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The Fayetteville Observer 12/30/1994

McBert Higginbotham (1927-1994) NC
Ret. Sgt. Maj. McBert Higginbotham, 67, of 700 Chadwick Road, Fayetteville, died Tuesday in his home.
Among the awards he received are the Purple Heart with oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with ``V'' device, the Korean Service Medal with four bronze stars and arrowhead, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Meritorious Service Award. He retired from the U.S. Department of State and worked for several years as an administrator at Fayetteville State University at Fort Bragg.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the 82nd Airborne Division Memorial Chapel at Fort Bragg by Chaplain Revell. Burial with full military honors will be in LaFayette Memorial Park.
Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his wife, Betty J. Higginbotham of the home; his mother, Mattie J. Higginbotham of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two sons, Ray Higginbotham of Santa Cruz and Travis Higginbotham of Coatesville, Pa.; two daughters, Gwendolyn Stritter of Portola Valley, Calif., and Larell Higginbotham of Fayetteville; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Wiseman Mortuary.


The Fayetteville Observer 12/12/1995

Danell Higginbotham Hernandez (1967-1995) WA/NC

Ms. Danell Higginbotham Hernandez, 28, of Fayetteville died Friday.
She served an internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in molecular genetic research. Ms. Hernandez accepted a position at Fayetteville State University as a biomedical researcher and served in the Army.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. today in Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University by the Rev. Mark Billington. Local arrangements by Highland Funeral Service & Crematory.
Ms. Hernandez is survived by her father, Daniel Higginbotham of Cashmere, Wash.; her mother, Troy G. Everett of Elkton, Ore.; her stepfather, Robert J. Everett of Elkton; a daughter, Charleen Hernandez of Elkton; a brother, Trek Higginbotham of Sutherlin, Ore.; two stepbrothers, John Everett of Bandon, Ore., and Dennis Everett of Coos Bay, Ore.; a stepsister, Diane Page of Wenatchee, Wash.; and her maternal grandparents, Henry and Margaret Gajda of North Bend, Ore.


The Wilson Daily 06/26/1998
Marsha Higginbotham Statham (1944-1998) NC
Oct. 29, 1944 June 25, 1998
Marsha Higginbotham Statham, 53, died Thursday. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Phillip Byrum at 11 a.m. Saturday at Joyner's Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 West. Burial will follow in the Varnell Family Cemetery.
Statham was owner of United Realty Exchange for 10 years.
Surviving are her husband, James Woodrow Varnell; her father, William Howard Higginbotham of Atlanta; and a sister, Margaret Garren of Atlanta.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight and at other times at 4466 Rosebud Church Road.


The Fayetteville Observer 05/28/2002

Mattie Jenkins Higginbotham (1910-2002) NC

Mrs. Mattie Higginbotham, 92, of 523 Country Club Drive, Fayetteville, died Sunday in Whispering Pines Nursing Home. Arrangements will be announced by Wiseman Mortuary.



Lake Charles (LA) American Press 08/09/2002

Jean E. Chaney Higginbotham (1941-2002) LA/NC
Jean E. Higginbotham, 61, died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, in Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, N.C.
She was born Jan. 5, 1941, in Lake Arthur to Verdner Chaney and the late Cora Chaney. She attended school in Lake Arthur and later became a
certified nursing assistant, which was her occupation until the time of her illness. She was a kind, loving and caring person with a genuine
personality, which displayed her uniqueness. She will be deeply missed and not forgotten by all who knew her.
Survivors include three sons, Gary D. Higginbotham of Lake Charles, Eddie Higginbotham III and wife Ella, both of Jennings, and Darrell J.
Higginbotham and fiance Alicia, both of Lake Charles; three daughters, Dana Higginbotham of Greenville, N.C., Diane Higginbotham-Maybank and
husband Michael, both of Greenville, and Melania Higginbotham of Vanceboro, N.C.; her father, Verdner Chaney of Lake Arthur; two sisters,
Marjorie Jones of Lake Arthur and Norma Jean Johnson of Houston; three brothers, Howard Lee of Killeen, Texas, Gilbert Lee of Houston and Freddy Chaney of Lake Charles; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Chaney; one son, Michael Higginbotham; her mother, Cora Chaney; and one sister, Elaine Benoit.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Jennings Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.


Sun Journal 12/19/2003

Lloyd Dale Higginbotham (1919-2003) NC

Lloyd Dale Higginbotham, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003.
He was one of the founding fathers and first president of International Loran Association.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
He is survived by his widow, Evelyn Higginbotham of the home; two daughters, Dianne Kidlinger of Springfield, Ohio, and Kathryn Spencer of Raleigh; one son, Duane Higginbotham of Highstown, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216 or River Bend Baptist Church, 5001 U.S. Hwy 17 South, New Bern, N.C. 28562.
Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations of New Bern.


