, FL 32640 or the St. Augustine Shrine Club Building Fund, P.O. Box 311, St. Augustine, FL 32085.



St. Petersburg Times 02/09/2003

Beatrice M. Higginbotham (1918-2003) WV/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, BEATRICE M. "BEE," 84, formerly of Largo, died Saturday (Feb. 8, 2003) in Bluefield, W. Va. She was born in Roderfield, W. Va., and came here from Bluefield, where she owned and operated Bluewell Service Garage. She worked as a cosmetologist for Eckerd Drugs, Largo. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church of Bluefield. Survivors include two sisters, Esther M. Helton and Phyllis G. Church, both of Bluefield; a grandson, Bill; and several great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Serenity Gardens Chapel, Largo.



The Gainesville Sun 02/13/2003

Ruth Jenny Wright Higginbotham (1949-2003) FL
NEWBERRY - Jenny Wright Higginbotham died Wednesday. She was 53.
Mrs. Higginbotham was born in Gainesville and was a lifetime resident of the area. She was an administrative assistant employed with the city of Gainesville.
She was a Gainesville High School graduate, attended Santa Fe Community College and was employed for 23 years with the city. She was a Baptist, and loved travel.
Survivors include her husband, W.D. Higginbotham Jr. of Newberry; a son, Rodney Rucker Jr. of Waldo; her parents, George and Johnnie Wright of Newberry; and brothers Dick Wright of Ocala and Mark Wright of Newberry.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.



Timothy Troy Higginbotham (1933-2003)

HIGGINBOTHAM - Timothy "Timbo" Higginbotham, Sr., 69, died Monday, June 23, 2003. Mr. Higginbotham, a member of Calvary Baptist Church, was retired from Jefferson Smurfit after 48 years of service. He was also a member of Ezra Lodge #67 , F&AM. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Arlene Higginbotham; 3 daughters: Evelyn (Jimmy) McCranie, Tina (Ferdinand) Mondares & Pam (Larry) Jernigan; 3 sons: Marty (Susan), Timmy and Keith (Bobbie) Higginbotham; 2 sisters: Betty (Robert) Ahnemiller & Omeria Davis; 2 brothers: Russell (Barbara) & Maurice "Grumpy" (Dorothy) Higginbotham; 14 grandchildren, Greg, Wendy, Shannon, Billy, Brandea, Bailea, Taylor, Jared, Kelly, Jeremy, Chris, Matt, Tim, and Timothy; 7 great grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 27, at Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. George Kratochvil, officiating. Interment will be in Jacksonville Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Thursday (TODAY) at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 1426 Rowe Ave.



Daily Commercial 07/14/2003

Carol Kay Higginbotham (1938-2003) FL
Carol Kay Higginbotham, age 65, Paisley, died on July 14, 2003. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla.




Charles Jackson Higginbotham (1921-2003) FL 

HIGGINBOTHAM - Charlie J., USN retired passed away July 27, 2003. Oxley Heard Funeral Directors. HIGGINBOTHAM - Charlie J. Higginbotham Visitation 34 P.M. Tuesday. Funeral 4 P.M. Tuesday in the chapel. Burial on Thursday in Calverton National Cemetery Long Island, NY.



St. Petersburg Times 08/28/2003

Carolyn Cameron Gregory Higginbotham (1923-2003) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, CAROLYN, 80, of Tampa, died Tuesday (Aug. 26, 2003). Born in Bowling Green, she moved here in 1948 from Cocoa. She was a graduate of Lakeland High School and was Protestant. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Robert F.; two sons, Cameron and Rory; and four grandchildren. Mark III Funeral Home, South Tampa Chapel.




Jewell Higginbotham Thomas (1912-2003) FL

THOMAS - Jewel H. Thomas, 91, of Callahan died Monday at her residence. The Callahan native, she had resided in Callahan her entire life, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Callahan "Glory" Sunday School Class. Mrs. Thomas was predeceased by 2 sons, Irvin and Leslie Thomas. Survivors include 1 Daughter Gloria Thomas of Callahan, 4 sons Sidney , Wayne, Warren, and Hardy Thomas, all of Callahan, 2 sisters Zula Courson and Louelle Jones, both of Callahan, 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, several nieces & nephews. Services will be held on Thursday, October 2, at 11:00 a. m in the First Baptist Church of Callahan, with internment in Jones Cemetery, Callahan. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the chapel of Callahan Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building fund of the First Baptist Church of Callahan, P.O. Box 605 Callahan, FL. 32011.



News Leader 10/29/2003

Louis Farres Higginbotham (1908-2003) FL

Louis Farres Higginbotham, 95, passed away Oct. 26, 2003, at his residence in Callahan after a brief illness. Mr. Higginbotham was pre-deceased by his wife Helen Keen Higginbotham and granddaughter Kirsten Marie Higginbotham. He was born in Brandy Branch on Feb. 17, 1908. He retired from the Nassau County School System as the Supervisor of Maintenance. He was also fair manager of the Northeast Florida Fair for more than 50 years, was a member of Faith Sunday School Class and a member of the First Baptist Church of Callahan. Survivors include: three daughters, Shirley Perret of Callahan, Janet (Dale) Conner of Hilliard, and Patricia (Ron) Conner of Jacksonville two sons, Edsel (Mildred) Higginbotham and Jimmy (Carol) Higginbotham of Callahan nine grandchildren, Sandra Giles, Scott Perret, Gerald Perret, Jenny Higginbotham, Amy Magill, Jimmy Magill, Darren Magill and Miraj Conner several great-grandchildren and many step-grandchildren. Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Callahan with burial in Keen Cemetery, Callahan. Visitation was Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Callahan Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.Callahan Funeral Home.



The Gainesville 11/27/2003

Debra Ruth Higginbotham Merchant (1949-2003) FL
Debra Ruth Merchant of Cross City died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. She was 44.
Ms. Merchant was a 1977 graduate of Dixie County High School and was a lifetime resident of the area. She was a member of Church of God.
Survivors include her mother, Betty Gassett of Cross City; her father, Doyle Higginbotham of Old Town; brothers D.H. Higginbotham and Darrell Higginbotham, both of Cross City; and sisters Darlene Freeman of Cross City and Betty Jo Collins of Cobbtown, Ga.
Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.




Harley D. Higginbotham (1916-2004) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Funeral - service for Harley D. Higginbotham (87) of Baldwin, FL, will be held 11:00 AM Monday, January 26 , 2004, at Grace Baptist Church, Baldwin, Florida, with Pastor Paul Haney of Trinity Baptist Church and Pastor Dewayne Jowers of Grace Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Brandy Branch Cemetery, Bryceville, Florida. Mr. Higginbotham was born March 13, 1916 in Baldwin, Florida, the son of the late John L. Higginbotham, and the former Bertha Bennett, and passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2004 in St. Vincent's Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Baldwin, Florida where he was preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty seven years, the late Beatrice Cain Higginbotham. He was proud to have retired from CSX where he worked as a carman for the railroad. Survivors include: three sons, Harley (Shirley) Higginbotham of Oklahoma, John (Noma) Higginbotham of Jacksonville, FL, and Edward Higginbotham of St. Augustine, FL; two daughters, Hazel Sellers and Judy Padgett both of Jacksonville, FL; eleven grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; one brother, one sister; and many nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Joey, Timmy, Danny, Jon, Tommy and Daniel. Honorary pallbearers include Travis, Matt, David and Joshua. Family will receive friends Sunday (TODAY) from 2:00 5:00 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements by Prestwood Funeral Home.



Florida Times-Union 03/20/2004

Woodrow Wilson Higginbotham (1921-2004) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Funeral - services for Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Higginbotham, 82, of Baldwin, FL will be held 2:00 PM Friday March 19, 2004 at Calvary Baptist Church, 525 North Blvd. West, MacClenny, FL with the Rev. Donnie Williams officiating and assisted by Rev. Duwayne Jowers. Interment will follow in Brandy Branch Cemetery. Mr. Higginbotham was born August 23, 1921 in the community of Labuna located in Baker County, FL, and passed away at his home following a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late John L. Higginbotham and the former Bertha Alice Bennett. As a young man, Woodrow surrendered his life to Christ and was baptized in Black Creek adjacent to Long Branch Baptist Church, and throughout his life was the spiritual leader of the family. He was a longtime resident of the Baldwin area and was a graduate of Baldwin High School. On March 13, 1939 Woodrow married his high school sweetheart and together they shared 65 years. Following graduation, Mr. Higginbotham went to work for the Florida State Road Dept. for a brief time. He then went to work with CSX Railroad as a carman, retiring after 42 years of service. He is survived by his devoted wife, Beulah Angele Eagerton Higginbotham and his loving family: son, James E. Higginbotham (Peggy) of Baldwin, FL; three daughters, Patricia Crews, Janet Nobles (Willie) all of Jacksonville, FL, and Cheryl Smith (Doyle) of Newkirk, OK; his sister, Hazel Higginbotham Jacobs (Johnnie) of Baldwin, FL; ten grandchildren; three step grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his two brothers, Everett Higginbotham and Harley Higginbotham, Sr., and two sisters, Gladys Higginbotham Williams and Bula Higginbotham Ruis. Family will receive friends Thursday, March 18, from 68 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL., 32257. Arrangements by: Prestwood Funeral Home.



Florida Times-Union 7/25/2004
Everett Earl Higginbotham (1950-2004) FL/GA
HIGGINBOTHAM Everett Earl Higginbotham passed away Wednesday in Perry, Georgia. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, a member of American Ballroom and Jacksonville Ballroom and also a member of the German American Club. He was retired from the United States Air Force and was an Aircraft Electrician. Survivors include his wife, Cherry Higginbotham, 2 sons, Everett Clay Higginbotham (Debbie) and Fred Blake Higginbotham (Dominique). Also surviving is his mother Doris Holton and his step-mother Shirley Higginbotham. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Michael Higginbotham (Maria),Brad Higginbotham and Gregg Mundt. Also 2 sisters, Brenda Wasserman (Jeff) and Angela Spofford (Nicky). Also surviving is his grandchildren, Nikolas, Blake, Levi, Christian Gray, and expected grand-daughter in November. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM Monday, July 26th, at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 6940 Atlantic Blvd., with Dr. Wayne Stacy officiating. Graveside services will be held Monday at 2PM in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah Georgia with military honors at the graveside. A visitation will be held Sunday between 6PM and 8PM at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Red Nicoli, Burt Pringle, Bill Jenness, Buddy Packham, Vernon Jackson, and Curtis Holmes.



St. Petersburg Times 08/06/2004

Samuel Lawson Higginbotham (1930-2004) AR/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, SAMUEL LAWSON, 73, of Gulfport, died Thursday (Aug. 5, 2004) at home. Born in Bradford, Ark., he moved to this area in 1992 from Gig Harbor, Wash. He served on a hospital ship with the Navy during World War II. He enjoyed flying and was a commercial pilot of 747s and other jets. He was an accomplished musician, playing guitar, stand-up bass and saxophone. He played with the Don Pancho Band. He was a member of the Hash House Harriers, an international organization for runners. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Georgine; two sons; Ronald, Arkansas, and Greg, Washington; two stepsons, Charles Frame, New York, and Tom Frame, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Pam Shiner, Connecticut, and Cheri Brown, Arizona; a stepdaughter, Gail Kolb, Pennsylvania; his mother, Inez Higginbotham, California; and two sisters, Virginia Kampf, Washington, and Mary Porter, California; and 16 grandchildren. Gulfport Memorial Funeral Home.



St. Petersburg Times 08/21/2004

Heston W. Higginbotham (1912-2004) NJ/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, HESTON W., 92, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (Aug. 19, 2004) under the care of Hospice in Brooksville. Born in Camden, N.J., he came here 10 years ago from Alto, N.M. He retired from John Hancock Insurance Company, was a craftsman, enjoyed woodworking and golf, and was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Martha; two sons, Heston III, Loveland, Colo., and John, Spring Hill; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill.



Tampa Tribune 01/23/2005

Lorraine Lola Higginbotham Rigby (1919-2005) FL

RIGBY, Lorraine Lola, 85, of Brandon, Fl. passed away on January 21, 2005. She is survived by her daughter, Carole Miley; two grand-daughters Jeanie Rigby and Tammy Miley; two great-grand-children, two brothers, Frank and Walter Higginbotham; six sisters, Mildred Beckham, Isoline Chitty, Dorothy Croy, Cathryn Chapman, Annie Hinck and Bonnie Jones. Mrs. Rigby was a supervisor at Hav-A-Tampa Cigar Company in Tampa, a saleslady at Maas Brothers and retired from Rosemont Assisted living in Brandon. She also worked as a florist in Tampa. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Mango, and served as Sunday School teacher and a leader in World Missions. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, January 24, 2005 at the First Baptist Church of Mango, services to be at 11:00am, with interment to follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4207 E. Lake Ave, Tampa. Flowers are accepted or contributions can be made to The First Baptist Church of Mango in her memory.



St. Petersburg Times 01/28//2005

Albert John Higginbotham (1941-2005) NJ/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, A. JOHN "JACK," 63, of Spring Hill, died Thursday (Jan. 27, 2005) in Hernando-Pasco Hospice in Brooksville. He was born in Long Branch, N.J., and came here nine years ago from Alto, N.M. He was a graduate of the University of Southern California and General Theological Seminary New York City. He was a retired Episcopal priest and an administrator with the Church of the Advent in San Francisco. Survivors include his mother, Martha, Spring Hill; a brother, Skip, Loveland, Colo.; two nieces; and two grandnieces. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Seven Hills Chapel, Spring Hill.




Annie Combs Higginbotham (1910-2005) FL

Annie Combs Higginbotham, age 94 went home to be with the Lord on February 9, 2005. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 69 years, Foster, and her granddaughter, Katherine Rose Higginbotham. Mrs. Higginbotham was the thirteenth child of the late Isaiah Combs, and the former Ellen Harvey, pioneer Baker County residents. She has made her home in Jacksonville for the past 75 years, and was an independent school bus contractor with the Duval County School Board for over forty years. She was a charter member of the Sunshine Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughters, Lee (Gene) Richardson, Jacksonville; Ann (Richard) Wright, Lake City, FL; Genevieve (Royce) Hanson, Tacoma, Washington; Two sons, Ronald Higginbotham, and Johnie (Sue) Higginbotham, Jacksonville; One Sister, Lila Gainey, Bradenton, FL. Twelve Grandchildren. Eleven Great Grandchildren, Numerous Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday at the Chapel of Town and Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., with Rev. Lee Martin, officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from six until eight. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the very special care givers for the compassion and love shown during her last few years. 



Daily Commercial 03/29/2005

Carmelita Barretto Higginbotham (1923-2005) Philippines/FL
Carmelita B. Higginbotham, 81, of Tavares passed away March 24, 2005 of congestive heart failure after suffering a stroke in January, 2005. She was born in the Philippine Islands on September 23, 1923 to the late Jesus Barretto and Mamerta Flordeliza and subsequently was baptized into the Catholic Church. She’s been a devout Catholic ever since. She was a graduate of the Philippine Women’s University with a degree in Home Economics. During World War II her family fled their home during the Japanese invasion and hid in the jungles. She met Sgt. Ed Higginbotham, an escapee from the Death March at Bataan. She subsequently married Sgt. Higginbotham in 1947 and he brought her to the United States. They had 5 children. Carmelita was granted United States Citizenship in Tennessee on November 16, 1951. This was one of her proudest moments. Others were the births of each of her children. Ed and Carmelita lived in Tennessee and Florida until Ed retired from the Air Force. They moved to San Jose, California in 1960 where Carmelita worked at many electronics companies. In 1980, she and Ed returned to Florida and lived in The Villages. In 1984, they moved to Tavares and have lived here ever since. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ed Higginbotham, her sister, Aurora Fausto and her daughter, Joann. She is survived by her longtime companion, Paul Deslauriers, her brother Jesus Barretto and wife Betty of San Francisco, Calif.; daughter, Bobbie Holly and husband, Max of San Jose, Calif.; son Ed Higginbotham Jr. and wife Tess of Richland, Washington; son, Dennis Ray Higginbotham and daughter, Lita Higginbotham, both of Tavares; grandchildren: Michael Dionne, Monica Schooler, Eric Higginbotham, Angie Morales, Kevin Morales and Corinne Richardson; great-grandchildren: Mitchell and Hayden Schooler. Carmelita loved gardening. She always had beautiful flowers and a garden for each season. She had a gift for sewing, quilting and needlework. She loved the flea market and traveling. Mr. Deslauriers, her devoted companion of 8 years, took her to his home state of Connecticut and she loved seeing New England in the fall. She was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain. That is the Filipino way. She had many dear friends and she thought each and everyone was special. She lived for children and they loved her deeply. She was their hero. Funeral services will be held at Steverson Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Home, Tavares, on Thursday, March 31, 2005, at 9:30 am. Family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00 pm with a Rosary Service at 7:00. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake & Sumter, Inc., 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778, 888728-6234 or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6350 North Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130, 888-673-6287. Her youngest daughter, Lita, has MS. Steverson Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Home, Tavares.




St Augustine Record 05/01/2005

Ellame Sapp Higginbotham Simms (1927-2005) FL

Ellame Sapp Simms, 78, of St.. Augustine, died April 28, 2005, at Flagler Hospital. She was a native of Fort Pierce and had resided in St. Augustine since 1978. She was a Baptist and former computer operator for the Tree of Life. Services: Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Craig Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Porter officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial will be at Pellicer Creek Cemetery. Survivors: Husband, Gerald Eugene Simms, of St Augustine; daughters, Ella Mae Warrell, of Los Fresnos, Texas, Elizabeth A. Higginbotham, of St Augustine, Brenda Cruz, of Los Fresnos, Texas, Gale Daniel, of St Augustine; sons, Mark Higginbotham, of St Augustine, David Higginbotham and George Higginbotham, both of Laguna Vista, Texas; sister, Helen Bass, of Ft. Pierce; brothers, Buck Sapp, of Fort Pierce, Mutt Sapp, of Okeechobee, Wayne Sapp, of Jacksonville; 14 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren nieces and nephews. In charge: Craig Funeral Home and Crematory.



