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Southern Standard 11/13/1952

William Henry Higginbotham (1868-1952) TN

Mr. Higginbotham Dies Thursday; Rites Saturday

William Henry Higginbotham, 83 year-old retired Warren county farmer, died at the home of a son, Clarence Higginbotham, in West Riverside Thursday evening at 10:30 o'clock.

He had been ill four months and had been blind for the past twenty years.

Funeral rites were held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock at Shellsford Baptist Church. Rev. John S. Trent, the minister, officiated and burial was in Shellsford cemetery.

Mr. Higginbotham was born in Warren County November 11, 1868. He was a son of Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan (Aaron) Higginbotham and he married to Miss Elizabeth Bush (Bost), who preceded him in death.

Mr. Higginbotham was a member of the Baptist Church.

In addition to his son, with whom he made his home, Mr. Higginbotham is survived by another son, Walter Higginbotham, McMinnville; two daughters, Mrs. Charles W. Conlin, McMinnville, and Mrs. R.J. Seals, Ft. Worth, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Rowan, Nashville, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



Kingsport Times 01/22/1954

Ruth Price Higginbotham (1916-1954) TN/NY

The body of Mrs. Ruth Higginbotham, 37, of Riverhead, N.Y., who died Tuesday at her home of a heart attack, will arrive in Johnson City by train at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The body will then be taken directly to Gunnings Cemetery, where graveside services will be conducted by Dr. E. Gibson Davis.

Survivors include her husband, Sgt. G. W. Higginbotham, with the US Army at Suffolk County Air Base, Riverhead, N.Y.; five brothers, Troy M. Price of Kingsport, Tam B. Price of Brooklyn, W.H. Price of New Albany, Ind., Thomas W. and Charles J. Price of Dayton, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Albert Hall of Hampton, Va., Mrs. Paul Onkoniz and Mrs. Henry Maupin of Kingsport.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.



Cookeville Citizen 03/12/1963 

Maria Manier Higgenbotham (1876-1963) TN

Funeral services for Mrs. Maria Manier Higgenbotham, 84, were held Sunday at Hooper & Huddleston with burial in McBroom Cemetery. John A Chalk officiated.
Mrs. Higgenbotham, widow of Aaron Armstrong Higgenbotham, died at Master's Rest Home on Friday.
She was a native of Putnam County, daughter of Thomas and Matilda Burgess Manier and was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by a son, Harvey Higgenbotham of Cookeville and a half-brother, Chester Clemons of Double Springs.



Beckley (WV) Post-Herald and Register 02/16/1969

Elizabeth Jessie Auld Higginbotham (1866-1969) GA/WV/TN

Mrs. W.B. Higginbotham, 102, Kingston, Tenn., formerly of Ansted (W.Va.), died Saturday morning in the home of a daughter, Mrs. J.R. Heffner, Kingston.

A native of Georgia, she was born Feb. 27, 1866. She was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Also surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Rachel Ferguson, Maryville, Tenn., and Mrs. John A. Martindale, Ansted; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be held in Kingston.



Middlesboro Daily News 09/02/1974

Mrs. Willa M. Higginbotham (1941-1974) KY

A Chattanooga woman driving home with her husband on a downtown street in Chattanooga was shot and killed Sunday, the innocent victim of a bullet-ridden family feud, police said. Mrs. Willa Higginbotham, 33, died of a bullet to the head Sunday while driving her husband home down Ninth Street, where police said several relatives were arguing and shooting outside. Ira Thomas, Jr., 42, of Chattanooga , has been charged in the slaying. Police said seven shots had been fired from two guns during the skirmish, a stray bullet killing Mrs. Higginbotham.



Southern Standard 11/10/1981

Hollie Hillis Higginbotham (190501981) TN

Mrs. Hollie Higginbotham, 81-year-old-resident of Route 9, died at 5 p.m. Friday in McMinnville Health Care Center. Mrs. Higginbotham was a homemaker and member of the Shellsford Baptist Church.

She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Linda (Kell) Hillis. She was the wife of Clarence H. Higginbotham who survives. Other survivors are three brothers and three sisters, Leroy, Thomas M., and Asa Kell, all of McMinnville, Mrs. Lucille Grisson of Rock Island, Mrs. Mary Julian of Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. Betty Upton of McMinnville.

The service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Shellsford Baptist Church. Don Owens and John Turner officiating. Burial followed in Shellsford Cemetery.

McMinnville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




John Nathaniel Higginbottom (1910-1992) TN

SELMER - John N. Higginbottom, 81, retired farmer and school bus driver, died Saturday at McNairy County General Hospital.

Services at Shackelford Funeral Home with burial in Lake Hill Memory Gardens Cemetery in Bethel Springs.

Mr. Higginbottom, the husband of Annie Mae Higginbottom, also leaves a daughter, Wilma Russom of Milan; four sisters, Edna Tull, Lockie Mitchell, Lavara 'Doll' Hurst and Julia Reedy, all of Selmer; a brother, S. E. Higginbottom of Selmer, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.




Annie M. Higginbottom (1918-1995) TN

SELMER - Annie M. Higginbottom, 77, homemaker, died Tuesday at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital after a heart attack. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Shackelford Funeral Home here with burial in Lake Hill Memory Gardens near Bethel Springs. She was a member of Rose Creek United Methodist Church near here, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Home Demonstration Club. Mrs. Higginbottom, the widow of John N. Higginbottom, leaves a daughter, Wilma Russom of Milan; a sister, Alene Holmes of Lexington, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 


The Commercial Appeal 09/19/1998

Bobbie Sue Mason Higginbotham (1942-1998) TN

BOBBIE SUE HIGGINBOTHAM, 56, of Millington, seamstress for Serta Mattress Co., died of cancer Thursday at Methodist Hospital North. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Munford (Tenn.) Funeral Home with burial in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Drummonds , Tenn. She was a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle. Mrs. Higginbotham, the wife of James T. Higginbotham, also leaves two daughters, Stephanie Bayless of Eudora, Miss., and Beverly Whitecotton of Memphis; a son, James T. Higginbotham Jr. of Eudora; two sisters, Mary Katherine Carroll of Water Valley, Miss., and Lida Mae Joyner of Atoka, Tenn.; four brothers, Hubert Mason of Drummonds, and Earskine L. Mason, William Earl Mason and Cecil Mason, all of Millington, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



The Oak Ridger 08/16/1999

Elizabeth Anne Pidkowicz Higginbotham (1955-1999) LA/TN

Elizabeth Anne Pidkowicz Higginbotham, 44, of Oak Ridge, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Mrs. Higginbotham was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Oak Ridge High School Boosters Club. She was born in Bossier City, La., on July 20, 1955, the daughter of Joseph and Anne Hagen Pidkowicz, now of Oak Ridge. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her husband, Roger Higginbotham; her son, Joshua Roger Higginbotham of Oak Ridge; two brothers, Kevin Pidkowicz and his wife, Peggy, of San Diego, Calif., and Patrick Pidkowicz and his wife, Gale, of Collierville; and three sisters, Anne Felicia Pidkowicz of Oliver Springs and Suzanna Wilson and Katie Carden, both of Knoxville. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Jerry R. Higginbotham and his wife of Washington; her sister-in-law, Patricia A. Johnson of Knoxville; and by many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Gilbert Diaz officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight, Aug. 16, at Weatherford Mortuary. A Rosary will be said at 8 tonight in the chapel of the mortuary.