Ashville Citizen-Times 12/19/2005

Grace Cook Higginbotham (1919-2005) GA/NC


Asheville - Grace Cook Higginbotham, 86, formerly of 99 Hazzard St., died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Mission Hospitals, Memorial Campus.

Mrs. Higginbotham was a native of Oconee County, Ga., and a daughter of the late Homer and Elma Brown Jenkins. She retired as a nursing assistant from the Veterans Administration Hospital and was a former member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Higginbotham enjoyed shopping and caring for plants and pets.

Surviving family includes cousins, McKinley Cave, Harold Cave, his wife, Kokeeta and son, Andre; other relatives and friends.

The graveside service will be held 3:30 p.m. Monday at Violet Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Charles Mosley officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home of McKinley Cave, 56 Hunt Hill Place, Apt. 12-B.

Service provided by Ray & Allen Funeral Service.


Times-News Online 01/23/2007
Richard L. Higginbotham (1940-2007) NC
Richard L. Higginbotham, 66, of Flat Rock died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, at his residence following an extended illness.
A private service is planned.
Arrangements are by Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Service.


The News & Observer 12/09/2007
David Burns Higginbotham (ca1922-2007) FL/GA/NC
David Burns Higginbotham, 85, passed away peacefully December 7, 2007 in Raleigh NC.
A native of Nassau Co. FL and a veteran of World War II, he spent the majority of his life in Macon, GA where he worked at Georgia Kraft in the paper industry. He was the son of the late David and Bessie Higginbotham.
He was preceded in death by his son, Glenn E. Higginbotham and two brothers, Billy and Meade Higginbotham.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth F. Higginbotham; son-in-law and daughter, Chuck and Gail H. Cudlipp all of Wake Forest; daughter-in-law, Debra Higginbotham, SC; four grandchildren, Andrew Higginbotham, MO, Daniel Higginbotham, SC, Cara and Chase Cudlipp, NC; his sister, Betty Seesholtz, FL.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Macon, GA.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the staff of Universal HealthCare of North Raleigh for the wonderful care given.
A service of Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC. (919)556-5811.


The News & Observer 06/27/2008

Robert Don Higginbotham (ca1931-2008) MO/NC

Professor Robert Don Higginbotham, 77, of Chapel Hill, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2008 in UNC Memorial Hospital.
A native of Malden, MO, he was the only son of the late E. B. and Maude Higginbotham.
A memorial service will be held in his honor on Monday, June 30, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at the University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Robert, Larry, and David; stepdaughters, Hilary Phillips and Christina Rich; and eight grandchildren.
Professor Higginbotham was the Dowd Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught for forty-one years. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Washington University and his Ph. D from Duke University. Before coming to UNC he taught at the College of William and Mary, Longwood College, and Louisiana State University. A dedicated teacher and leading authority on the history of the American Revolution and in particular the life of George Washington, Professor Higginbotham was the author or editor of ten books and dozens of articles and essays, several of which won major prizes. A frequent and poplar lecturer at the military academies, he was honored with the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. He enjoyed his roles as historical consultant to television and film productions and as advisor to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. In 1998, his book George Washington and the Military Tradition was selected as one of the ten best books ever written about George Washington. In addition to holding a number of important positions at UNC, including serving as chair of the Department of History, he was a former president of the Southern Historical Association and the Society of the Historians for the Early Republic.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Duke Home Care and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
Arrangements by Walker's Funeral Home, 120 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


The Daily Advance 07/25/2008

Mildred Higginbotham Ashley Griffin (1924-2008) NC

Dare resident Mildred (Higginbotham) Ashley Griffin, 83, of Southern Shores, died at her home on Monday, July 18, 2008. A memorial service will be held at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church in Kitty Hawk Wednesday at 2 p.m. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc., Nags Head, is in charge of arrangements.