Florida Today on 11/30/2006

Nancy J. Higginbotham (1958-2005) FL
In Loving Memory Of Nancy J. Higginbotham November 30, 1958 - June 4, 2005 We remember today more than any other day. For today, would have been her 48th birthday. We can still hear her laughter and see her smiling face, for it seems like only yesterday when heaven called. Our hearts still yearn for her, our ears still want to hear her, and we still miss her hugs and kisses. Don't fret though, because she wouldn't want to us to be sad. For she would want us to celebrate, be happy, and have one with her, for you know she's having one with us. So, put a smile on your party face and lets all celebrate her birthday like she would like us to do. Because, as she would put it, I have an idea that today will be one of our happiest ones together ever. Always remembering and loving... Tracey, Tracey, Jeremy and Sabrina, and the rest of the family and friends




TC Palm 09/21/2005
Michael Louis Higginbotham (1988-2005) CA/FL
Michael Louis Higginbotham, 17, died Sept. 19, 2005, at his home. He was a native of San Diego and moved to Hobe Sound in 1991, coming from San Diego. He was a student at South Fork High School from ninth through 11th grades, and he was attending Martin County High School. Survivors include his mother, Deborah Evans of Orlando; father, Claud Higginbotham of Hobe Sound; and grandmother, Brenda Evans of Orlando. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Louis Evans. SERVICES: Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24 at the Young & Prill Funeral Home Chapel, Stuart, with the Rev. Shain Stezman officiating. Burial will be in Danville, Ky., under the direction of Stith Funeral Home.



Florida Times-Union 11/27/2005

Flora Thelma Rowe Higginbotham (1928-2005) FL

Flora T. Higginbotham, 77 of Callahan, passed away on 11/24/05 at St. Vincent's Medical Center. The Callahan native had worked for Gillman Paper Co. and was retired from the Nassau Co. School System as a bus driver. She was predeceased by her husband Sol Higginbotham is survived by a Sister Virue Todd of Starke as well as several nieces & nephews. Visitation will be Today (Sun.) 11/27/05 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Callahan Funeral Home with Funeral Ser vices on Mon. 11/28/05 @ 11:00 a.m. in Buford Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Curtis Harrington & Rev Sam Stewart officiating. Interment will be in Mill Creek Cemetery, Hilliard. Arrangements by Callahan Funeral Home, Inc.


News Leader 01/18/2006

Logan Clay Higginbotham (2005-2006) FL
Logan Clay Higginbotham, 8 days old, passed away Jan. 7, 2006, at Centennial Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
Survivors include his parents, Curt and Dana Higginbotham of Paris, Tenn., as well as his twin brother, Landon Cole Higginbotham. Maternal grandparents are Sherry Morgan of Hilliard, Ricky and Pam Pope of Yulee, Russell and Ernestine Morgan of Folkston, Ga., and Joseph and Frances Pope of Callahan. Paternal grandparents are Vicki and Bubba Alley of Callahan, Curtis Higginbotham of Jacksonville, Buddy and Pam Cray of Callahan and Russell and Barbara Higginbotham of Jacksonville.
Church service was held at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Crossroads Family Worship Center in Callahan, with interment in Buford Grove Cemetery.
Callahan Funeral Home, Inc.


TC Palm 02/05/2006

Cynthia R. Higginbotham Goss (1960-2006) FL/TN

Cynthia Higginbotham Goss passed away on February 1, 2006, after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer. She graduated from Westwood High School in Fort Pierce in 1979. She was employed with the Davidson County School Board in Nashville, TN. She is survived by her husband Richard, of Hermitage, TN; sons, Chase Goss and Sean Wilson of Hermitage; daughter, Lauren Barber, also of Hermitage; father, Warren Higginbotham of Homestead, FL; mother, Yvonne Holbrook of Fort Pierce, FL; brothers, Tim (Diane) Higginbotham, also of Fort Pierce, James of Dallas, TX; stepson, Jeff (Kim) Goss of Walhalla, SC; stepdaughter, Michele Goss of Denver, CO; brother-in-laws, Steve (B.J.) Goss of Palm Beach and Bill (Cathy) Goss of Boca Raton, FL; sister-in-law, Brenda (Gary) of Boynton Beach; mother-in-law, Alma Goss also of Boynton Beach. Friends may call at Haisley Funeral Home, on Monday, February 6, 2006, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2006, at 11:00 AM, at the funeral home, with Rev. Craig Bridgers of the Crossings Community Church officiating. Burial will follow at White City Cemetery.



Florida Today 04/28/2006
Thelma Jean Boling Higginbotham (1946-2006) FL
MIMS - Thelma Jean Higginbotham, 59, of Mims, FL, passed from this world into Gods glory on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, after a short illness. She was born in Elizabethton, TN and was a member of LaGrange Baptist Church. Jean is survived by her husband, Ralph Higginbotham of Mims; grandmother, Mary E. Broyles of Elizabethton, TN; brother, Farrell (Carolyn) Boling of Hampton, TN; sisters, Mary Lou (Micky) Justice of Bluff City, TN, Judy (Harvey) Callaghan of Piney Flats, TN and Janie (Ralph) Smith of Mount Dora, FL. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Hollis Boling and her brother, Harold (Ann) Boling. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 28th, at North Brevard Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29th, in the funeral home chapel. Burial to follow at La Grange Cemetery in Titusville. North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville is in charge of arrangements.



Tampa Tribune 05/25/2006

Lonnie H. Higginbotham (1958-2006) IN/FL
HIGGINBOTHAM, Lonnie H., 47, died May 22, 2006, in Tampa. Born in Marion, Ind., he moved to this area last year from Indiana. He was predeceased by his mother, Imogene Gibson, and is survived by his wife, Tammy; children, Jeremy, Ricky and Lucinda; father and stepmother, Lonnie Sr. and Mona; brothers, Douglas and Timothy; sisters, Sandra Cook, Debhora Higginbotham and Lori West; and granddaughter, Lillian. Services have been entrusted to Brewer Sons Funeral Home Miguel Fuentes Chapel (813) 887-4991 09/23/2006

Mary K. McDonald Higginbotham (1925-2006) PA/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, MARY K., 80, of Pinellas Park, died Friday (Sept. 22, 2006) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. She moved here in 1990 from her native Pittsburgh. She was Catholic and a homemaker. Survivors include three sons, Clark, Wylie, Texas, Russell, Clearwater, and Richard, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Kathy Higginbotham, Largo; a brother, Russell McDonald, Pittsburgh; and 10 grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Clearwater.



TC Palm 09/24/2006
Betty Jo Dickey Higginbotham (1928-2006) FL
Betty Jo Higginbotham, 77, died September 19, 2006 in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Mrs. Higginbotham was born in Ft. Meade, Florida and moved to Ft. Pierce 14 years ago coming from Manassas, Virginia. She worked for Washington Post as a teletype setter for 20 years. Survivors include her daughter, Valorie DeWitt and husband Carl of Ft. Pierce, FL; brother, Wayne Dickey and wife Mary Jane; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 9 nieces and nephews and their families and several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ashley Higginbotham, daughter, Renee and son, Thomas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospices, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997. Services: A private service will be celebrated. Arrangements are under the direction of Haisley Funeral & Cremation Service. A guest book may be signed at www.haisleyfuneralhome. com



Florida Times-Union 09/30/2006

Dorothy Elizabeth Higginbotham Kilgore (1925-2006) FL

Funeral services for Dorothy Elizabeth Kilgore (81) of Maxville, Florida, will be be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Maxville with Rev. Richard Fish & Rev. Mike Hamm officiating. Interment will follow in Long Branch Cemetery, Maxville, Florida. Mrs. Kilgore was born May 14, 1925 in Maxville, Florida the daughter of the late Daulphus "Doss" Higginbotham and the former May "Mae" Caroline Tanner. She passed away September 27, 2006 in her home. Memberships include: First Baptist Church of Maxville. She is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Kilgore, and daughter, Mary Kilgore-Butler. Survivors include: Two Sons, Loyd (Judy) Kilgore and Floyd (Sharon) Kilgore; Seven Grandchildren: Sheila (Mike) Lynn, Paige (Toby) McCullen, Brian Butler, Scott Kilgore, Ray Kilgore, Justin (Janet) Kilgore and Dustin (Keri) Kilgore; Six Great Grandchildren; Sister, Shirley (Gene) Johnson; Brother Ben (Dorothy) Higginbotham; and several nieces and nephews. Serving as Pallbearers: Carl Johnson, Ray Kilgore, Justin Kilgore, Dustin Kilgore, Brian Butler and Mike Lynn. Honorary Pallbearers include: Gene Johnson and Larry Hill. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 29, 2006 in the chapel of Prestwood Funeral Home. Arrangements By: Prestwood Funeral Home, 270 U.S. 301 North, Baldwin, Florida 32234



Florida Times-Union 11/10/2006

Shirley C. Higginbotham (1963-2006) FL


The Ledger 12/06/2006

Kenneth Howell "Hal" Higginbotham (1923-2006) MS/FL
HAL HIGGINBOTHAM, 83 Law Enforcement LAKELAND - Kenneth Howell "Hal" Higginbotham died Monday, December 4 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Cause of death was due to complications from cancer and COPD. Hal was born in Calhoun City, MS. and moved to Lakeland in 1946 after honorable discharge from the Army. A proud member of the "greatest generation," Hal served in WWII as a member of the elite 517th Parachute Infantry. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant and several medals for bravery including a Purple Heart and two Bronze stars. Hal was wounded twice and retained a bullet in his throat. One Bronze Star was awarded for service during his refusal to be evacuated from barrage in Belgium, though badly wounded. Despite heavy snowfall and obliteration of roads, his major said, Hal crawled and carried supplies by hand over considerable distances in snow to ensure that his company never "went without" demonstrating exemplary courage and devotion to duty. Hal's devotion to country and extraordinary sense of duty and courage served him well during his 36 year career in law enforcement starting in 1952. Hal was known for integrity and honesty as a top crime fighter with gifts for problem-solving, legal understanding, and "getting the job done." While known for his ability to "outsmart the crooks" his positive influence and genuine belief in people sometimes gave them a second chance to make better life decisions and he cared enough to often follow up to see how they were doing. Hal was adept at fostering cooperation with the "good" as well as the "bad folks." Hal served under two sheriffs as a deputy and an officer. He moved on to serve in various roles under five county judges and three state attorneys until retirement in 1988. These roles included chief investigator and intake investigator for the 10th Judicial Circuit where he was a criminal justice system gatekeeper. His investigations led to key decisions about whether cases forwarded to the State Attorney were worthy of prosecution. After retirement he enjoyed his truck, tractors, landscaping, fishing, and "building/fixing things!" Hal was devoted to his family and will be greatly missed by daughter and son in-law Janis and Ken Bruwelheide of Bozeman, MT, his son Kenneth and daughter in-law Brenda of Lakeland, and beloved grandchildren Lauren, Lisa, and Kenny. His wife Nita preceded him in death in 1970. In lieu of flowers donations made be made to Lighthouse Ministries 117 E. Magnolia, Lakeland, Fl 33803. Visitation for family and friends will be Thursday Dec. 7 from 6-8 PM at the Gentry-Morrison Southside Chapel 1727 S. Bartow Road. A Celebration of Hal's life will be on Friday at 11 AM at the Funeral Home Chapel.


St. Petersburg Times 12/09/2006
Glenn Norman Higginbotham (1913-2006) IL/FL
TARPON SPRINGS - A "catcher" in an aerialist act, Glenn Higginbotham swept Connie Waller off her feet.
Or was it the other way around?
Mr. Higginbotham, a gymnast and assistant coach at Normal University in Bloomington, Ill., and his future wife ended up on the flying trapeze.
Her parents, part of the "Flying Fishers" with Ringling Bros. Circus, no doubt were pleased.
That was years ago, before Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham retired to Florida and ran a dance studio in Tarpon Springs and later in New Port Richey.
Mr. Higginbotham, formerly of St. Petersburg, died last Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006) at Bay Tree Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Palm Harbor. He was 93.
A daughter, Debra May, asked her mother Tuesday to recall the romantic scenario that led to a 69-year marriage.
Her grandparents "needed a catcher, and my dad was young and strong," May said after speaking to her mother, a nursing home patient recovering from a recent fall. "They needed someone, and he filled the bill.
"My dad liked my mother," May said, "and my mother liked my dad. He felt it was his chance to be next to this beautiful young woman and get to know her better."
Until she met her future husband, Mrs. Higginbotham had no interest in the trapeze. She wanted to dance.
Born in Shanahan, Ill., Mr. Higginbotham came to St. Petersburg from Bloomington with his wife in 1935.
They moved to Tarpon Springs in 1953, then to New Port Richey in 1978 and returned in 1988 to Tarpon Springs.
He was a carpenter and a member of First United Methodist Church and the Lions Club of Tarpon Springs. He was a 32nd degree Mason.
Survivors beside his wife include two sons, Herb May, Tarpon Springs, and John Hollembeak, Newark, Del.; two daughters, Debra May, Tarpon Springs, and Demaris Hollembeak, Newark; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs, is in charge of arrangements.


Florida Times-Union 12/16/2006
Everett McRay "Dib" Higginbotham (1933-2006) FL
HIGGINBOTHAM Everett McRay “Dib” Higginbotham, 73 of Jacksonville, FL passed away December 13, 2006. He was born August 31, 1933 in Jacksonville, the son of Lawrence Higginbotham, Sr. and Clennie Thomas Higginbotham. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army with service in Korea. His memberships include the VFW and the Wesconnett Lodge #297 F. & A.M. Surviving are his loving wife Beatrice; his daughters Catherine Cordeiro and husband Philip Gardner, and Dorothy Vann and husband Michael; his sisters Jewel Taylor, Elizabeth Smith, and JoAnn Cox; brother Robert Higginbotham; also 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday December 19, 2006 at the graveside in the Garden of Devotion at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park with Chaplain Robert Lundy officiating. Family members will greet friends immediately prior to and following the service at the graveside. 12/28/2006

Anita H. Higginbotham (1923-2006) RI/FL
HIGGINBOTHAM, Anita H., 83, of New Port Richey passed away December 25, 2006, at Oakview Terrace. She was born December 22, 1923, in Providence, R.I. and came here 33 years ago from Greenville, R.I. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Survivors include a granddaughter, Robin Higginbotham of New York, N.J. and a niece, Jeanne Volpe of North Providence, R.I. Morgan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 6025 Trouble Creek Road New Port Richey, FL 34653 (727) 847-3999



Florida Times-Union 03/16/2007

Lydia Higginbotham (ca1961-2007) FL
HIGGINBOTHAM- Lydia Higginbotham, 46, died March 7, 2007. ETERNITY FUNERAL HOME.



Naples Daily Sun 05/17/2007

William Ottis Higginbotham (1959-2007) FL
William Ottis Higginbotham, 47, passed away Friday, May 11, 2007. He was a Naples resident since 1971 coming from Hillsborough County, FL.
William is survived by his loving wife, Dixie; he was a caring father to his son, Derrick and his wife, Haly Higginbotham and daughter, Tracy and her husband, Daniel Gordon. Also survived by five grandchildren; his mother, Elaine Easterly; his father, Ottis Lamar Higginbotham and step-mother, Sarah; and brother, John Christopher Spears.
Visiting hours will be from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday at Naples Funeral Home followed by services at 7:00 p.m. at First Assembly Ministries, 3805 The Lords Way, off CR951.
William will be gone but not forgotten.
Naples Funeral Home 3107 Davis Blvd. 775-4255



The Providence (RI) Journal  06/15/2007

Winifred M. Higginbottom Holt (1904-2007) England/RI/FL
HOLT, WINIFRED M. (HIGGINBOTTOM) 102, of Talavera Court, St. Augustine, Florida, and formerly of Cranston and Warwick, died on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at home in St. Augustine. She was the wife of the late William Holt.
Born in Pendleton, England, a daughter of the late Joseph W. and Belinda (Gayton) Higginbottom, she lived in Cranston and Warwick before moving to Florida in 1992.
She is survived by a daughter, Marjorie A. Johnson, of St. Augustine, FL; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Edward Holt.
A committal service will be held on Monday, August 18, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Highland Memorial Park, Rhode Island Avenue, Johnston. Burial will follow. Arrangements by Peter J. Barrett Funeral Home, Warwick.



Florida Times-Union 070/8/2007

Clyde Thomas Higginbotham III (ca1955-2007) FL
HIGGINBOTHAM Clyde Thomas Higginbotham, III, 52, passed away June 30, 2007 following an extended illness. He was the son of Beverly and Clyde T. Higginbotham, Jr. Clyde, III attended local schools and graduated from Howey Academy in Howey-in-the Hills, Florida. After spending four years in the United States Navy, he graduated from the University of North Florida. Clyde III was always in the insurance business as a local agent or an adjuster. He is survived by his sister, Vail Higginbotham Hanlon and her husband, George Hanlon, Jr., three nephews: George Hanlon, III, Stewart T. Hanlon and Tucker V. Hanlon all of Denver, CO. Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Fortson, Jr., Mrs. H. Thomas Rodgers, Jr. and Mrs. J. Alvin Register, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida and numerous cousins. Funeral services were private. Arrangements by HARDAGE- GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 950 Park Ave, Orange Park, FL.



Naples Daily News 07/11/2007

Grover Stanley Higginbotham (1915-2007) VA/MN/FL

Grover Stanley Higginbotham, 92, of Edina, MN and Naples, FL, died on July 8, 2007. He is deeply missed by his wife, Vivian; children, Chris Slaven and Ken (Ava); grandchildren; and great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends around the country. He was preceded in death by his brother, Willard "Pete"; father, Grover and mother, Christine. He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution, Naples Council on World Affairs and United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. He was born in Amherst County, VA. He was Valedictorian at Buena Vista High School in Virginia. He was one of the youngest graduates at the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1935. He had a distinguished 29year career as a United States Naval officer. His first ship was the battleship USS. Arizona (BB39) from 1935 to 1938 where he served in the gunnery and engineering departments. In WW II, he served aboard the battleship USS. Texas (BB-35) and was promoted to commanding officer of the destroyer USS. Albert W. Grant (DD-649) in the Pacific where he received the Bronze Star. After the war, he attended the Army Guided Missile School in Ft. Bliss, TX and graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. Later notable career assignments included staff officer to the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon, Chief of Staff to Commander Cruiser Division Two, United States Sixth Fleet, commanding officer USS. Ponchatoula (AO-148), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the then largest oil tanker in the Navy, commanding officer Destroyer Squadron 25 "The Pineapple Fleet", Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the then largest destroyer squadron in the Navy and Chief of Staff to Commander United States Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan. Upon retirement from the Navy as a Captain, he worked for 15 years in management for Sperry Univac at their offices in Salt Lake City, UT, Los Angeles, CA and St. Paul, MN. In Salt Lake City he earned a Master's degree in Engineering Administration from the University of Utah and was made a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society. While in Los Angeles, he headed the development of the onboard computer system for the S-3A carrier based anti-submarine aircraft built by Lockheed. He continued to provide consulting services to Univac after his retirement. He and Vivian traveled extensively with destinations to China, Europe and an around-the-world cruise. Our family lost a loving husband and father, our communities lost a dear friend and our country lost an honored patriot and a wonderful ambassador. Private internment in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota.