Johnson City Press 09/16/2001
Donald Joe Higginbotham (1953-2001) TN/FL
PLANT CITY, Fla. — Donald Joe Higginbotham, 48, Plant City, Fla., died here Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001.
He was a Johnson City, Tenn., native and had lived in Florida for the past several years. Mr. Higginbotham was a son of Don and Betty Garland Higginbotham.
He graduated from Happy Valley High School, Elizabethton. Mr. Higginbotham was an Air Force veteran, having served in the special forces. He was employed by J.P. Morgan Chase Security.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one brother, Mike Higginbotham, Johnson City; two nieces, Amy Kuntz, Johnson City, and Brandy Curd, Piney Flats, Tenn.; one nephew, Christopher Higginbotham, Johnson City; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.



The Commercial Appeal 09/18/2001

Pearl M. Higginbotham (1904-2001) TN

PEARL HIGGINBOTHAM, 97, of Memphis, homemaker, died Thursday at her home of complications of a stroke. Services were Monday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memphis Memory Gardens. She was a member of Merton Avenue Baptist Church and attended Cherry Road Baptist Church. Mrs. Higginbotham, the widow of Kyle Higginbotham, leaves three daughters, Marie Horton and Florayne Scipper, both of Memphis, and Reba Dill of Basin, Wyo.; a sister, Ruby Jones of Oxford, Miss., eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.




Myrtle Doles Guy Cable Higginbotham (1930-2001) TN/CA

Myrtle Cable Higginbotham, formerly of Carter County, died after an extended illness of cancer. She was the daughter of the late William and Edna Clawson Guy of Elk Mills. Survivors include two daughters, Helen and Kay, both of California, four sons, Dean of Memphis, Gene of Elizabethton, David and Rick, both of Modesto, Calif., two sisters, Pina Anderson of Elk Mills, Brenda Pollak of New Jersey, two brothers, Archie Clawson, Elizabethton, Maynard Clawson, Elk Mills, and eight grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, and funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Lake Wood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave., Hughton, Calif. Courtesy of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 423-542-2232.



Review Appeal 12/01/2001
George Wesley Higginbotham (1920-2001) TN

Winchester, TN
December 1, 2001. Service 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2001. MOORE-CORTNER FUNERAL HOME, 931/967-2222



Foster's Online Obituaries 01/10/2002

Ida Abbie David Higginbotham (1924-2002) NH/TN

FISHERVILLE, Tenn. — Ida Abbie Higginbotham, 77, of Fisherville, and formerly of Dover, N.H., died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at the Cordova Rehab in Cordova.
She is survived by her daughter, Dianne Loff of Arlington, Texas; a son, Wesley R. Osborn Jr. of Memphis; sisters, Sally Sullivan and Minnie Burchette of Dover, Anna Statom of Muncie, Ind., and Nellie Mersereau of Boston, Mass.; brothers, Gus, Butch, Sam and Bill David, all of Dover; and three grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert H. Higginbotham.


Southern Standard (McMinnville, TN) 03/06/2002

James B. Higginbotham (1924-2002) TN
McMinnville resident and Warren County native J.B. Higginbotham, 77, died March 4 at his home after a six-week illness. A farmer, he was the son of Marion Samuel and Lettie Scott Higginbotham; and was preceded in death by his wife, Theta Rose Arney in 1979; and sister, Delia Chastain. He is survived by nieces, Barbara Clendenon and Dean Langford, both of McMinnville; great-nieces, Debi Jones and Denise Layne, both of McMinnville; special friend, Darrell Bost of McMinnville; and great-nephews, Eddie Clendenon of Rock Island, Ricky Clendenon of Georgia, Danny and Darren Langford, both of McMinnville. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at High's Chapel with Mike Gay, Carl Crawford and George officiating. Burial will follow at Shellsford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service today at High's. High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Southern Standard (McMinnville, Tenn.) 08/23/2002 
James Leland Higginbotham (1918-2002) TN
Christiana resident and Warren County native James Leland Higginbotham, 84, died Aug. 21.
A retired merchant marine engineer and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, he was the son of the late Charlie and Ada Mai Farless Higginbotham; and was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Graham Gordon Higginbotham in 1989.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Dianne Higginbotham of Christiana; and granddaughter, Raven Grey Higginbotham of Christiana.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro with Mark Karki officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Woodfin.
Woodfin Funeral Home of Murfreesboro is in charge of arrangements.



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.


Review Appeal 10/08/2003
Arthur Louis Higginbotham (1943-2003) TN/MO
Age 60
McMinnville, TN
December 8, 2003. Service 2 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2003. HIGH FUNERAL HOME, (931) 473-2137


Johnson City Press 02/12/2004
Wilma Jane Adkins Higginbotham (1926-2004) TN
ERWIN — Wilma Jane Higginbotham, 77, formerly of 417 Union St., Erwin, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at the Center on Aging and Health, Erwin.
She was a Yancey County native and was a daughter of the late Park and Roba Honeycutt Adkins. She was the manager of the Erwin Motel for 21 years before her retirement. She was a member of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Higginbotham, and one brother, Reece Adkins.
Survivors include Two Sisters: Mildred Franklin, Lawrenceville, GA, Lora Adkins, Burnsville; Special Daughter-in-Christ: Pauline Davis; One Niece: Lena Perry, Lawrenceville, GA; Four Nephews: Jim Franklin, Chatsworth, GA, Johnny Adkins, North Carolina, Warren Adkins, Virginia, Jerry Adkins, Spruce Pine, NC; Several Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 8:00 P.M. Friday, February 13, 2004, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Rev. Harold Blankenship and Rev. Terry Richardson will officiate. Vocal selections will be provided by Dean & Ginger Wilson and Allan Foster. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. until service time Friday, February 13, 2004, at Valley Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Graveside services and interment will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 14, 2004, at Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dean Hollifield, Warren Davis, Roy Lacey, Glen Hollifield, Paul Whitson, Walter Harris and Tyrrell Anders. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Grindstaff, Wayne Shell, Earl Bennett and the Deacons of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church. Those attending the graveside service will meet at 10:30 A.M. Saturday at Valley Funeral Home to go in procession to the cemetery. Online condolences can be e-mailed to the family through our Web site at
These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Wilma J. Higginbotham through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, TN. (423) 743-9187.


Review Appeal 01/07/2005
Nellie Ruth Goodman Higginbotham (1917-2005) TN
Age 87
McMinnville, TN
January 7, 2005. Service 2 p.m. Sunday, Christ United Methodist Church. HIGH FUNERAL HOME, (931) 473-2137.


The Camden Chronicle 01/26/2005
Myrtle Elizabeth Bragg Higginbotham (1920-2005) WV/TN
Funeral services for Myrtle Elizabeth Bragg Higginbotham, age 84, of Camden, Tenn., formerly of West Virginia, were held on Friday, January 21, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Tryee Funeral Home in Oak Hill, W.Va., with Pastor Randy Sounderland officiating. Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Garden. Local arrangements were made by Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home.
Pallbearers who served were her grandsons.
Mrs. Higginbotham passed away Monday, January 17, at her residence in Camden. She was born on July 7, 1920 in Fayette County, W.Va., to the late James Buchanon Bragg and Sarah Elizabeth Fox Bragg. She was a homemaker, a member of Red Star Baptist Church in Red Star, W.Va., and a member of Eastern Star in Oak Hill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnett Baker Higginbotham, who passed away March 17, 1988; four sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include four daughters, Sarah Rose Higginbotham Harris, of Camden, Margie Uldine Higginbotham Sykes, of Dutton, Va., Zella Irene Higginbotham Halstead, of Belleville, Ill., and Cynthia Delphane Higginbotham Barker, of Ghent, W. Va.; two sons, Nathan Warren Higginbotham and Arnett Bragg Higginbotham, both of Chesterfield, Va.; two sisters, Carolee Lorenza and Uldine Presser, both of Pittsburg, Ca.; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