Gladys E. Higginbotham (1915-2008) NC

December 7, 1915-September 20, 2008

A virtuous woman surrounded by her loving family, Gladys E. Higginbotham, 92, met the Lord in a gentle whisper on September 20, 2008 in her NC home after a brief illness. She lived her life as an example of the virtuous Proverbs woman in every role; as a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. She leaves a legacy of love, kindness, hospitality, faithfulness, strength, and Godly virtue to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her three devoted daughters, Trudy Ann Spratling and husband Jim, Kathy Gay Greenlee and husband Don, and Candace Jan Higginbotham; and her husband of 67 years, Thomas H. Higginbotham. She was a warm, loving, and wise grandmother who created wonderful traditions for her grandchildren throughout their lives; Jamie Spratling (Terri), Trundy Stairs (Chuck), Trae Greenlee (Jen), Shands Greenlee (Shanna), Graham Greenlee (Brandy), Annette Spratling and the late Sim Spratling and Trisha Spratling. She was known for her wonderful cooking, homemade bread that she shared with so many, coconut birthday cakes for her grandchildren, Thanksgiving feasts, and the annual Christmas Eve celebration. She had abounding hospitality to all who entered her home. She gave her life to the Lord as a young girl and never strayed from the path that she chose; to serve God, her family, and others. Her legacy will continue into another generation through her great grandchildren; Taylor Spratling, Brielle Breece, Shane Spratling, Jillian Greenlee, Quinn Greenlee, and Owen Greenlee. The viewing will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Skyview Church of Christ from 3-5 pm. Funeral services will be on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 from 2-4 pm also at Skyview. Memorials may be made in her honor to The Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.



News Record 12/03/2008

Adella Zieour Higginbotham Casler (1925-2008) OH/NC

GREENSBORO — Adella Zieour Higginbotham Casler, 83, of Greensboro, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at Wesley Long Hospital. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, December 5, at Greensboro Christian Church. Interment will immediately follow at Lakeview Memorial Park. Adella Casler was born December 1, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Greensboro in the 1960's and had her own Beauty Salon. She was a member of Greensboro Christian Church and also a member of the Grange Club. Mrs. Casler is survived by her daughter, Donna Angel; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence D Higginbotham; her second husband, Charles C. Casler; and her son, William R. Higginbotham. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday December 4, at Forbis & Dick N. Elm St. Chapel. Memorials may be made to Greensboro Christian Church at 3232 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, NC, 27405.



The Sylva Herald 01/22/2009

Thomas Harrell Higginbotham (1919-2009) NC

Thomas Harrell Higginbotham, 89, of Whittier, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Tsali Care Center. Services will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla., at a later date. Crisp Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.



Charlotte Observer 03/05/2009

Brenda Lee Turner Higginbotham (ca1954-2009) NC

Ms. Higginbotham, 55, of Charlotte, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, March 2, 2009. Brenda is survived by her mother, Reba Lee Turner; and brothers, Gregory and Mark Turner. Brenda was employed at Atlantic Scrap and Processing, and was a faithful volunteer at the Billy Graham Library. As a member of Forest Hill Church, she enjoyed her many friends and greeting all the members before the services. A service was held on March 3rd at Forest Hill Church. Memorials can be sent in Brenda's name to Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217, and Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.



Bluefield (WV) Daily Telegraph 01/03/2010

George Harrison Higginbotham Jr. (1935-2010) WV/NC

OAKVALE — George Harrison "G.H." Higginbotham, Jr., 74, of 4075 Acorn Drive in Franklinton, N.C., formerly of Cheesy Creek Road in Oakvale, died Thursday December 31, 2009 at his residence. Born January 20, 1935 in Athens, he was the son of the late George H. Higginbotham and Beulah Meadows Higginbotham Saunders. He retired in 1995 from Appalachian Electric Power Company in Glen Lyn, Va. as unit supervisor with twenty-six years service. He started his working career with Fort Pitt Shoe Store in Princeton and was later transferred to different Ohio stores. He was a graduate of Athens High School, was a U.S. Army veteran, and attended the Christian Ridge Tabernacle on Cheesy Creek Road. He had been a resident of Franklinton, N.C. since 2004, moving there from Oakvale. Survivors include his wife, Judy Johnson Higginbotham of Franklinton, N.C.; one son, Ryn Higginbotham and wife Joanna of Franklinton, N.C.; one grandson, Ty Higginbotham of Franklinton; and one sister, Mary Reed and husband Bobby of Oxford, N.C. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at the G.E. Davis Chapel of Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale with Pastor Jim Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 noon until the service hour on Tuesday. Online condolences may be made at Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale is serving the Higginbotham family.