Tampa Bay Online 07/12/2007
Aaron G. Higginbotham Jr. (1960-2007) FL
HIGGINBOTHAM, Aaron G. Jr., died June 29, 2007. He is survived by daughter, Sharinita, and family. A wake will be Friday, July 13, and a funeral, 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Aikens Funeral Home Chapel.


Florida Times-Union 10/26/2007
Estelle E. Green Higginbotham (1919-2007) FL
Mrs. Estelle Higginbotham passed away October 25, 2007. She was born August 20, 1919 in Santos, FL and moved to Jacksonville as a small child. Mrs. Higginbotham was member of Southside Baptist Church and loved to do crossword puzzles and read. Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by: daughter Judy (Stanley) Putman; brother Earl Green; sisters Eleanor Green and Eloise Wingfield; grandchildren Leslie (Philip) Black, Stanley "Chip" (Tracey) Putman, and Adam Putman; and great-grandchildren Justin and Katy Black and Roc Putman. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Charles Emmitt Higginbotham. The family will receive friends Sunday October 28, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Hardage- Giddens Mandarin Chapel. Graveside Services will be held Monday, October 29, 2007 2:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Northeast Florida Community Hospice. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Mandarin Funeral Home, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223. Please Sign the Guestbook @


Florida Times-Union 12/21/2007
Cherry G. Higginbotham (1950-2007) FL
HIGGINBOTHAM- Cherry G. Higginbotham, 57, died December 17, 2007. Greenlawn Funeral Home.


St. 12/29/2007

Nathan A. Higginbotham (2007-2007) FL
Nathan A. Higginbotham, 5-month-old son of Trina Sparks and Lannie Higginbotham, passed away Dec. 26, 2007, in St. Augustine, Fla.
He is survived by his parents; sister, Tangaray Higginbotham of St. Augustine; half-sisters, Ashley Higginbotham of Texas and Maegan Sparks of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; brothers, Lannie Higginbotham III and Deal Higginbotham, both of St. Augustine, Fla.; maternal grandparents, Susan and Mark Hull of Palatka, Fla., and Ronnie Rash of Winter Haven, Fla.; maternal great-grandmother, Lois Johnson of Palatka; paternal grandfather, Lannie Higginbotham Sr. of St. Augustine, Fla.
Nathan is also survived by his aunt, Sue Higginbotham Eller of St. Augustine; godmother, Darcey Ford, also of St. Augustine; paternal uncles Dan McPherson and Wayne Higginbotham.
He is pre-deceased by his paternal grandmother, Doris Higginbotham, in 2002.
All family and friends of Little Nathan will cherish the memories he made in his short life.
Graveside services will be held Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, in Jones Cemetery, Callahan, Fla., at 2 p.m. with the Rev. James Conner officiating.
Family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. at graveside.
Arrangements by Callahan Funeral Home Inc., 617365 Brandies Ave., Callahan, Fla. Ellis L. McAninch Jr., LFD.



Florida Times-Union 02/22/2008
Mildred Georgia Higginbotham Smith (1927-2008) FL
SMITH Funeral services for Mildred Georgia Smith, 80, who died Wednesday, February 20, 2008, will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM in the chapel of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4747 Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206. The family will receive friends Friday (Today) from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Mrs. Smith was born in Jacksonville, FL and was a lifelong resident. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses Riverview Kingdom Hall. Preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, the late George Smith and daughter, Donna Faye Smith. Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis Smith Johnston (Doug); son, Ronald Smith, Sr.; 3 sisters, Lois Barnowich (Eddie), Frances Richardson (Oscar) and Winiford Elaine Jenkins; 2 brothers, Franklin Higginbotham (Sharon) and Phillip Curtis Higginbotham (Helen); 3 grandchildren, Ronald "Pee Wee" Smith, Jr., Lisa Nettles, and Donna Johnston; 5 great-grandchildren, Quinn Smith, Dixie Smith, Emily Johnston, Janna Murray and Salina Murray. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Jehovah's Witnesses Riverview Kingdom Hall or Community Hospice of N.E. Florida.


Florida Times-Union 02/29/2008
Henry Ronald Higginbotham (1920-2008) FL
HIGGINBOTHAM Henry Ronald Higginbotham, 88, of Callahan, passed away at his residence February 28, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Gwendolyn and a son Robert Gerard. He was a life member of the Lions Club and a veteran of WWII. He is survived by his daughter Patricia Higginbotham; sons Darwin (Sherry) and Donald (Robbie) Higginbotham; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother Thomas (Viola) Higginbotham. Visitation will be (TODAY) Feb. 29th from 6-8 P.M. in the Chapel of Callahan Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 11 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church of Callahan with Rev. David Mullins and Dr. Lynn Massey officiating. Interment will be in Jones Cemetery. Arrangements by Callahan Funeral Home, Inc., 617365 Brandies Ave. Ellis L. McAninch, Jr. L.F.D.



The Herald 03/06/2008
Roberta A. Higginbotham (1948-2008) FL
Roberta Higginbotham, 60, died in Sarasota March 3, 2008. She was a long time Manatee County resident & employee of Manatee County School Board. She is survived by her husband, Earl Higginbotham; three sons; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister; numerous nieces, nephews & extended family members. Viewing will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2008, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Manasota Memorial Funeral Home in Bradenton. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 7, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Peace, Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton.



Florida Times-Union 03/20/2008

Tony M. Higginbotham (1980-2008) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM- Tony Higginbotham, 27, passed March 16, 2008. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home.



Florida Times-Union 04/09/2008

Ethel Marguerite Higginbotham Jones (1925-2008) FL

Ethel Marguerite Jones (nee Higginbotham), 82, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2008, at Peace River Regional Hospital, Port Charlotte, FL. She was born July 24, 1925, in Jacksonville, FL. Marguerite was a devoted wife, mother and proud grandmother who although active in the business world took most of her pleasure form time spent doing for and with her family. One of her greatest joys was preparing and serving her southern specialties which included, mustard greens, chicken and rice, fried buttermilk cornbread, black-eyes peas, potato salad, and the never to be forgotten fried shrimp dinners and many coursed Mexican meals. She moved with her family to the Arcadia area in 1960, where she worked as a linotype operator for The Arcadian newspaper and later became front office manager for their sister company, The Arcadia Printing Company. Through the years Marguerite was actively involved with Cub Scouts, Little League, Pop Warner Football and an avid fan of the DeSoto Bulldogs. Following retirement she moved back to the Jacksonville area and remained there until the death of her husband, William A. (Bill) Jones in 2002. Following his death, Marguerite returned to Arcadia to reside with her daughter and son-in-law. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Arcadia. Marguerite is survived by her daughters Mary Ellen Coppola of Baltimore, Maryland, Royalyne Ward-Davis of New York City, Donna S. (Gerard) Thomas, of Arcadia and son, William K. (Billy) Jones of Nassau County, and her devoted sister, Jeanette Janney of Williston, FL. He grandchildren Wanda Coppola Sitzer (David), Robin Coppola Myers (Vincent), Anthony Coppola (Delayna), Chad Henderson (fiancee, Heather), Lance Henderson, (Crystal), Jessica Joiner (Chris), and 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements made by Ponger Kay-Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia, with memorial graveside services at Chester Cemetery, Chester, FL, Saturday, 11 a.m., April 12, 2008. Flowers can be sent to Green Pine Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3407 Green Pine Road, Yulee, FL 32097, or contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society in memory of Marguerite Jones.


Daytona Beach News-Journal 04/23/2008

Albert E. "Abe" Higginbotham (1926-2008) PA/FL

Albert “Abe” Higginbotham 81, went to be with his Lord on Monday, April 21, 2008 after an extended illness. He was born in Washington, PA. on December 24, 1926 and lived in that area until he retired to Palm Coast in 1986. Following his service in the United States Navy during WWII as a mind sweeper he was employed by the West Penn Power Company moving through the ranks from groundman to Construction Inspector for Allegheny Service Corporation. He and Betty Lou Mounts were married June 20, 1944. He is preceded in death by his infant daughter Kimberly. They have two surviving children, son, Timothy and his wife Joyce Higginbotham of Ft. Pierce; daughter, Dana Higginbotham of West Palm Beach; brother, Cary Higginbotham of Sacramento, CA. sister, Louise Jinkens of PA; Their only grandchild Lucas Hhnath of New York City; He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where he served in many capacities and lifetime member of the VFW. Abe greatly enjoyed tennis at the Players Club and dancing with the Ballroom Dancing Club. He contributed to the community with volunteer work at the Florida Hospital Thrift Shop and the COPS. A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the trust and care of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.



St. Petersburg Times 06/06/2008


William Lynn Higginbotham (1917-2008) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, William Lynn 90, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Edward White Hospital. Born on Sept. 12, 1917, in Tampa, he was a Boy Scout and was awarded the Eagle Scout rank at age 13. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA and graduated in 1939 with a BS and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1942. While at Emory, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and the PSI Omega Dental Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviator and a dental officer. He retired from the Navy as a Commander in 1977 after 40 years of service. He practiced dentistry in St. Petersburg from 1946 until 1982 when he retired and joined the faculty at Emory University of Dentistry as a clinical instructor. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, St. Petersburg Kiwanis Club, St. Petersburg Lodge #139, The Scottish Rite, and The Egypt Temple. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; 2 sons, William Lynn Jr.; and his wife, Marianne and daughter, Courtney of Long Beach, MS, and John Gray of Mobile, AL; 1 stepdaughter, Beverly Weinberg; 2 step granddaughters, Nicole and Phyllis; and 2 step great-grandchildren of Altamonte Springs, FL. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 beginning at 10 am with a service at 11 am at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N, followed by a burial at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, 4002 50th St. N, Tampa, FL. Online obituary at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes NE St. Petersburg Chapel 727-822-2059



Florida Times-Union 07/07/2008

Olga Hortense G. Higginbotham (1926-2008) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM- Olga G. Higginbotham passed July 5, 2008, Weston's Mortuary, 356-9955.



Dothan Eagle 07/22/2008

Janile Lindsey Higginbotham (1930-2008) LA/FL

Mrs. Janile Lindsey Higginbotham of North Highway 81, Westville, Fla., Prosperity community, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2008. She was 77. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 25 in the chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home in Geneva. Burial will follow in the Hickory Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home of Geneva directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, July 24 from 6 until 8 p.m. Mrs. Higginbotham was born Aug. 7, 1930, in Gonzales, La., to the late John William and May Bougeois Lindsey. She was a member of Hickory Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Marion L. Higginbotham of Westville, Fla., Prosperity community; one daughter, Bonnie Gale Weaver (Tom) of Dallas, Texas; two sons, Glyn Marion Higginbotham of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Lyle Troy "Jack" Higginbotham (Farida) of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Lindsey Higginbotham of New York, Olivia Higginbotham of Houston, Texas, and Kyle Duncan of Dallas, Texas. Sorrells Funeral Home of Geneva, (334) 684-9999, is in charge of arrangements. To sign a guest register, visit Sign the guest book at 



FLORIDA TODAY 07/22/2008

Billy Ray Higginbotham (1932-2008) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Billy Ray, 75, of Melbourne, died Saturday, July 19. Arrangements by Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne.



St. Petersburg Times 07/31/2008

Beverly Lois Higginbotham (1917-2008) NY/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, Beverly L. 91, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday July 27, 2008. She was born in Albany, NY and came here in 1945, from New York, NY. She was pre-deceased by William Lynn Higginbotham. Survivors include a daughter Beverly Weinberg; granddaughters Nicole & Phyllis and 2 great-grandsons, all of Altamonte Springs; 2 step-sons William Lynn Jr. of Long Beach, MS and John Gray Higginbotham of Mobile, AL. Friends may call Saturday Aug. 2, 2008, from 12 noon till service time at 1 pm at Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers, 2201 - Dr. MLK Street North.



Panama City News Herald 08/20/2008

Paula Lee Higinbotham Coakley (1942-2008) WV/FL

Paula L. Coakley, 65, of Panama City, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at her home. She was born in Farmington, W.Va., and had lived in Bay County since 1991. Paula retired as a wing protocol officer at Tyndall Air Force Base after 25 years in civil service. She was a member of the British Car Club of Bay County and an avid golfer. She was predeceased by a sister, Ann Higinbotham; and her parents, John and Pauline Higinbotham. Survivors include her children, John Coakley of Panama City and Robin Coakley and husband, Hunter Shepard, of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren, Katherine and Cameron Shepard; a sister, Nancy Kincell and husband, Jim, of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 21, 2008, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home chapel with Chuck White officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paula's name may be made to Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th St., Panama City, FL 32405. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home 2403 Harrison Ave. Panama City, Fla. 32405 (850) 763-4694



The Herald 08/23/2008

Audra Lynn Higginbotham (1986-2008) FL

Audra Lynn Higginbotham, a native of Parrish, loving daughter of Jamey & Sherry Higginbotham, mother of Karisa J. Pena went to be an angel on Thursday, August 21, 2008. She will be sadly missed by her brothers Brandon Heath (Tracy) Higginbotham of Kansas City, MO and Jarod (Allena) Higginbotham of Joplin, MO, aunts, uncles, cousins, Jose Pena and family and friends, and God Mother Barbara Dresser. Visitation Sunday, August 24, 2008 from 1-3 p.m. at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. Further services will be private. The family request in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made at M&I Bank, 4115 U.S. Highway 301 N., Ellenton, Fl. 34222 with checks made out to Sherry Higginbotham for Karisa J. Pena. Condolences may be made online at



St. Augustine Record 09/17/2008

Bryan M. Higginbotham (1957-2008) FL

Bryan M. Higginbotham, 50, of St. Augustine, passed away Sept. 13, 2008, at the Earl B. Hadlow Center in Jacksonville. Bryan was a native and lifelong resident of St. Augustine and had worked for many years as a carpenter and handyman for the Monson Motor Lodge. He was a man of few words but with much care for feelings of others. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Chuck Eberhart officiating. He is survived by his wife, Judy Higginbotham, of Jonesboro, Ga.; his mother, Helene Bethune, of Jacksonville; his father, Albert Higginbotham, of Hastings; daughters, Tiffany Higginbotham, of St. Augustine, Bryana Hodges, of Florida; a stepson, Joshua Mauldin, of Jonesboro, Ga.; a brother, Elijah Higginbotham, of Hastings; sisters, Cindy Snowberger, of Jacksonville, April Carney, of Vero Beach and Kim Adams, of Hastings; and two grandchildren. St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Florida Times-Union 10/03/2008

Michael Keith Higginbotham (1956-2008) FL

Michael Keith Higginbotham, 51, passed away on Thursday October 2, 2008. He was a native and life long resident of Jacksonville. He was an avid musician and played in several bands. He is preceded in death by his brother, Curtis Higginbotham. Survivors include his parents, Russell and Bobbie; sons, Michael Higginbotham, Jr., of Jacksonville, Randal, Daniel, and Samuel Higginbotham all of Blackfoot, Idaho; daughter, April Highbarger (Don) of MO; sisters, Brenda Coon of Jacksonville, and Cheryl (Sherry) Smallwood (William) of Statesboro, GA; grandmother, Audrey May Harris of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 4, at 11am in the chapel of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Road, with Rev. F. Ray Turner officiating. Interment will follow in Buford Grove Cemetery, Hilliard. The family will receive friends Friday evening (today) from 6pm until 8pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Hospice Northeast (Morris Center), 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 268-5200.



Gainesville Sun 11/07/2008

Shirley Ann Roundtree Grayson Higginbotham (1932-2008) FL

Keystone Heights - Mrs. Shirley Ann Higginbotham age 76, passed away in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 6, 2008 in Shands at Starke following an extended illness. Mrs. Higginbotham was born in Jacksonville on April 3, 1932 to Basil and Nadine Bullard Roundtree, and moved to Keystone Heights from St. Augustine in 2002. She was a member of Orange Heights Baptist Church, the Shrine Club, was an avid Bridge Player, loved sports, was a Gator fan, and loved her family. She retired from the Clay Electric Payroll Department after 18 years of service. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Higginbotham and son Sandy Grayson. Survivors are: son: Bobby Grayson of Keystone Heights; siblings: Jewell Thomas of Hawthorne; Esther Day of Keystone Heights; Basil Roundtree of Newberry; Nancy Roundtree of Hawthorne; two Grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Higginbotham will be in Orange Heights Baptist Church at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 8, 2008, with Dr. Lonnie Broome officiating. Viewing will be 1 hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177 or Orange Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 16700 NE SR 26, Hawthorne, FL 32640. Arrangements are by JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME of Keystone Heights, 352-473-3176.



Pensacola News Journal 11/19/2008

Charles Elmer Higginbottom (1919-2008) KS/FL

Charles "Charlie" Higginbottom, 89, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2008. He was born on June 24, 1919 near Emporia, Kansas. He was a World War II veteran, participating in the Normandy D-Day invasion and later earning a Purple Heart. Following his discharge from the Army, he lived in Jackson, Michigan, where he met and married Mary Hemminger. They moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1952 where they lived until 1979. They then resided in Blue Mountain, Mississippi until 1986 and finally settled in Pensacola. He is survived by is wife of 61 years, Mary; two sons Richard C. Higginbottom of Hartsell, Alabama and Michael E. H. Higginbottom of Pensacola; two daughters, Jackie Munley of Spotsylvania, Virginia and June Meyer of Dodge City, Kansas; 10 Grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was an active member of Southern Baptist churches during his lifetime, was a loving husband and father and was well liked by all who knew him. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Mary Ann at Comfort Care and the staff at Life Care Center of Pensacola. Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for the private ceremony.



Florida Times-Union 12/04/2008

Charlotte Higginbotham (1931-2008) FL

Charlotte Higginbotham, 77, a life long resident of Jacksonville, passed away on December 1, 2008. She was a member of First Coast Baptist Church and a 1949 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking. Mrs. Higginbotham was preceded in death by her son, Gene Higginbotham in 1979. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Sidney "Sid" Higginbotham, her son, Roger Higginbotham (Karol), three grandchildren, Hannah Higginbotham Slabaugh (Carson), and Kyle and Sara Higginbotham. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Westside Baptist Church with Rev. Ronald Todd officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 4, 2008 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at FRASER FUNERAL HOME, 8168 Normandy Boulevard, 904-781-4314.



The Fort Myers News-Press  01/30/2009

Stephen Lee Higginbotham (1953-2009) FL

Stephen Lee Higginbotham, 55, a 6th generation Fort Myers, FL native has left this earth to meet his Father in Heaven on January 28, 2009. Steve was an avid fisherman, skilled hunter and gifted artist. His love of architecture and the outdoors inspired his work as a Draftsman and Stone Mason. Steve is survived by his mother Zelma Helveston-Higginbotham, his sibling Adrian Jeri Church, Eston James "Buddy" Higginbotham, Julie Reep, his three children Amanda Brown, Jessica Higginbotham, Stephen Higginbotham and his grandson Grant Liam Brown. Steve will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He's as free as a bird now.