Johnson City Press 01/02/2006
Donald L. Higginbotham (1931-2005) TN
Don L. Higginbotham, 74, 408 Elm Lane, Johnson City died Saturday, December 31, 2005 at his residence.
Mr. Higginbotham was a native of Erwin and had lived in Johnson City since 1953. He was a son of the late Jefferson Bane and Ethel Elizabeth Lloyd Higginbotham. He was a former employee of Smith-Higgins Wholesale Drug Co. Mr. Higginbotham was a member and former deacon of Harrison Christian Church.
He is preceded in death by: his parents; a son, Donald Joe Higginbotham in 2001; and three brothers, Kenneth, Harold and Bobby Higginbotham.
Survivors include: his wife, Betty Garland Higginbotham of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Pam Higginbotham of Johnson City; three grandchildren, Amy Kuntz and Christopher Higginbotham, both of Johnson City and Brandy Curd of Piney Flats; a brother and sister-in-law, Bane and Gladys Higginbotham of Erwin.
A memorial service for Don L. Higginbotham will be conducted Tuesday, January 3, 2006 in the Morris-Baker North Chapel. Pastor Milton Mathers and Rev. Doug Hinshaw will officiate. The family will receive friends in the funeral chapel from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Adventa Hospice, 684 Highway 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Online condolences may be sent to the Higginbotham family via
These arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City 423-282-1521.



Johnson City Press 02/02/2006
Dot Parker Higginbotham  (ca 1941-2006) TN
ERWIN — Mrs. Dot Higginbotham, age 65, 930 Hoback St., Erwin, died Wednesday, February 1, 2006, at her residence.
She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Roy and Ola Lance Parker. Mrs. Higginbotham was a homemaker. She was of the Christian faith. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Higginbotham, in 1983; and a sister, Ann Parker.
Survivors include one son & daughter-in-law, Tim & Shannon Higginbotham, Erwin; one daughter & son-in-law, Tammy & Brian Davis, Johnson City; one brother & sister-in-law, William E. & Linda Parker, Jonesborough; one sister & brother-in-law, Mary & James Banner, Erwin; three very special grandchildren, Paige Higginbotham, Justin Higginbotham, Zakeriah Davis; two special friends, Patsy Sparks and Kay Clouse, both of Erwin; Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Graveside service for Mrs. Higginbotham will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday from the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Doug Hinshaw will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the residence, 930 Hoback St., Erwin. Family, minister and friends are requested to assemble at the cemetery by 1:50 p.m. Friday. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Ledford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 900, Erwin, TN 37650.
Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is in charge of the arrangements. 743-1380 or 928-4595



Cumberland County News 04/30/2006

Mary Frances Higginbotham Laws (1922-2006) TN
August 12, 1922 - April 28, 2006

Mary Frances Laws, age 83 of Greeneville, passed away Friday morning at her home. She was a member of Stone Dam United Methodist Church. She was a devoted housewife, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Matt and Janie Laws, Johnny and Sandi Laws and Roger and Jane Laws; four daughters and two sons-in-law: Lynn Graham, Ellen and Shane Wilhoit of Sevierville, Debra and Mickey Kite and Jennifer King; one daughter-in-law; Kay Laws; thirteen grandchildren: Danielle Rush, Jennifer Laws, Matt Laws IV, Jason Laws, Mandi Fillers, Amy Laws, Justin Laws, Jon Laws, Ricky Graham, Beth Richards, Brooke Wilhoit, Josh Kite, Jeni McHan; four great-grandchildren: Hayden Rush, Brock Rush, Ada Fillers, and Jaxon McHan; two sisters: Vivene Cash and Ruby Gaye Dyer of Kentucky; one brother and sister-in-law: Bob and Blanche Higginbotham; one sister-in-law: Nancy Higginbotham; several nieces and nephews, and special friends: Vickie Mull, Peggy and Jerry Gillen, Keith Harris, Ruth and Wayne Taylor, Jane Winn, Renea Ambrose and Jo King. She was preceded in death by her husband, Matt Laws, Jr., one son, Danny Laws, one brother, Daniel Higginbotham, and one sister, Anna Sell. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Doughty-Stevens, with Rev. Roy Fowler and Rev. Gary Cash officiating. Interment will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Stone Dam United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Stone Dam United Methodist Church, Dr. Ron Cole, Dr. James Rodgers, and Michael Taylor.



The Commercial Appeal 10/17/2006
Keith Higginbotham (1960-2006) TN
Henderson - KEITH HIGGINBOTHAM, 46, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2006. Visitation will be after 5 p.m., Monday, October 16. Services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 17 at Casey Funeral Home. Casey Funeral Home 731-989-2421



The Commercial Appeal 12/25/2006
Gina Lea Higginbotham (????-2006) TN
GINA LEA HIGGINBOTHAM, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2006. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar 901-725-0100.



The Johnson City (TN) Press 03/26/2007

Roger Lynn Higginbotham  (1946-2007) TN
Roger Lynn Higginbotham, age 60, of 134 Witcher Avenue, Erwin, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2007, in the Johnson City Medical Center after an extended illness.
Born in Erwin, he was the son of Bane and Gladys Huskins Higginbotham. He retired in 1998 as a barber after 31 years as the owner and operator of Roger’s Barbershop. He was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, Roger leaves behind his wife, Faye King Higginbotham; one son, Roger Neil Higginbotham, Bel Aire, TX; two aunts, Betty Higginbotham, Johnson City, Irene Higginbotham, Erwin; three cousins, Tim Higginbotham, Erwin, Mike Higginbotham, Johnson City, Tammy Davis, Johnson City.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at two o’clock in Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Doug Hinshaw will be officiating the service. Friends may call at the residence of his parents, 424 Tenth Street, Erwin. All those planning on attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by one-thirty Tuesday afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 9801 Southern Pine Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273 or to your favorite charity.
These arrangements are made especially for the family through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 North Main Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650, 423-743-9187.



High Funeral Home

Ralph Burger Higginbotham (1913-2007) TN

HIGGINBOTHAM, Ralph Burger - McMinnville resident and Warren County native Ralph Burger Higginbotham, age 93, was born June 30, 1913 and died June 8, 2007 at Raintree Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness. A retired supervisor at Burroughs-Ross-Colville Company and a life-long member of the Methodist Church, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Mary Della Massie Higginbotham. He was born and raised on the Higginbotham family farm in the McCollum Bend of the Collins River. He was a charter member of Moss Chapel Methodist Church and presently a member of Christ United Methodist Church. He was married December 5, 1936 to Nellie Ruth Goodwin who preceded him in death January 7, 2005. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one infant daughter and two infant sons; grandson, Michael Hennessee; son-in-law, Billy J. Hennessee; three brothers, Clarence, William and Harold Higginbotham and three sisters, Winnie Higginbotham, Florence Couch and Eva Mayfield. He is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Sue Hennessee of Columbia, TN and Carolyn and David M. McCarroll of Murfreesboro, TN; granddaughters and their husbands, Elizabeth and David Gibson of Franklin, TN, Martha and Joe Moss of Brentwood, TN and Kate McCarroll of Washington D.C.; great-grandsons and their wives, Michael and Andrea Hennessee of Franklin, TN and Chase and Sean Moss of Brentwood, TN; great-granddaughters and their husbands, Annie and Branden Glenn, April Gibson and Allyson and Nathan Gonzalez all of Franklin, TN; step-granddaughter, Kim Moss of Nashville, TN; great-great-grandchildren, Tristan and Isaac Glenn, Taylor, Carlee and Michael Gauge Hennessee and Ezra Gonzalez all of Franklin, TN and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2007 in High's Chapel with Mark Carrigan officiating. Burial followed in the New Union Cemetery on Hwy. 30 in McMinnville.