Winston-Salem Journal 01/13/2010

May 7th, 1934 - January 10th, 2010

Elsie Edna Copeland Higginbotham (1934-2010) PA/NC

WINSTON-SALEM- Elsie Edna Copeland Higginbotham, 75, of Winston-Salem passed away January 10, 2010 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Harry and Elsie Copeland. She was preceded in death by a son, William Thomas Higginbotham. Elsie always appreciated her neighbors on Hollywood Street and the staff of Rite Aid Drugs in Parkway Plaza for their friendship and fellowship. Elsie is survived by her brother, Harry Copeland, Jr. and wife Cathy of Davenport, FL; a daughter, Karen Byrd and husband Gary of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Jo Anne Legacki of Cary; a son, James Bruce Higginbotham and wife Rhonda of Powder Springs, GA; a son, Alan Lamar Higginbotham and wife Sharon of Cumming, GA; twelve grandchildren, Joey Byrd, Ceana Legacki, Tommy Legacki, Elizabeth Legacki Nutter, Karen Legacki, Ryan Higginbotham, Caleb Higginbotham, Quinn Higginbotham, Tommy Higginbotham, Daniel Higginbotham, Timothy Higginbotham, and Samantha Higginbotham; a great-granddaughter, Danika Legacki. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2010 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Elsie's Homecare provider, Vernell Miller and nurse practitioner, Patricia Kearney and the staff at Senior Care. A special thank you is given to the staff in CCU at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for their kindness during Elsie's brief stay and to the Palliative Care Unit nurses Nancy, Marty, and Tiffany (CNA), as well as Dr. Bain for making these last days for Elsie dignified and peaceful. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Winston-Salem Rescue Mission or to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital.



Charlotte Observer 03/26/2010

Itle White Higginbotham (1923-2010) KY/NC

Itle White Higginbotham Mrs. Higginbotham, 86, recently of Devon, PA and a resident of Charlotte for more than 40 years, died on March 23, 2010. Born in Elliot County, KY on September 9, 1923, she was the daughter of the late William Henry White and the late Barbara Lyon White of Jackson, OH. Itle graduated from nursing school in Marietta, OH before relocating to Charlotte where she worked at Presbyterian Hospital as a dedicated and caring LPN for more than 24 years. A prolific gardener, she raised vegetables and grew many lovely flowers, as well as earned special recognition from the Windsor Park Neighborhood Association for her efforts in keeping the neighborhood beautiful. Itle was a tremendous proponent of education for all youth, and she was especially proud of her children's achievements. She also enjoyed walking, baking, quilting, and sports, particularly North Carolina basketball. Itle is beloved and survived by her three children, Paulette Boling, Geoffrey Higginbotham, and Susan Higginbotham. She is also survived by her sister, Martyne Sheline, five grandchildren, Kristen Kihiczak, Michelle Wilson, Geoffrey Higginbotham, Jr., Paul Higginbotham, and Todd Boling, her son-in-law, Fred Boling, and daughter-in-law, Carol Higginbotham. Itle also has ten great grandchildren, and many extended family members and friends who will miss her dearly. A memorial service and burial will be held in Jackson, OH on April 10, 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association 225 N. Michigan Avenue 17th Fl Chicago, IL 60601 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International 120 Wall Street 19th Floor New York, NY 10005.



News Record 04/23/2010

Dr. Curtis Olden Higginbotham (1922-2010) VA/NC

GREENSBORO - Curtis Olden Higginbotham, son of Paris and Mattie Higginbotham, was born in Martinsville, Virginia on August 1, 1922 and departed this life on April 20, 2010 a the age of 87. Curtis is a graduate of North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University) where he received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He also received a Masters of Science in Chemistry at North Carolina A&T University, where he later taught physical science and chemistry for over 25 years. Curtis was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Phylis F. Brickhouse, Renee Higginbotham-Brooks, and Charmion Elaine Higginbotham, as well as three grandchildren, Mark Brickhouse, Mrs. Leigh Higginbotham Butler, and Codie Elaine Brooks and two great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church, 820 Ross Ave. on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 1 p.m. Brown Funeral Home is assisting the family at this time.



Free Press 04/29/2010

Mary Alice Manning Higginbotham (1919-2010) NC/VA

KINSTON - Mary Alice Manning Higginbotham, 90, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2010 in Richmond, Virginia. Mary was born in the Hanrahan Community of Pitt County, North Carolina on November 3, 1919 to Oscar Raymond Manning, Sr. and Ebbie Mae Taylor Manning. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, James (Jimmy) Henry Higginbotham, her only sibling, Oscar Raymond Manning of Fayetteville, N.C. and her son-in-law, Garland L. Rouse of Richmond, VA. Survivors include her daughter, Betty (Lou) H. Rouse, her grandsons, Chris Rouse and wife, Lisa of Richmond, Stephen Rouse and wife, Tobi of Ashburn, VA and a granddaughter Carla Len R. Weiss and husband, Matt of Richmond, nine great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Eleanor B. Manning of Fayetteville, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary graduated from Ayden High School as Valedictorian in 1936 and lived most of her life in Pitt or Lenoir Counties particularly Kinston. After completing requirements from Miss Hardbarger's Business School in Raleigh she worked as secretary to E. L Cloyd, Dean of Students at N.C. State College. In the forties Mary worked in the Adjutant General's office when it was moved to High Point for security reasons during war time and later for the Veteran's Administration in North Carolina and New Jersey. Upon her return to Kinston she served as private secretary to Mr. Leo Harvey and the Harvey family. Having lost her husband in 1960 to cancer she became an Area Director for the North Carolina Division of the American Cancer Society in 1968 where she worked until her retirement in 1984. As a long time active member of First Baptist Church in Kinston she served in many capacities and was particularly involved in Baptist Women and WMU. In the fifties she became a charter member of the Kinston Toastmistress and in the seventies was a charter member of the Altrusa Club. She enjoyed other civic activities including the Lenoir Historical Society and the Salvation Army Auxiliary. Known affectionately to her family as Mema she was always available and gracious and inspired us with her love of God, Family, and Country. Following a private burial, a Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 1 at First Baptist Church, 2600 Rouse Road, Kinston with Dr. Chuck Towery officiating. Her family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall after the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 2200 Lake Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30319; the First Baptist Church, 2600 Rouse Road, Kinston, NC 28504 or any charity of your choice. Many thanks to Edwards Funeral Home for the arrangements.