Daytona Beach News-Journal 02/12/2009

Keith Allen Higginbotham Jr. (1979-2009) FL

Keith Allen Higginbotham, Jr. 29, of Edgewater died Saturday, February 7, 2009.   Keith was born November 8, 1979 in Mansfield, OH.  He worked in the construction industry as a drywall hanger.  Keith attended New Smyrna Beach High School and was involved in football and soccer.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing.  His greatest accomplishments were his children who he loved dearly.  Keith will be sorely missed by his children, Felicia and Emily Higginbotham and Darien Corbett; mother of the children, Shanon Moraitis, his parents, Keith A. Higginbotham, Sr.,  Kathie Holland; step-father, Steven Holland, Sr.; brothers and sisters, Natosha Nelson, Jennifer Higginbotham, Steven Holland, Jr. Heather Holland, Joseph Holland and Mindy and Wendy Higginbotham; maternal grandmother, Nella Truex; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Higginbotham and step-paternal grandmother, Donna Holda; six aunts and uncles and 15 nieces and nephews.  Visitation: 11:00AM to 12 Noon at Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Service 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 on February 12, 2009



Florida Times-Union 02/15/2009

Stella Kathryn Raulerson Higginbotham (1928-2009) FL

Stella K. Higginbotham, 80, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2009. She was a native of Baker County having lived in Jacksonville for most of her life. She was a member of Kings Road Baptist Church where funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Lee Whitaker officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery. She retired from Rex Packaging in 1993 after 29 years service. Mrs. Higginbotham loved people and also loved country music and “her” Gators and Jaguars. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Elwood C. “Red” Higginbotham in 2001. Mrs. Higginbotham was a loving mother and grandmother for her 2 daughters, Sandra Jenkins and Gloria (Steve) Mitchell; her 5 grandchildren, Michael, Brandy, Chance, Sophie and Grace; 3 great-grandchildren, Nathan, Chloe and Ansen. Mrs. Higginbotham often said her children and grandchildren were her “whole heart”. Also surviving are her brother, Paul Raulerson, and a son in law, Mike (Tonya) Jenkins. The family will receive friends at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 1426 Rowe Ave, Monday, from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. Those desiring may make donations to Kings Road Baptist Church, 6510 Barth Rd., Jacksonville, 32219 in lieu of flowers.



Citrus County Chronicle 03/05/2009

Vivian Pauline Puckett Higginbotham (1914-2009) FL

Vivian Pauline Higginbotham, 95, Floral City, died March 5, 2009, in the Hospice House in Lecanto. A lifetime resident and member of one of Citrus County's pioneer families, she was born in Floral City, one of ten children, to the late Wilbur G. and Minervia Priest Puckett on Feb. 19th, 1914. She lived her entire life in Floral City with the exception of serving our country in the United States Coast Guard. She owned and operated a general store in Floral City and was the Post Mistress of the Floral City Post Office for 27 years. She was an active member of the Floral City United Methodist Church where she served as secretary, treasurer, and the chair person of most all of the church committees, in addition to singing in the choir. Mrs. Higginbotham was a Life Member of the Floral City Chapter of Order of Eastern Star for 75 years, where she served two terms as the Worthy Matron and held all of the offices during her membership. Additionally, she served as the District 13 Grand Instructor. Other affiliations included the American Legion Post 225 Auxiliary, where she was a charter member. Her heart and soul was devoted to the Hills of Rest Cemetery Association, where she was past treasurer and still served on the Board of Directors at her death. She is survived by her sister, Ethel Winn, Crystal River; sister-in-law, Iva Puckett, Inverness; her stepdaughters, Mickey Stickler, Leesburg, GA, and Peggy Thompson, Albany, GA; 6 nieces, Ann (Clyde) Brown, Janelle (Raymond) Abell, Becky (Ron) Worthington, Sandy (Chuck) Mann, Virginia Simmons, and Patricia (Joe) Greer; 3 nephews, George (Kathy) Puckett, Michael (Lynn) Puckett, and Larry Puckett; and many great-nieces and -nephews. Additionally, she leaves 3 grandchildren, Dollie (Pat) Patalivo, Debbie (Brad) Becker, Teri (David) Lybarger; several great- and great-great-grandchildren. Additionally, we remember her loving supporter, Ellen George. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilton, on June 20, 1992; 3 brothers, George, Lawrence, and Gene Puckett; 5 sisters, Wilma Steadman, Earlene Harmon, Louise Puckett, Fannie Puckett, and Lois Allen. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 9th at 11:00 A.M. from the Floral City United Methodist Church with Rev. Steven Riddle officiating. Burial will follow in Hills of Rest Cemetery of Floral City. Friends may call at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 to 7 PM, where Eastern Star Services will be conducted at 6:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the First United Methodist Church of Floral City. 03/16/2009

Jesse Morgan Higginbotham Jr. (1925-2009) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, Jesse M. Jr., 83, of Plant City, peacefully went to sleep and woke in heaven March 13, 2009. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, participated in the second wave of the Normandy Invasion, and received a Purple Heart for the wounds he sustained in France. He was a charter member of Riverhills Church of God. He was an elder in the church for 45 years, 30 of which he taught Sunday school for teen boys and young men. He is survived by Emma, his devoted wife of 65½ years, whom he met and courted for only three weeks before marrying. He also leaves behind daughter, Patricia, and the son-in-law, whom he chose, James Bussell; grandchildren, Erik and Marni Bussell, Beth and Brian Langford, and Katrina and Keith Acuff; great-grand-children, Heather, Joshua, Jeremy, Jenna, Brooke, Hallie, Emma and Ella; sister, Connie Florence and husband, David, of Alabama; honorary daughter, Regina Gillett; and an extended loving family and numerous friends. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at Sunset Memory Gardens, Thonotosassa, Fla.



Florida Times-Union 04/20/2009

Michael Keith Higginbotham Jr. (1976-2009) FL

Michael Keith Higginbotham, Jr., 33, passed away on Friday April 17, 2009. He was a native and life long resident of Jacksonville. He is preceded in death by his father Michael Higginbotham. Survivors include his wife, Tiffany Higginbotham; children, Jessica Werner, Timothy Solomon, Cameron Myers, Donavan Kelley and Haylei Kelley all of Jacksonville; mother, Pamela Harper; half-brothers, Daniel, Randy and Samuel Higginbotham all of ID; half-sister April of MO; maternal grandparents, Vicki and Pete Moreash; paternal grandparents, Bobbie and Russell Higginbotham; numerous aunts, uncles other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday April 22, at 3pm in the chapel of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville, 714-1110, with Rev. Billy Strickland officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening April 21 from 6pm until 8pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to his wife, Tiffany Higginbotham to help with family expenses.



Sun-Sentinel 04/24/2009

Glyn Marion Higginbotham (1951-2009) LA/FL

Higginbotham, Glyn Marion, 57, passed away on April 22, 2009. Glyn was born in Baton Rouge, LA on May 1, 1951 and moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1970. He is survived by his daughter, Lindsey Gale who is a student at RIT; his sister, Bonnie Weaver and her son Kyle Duncan of Dallas; brother, Jack of Houston and father, Marion. Viewing at 2 pm and service at 4 pm, today, Saturday, April 25th at Baptist Temple, 1490 N. Flamingo Rd., Plantation, FL, (954) 472-5750.



Florida Times-Union 06/16/2009

Mary Kathryn Higginbotham Williams (1955-2009) FL

Mary Kathryn Williams, age 53, of Fernandina Beach, passed away on Friday morning, June 12, 2009 at Baptist Medical Center - Nassau. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, daughter of the late Herman Bryan Higginbotham and Kathryn Millicuddy Higginbotham. Ms. Williams was a graduate of Mercer University and obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Georgia, School of Law. She leaves behind, her sisters, Martha Sorenson (Randy), Patty Blythe (Tom), brothers, Mike Higginbotham and Matt Higginbotham, nieces and nephews, Kristy, Laura, Zack, Madison, Katie, Jacob, Thomas, great niece and nephew, Gavin, Siddalee. Memorial services will be 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at St. Michael Catholic Church. After the service, family and friends are invited to visit at the home of Martha and Randy Sorenson. Please visit her life story at OXLEY - HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Florida.



Florida Times-Union 06/18/2009

Hazel Elizabeth Higginbotham Jacobs (1919-2009) FL

Hazel Elizabeth Higginbotham Jacobs, 90, of Baldwin, passed away June 17, 2009. Hazel was a member and the last surviving charter member of Grace Baptist in Baldwin. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She taught Sunday school in Baldwin, FL and Dillon, SC for many years. Gardening was her passion and her flowers were her pride and joy. She loved the outdoors and spent countless hours in her yard doing what she enjoyed. Hazel is survived by her sons, Ronnie Jacobs (Pat) and David Jacobs (Melba), and daughters, Ann Fouraker (Tommy), Barbara Braddy and Linda Edwards. She had 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law, Beula Higginbotham and Dorothy Rogers, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was blessed with wonderful caretakers that became her friends and whom her family is most grateful for. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Johnie Jacobs, and her parents, John and Bertha Higginbotham. Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Friday, June 19, 2009, at Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Dewayne Jowers officiating. Interment will follow in Brandy Branch Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 PM prior to the service. Arrangements by Giddens-Reed Funeral Home, Baldwin (904-266-2337).



Florida Times-Union 07/08/2009

Richard Lee Higginbotham (1942-2009) FL

Richard Lee Higginbotham, 67, of Callahan, passed away July 6, 2009. Nassau Funeral Home, Callahan. 904-879-1770.



Florida Times-Union 07/13/2009

Ben Anthony Higginbotham Sr. (1929-2009) TX/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Ben A. Higginbotham, Sr., 80, passed away July 10, 2009 in Jacksonville, FL. Ben was born March 29, 1929 in Beaumont, TX. He is survived by his sons Michael W. Dargel and Ben A. Higginbotham, Jr.; daughter Delene A. Higginbotham; daughters-in-law Linda J. Dargel and Ellen I. Higginbotham; grandchildren Cherish, Veena, Erika, Lisa and Bobby; 8 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 14 from 6-8 PM. Funeral Service will be held at San Jose Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 15 at 11:00 AM with Father Jim Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Greenlawn Funeral Home.



Florida Times-Union 07/21/2009

Maxine Higginbotham Jones (1932-2009) FL

JONES- Maxine Higginbotham Jones, 76, of Callahan, passed away Friday, July 17, 2009. Nassau Funeral Home, Callahan, FL. 904-879-1770.



Florida Today 08/19/2009

Lucey A. Satey Higginbotham (1924-2009) FL

Titusville Lucey A. Satey Higginbotham, 85, left for Heaven on Saturday, August 15, 2009. She was the daughter of Sam Satey, a Greek immigrant, and Mary M. Teal, a Native American. She was born in Arcadia, Fl. on January 18, 1924, and lived most of her life in Defuniak Springs, Fl. where her career began as one of the first pioneering female barbers in 1940. Satey and her children, Dorothy, Alex, and Tracey, arrived in Titusville, Fl. during 1965. Satey was known for being an old fashion barber for most of her barbering career and loved to discuss politics, get involved with the shop man talks, and just cutup with just about anyone. The outdoor life was her favorite place to be, fishing, hunting in her earlier years, or just enjoying nature. Other enjoyments included teaching and doing her artistic abilities through sewing, photography, ceramics, doll making, and computer operations. Everyone knew her as being kind and fun, but at the same time, direct and opinionated. This is why she was known to a lot of us as Big Momma. She is survived by two of her children, Dorothy and Tracey, a special daughter- in-law, Teresa, along with seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on August 22, 2009, at North Brevard Funeral Home, Titusville.



Pensacola News Journal 10/09/2009

Darlene E. DeArman Higginbotham (1923-2009) AR/FL

Darlene Higginbotham, 86, of Pensacola, FL passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2009. Darlene was born in Walnut Ridge, AR to Harry and Nancy DeArman. Darlene had five daughters while living in Walnut Ridge, AR for the first 46 years of her life. She resided in Pine Bluff, AR from 1969-1983. Darlene has been a resident of Pensacola since 1983. She was a devoted Methodist. She attended the First Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, AR, Lakeside Methodist in Pine Bluff, AR and the First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, FL. She is preceded in death by her late husband, Bob Higginbotham; daughter, Dana Higginbotham; mother, Nancy DeArman; father, Harry DeArman; and her four siblings. Survivors include her loving and devoted husband, Don Brockway; daughters, Ronda Collier of Texas, Robbie Richey of Pensacola, FL, Jill Moore of Pocahontas, AR and Jan Thompson of Lexington, KY; step-sons, Mark and wife, Judy, Brockway of Pensacola, FL and Kevin Brockway of Pensacola, FL. Private family services will be held. The family would like to give a special thanks to Covenant Hospice for their compassionate care given to Mrs. Higginbotham. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504. HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.


Florida Times-Union 10/17/2009

Marie Frances Knowles Higginbotham (1918-2009) NY/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Marie Frances Higginbotham, 91, passed peacefully on September 28, 2009 in Jacksonville, FL. She was born in New Hyde Park on Long Island, NY on March 25, 1918 to James and Helen Knowles. Marie was a devout Member of San Juan del Rio Catholic Church and she enjoyed spending her time in love and devotion for God, family, and humanity. She was a real estate investor and dutiful homemaker. She has left behind to cherish her memory, her loving children, Jane Marie Mimbs, Ronald Lawson, Patricia Jones; sister, Shirley Casella of Connecticut; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and many treasured friends. A Mass will be held on October 24, 2009 at 1 p.m. at San Juan del Rio Catholic Church, 1718 St. Rd. 13 N., St. Johns, FL 32259. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to San Juan del Rio Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the care and trust of HARDAGE GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 904-288-0025. 11/17/2009

Stanley Edward Higginbotham (1924-2009) NY/FL

Stanley Edward Higginbotham, 85, passed away November 12, 2009, and was reunited with his beloved wife Alice, who passed away in 1990. Stanley was born September 27th, 1924 in Highland Falls, New York to Edward and Florence (Smith) Higginbotham. Stanley retired from Central Hudson Gas and Electric Company in 1984 after 30 years of service, and then moved to Apollo Beach, Florida with his wife Alice.

Stanley was a World War II veteran serving in the United States Navy stationed on many ships, most notably the U.S.S. Wichita (CA-45). After being discharged in 1945, he returned to Naval service for the Korean conflict. After the war, he went into the Naval Reserve and transferred into the United States Navy Seabees as a construction electrician. Stanley then moved to Greenville, New York and switched his military service to the Army National Guard and rising to the rank of First Sergeant. In 1995, he received the “Victory over Germany” medal presented by the Russian government. Stanley’s military service to the United States lasted for 43 years.

Stanley joined the Freemasons at the James M. Austin Lodge #557 in Greenville, New York and eventually became a Worshipful Master Mason. After relocating to Florida, he joined the Tampa Lodge #240. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Riverview, FL chapter, and served as Commander of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-16 in Sun City Center, FL.

He married Alice in 1946, and had four children; Linda residing in Florida, Susan (Richard) residing in Virginia, Nancy (Bill) residing in New York, and Charles (Jennifer) residing in Texas, 11 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Great-Great Granddaughter to be born in March, 2010, numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Stanley is also survived by his devoted companion of 20 years, Shirley, and brother-in-law John Hollmen. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Ruby, and brother Ralph, 3 sisters-in-law, and 3 brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, please make a tax deductable contribution to the United Service Organizations (USO) in memory of Stanley Higginbotham. Throughout history, as men and women of the United States Armed Forces have been sent to war, the USO has been there to provide them with a cup of coffee, a smile, a kind word, entertainment, an occasional dance or two and most of all a "touch of home" in a far-off place. The USO began providing service to military members during World War II and continues today for service members supporting Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and at other duty stations worldwide.

Services will be held on Wednesday, November 18, at the Southern Funeral Care Chapel, 10510 Riverview Drive, Riverview, FL. A visitation will begin at 10:00AM, followed by a funeral service with Masonic Rites at 11:00AM. Interment will take place following the funeral service at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens, 2323 West Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL.



Florida Times-Union on November 19, 2009

Roger Dale Higginbotham (1952-2009) FL

Roger Dale Higginbotham Sr., 57, of Middleburg, FL passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. He was born on September 27, 1952 in Lake City, FL to parents Jehu and Ruby Higginbotham. He was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith and attended Doctors Inlet Church of God in Orange Park, FL where he dedicated his life to his church. Roger served 38 1/2 years in The Florida Army National Guard in 631st maintenance division were he was classified as a CW4. He was a 915E auto technician and the electronics mechanic supervisor. He enjoyed farming and gardening but mostly time spent with his family. Roger will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his loving wife, Mary Higginbotham; mother, Ruby Baxley; children, Natalie Whitaker (Leonard Jr.), Cory Higginbotham, Roger, Jr. (Nicole), Christan Higginbotham and Jaden Higginbotham; brothers, Fred Higginbotham (Debra) and Terry Richard Higginbotham (Dawn); sisters, Jeri Dyess, Sarah Higginbotham and Charlene Ballantyne (Montie) and his beautiful grandchildren, Trey, Christopher, Lindsay, Luke and Corbitt. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the Doctors Inlet Church of God, 144 Old Jennings Road. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 20, 2009 at Doctors Inlet Church of God officiated by Reverend W.B. McCue, Reverend Christopher Oliver and Reverend Ronnie Surrency. Interment with military honors will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park .Please sign the family's online guestbook at Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring Street, Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000.



Orlando Sentinel 11/27/2009

Mary Sue Higginbotham (1949-2009) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, MARY SUE, "Suzy", age 60, of Sanford, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. Suzy was a beloved and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 30th, 9:30 a.m. at Orthodox Church of St. Stephen, 1895 Lake Emma Rd., Longwood, FL. Suzy will be laid to rest at Oaklawn Park Cemetery, Lake Mary, FL. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Comforter.