Johnson City Press June 22, 2007
Jefferson Bane Higginbotham Jr. (1925-2007) TN
UNICOI — J.B. Higginbotham Jr., age 81, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at the Unicoi County Medical Center.
Born in Unicoi County, he was the son of the late Ethel Lloyd and Jefferson Bane Higginbotham Sr. J.B. worked for 36 years at Clinchfield Railroad, serving in many positions. He was a member of Winsome Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Roger Higginbotham; and his four brothers, Don Higginbotham, Harold Higginbotham, Kenneth Higginbotham and Bobby Higginbotham.
J.B. leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Gladys Huskins Higginbotham, Erwin; two sisters-in-law, Betty Higginbotham, Johnson City, Irene Higginbotham, Erwin; nephew, Michael Higginbotham and his wife, Pam, Johnson City; daughter-in-law, Faye Higginbotham, Erwin; and grandson, Neil Higginbotham, Houston.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 23, 2007, at Six O’clock in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Rev. David Crutchfield and Rev. Tim Bennett to officiate the service. Music will be provided by Gary Amos. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. Graveside services will be held Sunday afternoon at One O’clock in Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Higginbotham, Neil Higginbotham, Christopher Higginbotham, Tom Lowe, Phil Harding and Raymond Dugger.
All those planning on attending the graveside services are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:30 Sunday afternoon to go in procession to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Building Fund, 540 Adams Street, Erwin, TN 37650.
These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 North Main Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650. 423-743-9187


The Murfreesboro Post 08/05/2007

Dorothy Hunt Higginbotham (1938-2007) TN
Dorothy H. Higginbotham, 69, of Eagleville, passed away on Aug. 5, 2007 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
She was a native of Sherwood, Tenn., but has lived in Rutherford County for most of her life. Dorothy retired from Alvin C. York Medical Center and was a member of the Midland Baptist Church.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; Tommy and Annie Hunt. She is survived by her son, Jim Higginbotham of Shelbyville, daughters; Beth Underwood of Eagleville, Ruth Sherrill of Manchester, and Joanne Velez of Nashville, brothers; Anthony Hunt of Nashville, and James Hunt of Smyrna, sister, Eva Walker of N.J., and eight grandchildren.
A chapel service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Jennings & Ayers Chapel with Willis Pope officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will serve as active pall-bearers. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Jennings & Ayers Funeral home, 820 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422.


The Commercial Appeal 07/10/2008
Marguerite Francis Higginbotham (1922-2008) TN

Marguerite Higginbotham died Wednesday July 9, 2008 from natural causes at her home. She was a caring, accomplished woman of substance beloved by many. Those that call her friend are innumerable. Those that were loved by her will remember her presence in their lives with gratitude. A lover of poetry, Mrs. Higginbotham lived a remarkable life marked by a generosity of spirit, an insightful intellect and a love for her children. She possessed a constant faith and abiding love. She was a member of Mullins United Methodist Church. She is survived by her children Karen Francis of Memphis and David Francis of Los Angeles; her grandchildren Ken Francis and Ben and Sarah Helfinstein; her great grandchildren Abigail and Cooper Francis; her sister Betty Morgan of Macon, Georgia and her niece Joann Merrill of Memphis. She was pre-deceased by husbands, Ben Francis and Carl Higginbotham and two sons, Kenneth and Benjamin Francis. Mrs. Higginbotham will be buried at Memorial Park Cemetery following the funeral at 2 p.m. Friday, July 11 at Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 12:30. p.m. until the hour of service at Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home 901-767-8930



The Murfreesboro Post 09/14/2008

James F. Higginbotham (1965-2008) TN

Jim Higginbotham, 43, of Midland Community, passed away Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 at Heritage Medical Center. He was born to the late James Fullerton and Dorothy Higginbotham. He was a motorcycle mechanic with Classic Custom Cycle. Jim was an avid motorcycle rider and was in the Dart League in Murfreesboro. Jim is survived by his sisters, Joanne Velez of Nashville, Ruth Sherrill of Manchester and Beth Underwood of Eagleville; nephews, Justin, Nathan, Brandon, Hampton, Fisher and Tommy; nieces, Abby and Samantha. The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 at the Murfreesboro Funeral Home. Private burial for family to follow. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at Murfreesboro Funeral Home.



The Commercial Appeal 05/16/2009

Gladys Alma C. Gentry Higginbottom (1931-2009) TN

Booneville - GLADYS A. C. HIGGINBOTTOM, 77, died May 14, 2009.



Knoxville News Sentinel 07/07/2009

Veta Wimberly Higginbotham (1925-2009) TN

HIGGINBOTHAM, VETA WIMBERLY - age 84, of Knoxville, formerly of LaFollette, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Baptist Hospital West. She was a member of LaFollette First Baptist Church and a teacher's aide at LaFollette Middle School for many years. Preceded in death by husband, Bill Higginbotham and several brothers and sisters. Survivors: daughters, Anna Higginbotham, Atlanta, GA; Linda & husband Ron Ridenour, Knoxville; son, Bill Higginbotham, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Brian Wismer, Kara Ridenour, Billy Higginbotham, Amy Ridenour Shepherd, Andrea Higginbotham Russell; great grandchildren, Hayden, Hudson, Tate, Reese, Willow Veta; brother, Wayne Wimberly, Ocoee, TN; sister, Edith Schaper, FL; several nieces & nephews. Family will receive friends Wednesday, July 8, 2009 from 1 PM to 2 PM at Cross-Smith Funeral Home and then proceed to Woodlawn Cemetery for 2:30 PM Graveside Services & Interment. Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home.



Florence Times Daily 08/06/2009

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

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



Knoxville News Sentinel 10/02/2009

Harvey Swift Higginbotham (1915-2009) TN

HIGGINBOTHAM, REV. HARVEY - age 94 of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2009. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. A retired employee of Alcoa Aluminum and an honorably discharged Navy Veteran of WWII. Preceded in death by wife, Irene Allred Higginbotham. Survived by daughter, Mary Frances Thiel and son, Ricky Lamar Higginbotham; grandchildren: Randy Ridenour, Tammy Wood, Robin Jones and Shannon Lewis; eight great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; sister: Erma H. Reeves of Lenoir City. Family and friends will meet at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery (Hickory Valley Rd) at 1:45 pm Friday for a graveside service at 2:00 pm with Rev. Tom Aiken officiating.



Chattanooga Times Free Press 09/10/2010

Karen Anderson Higginbotham (1959-2010) TN

Karen Anderson Higginbotham, 51, of East Brainerd, TN a woman of great faith and character died peacefully Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of Northshore Fellowship Presbyterian Church and all who knew her would agree that she lived worthy of the gospel of Christ. We are thankful for her shining example of courage and contentment in life and death. Karen was an incredible hostess and a friend to everyone she met. She enjoyed hiking, traveling, dancing and giving of her time for others such as planting flowers in their yard. She especially loved daisies. She enjoyed making cards with thoughtful notes to send to her friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Darleen Grayce Anderson and later her step mother, Aletha Jane Anderson. Survivors are her husband of 28 years, Bruce R. Higginbotham; two sons, Caleb and Jake all of Chattanooga; father, Roy C. Anderson, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; her siblings, Pamela Lillibridge, Greenville, S.C., Sharon Booth , Murfreesboro, Timothy Anderson , Bryant, Ala., Larry Anderson , Murfreesboro, and Lydia Guthrie, Atlanta; along with nine nieces and 11 nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Robby Holt and Dr. Gary Purdy officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery with Al Allison officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherd's Arm Rescue Mission, PO Box 16758, Chattanooga, 37416. The family will receive friends today from 4-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN.