Fayetteville Observer 05/19/2010

Thomas Wayne Higginbotham (1929-2010) MS/NC

FAYETTEVILLE - Thomas "Wayne" Higginbotham, 81, of Fayetteville, died Monday, May 17, 2010. Wayne retired from the United States Postal Service after more than 30 years of service. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Reserves. Wayne is survived by a devoted wife of almost 61 years, Dorothy "Dottie," loving children, Christine Kenner, Kenneth (Pam) Higginbotham, Cheryl (James) Boone; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.




Jane Aguirre Higginbottom (1942-2010) CA/NC

Jamestown Dateline: Mrs. Jane Aguirre Higginbottom, 67, a resident of Jamestown died Sunday morning July 11, 2010 at her residence. Mrs. Higginbottom was born July 12, 1942 in Glendale, CA a daughter of John and Vina Sapp Aguirre. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Julia Aguirre and her brother, John Aguirre. She was a retired office manager. Surviving are her husband, Jab Nelson Higginbottom of the home; one son, Nelson Dee Higginbottom of the home and one step-son, David Neibert and wife Kathy of St. Louis, MO. Mrs. Higginbottom's wishes were to be cremated. The family will receive friends at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel, 6000 High Point Road on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.



Charlotte Observer 10/21/2010

Lillian Elizabeth Franklin Higginbotham Savage (1916-2010) VA/NC

March 11, 1916 - October 20, 2010

Mrs. Savage of Charlotte, NC died peacefully on Thursday October 20, 2010. She was 94 years old. She was born in Buckingham Virginia, a daughter of the late James and Lillian Franklin. She was a retired sales associate with JC Penny and a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Until 1993 Lillian resided in Lynchburg VA. with her late husband Joseph H. Higginbotham Jr., where she was an active member of Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church. In 1994 she moved to Charlotte where she married Joe D. Savage Sr. She is survived by a son, J. Henry Higginbotham III of Charlotte (Judy), and a daughter, Joyce H. Figg of Powhatan, VA.(Ron); 5 grandchildren, Beth Everson (Mike) of Matthews, NC, Jay Higginbotham (Nicole), and Jennie Higginbotham, of Charlotte, Wayne Figg (Wendy) of Midlothian, VA., and Amy Harrell (Brian) of Mosley, VA.; and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church 737 East Woodlawn Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209 at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 22, 2010 with Reverend Ron Perry, officiating. Visitation will follow the service in the fellowship hall. A grave side service will be held in Lynchburg VA., at Fort Hill Memorial Park on Saturday, October 23, at 12:00 noon. Those wishing to make memorials should consider Grace United Methodist Church, 737 East Woodlawn Rd. Charlotte, NC 28209 or a charity of your choice.




Sharon Marie Higginbotham (1966-2011) WV/AZ/NC

Higgenbotham, Sharon Marie 44, formerly of Mesa, AZ died in her sleep on February 22, 2011 in Enfield, NC. Born in Parkersburg, WV on May 25, 1966 she was a 1988 graduate of Parkway Special Education Public School in Mesa. Sharon had been involved with Special Olympics in her younger years and had a lifelong love of music, dancing, reading/coloring magazines, and taking walks. She was even the sole recipient of the affectionately given "Houdini Award" for her penchant for wandering off from school and home without telling anyone. Preceded in death by her eldest brother, Christopher Lee Higginbotham of Parkersburg and father William Francis Higginbotham of Harrisville, WV, Sharon is survived by her mother Doris Elizabeth (Doyle) Higginbotham, her siblings John David Higginbotham (Renee), Ann Frances Bennett (Rick), Mary Louise Schmiester and niece Amanda Schmiester and nephews Michael Higginbotham and William Bennett. Sharon had a habit of teasingly telling people to "get out of here" and it is with both sad and joyous hearts that we recognize that she followed her own suggestion and now resides with our Lord Jesus in heaven. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Mortuary Chapel 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 noon Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 141 N. Macdonald St., Mesa, AZ 85201, with interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. She may have made us alternately laugh, cry, and worry over the years, but to know Sharon was to know pure love, for which we will be eternally grateful - she will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by those fortunate enough to have been a part of her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Queen of Peace Catholic School, 141 N Macdonald St. Mesa, AZ 85201. Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Mortuary.