Randy Wayne Higginbotham (1953-2010) FL

SPRING CITY, TN -- Randy Wayne Higginbotham, 56, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2010, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Born in Miami, Fla., on April 14, 1953, he was the son of Rebecca Leigh Higginbotham and the late Morterman Braxton Higginbotham. Randy graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Building Construction. He was employed by TVA for over 30 years and held various positions within the organization. Randy was a Senior Labor Relations Consultant upon his retirement in December, 2009 and had previously served as Human Resource Manager. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Spring City. Randy is survived by his wife, Norma Sue Higginbotham, of Spring City; his mother, Rebecca Leigh Higginbotham, of Spring City; brothers, Dennis Higginbotham, of Spring City, Grady L. (Deborah) Higginbotham, of Duluth, Ga., and Arthur C. (Abbe) Higginbotham, of Orlando, Fla. He is survived by nephews, Craig Higginbotham and Daren B. Higginbotham; and nieces, Jillian Higginbotham, Cassidy Higginbotham and Kate Mayfield. Randy is also survived by his stepdaughter, Irene (Michael S.) Erwin, of Decatur. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 21, 2010, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Spring City with the Rev. Brian Price officiating. Interment will follow in Foster Cemetery in Niota, Tenn. The family will receive friends today, February 20, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vaughn Funeral Home. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.; or the First Baptist Church of Spring City, Building Fund, P.O. Box 127, Spring City, TN 37381. Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City is in charge of arrangements.



Florida Times-Union 02/13/2010

Reba Dora Alexander Higginbotham (1920-2010) FL

(May 6, 1920 - February 11, 2010)

Reba Alexander Higginbotham, 89, Jacksonville, passed to her Lord on Thursday, February 11, 2010. Reba died peacefully, in her sleep, of natural causes. She was predeceased by her loving husband, H. Rodney “Higgy” Higginbotham, and survived by her brother, Milo Alexander (Georgia), and four sons, H. Rodney, Jr. (Sylvia), Carlton (Kathy), Mel (Donna), and Dan (Michelle). A devoted wife and mother, Reba surrounded herself with the joys of her family and her 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A charter member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Reba expressed her love of music and her love of her Lord by singing in the choir for over 40 years. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations in her memory be made to the Music Ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm, Tuesday, February 16th at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd. Services are scheduled for 10:00am, Wednesday, February 17, 2010, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2961 University Blvd. N., Rev. Miguel Rosada presiding. Following a reception at the church, interment will be at 1:00pm, Greenlawn Cemetery, 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Arrangements by Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd., Jacksonville 904-744-8422.



Florida Times-Union 02/18/2010

Don Wayne Higginbotham (1947-2010) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Mr. Don W. Higginbotham, age 62, of Yulee, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 17, 2010 in Kinston, North Carolina. Born in Jacksonville, FL, he was the son of Lawrence Woodrow and Helen Frith Higginbotham. Don grew up in Yulee and was a graduate of Yulee High School, Class of 1965. After high school, he worked at Container Corporation of America in Fernandina before joining the I.B.E.W. four year apprenticeship program in Jacksonville. Graduating as a Licensed Electrician in 1974, Don began his career as a Master Electrician and Foreman working on and heading up many large projects around the Jacksonville area, to include the All Tel Stadium, the Jacksonville Suns Stadium, the World Golf Village in Ponte Vedra Beach, the Jacksonville Public Library and Baptist Medical Centers. For the past year, he has worked on a large project for Miller Electric in Kinston, NC. An avid Florida Gator Fan, Don enjoyed fishing the Nassau County waterways and hunting with friends. He was a longtime member of Hedges Baptist Church, Yulee and had served in the United States Marine Corps. Preceding him in death is his father, Mr. Lawrence Woodrow Higginbotham, who passed away in 2000. Don leaves behind, his mother, Mrs. Helen Frith Higginbotham, Yulee, FL, his brother, Delvin W. Higginbotham (Glenda), Yulee, FL, two sons, a daughter, a nephew, Timothy Buck Higginbotham, Yulee, FL and many other close relatives and friends. The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 6:00 pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday from the Hedges Baptist Church, Yulee, FL with Reverends Mark Patterson and Pete Jones, officiating. Mr. Higginbotham will be laid to rest in the family selection of Hughes Cemetery. Employees of Miller Electric are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers.



Florida Times-Union 03/12/2010

Rosa Lee Higginbotham Thien (1927-2010) FL

Rosa Lee "Rosy" Thien, 82, a native of Jacksonville, FL., passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was born on September 26, 1927. Rosy is preceded in death by her husband, Leaman "Shorty" Thien and is survived by her son, Leaman P. Thien, Jr. (Deborah); her daughter, Cindy Hildebrand (Earl); 2 brothers, Bobby Higginbotham (Jackie) and Billy Higginbotham (Lorine); 2 sisters, Doris Dresback and Betty Rodgers; 3 grandchildren, Jeremy Thien (Ashlie), Ryan Thien (Laura) and Tracy Baird (Geren); 2 great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Baird and Eleanor Thien and "Jellybean" on the way. The family visitation to greet friends will be on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL. 32205. Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow at Edgewood Cemetery of Jacksonville, FL.



Florida Times-Union 03/19/2010

Viola Johnson Suggs Higginbotham (1929-2010) FL

Viola "Suggs" Higginbotham passed away March 16, 2010 at St. Vincent's Medical Center from a sudden illness. Viola was born on July 13, 1929 In Hilliard, Florida. She was a member of West Jacksonville Baptist Church where she served as a greeter for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, watching Gator games, and Nascar. She will be greatly missed by her family. She is preceded in death by her mother and father Stella and Jess Johnson, late husband Marion Higginbotham, and the late Reverend Gerald Suggs. Survivors include her son Wayne Suggs (Penny) of Yulee, FL; daughters Vada Suggs of Orange Park, FL and Brenda Crews (Jerry) of Glen St. Marys, FL. Siblings include Carrie Summerall (Dub) of Jacksonville, Florida, Sammy Johnson (Elaine) of Hilliard, FL, Charles Johnson (Elaine) of Atlanta, Georgia and the late James Johnson. Grandchildren include Shawn Spencer (Casey), Jenny Nevin (Robbie), Todd Singletary, and Jesse Suggs (Jennifer); Great grandchildren include Austin Spencer, Faith and Bryce Nevin. The family will receive friends from 6-8PM at Town and Country Funeral Home Friday the 19th . Services will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM at West Jacksonville Baptist Church, 5634 Normandy Blvd, followed by military graveside service at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Arrangements made by Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Boulevard Jacksonville, Florida 32205.



Florida Times-Union 04/11/2010

William Henry Higginbotham (1928-2010) FL

Born: October 27, 1928   Died: April 9, 2010

William H. (Billy) Higginbotham, 81, passed away on April 9, 2010. William was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Florida. He was a member of Dinsmore Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army; he was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired from CSX after 40 years of dedicated service. Billy served as Chief of Dinsmore Volunteer Firefighters for 14 years, he was also a member of the Dinsmore Civic Association, Dinsmore Heritage Committee and the Railroad Retirement Association. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Billy was also a model railroad enthusiast. He is predeceased by his parents, Reecie and Bertha Higginbotham. He is survived by his wife of 49 beautiful years, Lorine; sons, Eddie Pearson (Brenda), Roy Pearson and Bill Higginbotham; daughters, Donna Anderson (Keith) and Marie Cook (James); brother, Bobby Higginbotham (Jackie); sisters, Doris Dresbeck and Betty Fay Rodgers; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 11, 2010 from 2-4pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 11:00 am, with entombment to follow at Edgewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to NE FL Community Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave., 388-2711 Condolences may be shared at 04/16/2010

Fred D. Higginbotham (1928-2010) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, Fred D., 81, formerly of Tampa, passed away April 13, 2010. He is survived by his children, Vicki St. John and Robin Higginbotham; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will take place at noon, with visitation at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 17, at Calvary Tabernacle, 10930 U.S. Highway 301, Thonotosassa, Fla. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, (813) 626-3161. on 05/05/2010

Lucian LeeRoy Higginbotham (1938-2010) FL

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 2 p.m. in Blackshear Place Baptist Church, for Lucian (Sam) LeeRoy Higginbotham, 72, of Gainesville. The Rev. Jeff Crook and the Rev. Dave Channell will officiate. Mr. Higginbotham died May 3, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. He was a member of Blackshear Place Baptist Church. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his wife, Patricia Higginbotham of Gainesville; three sons, Clayton Higginbotham, Lee Higginbotham and Jerry Higginbotham; two daughters, Tina Gay Higginbotham and Deborah Reither; and two brothers, James C. Higginbotham and Jack Higginbotham. Strickland Funeral Home, Clermont.


The Telegraph 05/05/2010

Michael Bryan Higginbotham (1962-2010) GA/FL

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL - Michael Bryan Higginbotham, age 47, passed away peacefully Monday, May 3, surrounded by family and friends after a long courageous battle with ALS. Born in Georgia, he was son of the late Herman Bryan Higginbotham and Kathryn M. Higginbotham. Mike served as a Lieutenant in The Army National Guard. He received a Bachelor of Science from Georgia College; a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from The Medical College of Georgia; a Master of Education from Valdosta State College, and a Master of Physicians Assistant Studies from The University of Florida. Mike leaves behind his children, Katie and Jacob, brother, Matt, sisters Martha Sorenson (Randy), and Patty Blythe (Tom), nieces, Kristy Bland (Reid), Laura Ann, Madison, and nephews, Zachary, Thomas and great nephew and niece, Gavin and Kathryn Sophia. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Reception to follow at his home, 1267 South Fletcher Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Northeast Florida Community Hospice in memory of Mike.



Florida Times-Union 06/22/2010

John E. Higginbotham (1937-2010) FL

John E. Higginbotham, age 73, of Starke, FL, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2010. ARCHIE TANNER FUNERAL SERVICES, Starke, FL 904-964-5757.



St. Petersburg Times 08/19/2010

Emma Dell Bristow Higginbotham (1924-2010) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, Emma D. 86, of Plant City passed away Aug. 17, 2010. She was a charter member of the Riverhills Church of God. She taught Sunday School and was a member of the choir for 50 years. She graduated from Lee College (BTS) in 1941. She began her banking career at Marine Bank of Tampa and retired as a Vice President of South Trust Bank after a long banking career. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Jesse. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Bussell (James); grandchildren, Erik and Marni Bussell, Beth and Brian Langford, and Katrina and Keith Acuff; eight great-grandchildren, Heather, Joshua, Jeremy, Jenna, Brooke, Hallie, Emma and Ella; sister, Erline Mayhew; and honorary daughter, Regina Gillett. A funeral service will take place at 11 am Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 at the Riverhills Church of God. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Stowers Funeral Home Brandon, FL 813-689-1211



St. Augustine Record 08/24/2010

Theron Mark Higginbotham (1956-2010) TX/FL

Theron Mark Higginbotham, 53, died suddenly at his home Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. He was a longtime resident of St. Augustine. Mark was born on Aug. 28, 1956, in Brownsville, Texas. He spent many years working on building boats as a hull structural fitter. An avid sports enthusiast, Mark played football in high school for the Port Isabel Tarpons. He also played softball for many years for the St. Johns County Men's Softball League. Mark also played basketball, paddle tennis and other sports. He is survived by his daughter, Shannon St. Clair (Chad); grandson, Draven St. Clair; and stepfather, Gerald Simms, all of St. Augustine; brothers, David Higginbotham (Susan) and George Higginbotham (Eliza), of Port Isabel, Texas; sisters, Ella Warrell of Los Fresnos, Texas, and Gale Daniel and Elizabeth Ann Higginbotham, both of St. Augustine; many nieces and nephews; and his loving German shepherd, Heimrick. Mark was known for his friendly and witty nature, always making people laugh. He will be sadly missed by all. St. Johns Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



The Palm Beach Post 09/04/2010

Hansford Nelson Higginbotham Jr. (1946-2010) FL

Hansford "Hank" Nelson Higginbotham, Jr. passed away on August 25, 2010, in Delray Beach, FL. Born on August 21, 1946 at Coral Gables, FL, he was 64-years-young. An avid motorsports enthusiast, Hank watched, built and raced a variety of sports cars throughout his life. His activities weren't limited to the racetracks though, as he occasionally found his way onto the tennis courts, as well. But his best times were reserved for family and friends. Professionally, Hank was a valued member of Amerifund Capital Finance, in Boca Raton, where he was Vice President for Business Development. He will be missed by all his colleagues. Surviving family members include his wife, Barbara; sister, Eleanor Tifft of Port St. Lucie, FL and nieces, Pamela Elias of West Palm Beach, FL, Lynda Henderson of Cape Cod, MA, Susan Townley, of Port St. Lucie, FL, Dorothy Wardlaw of Miami, FL and nephews Bill Tifft of New Orleans, LA and David Tifft of Stuart, FL. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels, 7205 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33446 The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Hank's memory, to the charities of your choice.



Florida Times-Union 09/16/2010

Derrell Louis Higginbotham (1930-2010) FL

Derrell L. Higginbotham, 79, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. Mr. Higginbotham, a Jacksonville native, worked at various paper mills in the area, retiring from Champion Mills. He was predeceased by his son, Randall L.; a grandson, Randall Adam; and a brother, 'Sambo'. Surviving family includes: his wife of 38 years, Helen Higginbotham; great-grandson, Zachary Higginbotham; a daughter in law, Kay Higginbotham; sisters and brothers: Clarice Lofton Cumbie, Lucy Hargraves, William O. 'Billy' Higginbotham, John Henry 'Johnny' Higginbotham and Sandra 'Sandy' Campbell; and a niece, Bobbie Livingston, as well as several other nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at their residence, 14459 Duval Place, W., Friday, Sept. 17 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM with a memorial service beginning at 6:00PM. Rev. Lynn Massey will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society . Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 1426 Rowe Ave.



Daytona Beach News-Journal 09/16/2010

Brett Thomas Higginbotham (1958-2010) FL

Brett Thomas Higginbotham, age 52, DeLand, FL passed away suddenly Sept. 7, 2010 at his home. He was born June 16, 1958. He loved hunting, fishing and sports. He is survived by his father, Bane H. Higginbotham; and stepmother, Paula Higginbotham; and one brother, Steve G. Higginbotham of DeLand. He was a lifetime resident of DeLand. There will be a private graveside service for the family at a later date. Lankford Funeral Home is in charge.



Florida Times-Union 09/17/2010

Donna Jean Weaver Earll Higginbotham (1929-2010) PA/NY/FL

Donna Jean Weaver Earll Higginbotham, 80, of Jacksonville, slipped peacefully into eternity on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida after a brief battle with cancer. Donna was born on September 30, 1929 in Lawrence Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania to Joseph E. Weaver and Marion L. Church. She spent her childhood and early adult years in Pennsylvania and New York. She moved to Florida in the early 1960's. During her career she worked as a bank teller, in retail at the Diana Shop in downtown Jacksonville and eventually retired from the State of Florida Department of Health after 22 years of service. She is the widow of William B. Higginbotham (Billy) and lived in Fernandina Beach for over 20 years before moving to Jacksonville in 2009 to be closer to her girls. She leaves to cherish her always, 2 daughters: Jennifer (Chuck) Pitney and Cindy (Bryan) Dowd both of Jacksonville; Step-daughters Kathy (Richard Adams) of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Melissa (Johnny) Dangerfield of Monks Corner, SC; Step Son - Billy Higginbotham, Jr. (Patti Wingate) of Knoxville, TN; 9 Grandchildren: Jaime (Dan) Marini; Richard (Amanda) Lyons II, Kara Pitney, Logan Pitney, Natalie (Tracy) Hoff, Clint Dangerfield, Zak Dangerfield, Sherry Sayre and Alex Higginbotham; 7 great-grand children - Richard Lyons III, Sean Lyons, Ava Marini, Tyler Hoff, Emily Hoff, Jeremiah Sayre and Crissy Sayre. Three brothers: William F. "Bill" (Peg) Weaver of Souderton, PA, John R. "Bob" (Pat) Weaver of Webster, FL, and Leonard Paul (Shirley) Weaver of Bellafonte, PA. 2 sisters: Marilyn Robertson of Webster, FL, and Phyllis (Chet) Cummings of Elmira, NY. Sister-in- law: Betty Seescholtz of Fernandina Beach, FL and many special friends that she made along her journey. Of special note, there is her grand-kitty, Piper, whom she loved very much and asked about at least twice every day. Donna's wish is to have her ashes scattered in the Higginbotham family plot in Bosque Bello Cemetery in Fernandina Beach, Florida. A graveside memorial will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Her son, Rev. R. Bryan Dowd, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donna's name to the charity of your choice. Written condolences may be sent to: 2503 Quail Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32218. The family would like to thank the staff of Riverside Presbyterian Apartments (especially Andrea, Gigi, Ginger and Vicki), the residents who made her house a home (Martha, John, George and Pat) and the staff of Baptist Medical Center & Florida Oncology Group for their tireless care and compassion.



Lake City Reporter 10/23/2010

W. H. Higginbotham (1936-2010) FL

W. H. Higginbotham, 73, passed away October 21, 2010 of an extended illness. He was a lifelong resident of Lake City. Survived by wife Gloria, son "late" Clint, two daughters, Glenda Marra (Michael), and Gail Griffis, grandson "late" Brandon, four grandchildren, Ashley, Ricky, Andrew and Taylor and two great grand children, Hayden and Emily. Mr. Higginbotham attended Pine Grove Baptist Church, enjoyed fishing, hunting and working outside as an everyday hobby. There will be a Remembrance Memorial Service at Pine Grove Baptist Church 1989 N US Hwy 441, Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM.



The News-Press 11/12/2010

Zelma Helveston Higginbotham (1928-2010) FL

Born Aug. 21, 1928, sixth generation Floridian, native of Lee County and southern beauty peacefully passed onto heaven to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at home with her loving family by her side. Preceded in death by son, Stephen Lee Higginbotham and survived by children Adrian Jeri Church, Eston "Buddy" Higginbotham and Julie Ann Reep. Loving grandchildren: Katina Jones, Jason Higginbotham, Amanda Brown, Jessica Higginbotham, Blake Reep, Lynette Higginbotham, Stephen Higginbotham, Joshua Higginbotham and an adorable group of seven great grandchildren. Memorial service to be held at Safe Harbor Community Church, 2PM, Monday, 11/15/10, 12960 Plantation RD, Ft Myers. In lieu of flowers, please, make donations to DAV.



St. Petersburg Times 01/05/2011

Constance Nople Higginbotham (1915-2010) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, Constance (Nople) "Miss Connie", 95, died Dec. 24, 2010. She owned Connie's School of Dance and was a circus aerialist and gymnast. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn. She is survived by 2 daughters, Debra (Herbert) May & Demaris (John) Hollembeak; 4 grandchildren; 8 great- grandchildren. A memorial service for Constance and Glenn will be at 2 pm, Saturday, Jan. 8 in the Faith Chapel at the First United Methodist Church, Tarpon Springs. Vinson Funeral Home, 727-937-6111 01/28/2011

David Roosevelt Higginbotham (1933-2011) FL

David R. "Foots" Higginbotham, 77, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2011. A native of Jacksonville, FL. The son of the late Mr. Leasie I. Higginbotham and Mrs. Carrie Bellamy Higginbotham. Foots was a life long Christian of Baptist faith. He loved his family and was one of Jacksonville "finest" Police Officer for 25 years. He loved the outdoors, loved to cook, and his love of music allowed him to play his harmonica and guitar to sing for most of his life. He lost his beautiful tenor voice before a stroke disabled him for 5 years. Foots served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired with Jacksonville Police Department and was a member of the Masons. He will be missed by his family and friends. Foots is survived by his wife of 46 years, Glory Higginbotham; his son, David Wayne; his daughter, Cynthia Diane Sharpe (Donnie); his 2 grandchildren, Donald Jr., and Nathan Lee Sharpe; sister, Gladys Godwin; brother, Sidney Higginbotham (Barbara); many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family visitation to greet friends will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32205. Funeral Service will follow visitation in the Chapel of Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Funeral Home at 2:00pm, with Chaplain Clarence Jarrell officiating. Burial will follow to Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery of Jacksonville, FL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Jones College or The Christian Radio Channel.