The Huntsville Times 04/15/2011

Erman Louise Higginbotham Barkley (1930-2011) AL/TN

Sept. 7, 1930 - April 8, 2011

Erman Louise Higginbotham Barkley, 80, passed away on April 8 at the Tennessee Veterans Nursing Home in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Erman was born in Birmingham on Sept. 7, 1930. She attended Pensacola High School and Toccoa Falls Christian College in Georgia. She became a window dresser in Augusta, Ga., where she met and married Jon B. Barkley in 1951. She and her husband Jon had their first son, Thomas T. II, in 1952 in Huntsville. Shortly after, they moved to Detroit, where Jon worked in the steel mills and Erman became a cake decorator through the Wilton Cake Decorating School. Erman had her second son, Jon B. Jr. in 1954. The family then moved back to Huntsville and Jon went to work for NASA, Erman went to work first for Brown, then Sperry Rand and finally Boeing as an illustrator. Erman had her third child, Susan E. in 1958. Erman was an accomplished artist that dabbled in various mediums. She has painted and decorated cakes for her church, her friends and her family. In 1981 Erman decided to become a nurse and started nursing school at Calhoun Technical College. After graduation she became an LPN and went to work at Huntsville Hospital. She joined the West Huntsville Baptist Church and was always inspired to go and be with her church family. She went to Israel, the trip of a lifetime, with her church family and spoke of it often. She is survived by her sisters, Frances of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Patricia of Pensacola, Fla., and Phyllis of Denver; her children, Thomas and his wife Jackie of Murfreesboro, Jon B. Barkley Jr. of Decatur and Susan E. Barkley and her husband Kim M. Burnham of Essex Junction, Vt. She is also survived by three grandchildren their spouses and five great-grandchildren. Erman has donated her body to the Vanderbilt School of Medicine so there will be a memorial service at the West Huntsville Baptist Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donation be made to the West Huntsville Baptist Church in Erman's name.



The Commercial Appeal 05/15/2011

Etta Marie Higginbotham Horton (1923-2011) MS/TN

Marie Horton, 87, went home May 12, 2011. She died from complications of COPD. Marie was born in Enterprise, Mississippi, to Kyle and Pearl Higginbotham. She retired after 28 years working in the Courtesy booth at Pic Pac. She was a member of Cherry Road Baptist Church. Marie was preceded in death by her husband Tommy D. Horton and her son Richard Horton. She leaves one son, Robert Horton and one daughter, Jean Clayton and her husband, Joe; two granddaughters, Jennifer Lowe and her husband David of Memphis and Angela Harrington. She is also survived by two sisters, Florayne Scipper of Memphis and Reba Dill of Wyoming, four great-grandchildren, four nieces and one nephew. Visitation will be Monday, May 16 at 1 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue and the service will begin at 2 p.m. following visitation. Burial will be in Memphis Memory Gardens on Raleigh-LaGrange Road. The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Avenue



The Tennessean 09/23/2011

Frances Louise Higginbotham Swift (1917-2011) TN

SWIFT, Frances Louise Higginbotham Age 93. Passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2011 and is now present with her Lord. She was born on November 11, 1917. Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Harold McKnight Swift "Slim"; son, John Harold Swift "Jack"; parents, John Ozanne and Lillian Gertrude Higginbotham; sister, Ruth Rawls (Bill); brother, Paul Leonard Higginbotham (Louise); granddaughter, Teresa Swift Ricketts of Chattanooga. Survived by her daughter, Patricia Ruth Swift Cary (Ed) of Brentwood; grandsons, Bill Cary (Emily), Jim Cary (Dana), John Swift and Michael Swift of Nashville; granddaughters, Vanessa Swift Adams (Bill) of Kentucky and Lisa Swift Shivers; eight great grandchildren including Walker, Avery and Abigail Cary, Niki, Briana, Heather, Amanda and Sean; seven great great grandchildren. Mrs. Swift attended Clemons Elementary School and Hume Fogg High School. She was a member of Forest Hills Baptist Church and the Ruth Bible Class. She retired from Castner-Knott Company in 1990 after 33 years of service, all in the linen department in the Green Hills Store. She loved her Lord, her family, her friends, her country and she had such a zest for life. Although she faced multiple health problems, her attitude was positive, and she was our family's sunshine. She kept up with current events, politics, the Titans, the Tennessee Volunteers and the Atlanta Braves. Listening to WSM and the Grand Ole Opry was a favorite pastime. In her younger days, she loved to paint, sew, embroider, knit and crochet. Her hands were never idle and her heart was full of love. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Honorary Pallbearers are the ladies of the Ruth Bible Class. Active Pallbearers are Michael Swift, John Swift, Bill Cary, Jim Cary, Leon Stribling and Brad Davis. Visitation will be Friday from 3 til 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. at HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 9090 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN, (615) 646-9292



The Huntsville Times 05/25/2012

Charles Minford Higginbotham (1934-2012) TN

Oct. 22, 1934 - May 24, 2012

Charles M. "Bunk" Higginbotham, 77 of Ardmore, Tennessee died on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Lincoln Care Center in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Born Monday, October 22, 1934 in Athens, Alabama, he was the son of the late D.M. Higginbotham and the late Willie Mae McDonald Higginbotham. He was a lifelong resident of the Ardmore area. He served as a Deacon for over 30 years and was a member of Elkton Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, cattle farming, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife: Martha Nell Ferguson Higginbotham. Surviving are his wife: Rosie Curry Higginbotham of Ardmore, TN, sons, Jeffery (Lynn) Higginbotham of Mount Juliet, TN and Charles W. (Linda) Higginbotham of Ardmore, AL, step-sons: Barry (Jean) Curry of Prospect, TN and Bobby (Tracy) Curry of Moulton, AL, daughter, Frances (Tracy) Cross of Elkmont, AL, step-daughters: Janice (Danny) Davis of Prospect, TN and Tammie (Sonny) Miller of Prospect, TN, sister, Martha Ann Whitt of Huntsville, AL, sixteen grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama with Bro. Sammy Brister officiating. Burial will be in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, AL. Pallbearers will be grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be David Hardiman, Erskin Higginbotham, Doug Higginbotham, and Ray Higginbotham. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama.



The Tennessean 07/19/2012

Mary Edith Higginbotham Kimbrough

KIMBROUGH, Mary Edith Higginbotham Age 87 of Nolensville, TN. Survived by husband, Robert; children, Dick (Kathy), Julie Reynolds (Steve) and Anita; grandchildren, Rhett Kimbrough (Deirdre), Kyle Byrum (Robyn), Kerry Byrum (Jenny), Sarah Kimbrough; great-grandchildren, Alex Byrum, Coleman Byrum, Christopher Kimbrough, Brayden Kimbrough, Davis Byrum. She worked for the Nashville Gas Co. A wonderful Christian woman involved with multiple charities and volunteer work. The kindest woman to have lived. Memorial service is Saturday, July 21st at 2 p.m., at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 643 Harding Place, Nashville, TN 37211. No flowers. Memorial donations can be made to the church or a charity of your choice.