Barbara Christine Summerlin Higginbotham (1933-2011) NC

January 16, 1933 - December 12, 2011

Barbara (Bobbie) Christine Higginbotham of Raleigh, NC, died December 11, 2011, at home. She was seventy-eight years old. Barbara was born on January 16, 1933, in Kenansville, NC and grew up in Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune. She was the only child of the late Glenn and Bessie Summerlin of Jacksonville, NC. In 1958 she married Major Charles William Higginbotham, then a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. They had shared nearly fifty-three years of marriage when she died. In addition to being a homemaker, she worked in the medical field and as a real estate broker. Wherever she lived she was active in her community and her church. She had a strong belief in protecting and nurturing our environment and had a great passion for gardening. Bobbie was a past president of garden clubs in Washington, DC, Woodbridge, VA, Jacksonville, NC, and Cary, NC. Even when she lived in an apartment, her unit was readily distinguishable from the others because of the profusion of plants outside. Bobbie also served as Regent of the Joseph Montford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a past chairman of the Jacksonville (NC) Beautification Commission. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cary. Bobbie was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She had the delight of seeing three grandchildren, Angela, Thad, and Bethany, grow up and had the joy of welcoming two great-grandchildren, Lars and Kason, into the world. She was never at a loss for words and always enjoyed meeting new people. Bobbie loved spoiling her pets, most recently her beloved cat, Varina, and her cairn terrier, Merritt. Never afraid to try new things, she enjoyed surfing the Internet in her last years. Left to cherish her memory and to mourn her passing are her husband and best friend, Charles William Higginbotham, her beloved daughters, Deborah Elizabeth Conklin and Susan Dianne Higginbotham, her son-in-law, Don Coomes, her adored grandchildren, Angela Marie Gjelhaug, Thaddeus Benjamin Coomes, and Bethany Allison Coomes, her cherished great-grandsons, Lars Anders Gjelhaug and Kason Sorley Gjelhaug, and many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Cary at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2011. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Autism Society of North Carolina, 505 Oberlin Rd. Suite 230, Raleigh NC 27605 are encouraged.



The Daily Advance 02/07/2012

Margie F. Persinger Higginbotham (ca1922-2012) OH/NC

Grandy resident Margie F. Higginbotham, 90, of Grandy, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at her home. Born in Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Otto Persinger and Vena Nibert and was the wife of Amos Higginbotham of the residence. Mrs. Higginbotham is also survived by six children, Liz and Carol of Grandy, Mary of Virginia Beach, Va., Linda of Virginia, Charlene of Colorado, and Jimmy of West Virginia; eighteen grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. A graveside service will take place Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Colonial Grove Memorial Park. Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is assisting the Higginbotham family.



Lake City Reporter 11/08/2012

Marilyn Ann Higginbotham Bryant Didas (ca1941-2012) FL/NC

Marilyn Ann Didas, 71, of Franklin, NC, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Born in St. Augustine, FL, she was the daughter of the late John Burb Higginbotham and Ruth Vera Pearl Allen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Gethro Lee Bryant and husband Leon Arthur Didas and a son, Gary Lee Bryant. Marilyn loved lottery tickets, westerns and reading and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by five children, Lisa Smith and husband Barry of Franklin, Joseph Lee Bryant of Lake City, FL, Iva Rivenbark and husband Dana of Lake City, FL, Becky Jackson of Dade City, FL and Tillman Bryant and wife Judy of Lake City, FL; a sister, Emma Jean Depoe of Lake City, FL; nineteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Lake City, FL. Memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Jacksonville Daily News 08/25/2013

Marianne Mahurin Higginbotham (ca1948-2013) TX/NC

Jacksonville, NC - Marianne Higginbotham, 65, of Jacksonville died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Onslow Memorial Hospital. No Services are scheduled at this time. She was the born in Dallas, TX and was the daughter of the late Finley and Louisa Niemann Mahurin. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Herman Mahurin. Marianne leaves behind two sons, Cecil Higginbotham and his wife Shannon of Jacksonville, NC and Vaughn Higginbotham of Cloverdale, CA; one daughter, Seandra Higginbotham of El Cajon, CA; two brothers, Finley Mahurin of Modesto, CA and Robert “Bob” Mahurin of Reno, NV; four sisters, Jean Cyrley of Millbrae, CA, Carol Norris of Kansas, Janet DeBlair of Modesto, CA and Peggy Mahurin; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.