Florida Times-Union 01/29/2011

Mary Louise Carter Higginbotham (1920-2011) FL

March 9, 1920 - January 27, 2011

Mary Louise Higginbotham, 90, passed away Jan. 27, 2011. She was a daughter of the late John & Viola Carter and was preceded in death by her loving husband, Fred C. Higginbotham. She is survived by: her daughter, Laura Whalen; her son, Fred (Sallie Phillips) Higginbotham; her sister, Elsie Gardner; 5 grandchildren, Cassie Lumley, William Jackson, Dianne Gidcomb, Gloria Bell and Allen Higginbotham; 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. The family will receive friends at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 1426 Rowe Ave. Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 1, in the funeral home chapel, at 11:00 am with Rev. Lee Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.



Florida Times-Union 02/18/2011

Thomas Leroy Higginbotham (1939-2011) FL

Thomas Leroy Higginbotham, 72, of Callahan went home to be with the Lord on February 15, 2011. He was born in Jacksonville, FL and was raised in Bryceville, FL. He was the son of the late Freddie Leroy Higginbotham and Virginia Suits. He is survived by his wife Donna Jean Wright Higginbotham, 2-sons; Nathan Higginbotham and Adam (Jolie) Higginbotham, 1-daughter: Dawn (Tommy) Higginbotham, 10-grandchildren, 2-great grandchildren, His Mother; Virginia Higginbotham and 1-sister Linda (Melvin) Knight. He is predeceased by his father Freddie Leroy Higginbotham and 1-sister Nathalie Hargrove. Active Pallbearers are his grandsons: Samuel Higginbotham, Matthew Shute, Andrew Higginbotham, Michael Higginbotham, Jason Higginbotham, and Trevor Higginbotham. The family will receive family and friends on Friday, February 18, 2011 from 6-8 PM at First Baptist Church of Callahan. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 19, at 2:00 PM also at First Baptist Church of Callahan. The burial will take place at Brandy Branch Cemetery in Bryceville, FL. Dr. Lynn Hyatt will officiate. Condolences may be expressed by signing the guestbook at . Arrangements are under the direction of Nassau Funeral Home 541720 US Highway 1 Callahan, FL 32011 904-879-1770.



Lake City Reporter 03/04/2011

Doris Elizabeth Higginbotham Baldwin (1944-2011) FL

Doris Elizabeth Baldwin, 66, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida after an extended illness. She was the daughter of the late Green and Vera W. Higginbotham. Born in Lake City she had lived in Jacksonville for the past twenty years. She was a loving wife, mother, grand mother and great grand mother who enjoyed gardening, boating, fishing, shopping and story telling, but above all she adored her family, especially the grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Johnny, Ralph, Leslie, & Jimmy Higginbotham and her sister, Gladys Higginbotham Mastrucci. Survivors include her husband of twenty-one years, James Baldwin of Middleburg, FL; son, Billy (Denise) King of Lake City, FL; sister, Betty Jean Ruth of St. Augustine, FL; grand daughters, Ashley King & her fiancé, Jason Woodworth & Holly King; great grand daughter, Kayden King; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services for Mrs. Baldwin will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2011 in the chapel of Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Pastor John Hathaway officiating. Interment will follow in Corinth Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Friday evening, March 4, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3596 South U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, FL 32025 (386) 752-1954



Dignity Memorial 03/14/2011

Thomas Melvin Higginbotham Jr. (1928-2011) FL

Thomas Melvin Higginbotham Jr. was born March 8, 1928 in Callahan, FL. and passed away March 13, 2011. He worked in the Supply Dept., NAS JAX for 38 years. He was a Master Mason for more than 57 years, receiving his degree in Oct of 1953. He served the Lord as a Baptist pastor for many years including Duval Station Baptist Church which he started as a mission with one family, and made numerous domestic missionary trips. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Viola W. Higginbotham, his son Edwin Higginbotham and wife Nancy, grandson Jesse Carroll, several nieces and nephews and many loving and caring friends. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at Lake Shore Baptist Church, 2363 Blanding Blvd. The family will receive friends this evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd.


Florida Times-Union 03/20/2011

Judith Faye Higginbotham Padgett (1941-2011) FL

Judith Faye Padgett went home to be with the Lord on March 18, 2011 succumbing to breast cancer at the age of 69. She was born to Harley and Beatrice Cain Higginbotham on October 11, 1941 in Duval County, FL. Judy was raised in Baldwin, FL and lived in Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by both her parents and her husband of 20 years, Marcus Padgett. Judy and Marcus were involved in establishing Charity Children's Home in Mexico in 1974 under Charity Baptist Mission, Inc. and the late Rev. Fred Potter of Brookside Baptist Church in Bristol, TN. As a missionary, she remained faithful to the home after the passing of her husband in 1991 until her passing. Judy is survived by her children; sons, Tommy Owens (Beth) and Timmy Padgett (Leah); daughter, Beatriz "Talitha" Padgett Owens (Hampton); grandchildren, Ashley Johnson (Cody), Tyler Owens (Nichole), Dakota Padgett, Tristan Padgett, Makaylie Padgett, Makenna Owens, Neriah Owens and Joshua Moncrief; great-grandchild, Canon Johnson; siblings, Harley Higginbotham, Jr. (Shirley), Johnny Higginbotham (Noma), Hazel Sellers and Edward Higginbotham; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Promise Land Baptist Church, 2197 Blair Rd., Jacksonville with Rev. Steve Whitcomb and Rev. Donnie Williams, Sr. officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1 PM at the church. Interment will follow in Nolan Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who prefer may send donations to the Charity Children's Home-Mexico, PO Box 692, Bristol, TN 37621-0692. Arrangements by Giddens-Reed Funeral Home, 904-387-0055.



The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 04/05/2011

Joseph Sterling Higginbotham (ca1931-2011) GA/FL

Senator Joseph S. Higginbotham died April 3, 2011 in North Fort Myers, FL. He represented Dekalb County in the Georgia House of Representatives and in the Senate. Stationed in Korea with the Army he was also a Marine. The co-owner of Higginbotham Furniture, he enjoyed golf & boating, explored many rivers and was an avid photographer. He attended Gordon Military College and University of Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; daughters, Debi, Cindi, Heather & Stephanie & son, Jimmy. He has 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son, J. Sterling; mother, Estelle; father, Sterling & sister, Mitzie. Arrangements in care of Anderson-Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services, 239-6944121.



Florida Times-Union 04/18/2011

Hilda O. Higginbotham (1919-2011) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM- Hilda O. Higginbotham, 91, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on April 16, 2011. Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors



Florida Times-Union 04/19/2011

Doris Charity Higginbotham Dresback (1922-2011) FL

Doris Charity Dresback, 89, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 16, 2011. She was born on January 5, 1922 to Reese and Bertha Stover Higginbotham. Doris was a member of Evangel Temple for over 50 years. During this time she served as a Sunday School Teacher for more than 30 years and sang in the Prime Timers Choir. She received numerous awards for her service. She loved her family at home and at church. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. Doris is preceded in death by her husband, Howard F (Jack) Dresback, her grandson Buddy Grand, six sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene Grand and son, Larry Dresback of Jacksonville and daughter Darlene Mays (John) of Fairburn, GA.; Brother Bobby Higginbotham (Jackie) of Starke; sister, Betty Rodgers; sister-in-law Lorine Higginbotham of Jacksonville; 8 Grandchildren; 20 Great- Grandchildren; 4 Great-Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 11:00am at Evangel Temple, 5755 Ramona Blvd, Jacksonville, FL . Pastors Cecil and Gary Wiggins will be officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Jacksonville, FL. Condolences may be offered at




Florida Times-Union 05/14/2011

Helen Ruth Frith Higginbotham (1928-2011) FL

Mrs. Helen Ruth Frith Higginbotham, age 82, of Yulee, passed away at Baptist Medical Center - Nassau on Thursday morning, May 12, 2011. Born in Madison, FL she was one of four children born to the late Buck and Annie Parker Frith. As a young girl, the family sold the family farm and moved to Jasper, FL. They later moved to Jacksonville, where they ran a series of family grocery stores on the Eastside. In the early 1950s while living in the Norwood Section of Jacksonville, they purchased 40 acres in Yulee. They cleared the land for their home site, made their own coquina blocks for construction and built their home; where Mrs. Higginbotham has lived until her passing. She loved yard work and was known for her gardening skills that she willingly shared with many of her neighbors in the Hedges community. Mrs. Higginbotham had been a longtime member of the Hedges Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by: her husband, Lawrence W. Higginbotham, who passed away in 2000, a son, Don W. Higginbotham, who passed away in 2010, her two brothers, Ellis Frith, J.B. Frith and her sister, Bernice Dettore. Mrs. Higginbotham, leaves behind, her son, Delvin Higginbotham and his wife, Glenda, Yulee, FL, her grand dogs, Prissy, Skeeter, Bridget and Buster, nieces and nephews, Charlotte Hicks, Bryceville, FL, Fred Ellis, Jr., Jacksonville, FL, Sandy Perret, Callahan, FL, Diane Stone, Yulee, FL and a special friend and longtime neighbor, Mary Lou Doll Bennett. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, May 16, 2011 from the Hedges Baptist Church, Yulee, FL with Reverend Mark Patterson, officiating. Mrs. Higginbotham will be laid to rest beside her husband in Hughes Cemetery. Her family will receive friends from 3:00 - 5:00 pm on Sunday at the Oxley Heard Funeral Home, Fernandina Beach, FL.



Daytona Beach News-Journal 07/10/2011

Stella M. Higginbotham Cox (1944-2011) FL

A celebration of the life of Stella Higginbotham Cox, age 66, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 17, at Grace Episcopal Church, 4110 Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, Florida. Mrs. Cox passed away in Port Orange on June 16, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. A resident of the Daytona area for 40 years, Mrs. Cox was a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Graduating from Paxon High School in 1963, she worked for All Right Parking, Inc., mastering cashiering, clerical, and billing skills. The family moved to Port Orange, and Mrs. Cox was deli manager and trainer of new hires for Winn-Dixie Corp. Retiring from W-D, she owned the Cup and Saucer restaurant in Deland. She became production manager for The Father's Table in Sanford until her final retirement from the work force in 2006. Loving to give joy to other people, she became a caterer for local weddings and a craftswoman, creating special occasion cakes and gifts for friends and relatives. Ever entrepreneurial in spirit, she delved into renovating homes for turnover, creating dolls, promoting Mary Kay products, auctioneering on line, and marketing Boyd bears and assorted figures. Mrs. Cox is survived by her beloved grandson Gavin; her son Wesley; and her husband Robert Cox; her brothers and sisters: Edith Mosley, Laura and John Montisano, Ronald and Rosa Peretta, Brad and Chrissy Reil, Steven Phipps, and Dorothy, Tracy, and Teresa Higginbotham; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Flowers must be delivered to the church by 12 noon Friday, July 15. Thereafter, deliver to 4863 Orange Blvd., Port Orange.



Florida Times-Union 07/26/2011

Virginia Suits Higginbotham (1923-2011) FL

Virginia "Nanny" Higginbotham, 88, of Bryceville died Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Jacksonville on March 7, 1923 to Charles Barr Suits and Audell Jones-Suits. Virginia was a lifelong resident of Bryceville, and a member since 1937 of Brandy Branch Baptist Church, where she taught Bible school, Sunday school and played the piano. Virginia enjoyed sewing and craft work, flower gardening, and reading. She also worked for the Nassau County School District, where she drove a school bus for over 25 years. Virginia was preceded in death by husband of 62 years, Freddy Leroy Higginbotham; daughter Nathalee Hargrove; son Thomas Higginbotham; two sisters; and four brothers. Survivors include daughter Linda (Peewee) Knight of Bryceville; brother Jim Suits; sisters Donna Fouraker and Rosemary Jarrod; 13 grandchildren; and 25 ­great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held July 26 at 11:00 am at her church with Pastor Rusty Ryan officiating. Interment will follow at Brandy Branch Cemetery. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.



The News & Observer 09/04/2011

Elizabeth Ballard Higginbotham (1936-2011) NC/FL

Elizabeth Ballard Higginbotham, of Jacksonville, FL, joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 1, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Annie Louise McDonald Ballard and William Thomas Ballard of Rockingham, NC. She was born and lived in Rockingham, NC until graduating from college in Raleigh, NC where she met and married Robert S. Higginbotham, her totally devoted and loving husband of 56 years. Betty's life was built around loving, close relationships with friends and giving to others. God and Family were always the center of her life and a source of abundant joy and constant pride. It was never about herself but always others. Initially, as a member of the Junior League and subsequently through the intervening years, her volunteer activities included involvement with hospitals, handicapped children, and various Presbyterian Churches. She greatly admired the activities of the Williams YMCA where she served as an Ambassador, predominantly with active older adults and fund raising. Preceded in death by her infant son, Thomas Howard, she is survived by her adoring family: husband, Bob of Jacksonville, FL; son, Robert S. Higginbotham, Jr., Reston VA; daughter and son in-law Kathryn H. and Rick Davis, Marietta, GA, daughter Karen H. Bernstein, Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Lauren Mobley, Kate Armstrong, and Brooks Bernstein; great grandchildren, Emma and Jack Mobley; sisters, Carol Daniels, Duluth, GA and Kathryn McManus, Hamlet, NC. Betty will be sorely missed, of course, by all who knew her, but we are comforted by having her live in our memories, our hearts, and in Heaven where we will someday see her again. A Celebration of Betty's Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 11, 2011 in Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 12001 Mandarin Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 with Rev. Jeff Arnold as Officiant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty's name to Mandarin Presbyterian Church and the Williams YMCA, 10415 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32257. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223.



Florida Times-Union 09/27/2011

Douglas Wayne Higginbotham, Sr. (1960-2011) FL

September 19, 1960 - September 24, 2011

Funeral services for Douglas Wayne Higginbotham, Sr. (51) of Maxville, Florida will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the Baldwin Church of God with pastors Larry Thornton & Johnnie Anderson officiating. The interment will immediately follow in Long Branch Cemetery, Maxville, Florida. Mr. Higginbotham was born in Jacksonville, Florida on September 19, 1960, son of Elijah David Higginbotham and the former Toria Virginia Sweat. He passed away on September 24, 2011 following a brief illness. In addition to his parents, E.D. and Toria, he is survived by: daughter, Jinny (Paul) Stewart; three sons, Doug (Chrissy) Higginbotham, Kyle Higginbotham and Marcus Higginbotham; three granddaughters, Tori Higginbotham, Marissa Whitener and Kloe Stewart; two grandsons, Taylor Ray and Lucas Higginbotham; three brothers, Gary Higginbotham, John (Kathy) Higginbotham and Steven (Diane) Higginbotham; numerous family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the chapel of Prestwood Funeral Home.



Florida Times-Union 10/25/2011

Johnie Higginbotham (ca1930-2011) FL

Johnie Higginbotham, 81, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2011. Johnie was a life-long Jacksonville resident having owned and operated Higginbotham Heating & Air for 47 years. He was a veteran of the US Army and served in the Merchant Marines for over 10 years. He was a member of North Jacksonville Baptist Church where Memorial Services, with military honors, will be held Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Chris Coram officiating. He was a loving Husband and Father and will be dearly missed by all. His surviving family includes: his wife and Girl Friday of 54 years, Sue; 3 sons, Richard, Johnie, Jr. (Karen) and Glenn Higginbotham; 3 sisters, Genevieve Hansen, Lee Richardson and Ann Wright; a brother, Ronald Higginbotham; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Community Hospice of NE Florida in his memory.



Florida Times-Union 11/20/2011

Jewel Higginbotham Taylor (ca1929-2011) FL

Jewel Higginbotham Taylor, 82, passed away November 1, 2011. Her husband, Searcy D. Taylor, preceded her in death. Survivors include her grandson, Joshua McRae Taylor; 1 brother, Robert Higginbotham (Beverly); and 2 sisters, Jo Ann Cox and Elizabeth Smith (Ray). A graveside service for Searcy and Jewel will be held Monday, November 21, 2011, at 10:30 AM, at Jacksonville National Cemetery, immediately followed by inurnment. Arrangements entrusted to: Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., (904) 781-9262.



Florida Times-Union 11/29/2011

Patricia Yvonne Steedley Higginbotham (1953-2011) GA/FL

Patricia Yvonne Steedley Higginbotham, 58 of Homeland passed away November 27, 2011 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was born January 4, 1953 to William R. Buddy and Willie Pearl Eunice Steedley in Folkston, Georgia. She was employed as the Director of Medical Records at Charlton Memorial Hospital. A lifelong resident of Charlton County, she was a member of the First Assembly of God, Folkston. Survivors include her Children: Dr. Catrena P. Lisse (John); Stanley Wildes (Carrie); Ransel Wildes (Pam); Sisters: Sue Soles (Billy), Denise Minnick (Craig); one brother: Randall Steedley(Pam); Her mother Willie Pearl Steedley; Five Grandchildren: John Dorsey Lisse, Hamp Wildes, Cody Wildes, Brent Wildes and Cheyenne Wildes; Five Nieces: Sherri Lewis, Ashley Hartman, Jennifer Minnick, Jessica Minnick and Miranda Steedley.; Two Nephews: Bill Lee and Andy Lee and several other relatives. The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 30 at Shepard Funeral Home beginning at 6 PM. Funeral Services will be Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the First Assembly of God with Bishop Eric McClellan and Rev. Tommy Sikes officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview cemetery. Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest register at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston, Georgia.



Darlene R. Higginbotham (1942-2011) FL

August 31, 1942 - December 13, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Holly Hill Funeral Home, Middleburg, FL.