The Commercial Appeal 07/27/2012

Charles Lamar Higginbotham (ca1927-2012) TN

CHARLES L. HIGGINBOTHAM, 85, of Memphis, passed away on July 25, 2012. He leaves his loving wife of 53 years, Carolyn Anne Higginbotham, children, Suzanne (David) Dickey of Pea Ridge, AR, and Eddie (Kenya) Higginbotham of Bartlett, TN, siblings Peggy Ross of Memphis, TN, George (Betty) Higginbotham of Pontotoc, MS, Randy (Laurie) Higginbotham of Memphis, TN, sister-in-law, Beverly Black of Memphis, TN and grandchildren, Kyle and Heidi Higginbotham. Mr. Higginbotham, affectionately known as “The Minister of Mints”, was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church since 1973, and a longtime Yokefellow Sunday School class member. He was a WWII Navy veteran and a retired Clerk at the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 27 from 5-8 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave. The funeral will be at Bellevue Baptist Church in the Pollard Chapel on Saturday at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Memphis Union Mission. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100



Knoxville News Sentinel 09/26/2012

Mary Adrienne Higginbotham Foster (1917-2012) TN

FOSTER, MARY ADRIENNE HIGGINBOTHAM - age 95 of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Born in Austral, TN to Emma Matilda Horton Higginbotham and John Chapman Higginbotham. Lived in Prendergast-Delano, Etowah, Memphis, Louisville, KY, and Knoxville. She was a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.), and the University of Tennessee (M.S.), a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan. Preceded in death by husband William S. Foster III; brothers Richard Allen Higginbotham (Augusta) and John Mearl Higginbotham (Leona). Survived by sons William S. Foster IV, John Henry Foster, James Stephen Foster (Carmen); and three generations of nieces and nephews descended from the branches of the Higginbotham and Napier family trees. Mom taught junior high in Memphis and Louisville, KY and taught English at the University of Tennessee. She was an avid reader, a loyal guardian of Tiger, the family cat, and a devoted fan of Lady Vols basketball, good tennis, and good grammar. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the many dedicated health care staff who cared for Mom over the years, especially those of Comfort Keepers and Brakebill Nursing Home. The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. A graveside service will be held Friday at 12:00 p.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 N. Cedar Bluff Rd., Knoxville TN 37923 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, 865-588-8578.




Barry Higginbotham (1945-2012) TN

February 20, 1945 - November 4, 2012

Burial arrangements under the direction of Hamilton Memorial Gardens.



The Commercial Appeal 12/31/2012

Carolyn Baker Higginbotham (1946-2012) TN

November 9, 1946 - December 28, 2012

Carolyn Baker Higginbotham, 66, of Bartlett, TN. passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012. Mrs. Higginbotham was preceded in death by her parents A.C. Baker, Jr. and Agnes Tatum. She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Sam Higginbotham Sr., three children, Sam Higginbotham Jr., Robert M. Higginbotham (Catherine), and Dustin B. Higginbotham (Amy), three grandchildren, Samantha, Elaina, and Izabelle Higginbotham, four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Mrs. Higginbotham was part of the Red Hat Society and the Bartlett Senior Citizens Club. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 2 from 5-8 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 5955 Saint Elmo Road, and a funeral the following day at 10 a.m. also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The West Clinic or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 3700 N. Germantown Rd.



The Tennessean 01/22/2013

Dorothy J. Gibbs Higginbotham (1928-2013) TN

Dorothy J. Higginbotham, 84, of McMinnville died Saturday, Jan. 19, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born in Chattanooga on July 12, 1928, a daughter of the late Rosa Lee (Wiseman) and Hershell Gibbs. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Leo Church of Christ. She is survived by two daughters, Wanda J., and husband James Harris, of McMinnville; and Mildred D. Hunter of Rock Island; son, Billy W., and wife Brenda Higginbotham of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren, Paul Harris, Monica Harris, Tisha Hunter, Shahn Hunter, Holly Hunter, Michael Higginbotham and Jason Higginbotham, great-grandchildren Hannah McCormick, Madison Harris, Pattie Harris, Michelle Lance, Paton Cook, Violet Higginbotham, Jay Higginbotham and Cooper Higginbotham. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home with Titus Ward officiating. Interment followed at Smyrna Cemetery Cemetery in McMinnville. Gardens of Memory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Lockie Mae Higginbottom Mitchell (1913-2013) TN

Lockie Mae Higginbottom Mitchell was born February 1, 1913 in McNairy County, TN the daughter of the late French Emmet and Dora Mae Isbell Higginbottom. She was united in marriage to Ward Mitchell on July 10, 1933. Mr. Mitchell preceded her in death on July 10, 1980 following 47 years of marriage. Mrs. Mitchell was a graduate of Selmer High School. She was formerly employed in retail sales for more than 20 years, and was a member of the Selmer First Christian Church. Mrs. Mitchell departed this life on March 21, 2013 in Selmer, Tennessee at the age of 100 Years, 1 Month, 20 Days. She is survived by three sons: Robert D. (Bobby) Mitchell and wife Tommye, Wayne D. (Doug) Mitchell and wife Barbara J., and Joe F. Mitchell, all of Selmer, TN; a daughter, Sue Carolyn (Mitchell) Howie and husband Bobby W. of Selmer, TN; seven grandchildren: Mandy Caroline (Mitchell) Lang, Robert Darwyn Mitchell II and wife Karen Ford, John William Mitchell and wife Lauren P., Regina Kaye (Mitchell) Hollingsworth and husband Tim H., Pollyanna Joan (Mitchell) Justice and husband Neil, Wayne Douglas Mitchell II and wife Julie Ann Cooper, Timothy Wright Howie and wife Susan Malone; twelve great-grandchildren: Caroline Elizabeth Lang, Catherine Grace Lang, Andrew Ryan Mitchell, Stephen Ford Mitchell, James Travis Hollingsworth, Amber Hollingsworth, Anna Marie Ray, Lincoln Reed Mitchell, Olivia Catherine Mitchell, Molly Grace Mitchell, Mitchell Wright Howie, Matthew David Howie; a great-great-grandchild, Leighem Hollingsworth; a sister, Lavara (Doll) (Higginbottom) Hurst of Selmer, TN; and many extended family and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna (Higginbottom) Tull and Julia (Higginbottom) Reedy; two brothers, John N. Higginbottom and S. E. Higginbottom. 



The Tennessean 04/01/2013

Juanita Johnson Higginbotham Medley (1920-2013) TN

(September 12, 1920 - March 29, 2013)

McMinnville resident and Warren County, TN native Juanita Higginbotham Medley, age 92, was born September 12, 1920 and died March 29, 2013. A retired sales clerk and buyer for J.C. Penney Co. and a member of the Church of Christ, she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Carrie Alice Dodson Johnson. She was married to Drury Higginbotham who preceded her in death in 1979, and Charley Medley who preceded her in death in 1996. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Peggy Keith and Barbara Joyce Fuston; one son, Art "Butch" Higginbotham; one brother, Louis Johnson; and one sister, Margie Pearsall. She is survived by son-in-law, James G. Keith of McMinnville; four grandchildren and their spouses, Dr. Anthony and Shawntay Simones of Columbia, MO, Christopher Simones of Knoxville, TN, John Derek and Jo Ann Simones of Greensboro, NC and Angie and Mitch Pryor of Murfreesboro, TN; two great-grandchildren, Quinton Simones of North Carolina and Kendal Bengsch of Missouri; four step-grandchildren and their spouses, Vicki Higginbotham of Illinois, Christine Higginbotham of Missouri, Tony and Valorie Keith of Murfreesboro, TN and Tara and Michael Myers of McMinnville; three step-great-grandchildren, Maggie Keith, Brittany Myers and Gavin Myers; two step-sons, Tommy Higginbotham of Peoria, IL and Chuck Medley of McMinnville; one step-daughter, Jill Basham of McMinnville; and one niece and one nephew. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in High's Chapel with Eben Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in Shellsford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at High's.