Evelyn Grove Bradford Higginbotham (ca1920-2013) IA/NC

NEW BERN - Evelyn Higginbotham, 93, died Friday, October 25, 2013 at Carolina East Medical Center. She was a member of River Bend Baptist Church. She volunteered at the hospital for over 2,000 hours and volunteered at the soup kitchen. She was a member of the Golden Age Club and did water aerobics at the Y until she was in her 90's. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Higginbotham and is survived by her children, Dianne (Bob) Kiblinger of Springfield, OH, Duane (Martha) Higginbotham of Hightstown, NJ and Kathy (Ken) Ceglowski of Raleigh; two brothers, Vernon (Helen) Bradford and Duane (Ellen) Bradford, both of Tallahassee, FL; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; and her faithful companion, Fritz. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who was loving, vivacious and funny. Her humor and wit will be missed by everyone who knew her. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at her residence. Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.



Charlotte Observer 04/04/2014

William Cecil Berard Higginbotham (1941-2014) NM/NC

William "Willie" Cecil Berard Higginbotham, 72, of Mt. Ulla, NC passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014. William was born May 4, 1941 in Roswell, NM to the late Clinton and Lillian Parish Higginbotham.
William is survived by his loving children; son, William Clinton Browning Higginbotham and his wife Brandi of Charlotte; daughter, Deborah Lynn Evans and her husband Robert of Huntersville.
Funeral services will be private.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family.



The Columbus (OH) Dispatch 04/23/2014

Debra Lyn Higginbotham Hawthorn (1953-2014) OH/NC

Hawthorn (Higginbotham) Debra Lyn Hawthorn, 60, was born on October 16, 1953 in Columbus, OH to the late Billy and Martha (Sue) Fleming Higginbotham. She departed this life April 13, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Preceded in death by her grandparents, foster parents Warren and Jeanette Hunt, foster brother Dave. Survived by husband of 44 years, Doug of Mount Holly, NC; loving children, Jason (Anne), Joshua, Jesse Bliss (Larry), Jacob, James (Lilly) and Justin; siblings, Cathy (Terry) Wallace, Billy Higginbotham, Vicki (Dave) Inks, Jill Hager, Tammy (Glenn) Davis, Mike Higginbotham, Brenda (Larry) Lowery, Teri (Keith) Goff; foster siblings, Bonnie (Rex) Rudolph, Becky (Bryan) Parker, Mark (Nancy) Hunt; grandchildren, Gabriel, Tyler, Kaylyn, Jaren, Warren, Kaili, Chloe, Douglas and Amelia Rose; special ladies in her life, Aunt Genny Holstein, Audrey Chaney and Cathy Tipton; and a host of many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sun Trust Bank (Jesse Bliss Celebration of Life Memorial Fund for Debra Hawthorn, account number 1000173490169), 118 N. Main St., Belmont, NC 28012.



Charlotte Observer 11/13/2015

Virginia Lynn Higginbotham (1979-2015) NC

GASTONIA - Virginia "Jennie" Lynn Higginbotham, 36, of Gastonia, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015, with family and friends by her side. Jennie was born July 20, 1979, beloved daughter of Judy and Henry Higginbotham. Those left to cherish Jennie's memory, in addition to her parents, include sister, Beth (Mike) Everson; brother, Jay (Nicole) Higginbotham; nieces, Haley and Taylor; nephews, Michael and Graham; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Jennie thrived at her group home and will be missed by her housemates and the devoted staff at UMAR, Hoffman Road. Jennie attended Metro School, Charlotte, until age 20. She spent most of her days with friends and staff at Life Enrichment Center in Kings Mountain, where she brought joy to all. For many years, Jennie volunteered twice weekly as a greeter at Friendship Trays, Charlotte. She loved church, enjoyed singing and dancing, and especially delighted in eating her favorite meals. Jennie touched so many lives with her love, perseverance and unique ways of relating to others. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 3:00 PM, Friday, November 13, 2015, at Grace United Methodist Church, 737 East Woodlawn Rd., Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UMAR, P.O. Box 1558, Ste 190, Huntersville, NC 28078. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service. Funeral Home Hankins & Whittington 1111 East Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203 (704) 333-6116.