Tampa Bay Times 04/03/2012

Sammy Lane Higginbotham (ca1967-2012) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, Sammy Lane, age 45 of Brooksville, died March 31, 2012.  Born in Inverness, Florida , growing up he spent time in both the Orlando and Fort Lauderdale areas and moved to Brooksville 12 years ago from Louisiana.  He was a tow truck driver and recently became a born again Christian.  Survivors include his son:  Dillon; daughters:  Brittani & Hailey; the children’s mother:  Erica; father & step-mother:  John & Judy Higginbotham; brothers:  Ronnie and Johnny; sisters: Lisa and  Jodi.  Memorial services will be held at a later date at Grace Tabernacle Independent Church.  Donations may be made to RU Anonymous.




Florida Times-Union 05/19/2012

Beulah Angele Eagerton Higginbotham (1921-2012) GA/FL

Funeral services for Beulah A. Higginbotham (90) of Jacksonville, Florida will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church with pastor Donnie Williams and pastor David Adair. The interment will immediately follow in Brandy Branch Cemetery, Bryceville, Florida. Mrs. Higginbotham was born on November 15, 1921 in Bainbridge, Georgia, daughter of the late Davenport Eagerton of Bainbridge, Georgia and the former Angele Dulin of Paris, France. She passed away on May 17, 2012 following a brief illness. She is survived by: son, James (Peggy) Higginbotham; three daughters, Patricia Crews, Janet (Willie) Nobles and Cheryl (Doyle) Smith; ten grandchildren, twenty-two great grand children, five great great grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Woodrow W. Higginbotham; four brothers, T.D. Eagerton, Calamese Revere Eagerton, W.T. Dub Eagerton and Charlie Eli Eagerton; sister Floree Tatum. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She served her Lord faithfully and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church Macclenny, Florida. She was presently attending Blanding Blvd. Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2012 in the chapel of Prestwood Funeral Home.



Daytona Beach News-Journal 06/05/2012

Elizabeth Knight Higginbotham (1961-2012) FL

October 7, 1961 - June 4, 2012

Elizabeth (Beth) Knight Higginbotham, 50 of Cody's Corner, Flagler County, beloved daughter of Walter Eugene Knight (deceased) and Kathleen Anderson Clegg, passed away June 4, 2012 after battling a long illness. Beth graduated from high school in 1979 from Warner Christian Academy, then earned a degree from DBCC. Her long job career covered many aspects of life, including office manager, assistant plant manager, medical assistant, pharmacy technician, and most recently, commercial bank teller. Beth was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bunnell, United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Flagler County Historical Society, and the National Wildlife Federation. She enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, scrapbooking, and was an avid Harry Potter fan. She will be deeply missed by her husband, William W. (Billy) Higginbotham, her mother, Kathy Clegg, and her sister, Letitia Knight. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on behalf of Beth to: The Flagler Humane Society, 1 Shelter Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32137; The Halifax Humane Society, 2364 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32124; or Florida Hospital Hospice Care, 770 W. Granada Blvd., Suite 304, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Online condolences Allen-Summerhill DeLand is in charge.




Troy Lee Higginbotham (1930-2012) WV/PA/FL

Feb. 7, 1930 - Jun. 25, 2012

Troy Lee Higginbotham, 82, Palmetto, died June 25, 2012. Born in Prenter, WV he moved to Palmetto in 1989 from Pittsburg, PA. He served as a Veteran Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force during the Korean War, he attended Bethel Baptist Church. He was a retired personnel manager for ConRail of Pittsburgh, PA, previously working for ConRail in Altoona, PA and Indianapolis, IN and also Penn Central in Cleveland, OH. He was a volunteer at Manatee memorial Hospital for 19 years, and for the AARP '55 Alive Driving Course'. Predeceased by parents, E.G. & Susie Higginbotham; brother, Gene; sister, Bea Cardwell; survived by wife of 33 years, Donna of Palmetto, FL; sons, Kevin (Debbie) Robison of Rockton, PA, Brian (Susan) Robison of Las Vegas, NV; granddaughters, Natalie & Madeline; nephew, Joseph Higginbotham of St. Albans, WV. Visitation 10:00-11:00 A.M. with Services at 11:00 A.M. Friday June 29, 2012 at Bethel Baptist Church 18052 30th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Committal Service with Military Honors 2:30 P.M. at Sarasota National Cemetery 9810 State Road 72 Sarasota, FL 34241. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel 604 43rd Street west, Bradenton, FL 34209 in charge. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations to the bell ringers at Bethel Baptist Church.



The Birmingham News 07/19/2012

Jewel Higginbotham Powell (1928-2012) AL/FL

Jewel H. Powell, age 84, of Panama City Beach, passed away July 19, 2012. She was beloved by everyone. She was preceded in death by her husband John David Powell, parents Dallas and Nora Higginbotham, brothers and sisters John "Buck" Higginbotham, J.D. Higginbotham, Louise Henderson, Norma Pettit, and Margaret Archer. Chapel services will be held on Saturday, July 21, at 10am with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. She is survived by her daughter Carol Eisenhart, sister Dorothy Archer, granddaughter Cori Eisenhart, great grandson Bryant, and a host of nieces and nephews. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.



Florida Times-Union 07/22/2012

Joyce E Higginbotham Wilson (1946-2012) FL

Joyce E. Wilson, of Macclenny passed away on July 19, 2012 surrounded by loved ones. Joyce is preceded by parents Daniel Higginbotham and Jennie O' Berry and brother; Donald Higginbotham. She is survived by a son; Brett Wilson; daughters; Lori Moore (Wayne), Lisa Davis (Tim), and Sandy Alford (Gary), brothers; Daniel Higginbotham (Rosie), David Higginbotham, Frank O' Berry (Laura) and Clarence O' Berry (Peggy), sister: Lora Gazebo, grandchildren; Bobby, Andy, Danielle (Jessee), Brittany (Russell), Justin, Mattie, and great-grandchildren; Tyler, Adrianna, and Evan and numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce's favorite activities include reading and spending time with her family. Joyce will be remembered as a loving mom, nanny, and great-grandma. She had a generous heart, gentle smile, and determining spirit. Family would like to invite guests to attend a visitation being held on Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Hardage-Giddens Town and Country located at 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, Fl. 32205. Funeral service will be on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow at Riverside Memorial Park.



Florida Times-Union 08/07/2012
Mary Staier Higginbotham (1929-2012) KY/FL

Higginbotham – Mary “Mamie” Higginbotham, age 83, of Glen St. Mary, Florida passed away August 5, 2012 at Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on June 15, 1929 to the late Charles Staier and Rose Pffier Staier.  She has been a resident of Baker County since 1939 where she was a member of Raiford Road Church.  She enjoyed crafts, reading, cooking, yard selling, sewing, and most of all spending time with her family.    She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, John David “J.D.” Higginbotham, Sr. of Glen St. Mary, FL; her children, Sherilyn (Terry) Reynolds, John David “J.D.” (Kay) Higginbotham, Jr., Richard “Ricky” Allen Higginbotham all of Glen St. Mary, FL; her sister, Ida Starling of Keystone Heights, FL; her five grandchildren, Deedra (Ronnie) Dinkins, Becki (Jamie) Raulerson, John David “Davey” (Christina) Higginbotham, III, Bryan (Jenna) Higginbotham, and Richard “Ricky” Higginbotham, Jr.; and her 13 great grandchildren.     Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 11:00 am at Raiford Road Church with Pastors John A. Raulerson and Eddie Griffis officiating. Interment will follow at Manntown Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 6:00 -8:00 pm at the church.



Florida Times-Union 09/03/2012

Dorothy Higginbotham Beazley (1925-2012) FL

(February 16, 1925 - September 1, 2012)

Mrs. Dorothy Higginbotham Beazley, 87, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012. Mrs. Beazley, a native of Jacksonville, is survived by her 3 daughters: Ada McDonald, Carol (Frank) Horton and Stella (Tommy) Smith; 7 grandchildren: David & Joe Oliver, Tammy Hicks, Tim Horton, Wendy Swords, Joshua Jones and Samantha Sobalvarro; 16 great grandchildren; and 13 great great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, September 5, in the chapel of COREY-KERLIN FUNERAL HOME, 1426 Rowe Ave., with Bill Leonard officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 4, at the funeral home.




William Herman Higginbotham (1918-2012) TX

July 16, 1918 - October 5, 2012

Wm. Herman Higginbotham passed on to heaven on Friday, October 5, 2012. He was blessed to live to be 94 healthy years. Herman retired as a U.S. Postal Carrier, and was a World War II veteran. A beloved Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and friend to everyone he met. Herman was an active volunteer with 'Seniors on a Mission'. He set an example for us with his positive attitude and unending love of life. We often heard him say 'Jesus is good, ALL the time,' and 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.' No one can fill his shoes. Herman was a member of Woodstock Baptist Church since 1951. He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie June Felts and his second wife Charlie Ruth Palmer. His children are Patricia Walsh (widow of John W.) and Pamela Winter (Jack). His grandchildren are Daniel Hague (Jennifer) and Brian Hague (Elizabeth), and Geoffrey Griffith (step-grandson). He had 4 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Woodstock Baptist Church. Viewing Tues. Oct 9 from 5pm till 7pm. Services will be held Wed. Oct. 10 at 11am at Hardage Giddens Funeral Home S. Edgewood Ave, Jacksonville, Fl. 32205.



Ocala Star-Banner 10/10/2012

Walter M. Higginbotham (ca1925-2012) FL

Ocala - Walter M. Higginbotham, 87, passed away at home on October 8, 2012. Born in Hastings, FL, he grew up in Island Grove and lived here most all his life. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a Military Policeman. He retired as a Supervisor with Citrus Central. He was a member of Wyomina Park Baptist Church and member of Woodman of the World. Preceded in death by his mother and father, Lola and Marion Higginbotham; and sisters, Lorraine Rigby, Mildred Beckman and Isoline Chitty; he is survived by his spouse, Jeannette Tarrant; step-daughter, Debbie (Billy) Youmans; granddaughters, Angela (Dennis) Young; Brandi (Roy) Johnson, Morgan (David) Raney; brother, Frank Higginbotham, Tampa; sisters, Dot Croy, Temple Terrace; Cathryn Chapman, Brooksville; Annie Hinck, Marietta, GA; and Bonnie Jones, Eatonton, GA; brother-in-law, Martin Chitty, Gainesville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m., Friday, October 12th, 2012 at Countryside Funeral Home, 9185 N.E. Jacksonville Rd., Anthony, with visitation one half-hour prior to the service. Pastor Samuel W. Clements and Pastor Paul Alonso will officiate. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wyomina Park Baptist Church, 1411 NE 14th St., Ocala, FL 34470.



Florida Times-Union 11/07/2012

Lannie A. Higginbotham (1930-2012) FL

February 13, 1930 - November 4, 2012

Lannie A. Higginbotham, 82 of St. Augustine, Fl. passed away on 11/04/2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. The Callahan native was retired after over 35 years of service with the Hercules Co., and was predeceased by his wife Doris Higginbotham and a grandson Nathan. Survivors include his daughter Sue Eller, 3 sons Lannie Higginbotham, Jr., Roger Higginbotham, and Lester Carter and Step-son Glenn Carter, as well as 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Wed. 11/07/2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Callahan funeral Home with Funeral Services also held in the chapel on Thursday, 11/08/2012 at 11:00a.m. with interment following in Jones Cemetery.



Pensacola News Journal 11/29/2012

Robbie Higginbotham Richey (1947-2012)

Robbie H. Richey passed away 11-27-12. She is survived by her son Michael Richey of Pine Bluff, Ark., and her three sisters Rhonda Collier of Beaumont, Tx., and Jill Moore (Gary) of Pocahontas, Ark., and Jan Thompson (Troy) of Lexington, Ky., and her long time lover, companion and best friend Paul Emmanuel. She also has several nieces and nephews. Her smile, wit, and fairness will be missed by many including the customers and employees of Storage Stop on Nine Mile Road; that she so lovingly managed. Her ashes will be spread in a private ceremony across Pensacola Beach; the beach that she so loved from the first time she saw it in the 1970's. May she rest in peace with her parents Bob and Darlene Higginbotham and may we all take a little of our contact with Robbie and make our lives better. Donations may be mailed to Hospice of N.W. Florida in Robbie Richey's name.



Ledger 12/16/2012

Henry Harrison Higginbotham Jr. (1951-2012) WV/FL

LAKELAND - Henry "Hank" Harrison Higginbotham, Jr., of Lakeland, FL, passed away on Friday December 14, 2012 of heart failure. He was 61 years old. He was the oldest son of Henry and Ila Higginbotham Sr. Born in Charleston, WV the family moved to Lakeland, FL in 1956 where he was a Soap Box Derby Champion, an Eagle Scout, and a member of First Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Lakeland High School in 1969 and the University of Florida in 1975 from the school of Building Construction, he was a Civil Engineer at the South West Florida Water Management District. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Barbara; daughters, Leah, Beth and Amy; siblings, Donald Higginbotham and Rebecca Rodda and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held on December 19 at 11am at First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the FPC Scholarship Fund or the FPC Boy Scout Troop #104 at 175 Hollings-worth Drive Lakeland, FL 33813. And in his words....."Go Gators!"



Florida Today 12/27/2012
Charles Lewis Higginbotham (1920-2012) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Charles L., 92, of Merritt Island, died Friday, December 14, 2012. Arrangements by Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home and Crematory, Viera.



Ledger 01/01/2012

Henry Harrison Higginbotham (1922-2012) WV/FL

LAKELAND - Mr. Henry Harrison Higginbotham, Sr., passed away December 30, 2012 in Lakeland, FL, due to natural causes. Henry was born August 22, 1922 in Rupert, West Virginia and was married to Ila Ruth Light of Marie, West Virginia for 56 years. He was the last remaining of seven children. He served aboard the USS Ringgold DD500 in the Pacific during World War II and was a graduate of West Virginia University. He was a resident of Lakeland, FL from 1956 when he came to work with his father and brother's land surveying business. He also worked as a science teacher for 25 years at Crystal Lake Jr. High School until he retired. He then worked another 25 years and retired from Keith and Schnars Engineering in Lakeland, FL. He was a Soapbox Derby Champion in Charleston, West Virginia. He served for 25 years as the Head Scoutmaster of Troop 104 and served as a Deacon and an Elder at First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ila Ruth Light Higginbotham and his son Henry Harrison Higginbotham, Jr. He is survived by his loving companion of 6 years Diane Kegley; son Donald (Krystal) Higginbotham , daughter, Becky (John) Rodda and daughter in law Barbara Higginbotham of Lakeland, FL, along with seven grandchildren Leah Beth Higginbotham, Amy Higginbotham, Andrew Higginbotham, Kayla Stover, Danae Higginbotham, Jason Rodda and Leslie Blondell; eight great grandchildren Grace, Ila, Evelyn, Johnny Rodda and Kate, Ella, Nolan, and Nora Blondell. Memorial services will be held on January 4th at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the FPC Boy Scout Troop #104 at 175 Hollings-worth Drive Lakeland, FL 33813.



Florida Times-Union 01/16/2013

Lois F. Gresham Higginbotham (1917-2013) FL

February 2nd, 1917 - January 15th, 2013

Lois F. Higginbotham, 95, of Palatka died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Palatka Health Care Center. A native of Greer, Florida, she lived in Palatka since 1984, coming from Jacksonville. She drove a school bus for Riverside Presbyterian Day School for 20 years, and also drove a bus for the Duval County School system. She had previously done secretarial work at NAS-JAX. Ms. Higginbotham was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and in her younger years enjoyed going to the beach and being on the water. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Higginbotham, her parents, Jasper Gresham and Anna Marshall Gresham, and a brother, Jasper N. Gresham, Jr. She is survived by her son, Charles Higginbotham, and wife, Fay of Palatka, a sister, Irma Filis and husband, George, of Huntsville, AL, grandchildren, Angela Burney, and husband, Ardell, and Teresa Stroger and husband, Mark, and 4 great-grandchildren, Byron Burney, Ashley Burney, Courtney Stroger, and Dylan Stroger. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Johnson Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor Joel Klimkewicz officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday at Riverside Memorial Park in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to Palatka Seventh Day Adventist Church, 400 S. Palm Avenue, Palatka, Florida 32177. Memories and condolences may be left for the family at Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.



Florida Times-Union 04/20/2013
Dannie L. Higginbotham (ca1941-2013) FL

Dannie L. Higginbotham, 72, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 (904) 264-1233.



Florida Times-Union 04/30/2013
James Higginbotham (ca1943-2013) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM- James Higginbotham, age 70, of Starke, Florida passed away April 28, 2013. ARCHIE TANNER FUNERAL SERVICES, Starke, FL 904-964-5757.



Florida Times-Union 05/02/2013

Jean Marie Higginbotham Walker Poppert (ca1933-2013) FL

Jean Marie Higginbotham (Walker) Poppert, 80, went home to be with her Lord, April 27, 2013. She was born in Jacksonville, FL where she lived all her life. She was a faithful member of Lake Asbury Baptist Church, an avid bowler, and a life-long Florida Gator fan. Mrs. Poppert is predeceased by her son, Christopher Raymond Walker, in 2009. Surviving family includes: her husband, Orvylle Poppert, one sister, Jessica Sperling; five daughters, Sandra Marie (Jerry) Eddy, Theresa Walker (Eddie) Smith, Diane Walker (Joseph) Johnson, Kather Sanders, and Lani (Kenneth) Rouw; two sons, Michael Stephen (Eula) Walker and Nelson (Casi) Poppert; 28 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way. Arrangements under the care of Hardage-Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205. The family will celebrate the life of their beloved sister, wife, mother, aunt and grandmother at Lake Asbury Baptist Church, 2674 Henley Road, Green Cove Springs, FL at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Services will be immediately followed by a luncheon reception in the church social hall. There will be no interment or graveside service. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Poppert and her family request that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project and/or the American Cancer Society.



Herald Tribune 05/04/2013

Lois Bacon Higginbotham Plumlee (????-2013) MA/NY/FL

Lois Bacon Higginbotham Plumlee departed this life Tuesday April 30, 2013. She was born in Worcester, MA and grew up in Clearwater, FL. She taught special education in Yonkers, NY until she retired in 1986. She moved to Sarasota in 1987 with her husband Stephen Plumlee, who survives along with sons, Kenneth Higginbotham (Norma) and David Higginbotham (Mary Sue, dec.), grandchildren David Higginbotham (Maryann), Mary Louise Wines (Patrick) and a great-granddaughter Lindsey Brooke Higginbotham. Visitation will be at Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home Monday, May 6, 2013 from 6-8:00 PM, with a memorial service at 7:00 PM. The funeral will be Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30 AM, at St. Mark Orthodox Church, 1517 Morgan-Johnson Road, Bradenton, FL. May her memory be eternal.



Florida Today 05/05/2013
Sharon Lynn Higginbotham (ca1951-2013) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Sharon Lynn, 62, of Palm Bay, died Friday, May 3, 2013. Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Palm Bay.