The Tennessean 06/19/2013

Helen Higginbotham McMeen (ca1925-2013) TN

McMEEN, Mrs. Helen Higginbotham Age 88 of Franklin, TN, June 17, 2013 Born in Monticello, KY, lived most of her life in Spring Hill, before retiring near Franklin. Graduated from Spring Hill High School and attended David Lipscomb College. She was a member of the Beech Grove Church of Christ. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Those roles as well as being a farmer's wife and an elder's wife were all labors of love. Preceded in death by parents, Essie and Ona Higginbotham, husband of 59 years, Charles W. McMeen and beloved granddaughter, Mary Helen McMeen. Survived by son Mark W. (Joie) McMeen; sisters Eva (Wayne) Hardison and Glena (Lloyd) Royse. The family expresses sincere appreciation to her compassionate physician Dr. Joseph Willoughby and her longtime caregivers, Jackie Russell and Yolanda Fruster. Funeral services will be conducted 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home, John Hayes and Charles Hardison, officiating. Deacons of the Beech Grove Church of Christ will serve as Pallbearers. Private family graveside will be held in Spring Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mary Helen McMeen Endowment, in memory of Helen McMeen, Columbia Academy, 1101 West Seventh St., Columbia, TN 38401. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at SPRING HILL MEMORIAL PARK FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 931-486-0059.



The Commercial Appeal 08/02/2013

Catherine Higginbotham White (1923-2013) TN/MS

Catherine H. White, 90, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at MS Care Center in Corinth, MS. She was born May 21, 1923 in Memphis, TN to Sam A. and Irene Higginbotham. She was a member of McLemore Christian Church and a homemaker. She is survived by her son, Dennis E. White(Sharon); one granddaughter, Kayla A. White and one great-grandson, Hunter James White, all of Falkner, MS. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Sam P. Higginbotham, her sister, Helen Gartside, her husband of 65 years, George E. White and her son, James Allen White. Donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Graveside services will be Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. at: Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown.



Knoxville News Sentinel 10/09/2013

Florence Eileen Simms Higginbotham (1929-2013) WV/TN

HIGGINBOTHAM, EILEEN - age 84, of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Nitro, West Virginia passed away Tuesday morning, October 8, 2013 in Knoxville. Eileen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Robert Eric Higginbotham; son-in-law, Bud Gandee; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Boyd and Eunice Higginbotham; grandparents Grace and Ed Higginbotham. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Bobby Higginbotham; children, Robert and Arleen Higginbotham, Vicky and Chipper Gray, Debbi and Paul King, Jan Gandee; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Jeannie Higginbotham. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Friends and family will gather at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Cunningham Memorial Gardens in St. Albans, West Virginia for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association , or to the American Cancer Society , Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Higginbotham family.



The Commercial Appeal 03/30/2014

Stanley R. Higginbotham Sr. (1949-2014) TN

April 10, 1949 - March 27, 2014

Stanley R. Higginbotham Sr., 64, of Memphis passed away March 27, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, JT Higginbotham and Mary Parks; and by three children: Liz, Jeff and Mickey. Survivors include: son, Stanley Jr.; sisters: Polly Nentwig of Hernando, MS, Loretta Miller, Debra Smith, and Gail Strain of Memphis, TN and Terry Higginbotham of Reseda, CA; brother, Gary Higginbotham of Memphis; and six grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, AR on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 9-10 a.m. with the service immediately following at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, AR. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.



The Commercial Appeal 06/12/2014

Grover Louis Higginbotham (1925-2014) MS/TN

Grover Louis Higginbotham, age 88, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born August 17, 1925, in Meehan Junction, Mississippi, to the late Monroe and Pearl Higginbotham. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in several campaigns and earned a Purple Heart during action in Okinawa. He made his home with his family in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1952 and retired from the United States Postal Service after 30+ years of service. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl Higginbotham, Bennie Higginbotham, Marvin Higginbotham, and one sister, Mary Lee Quiteriano. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mable Agnes Wheeler Higginbotham; four sons, Louis Higginbotham and wife, Judy of Orange Park, FL; Bob Higginbotham and wife, Teresa of Olive Branch, MS; Larry Higginbotham of Southaven, MS; David Higginbotham and wife, Kathy of Bartlett, TN; one daughter, Lorie Higginbotham of Southaven, MS; two sisters, Elsie Moore of Gulfport, MS and Gloria Allen of Meehan, MS. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will truly be missed but his spirit will always be with us. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 15 and the funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16, both at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will follow at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family, requests memorials be sent to the Marine Corps League, 5500 N. Suggs Dr., Memphis, TN 38120. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930.



The Commercial Appeal 11/21/2014

Michael Patrick Higginbotham (1981-2014) TN

Michael Patrick “Higgi” Higginbotham passed away November 18th, 2014 at the age of 33. A native Memphian, Michael was born on September 21st, 1981. Michael was a graduate of the University of Memphis, a graduate of Christian Brothers High School, and an employee of Medtronic. Michael is survived by his parents Randy and Laurie Higginbotham, his brother Allen Higginbotham, his Lambda Chi Alpha brothers, and his many friends. A visitation and celebration of Michael's life will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at Memorial Park Funeral Home, a Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Brigid Catholic Church with internment to follow at Memorial Park. An avid University of Memphis Tiger fan, Michael's family would appreciate that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the University of Memphis Michael Higginbotham Memorial Fund c/o Esther (901)-678-2334 or gotigersgo. com/donate and that the Liberty Bowl be packed for Saturday's Memphis football game. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery 5668 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38119-0885 (901) 767-8930.



Robertson County Times 02/11/2015

Wanda Jean Higginbotham Humber (1925-2015) AR/TN

Wanda Jean Humber, age 89 of Springfield, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at her home. No services are planned at this time. Mrs. Humber was born June 8, 1925 in Sitka, Arkansas to the late McCaleb and Nellie Dotson Higginbotham. She worked as a customer service representative in the retail industry and was a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Humber is preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Humber; her sisters, Grayce Alexander, Vera Oldham and Pat Kramer; her brother; and her nephews, Robert Kramer and Lee Alexander. Mrs. Humber is survived by her son, Charles (Sharon) Humber of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and Randy W. Humber of Oracle, Arizona; daughter, Terry Corral of Springfield; nieces, Marsha Abbott, Debbie (Charles) Johnson, Linda (Joe) Evans and Carol Foster; nephew, Steve Kramer; grandchildren, Deonne Humber, Ronnie Corral and Kristy Humber; and great-grandchildren, Davasha Chambers, Kaliyah Leavell and R.J. Leavell. Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements, (615) 384-1000. Funeral Home Austin & Bell Funeral Home Springfield - Springfield 509 Walnut St.  Springfield, TN 37172 615-384-1000.



The Jackson Sun 04/11/2015

Jessie William Higginbotham (1936-2015) MS/TN

Mr. Jessie William "Bill" Higginbotham, age 78, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 in Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Funeral Services will be conducted in Lea and Simmons Funeral Home Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Brownsville Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 PM in the Lea and Simmons Funeral Home. Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by his parents: Jessie Iris and Sarah Frances Lowery Higginbotham and a sister: Peggy Bulliner. He is survived by his wife: Emily Louise Pickard Higginbotham, one son: Jonathan "Rick" Higginbotham, one daughter: Elise Clinton (Phil) all of Brownsville, TN, one brother: Kenneth Higginbotham (Sandy) Arlington, TN, two sisters: Donna Harris (Herbert), Olive Branch, MS, Joyce Glover, Lake Cormorant, MS and four grandchildren: Drew Davis, Jay Clinton, Will Clinton and Brian Higginbotham. Memorials may be made to El Ayudante, P.O. Box 10805, Jackson, TN 38308.