The Times-News 12/01/2015

Ruth E. Robinson Higginbotham (ca1922-2015) WV/NC

Hendersonville, NC-- Ruth E. Higginbotham, 93, of Autumn Care entered Heaven on November 23, 2015. Born in West Virginia she is survived by sons, John Robinson (Laura) of TN, Bill Robinson (Frances) of Zirconia and Ron Robinson; a daughter, Jean Stanley (Dave) of Virginia; 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. A private family memorial will be held. Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the family. Funeral Home Jackson Funeral Service & Crematory 1101 Greenville Hwy Hendersonville, NC 28792 (828) 693-4261.



Charlotte Observer 08/10/2016

Ann Adair Higginbotham Prohoniak (1957-2016) VA/NC

Ann Adair Prohoniak, 59, of Charlotte, NC died on August 5, 2016. Born January 26, 1957 in Portsmouth, VA, she leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 30 years, Paul Michael Prohoniak of Charlotte, and her daughters Capt Tracy Adair Prohoniak Stacey, USMC, of San Diego, CA, and Melanie Ann Prohoniak of Charlotte, NC. In addition to her husband and daughters, Ann is survived by her parents, Allen and Linda Higginbotham of Sarasota, FL, and two brothers: Robert and his wife Patti of Fairfax, VA, and David and his wife Coleen of San Francisco, CA. Ann was a native of Virginia. She met her husband Paul on a blind date in October 1984 and they were married on April 19, 1986. Paul was the love of Ann's life and she told him so every day. A celebration of Ann's life will be held at 1 o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, August 13, 2016, with a reception following the ceremony, at University City United Methodist Church, 3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28269. In lieu of flowers, Ann requested memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, Levine and Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville, or to her church, University City United Methodist in Charlotte, NC. Ann's ashes will be scattered at her most favorite place, near the sun, ocean, and sand at Sandbridge Beach in Virginia. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Funeral Home Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home 16901 Old Statesville Road Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 892-9669.




Kenneth Lawrence Higginbotham (1972-2016) MD/NC

June 23, 1972 - December 2, 2016

Newton Grove, Kenneth Lawrence Higginbotham 44 of 3200 McLamb Road passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton. Funeral services will be held at 3:00pm on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Timothy Ameen officiating, burial will follow in the Clinton Cemetery. Ken was a native of Prince George's County, Maryland. He loved things that were trash to some but treasure to him. At an early age Ken shared an interest in the tree business, along side of his brother Shannon, Kenny worked for a while in that profession. Ken was also known for his ability to connect with people from all walks of life there was never an encounter when Ken didn't make a friend. Ken loved to fish as well, he did so almost every day. During Kens birthday the past June, he met a family eating dinner seated at the table behind him, after telling the family that he liked the "Happy Birthday" sign on their cake the family gave the sign to Ken and he and his sister Angela used it for their cake. Ken was never a stranger to anyone, he loved everyone as well as his family. Family was one of the most important things in his life. He could also sell anything to anyone, anywhere, his talent for that was widely known....Kens happiness and ability to adapt to any situation, giving inspiration was his focus in life. Kenny leaves to cherish his memories: Mother: Laura McKenzie & husband Robert of Newton Grove Father: Kenneth N. Higginbotham of Alabama Daughters: Laura Morrison & husband Nathan of Clinton Amber Higginbotham of the home Son: Kenneth C. Higginbotham of the home Sisters: Angela Ellis & husband Jason of Clinton Jennifer Higginbotham of Florida Brother: Shannon Higginbotham of Alabama Three (3) Grandchildren: Timothy, Brody & Noah Morrison. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Hope Valley Hawkins Funeral Service & Cremation, 1246 Hobbton Hwy. Clinton.




Keith Douglas Higginbotham (1954-2017) NC

August 16, 1954 - March 20, 2017

KELFORD, NC – Keith Douglas Higginbotham, age 62, of Kelford, passed away on  March 20, 2017 at his home. Mr. Higginbotham was born in Kanawha County, WV, on August 16, 1954, a son of the late George and Edith Johnson Higginbotham.  Keith was a member of Kelford Baptist Church and an Army veteran.  He worked as supply clerk for Perdue as long as his heath permitted.  Keith will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Sheila Ireland Higginbotham, a son, Roland Liverman and wife, Lindsey of Greenville, SC; a daughter, Theresa Upton and husband, Ray of Elizabeth City, NC; a brother, David Higginbotham of Lewiston-Woodville, NC; two grandsons, Blake Liverman, and Dylan Liverman; and three granddaughters, Brooke Liverman, Trinity Liverman, and Pressley Liverman. A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017, at 1:00 pm at the Kelford Baptist Church, Kelford, NC, with Rev. Doug Spivey, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Higginbotham family.



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