Miami Herald 09/05/2013

Dwain W. Higginbotham (1932-2013) FL

Higginbotham, Dwain W. (Billy). Born to Lil and Bill Higginbotham (deceased), 2-6-32, died 9-3-13. Lieutenant/fighter pilot, US Air Force, owner and operator of successful tire business, National Brands Tire Co., Inc. over 35 years. Lifelong resident Miami, FL, recently of Coconut Grove. Survived by daughters Mary Lee, Kathleen LaMarr, and Heather Stephanie. Also survived by sisters Kathleen Leah Cort (Lee) and Jeanne Lillian. Grandson Connor Higginbotham Kraus, 2 nephews, Darin William Cort (Monica), and Max Gabriel Soren (Leslie), great nieces and nephew. A colorful character; We shall not see his like again. Billy, you are missed. Rest in Peace.



Florida Times-Union 09/15/2013

Roger Wayne Higginbotham (ca1949-2013) FL

Roger Wayne Higginbotham, 64, of St. Augustine, FL passed away on September 12, 2013. BROADUS-RAINES FUNERAL HOME 501 Spring Street, G.C.S., FL 32043 904-284-4000.



Florida Times-Union 09/17/2013

Ronald Victor Higginbotham (ca1934-2013) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM- Ronald Victor Higginbotham, 79 passed away on September 13, 2013, FRASER FUNERAL HOME 8168 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL. 32221, (904) 781-4314.


Lake City Reporter 09/18/2013

Eunice Mae Higginbotham Hanlon (ca1944-2013) FL

Mrs. Eunice Mae Higginbotham Hanlon, 69 died Monday September 16, 2013 at her residence unexpectedly. She is the daughter of the late Wade and Mattie Lavenia Waldron Higginbotham. She is the widow of the late Bobby James Hunter. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and she was a member of Southside Baptist Church and had made Wildwood her home for the past twelve years. She is survived by her husband of twenty years John Hanlon, Wildwood, FL; one daughter Cindee Smith, O'Brien, FL; three grandchildren Racquel Perry, Nashville, TN; William "Billy" Smith, and Dustin James Smith both of Lake City, FL; six great grandchildren Michael, Caleb, Trey, Landon and Austin and Colton also survive. Graveside services will be held Thursday September 19, 2013 at Forest lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lake City, FL at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Danny Humphries officiating. Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home in Lake City is in charge of all arrangements. 458 South Marion Avenue Lake City, FL. 32025.



Daytona Beach News-Journal 09/19/2013

Bane Hensley Higginbotham Jr. (1932-2013) FL

Bane Hensley Higginbotham, Jr., 81, passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2013. He was born in Deland, FL on August 12, 1932 to Mr. and Mrs. Bane Higginbotham, Sr. He was a lifelong resident of DeLand and a proud member of the 1950 graduating class of DeLand Jr./Sr. High School. After graduating from high school, Bane joined the United States Air Force and serving 3 years. Upon his return from military duty, Bane joined Southern Bell working as a cable splicer among various other positions. He retired from Southern Bell in 1983 after 30 years of service. After retirement, he and his wife, Paula spent many years participating in work camper programs that allowed them to travel throughout the US. Bane was both an avid fisherman and hunter and could string together great tall tales. Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by his son, Brett Thomas Higginbotham. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Paula Curti Higginbotham; his son, Steven Greg Higginbotham; and brother William (Billy) Higginbotham. He is also survived by a nephew; a niece; a great niece; several great nephews; and two sister-in-laws. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Methodist Church 306 W. Wisconsin Avenue, DeLand, Saturday September 28th at 11:00 am with Reverend Brian Carr presiding.



Florida Times-Union 10/11/2013

James Russell Higginbotham (1990-2013) FL

(October 11, 1990 - October 9, 2013)
James Russell Higginbotham, 22, went home to be with the Lord on October 9, 2013. James is survived by his Uncle Ralph and Aunt Betty Jo Higginbotham, his biological father, three aunts and extended family. James was predeceased by his Mother, Lydia B. Higginbotham. James professed Jesus Christ as his Savior as a young teenager and was a member of River Road Baptist Church. He was a member of the JROTC at West Nassau High School during his high school years and was employed by JB Underground. Funeral services will be held Saturday October 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm at River Road Baptist Church 21067 CR 121 Hilliard Florida 32046 with Bro. Benjie Loyd and Bro. James Conner officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest book at Arrangements are under the direction of Nassau Funeral Home 541720 Highway 1 Callahan, Florida 32011 904-879-1770



Tampa Bay Times 10/15/2013

Vera M. Higginbotham Jones (ca1923-2013) FL

JONES, Vera M. (nee Higginbotham), 90, of New Port Richey, passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2013. She was married to the late Lt. Col. John L. Jones for 47 years. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Nancy; sister-in-law, Katherine Frodey; a niece and four nephews. A memorial service will be held Oct. 25 at 11 am at Wayne Presbyterian Church, Wayne, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to HPH Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson.



Florida Times-Union 05/22/2013

Zula Higginbotham Courson (1914-2013) FL

Zula Courson, 98 of Callahan FL went home to be with the Lord on May 19, 2013. She was born on August 16, 1914 in Callahan FL. She was predeceased by her husband William Thomas Courson and is survived by her sister; Louella Jones of Callahan FL and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Wednesday May 22, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Callahan at 10:00am with Funeral services at 11:00am with Dr. Lynn Hyatt and Dr. Stephen Peeples officiating. Interment will follow in Jones Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Wayne Thomas, Greg Jones, Windle Higginbotham, Mike Higginbotham, Joe Courson and Clyde Courson. Arrangements under the direction of Nassau Funeral Home, 541720 US Highway 1, Callahan, FL.



Naples Daily News 11/10/2013

Dixie Higginbotham (1959-2013) FL

Naples, FL Dixie Higginbotham, born November 17, 1959, was taken unexpectedly and reunited with her husband, William Higginbotham, on October 29, 2013. She left behind her daughter, Tracy Gordy; her son, Derrick Higginbotham; her son in-law, Daniel Gordy; and many grandchildren including Derrick, Zachery and Shanna Higginbotham, Preston and Laura Gordy, Destiny Barrs, Andrew Kidder, and many more. Dixie was a beautiful hearted woman. She was a mother and grandmother to all! She left nobody behind. She will be very missed. Dixie's Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 (TODAY). Viewing will start at 1:00 p.m. with a Service to be held at 2:00 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home East, 4735 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112. Donations and flowers may be sent to Fuller Funeral Home at the address above.



Kenneth Ray Higginbotham (1938-2013) FL

(January 30, 1938 - November 19, 2013)

Kenneth Ray Higginbotham, age 75, of Cantonment, Florida, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Born January 30, 1938, in Fernandina Beach Florida, he was the son of the late RC Higginbotham and the late Corine Scott Mosier. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 and a half years, Gale; along with three sons; Kenneth, William, and James. 1 grandchild Shane Poling; three siblings, (brother) Gene Higginbotham and his wife Elizabeth, (sister) Linda Oliver of Jacksonville Florida, (sister) Sandra Harper of Jacksonville Florida. Two sister in laws; Betty Prince, Janet Tate and husband Ed numerous other loving nieces, nephews and relatives. Memorial services for Kenneth Higginbotham will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Pensacola Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Nunn officiating.



Florida Times-Union 11/27/2013
Carol Ann Higginbotham (1945-2013) FL

Carol Ann Higginbotham 68, of Jacksonville Florida, passed away Saturday November 23, 2013.  She was born July12, 1945 in Tarboro, North Carolina to parents Adolf and Blanche Skundberg. Mrs. Higginbotham grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia where she attended and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1963. After high school she attended Frederick College from 1963 to 1967. Carol was a retired bookkeeper and a Jacksonville resident since 1987. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister and brother-in-law, Nancy & Julian McLeod. Surviving her is her husband, Frank Higginbotham; a daughter, Kellye E. Higginbotham; granddaughter, Aaliyah Clark; sister, Jean (Bill) Smith; brother-in-law, Coit Higginbotham; nephews, Hank (Jennifer) McLeod and James (Catherine) McLeod, along with many other loving family members. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 AM at Englewood Baptist Church, 5675 Kennerly Rd., Jacksonville, FL with Rev. Billy Jones officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Homes



Florida Times-Union 12/01/2013

Donald Michael Higginbotham (ca1956-2013) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM- Donald Michael, 57 passed away on November 28, 2013. FRASER FUNERAL HOME, 82168 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 781-4314



Florida Times-Union 12/13/2013

Donald Higginbotham (1956-2013) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM Donald (Donnie) Higginbotham, age 57, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 after a brief but courageous battle from a spinal cord injury. Donnie was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Fl, was of the Baptist faith, graduated from Forrest High School, and belonged to the ironworkers Local 597, retiring after 29 years of service. Donnie was born September 5, 1956 to Ronald V. and Cecile Lyons Higginbotham. He is predeceased by his father, mother, and sister, Katherine Rose Higginbotham. Survived by brother; Ronald (Ronnie), son J.R., one nephew, aunts Genevieve (ROYCE) Hanson, Lee Richardson, and Ann Wright (Richard). Memorial Services will be held Friday December 13, 2013, at 6 P.M., in FRASER FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL 8168 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL (781-4314), with Richard L. Wright, M.D. officiating. In lieu of flowers make donations to the J.T. Townsend Foundation (J.T.T.F.) for spinal cord injuries, 8152 Seven Mile Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl, 32082. (904)373-0737.



Florida Times-Union 12/18/2013

Robert Edgar Higginbotham (1933-2013) FL

March 4, 1933 - December 16, 2013

Mr. Robert Edgar Higginbotham, age 80, of Yulee, passed away on Monday evening, December 16, 2013. Born in Jacksonville, he was the only son of six children born to the late, Robert Wilson and Tressie Caldwell Higginbotham. Being raised in the Garden City area on North Jacksonville, he was a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, Class of 1951. While attending Andrew Jackson, he participated in a work program that allowed a half day of working in a trade which prepared young men to take steps of self sufficiency and being productive citizens as they stepped out into the world. After high school he worked as an Electrician with E.F. Lea Electrical Contracting. He later moved to Oceanway and joined U.S. Gypsum in the Talleyrand Section of Jacksonville where he was Electrical Superintendent. In 1969, he moved his family to Yulee and was one of the first six employees hired by Anheuser Busch on Dunn Avenue to complete the construction and startup of the Brew House. Mr. Higginbotham remained with Anheuser Busch as an Electrician until retiring in 1994. At the time of his retirement, he and his wife moved to some property that they had bought on Dunns Creek in Satsuma, FL. He and his wife remained in the Palatka area until returning to Yulee in December of 2012. The Higginbothams had attended San Mateo Baptist Church, Oceanway Baptist Church, Yulee Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Palatka. He was a former member of the Yulee Lions Club, where he held many positions of leaderships and was the former Sexton of Hughes Cemetery Association. Early in his life, he enjoyed time away for work in the woods hunting and in later years, he and his wife spent enjoyable hours fishing together. Preceding him in death are his parents and two sisters, Bernice Dill and Emily Toth. Mr. Higginbotham leaves behind, his wife of 60 years, Cora Lee Dyal Higginbotham, Yulee, FL, three sons, Michael Ray “Mike” Higginbotham (Lois), Yulee, FL, Randy Edgar Higginbotham (Linda), Statesboro, GA, Robert Timothy “Tim” Higginbotham (Lynne), Fernandina Beach, FL, three sisters, Lavetta Tatum (Maurice, deceased), Titusville, FL, Jean Cooper (Herbert), Middleburg, FL, Marie Brantley (Frank), Statesboro, GA, three grandchildren, Randall Eric Higginbotham (Katie), Robert Kevin Higginbotham (Angela), Stephen Andrew Higginbotham (Lois),six great grandchildren, Caitlin, Hayden, Ethan, Kate, Lauren, Shane Askew and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 21, 2013 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard with Pastor John Miles of the First Church of God of Florahome, FL, officiating. Mr. Higginbotham will be laid to rest in Hughes Cemetery, Yulee, FL. His family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the funeral home.


Ledger 01/08/2014

Kenneth Howell Higginbotham (1953-2014) FL

LAKELAND - Kenneth Higginbotham, 60, passed away Friday January 3, 2014, of complications following a stroke. Survived by wife of 27 years Brenda, daughter Lisa and son Kenneth III, two grandchildren: Mackenzie and Patrick, and other loving family members. Preceded in death by parents Hal and Juanita Higginbotham. He will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.



Florida Times-Union 02/15/2014

Michael F. Higginbotham (1956-2014) GA/FL

July 14, 1956 - February 14, 2014

Mr. Michael F. Higginbotham “Higgy”, age 57 of Keystone Heights passed away Friday, February 14, 2014at his home following an extended illness. Higgy was born in Waycross, Georgia on July 14, 1956; he was raised Baptist and had moved to Keystone Heights in 1992 from Nahunta, Georgia. Higgy served 2 years in the United States Air force and retired from the Clay County Water Management Department as a Meter reader. As a 20 year volunteer with the Keystone Heights Jaycees, Higgy had served as local President, State Senator, Regional and District Director. He would help organize and cook for local fund raisers, along with having served many years on the “Our Country Day” board. Additional involvements Higgy had with our community were the Toys for Kids, Rodeheaver Boy’s Ranch in Palatka, and the Project Play playground at Keystone Beach. Higgy loved life; he loved his family and friends; and he especially loved riding Harley’s with his wife. His father Everett Earl Higginbotham, Sr. and his brother Everett Earl Higginbotham, Jr. both preceded him in death. Survivors are his wife Janean and her two children, Catherine and Cameron all of Keystone Heights; a sister, Angela Spofford of Orange Park and her two children, Ashley and Ian; a brother, Gregg David Mundt; his mother, Doris (Strickland) Holton of Orange Park; one grandson, Christian; and one of many precious Aunts, Pamela McElroy of Trenton. A memorial service for Higgy will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the home of Tommy and Hilda Manning, 5943 CR 352, Keystone Heights, FL 32656. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to University of Florida Foundation Attn: Gift Processing PO Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604. Arrangements are under the care of JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME, 340 E. WALKER DR. KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, FL.



Florida Times-Union 03/08/2014

Doris Clarice Higginbotham Lofton (1925-2014) FL

Clarice H. Lofton (Cumbie), 88, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014. She was a native and life-long resident of Jacksonville and was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Bobbie Lofton and her granddaughter Traci. She was also predeceased by her 2nd husband, Marvin Cumbie in 2002. Her surviving family includes: her daughter, Bobbie (Robert Livingston) Borowski; 2 sisters, Lucille Hargraves and Sandra (Bill) Campbell; 2 brothers, William (Gatha) and John (Yvonne) Higginbotham; and 2 grandchildren, Todd and Amber. Graveside funeral services will be held Monday, March 10 at 11:00 AM at Eubanks Cemetery, on Yellow Bluff Rd. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 9 from 3:00 until 5:00 PM at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 1426 Rowe Ave.



The Palm Beach Post 03/17/2014

Haskell L. Higginbotham (1945-2014) KY/FL

HIGGINBOTHAM, Haskell (Pete) L. Age 68 of Belle Glade, FL passed away March 14, 2014. Born June 11, 1945 in Park City, KY. Graduated from Edmonson Co. High School in 1963. Baptized at Park City Baptist Church. Pre-deceased by parents, Elmer and Iva Higginbotham Survived by wife, Cloah of Belle Glade, FL; daughter, Julie (Todd) Cassity of Franklin, KY; sons, Jeff (Anne) Higginbotham and Kenny Black of Raleigh, NC; grandfather of Leah, Samantha, Gabriella and Gracie Higginbotham, Kathryn and Stephen, Sara, Seth Black of Raleigh, NC; sister, Jane Sappenfield of Louisville, KY; brother, Charles Higginbotham of Cary, NC. He worked for the L & N Railroad in Louisville, K.Y. Detective, Pbc Prison System in Stark, KY. Foreman, Knight Farms Belle Glade, FL Hobbies: Avid Fisherman and NASCAR enthusiast. 04/20/2014

Robert F. Higginbotham (1920-2014) FL

December 1, 1920 - April 14, 2014

HIGGINBOTHAM, Robert F., 93, of Tampa passed away on April 14, 2014. He served 22 yrs. in the Air Force. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 yrs., Carolyn. Visitation will take place Mon. 4/21 from 1:30p-2:30p followed by graveside service at 3pm. Garden of Memories FH and Cemetery.



St. Augustine Record 04/23/2014

Helene Ruth Gribble Higginbotham (ca1939-2014) OH/FL

Helene Ruth Higginbotham, 75, Hastings, died April 16, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and had resided here most of her life. She was a homemaker, and she loved to ride motorcycles, singing and dancing. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home with Pastor Lois Turner, officiating. Immediately following the services, a reception will take place at The Meeting Room, 2121 U.S. 1 South, in the Ponce de Leon Mall. Any food contributions should be delivered to The Meeting Room between 1 and 2 p.m. She is survived by her children, Elijah Higginbotham (Diane), Hastings, Cindy Snowberger (David), Jacksonville, April Carney (Doug), Vero Beach, Kim Brownlow (Gary), Hastings; brother, Elliott Gribble; sister, Sheron Gribble; father of the children, Buck Higginbotham, all of St. Augustine; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by a son, Bryan Higginbotham. St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Florida Times-Union 04/27/2014

Sarah Jean Higginbotham (ca1959-2014) FL

HIGGINBOTHAM- Sarah Jean Higginbotham, 55, of Middleburg, FL, passed away April 25, 2014. BROADUS-RAINES FUNERAL HOME, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Spr., FL (904) 284-4000




Betty Jean Higginbotham Coleman (1948-2014) FL

(April 5, 1948 - June 24, 2014)

Betty Jean Coleman, age 66, died at the Hamrick Home on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She had been a resident of Okeechobee for 41 years. Her favorite times were spent with her grandchildren and gardening. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Coleman, Sr. and son, Ronald Coleman. She is survived by four sons, Robert (Sylvia) Coleman, Jr., David Coleman, Donald (Tammy) Coleman, and Kevin (Michelle) Coleman, all of Okeechobee; nine grandchildren, Clay, Alyssa, David, Kaitlyn, Corey, Kevin, Matthew, Raylee and Emery; one brother, Sonny Higginbotham of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and two sisters, Carol Erudy and Sue Baker. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Brother Joe Bishop officiating. In lieu of flowers donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. All arrangements are entrusted to the direction of the Buxton, Bass, and Conway families of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 N. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972.



Citrus County Chronicle 07/23/2014

Howard Kent Higginbotham (ca1948-2014) FL

Howard Kent Higginbotham Sr., 66, of Lake Lindsey, Florida, died, July 13 ,2014. Services at Grace Tabernacle Independent Baptist Church, Brooksville, Florida, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014.



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