Spokesman-Review 05/03/2015

Christopher Richard Higginbotham (1990-2015) TN/CO

(01/24/1990 - 04/25/2015)

HIGGINBOTHAM, Sergeant Christopher Richard (Age 25) Passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Colorado Springs. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Frank officiating. Burial will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West with full Military Honors. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Christopher was born on January 24, 1990, the son of Jeanette Higginbotham. Christopher was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army where he served two tours in Afghanistan. Through his military career he was a recipient of the following awards, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and an Air Assault Badge. He currently served with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Left to treasure his memory is his wife, Brittany (West) Higginbotham of Nashville, TN; mother, Jeanette Higginbotham of Spokane, WA; grandparents, Joleane and Ed Hitchcock of Spokane, WA; and brother, Cody Higginbotham of Spokane, WA. Military will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Villalobos Rescue Center at Arrangements are in the care of McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home, Clarksville, TN (931) 647-3371. Funeral Home McReynolds-Nave-Larson Funeral Home 1209 Madison Street Clarksville, TN 37040 (931) 647-3371.


The Commercial Appeal 02/26/2016

Dorothy Darden Williams Higginbotham (ca1926-2016) TN

Dorothy W. Higginbotham Germantown, TN Dorothy W. Higginbotham, 90, of Germantown, TN passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Methodist Hospital Germantown. Mrs. Higginbotham was Co-Founder of Ozark Motor Line, established in 1961. She was 90 years old when she retired. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Mose Higginbotham and three sisters. She leaves two sons: Steve Higginbotham (Scarlett) and Tommy Higginbotham (Karen) of Germantown; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 25 at Forest Hill South with service at 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Forest Hill South Cemetery. Forest Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park - South 901-346-3250 Funeral Home Forest Hill Funeral Home South 2545 E. Holmes Rd. Memphis, TN 38118 (901) 346-3250.




James T. Higginbotham (????-2016) TN

Mr. Higginbotham passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Mr. Higginbotham was a resident of Millington, Tennessee at the time of his passing. Mr. Higginbotham retired for Mid-South Foundry and was a U. S. Army Veteran.



Knoxville News Sentinel 09/28/2016

Katherine Davis Higginbotham (ca1947-2016) TN

LaFollette, TN Mrs. Katherine "Ann" Higginbotham, age 69, of LaFollette, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016. She was a retired Educator with over 40 years of service both in Campbell County, TN and Middlesboro City Schools in KY. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, NEA and various Education Societies. A member of LaFollette First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by mother, Mildred Davis; and father, E. P. Davis. Survivors: children, William F. Higginbotham, III, and wife, Shannon and Andrea L. Russell and husband, Scott; four grandchildren, Tate and Reese Russell and Sawyer and Harper Higginbotham; sister, Ellen Davis Croley; brother, Dr. Mark Davis and wife, Karen; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial services Thursday, 7:00 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stan Elliott officiating. Private Interment. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday before the memorial services. Ann was an exemplary and beloved teacher. Family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Beta Phi chapter, c/o of Linda E. Heatherly, Treasurer, 680 Chambers Road, Jacksboro, TN 37757 and designated Local Education Scholarship Fund. Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Katherine "Ann" Higginbotham. Funeral Home Walters Funeral Home - LaFollette 509 East Central Ave.  Lafollette, TN 37766 (423) 562-2424.



LaFollette Press 10/06/2016

Katherine Davis Higginbotham (ca1947-2016) TN

Katherine 'Ann' Higginbotham, 69, of LaFollette, died Sept. 26. She was a member of LaFollette First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by mother, Mildred Davis and father, E.P. Davis. She is survived by children, William F. Higginbotham, III and Andrea L. Russell; four grandchildren, sister, Ellen Davis Croley and brother, Dr. Mark Davis. A memorial service was held Sept. 29 at Walters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stan Elliott officiating. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beta Phi chapter, c/o of Linda E. Heatherly, Treasurer, 680 Chambers Road, Jacksboro, Tenn., 37757 and designated Local Education Scholarship Fund. Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette was in charge of arrangements. Funeral Home Walters Funeral Home - LaFollette 509 East Central Ave. Lafollette, TN 37766 (423) 562-2424.



Knoxville News Sentinel 12/12/2016

Robert Lee Higginbotham (1930-2016) WV/TN

Knoxville, TN Bobby Higginbotham, age 86, of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Nitro, West Virginia passed away early Sunday morning, December 11, 2016 in Knoxville. Bobby was a member of Farragut Presbyterian Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a Nitro West Virginia Policeman and member of the Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He later was Plant Controller with Allied Chemical in Nitro West Virginia and El Segundo, California, where he retired. Bobby was an avid golfer and had seven holes in one. After moving to Knoxville, he was a Golf Ranger at Fox Den Country Club. Bobby was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Eileen Higginbotham; grandson, Robert Eric Higginbotham; son-in-law, Bud Gandee; father and mother, Boyd and Eunice Higginbotham; grandparents, Grace and Ed Higginbotham; sister-in-law, Jeannie Higginbotham. He is survived by his children, Robert (Arleen) Higginbotham, Vicky (Chipper) Gray, Debbi (Paul) King, Jan Gandee; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Jimmy Higginbotham. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Family and friends will gather at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at Cunningham Memorial Gardens in St. Albans, West Virginia for graveside services with full military honors. The Higginbotham family would like to express their appreciation to Tennova Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tennova Healthcare Hospice, 1512 Coleman Road, Suite 310, Knoxville, TN 37909. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN is serving the Higginbotham family.




James Everett Higginbotham (1941-2016) MS/TN

Residence: Summertown, TN Age: 75 Date of birth: July 03, 1941 Birthplace: Waterford MS Died: Sunday, December 18, 2016 Location: Maury Regional Medical Center Father: John Eldred Higginbotham Mother: Emma (Mavis) Higginbotham Marital Status: Widowed Employment: Logistics for M S Carriers Deceased has resided in: Summertown Memorial Service to be held at later date Survivors Include: Kristin Donati (John), Daughter Shyann Higginbotham, Daughter Dr. Kemp Higginbotham (Carol), Brother 6 Grandchildren 2 Great Grandchildren Preceded in Death by: John Eldred Higginbotham, Father Emma Mavis Higginbotham, Mother Barbara Higginbotham, Wife Arrangements by: McDonald Funeral Home, Inc 20 West Second Ave. Hohenwald TN 38462 931-796-2207.



The Commercial Appeal 01/25/2017

Carolyn Ann Black Higginbotham (ca1936-2017) TN

Bartlett, TN

Carolyn A. 80, passed away on January 22, 2017. Preceded in death by Charles L. Higginbotham, her husband of 53 years. She leaves her children, Suzanne (David) Dickey of Pea Ridge, AR and Eddie (Kenya) Higginbotham of Bartlett, TN, her sister Beverly Black of Memphis, TN and her grandchildren, Kyle and Heidi Higginbotham of Bartlett, TN. Mrs. Higginbotham, affectionately known as "Miss Higgy", served 26 years on staff at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, TN, where she was a member since 1973. Positions held at Bellevue included Director of Graded Choirs, Production Costumes and Banners, and Director of the Prayer Ministry. Prior to serving at Bellevue, Mrs. Higginbotham was a professional dress maker for Halpern's Fabrics in Memphis. Mrs. Higginbotham also taught the Philathea Sunday School class for 40 years and the Women of the Word class for 5 years. Her family was more than those connected by birth or marriage. She also leaves thousands of graded choir children, scores of banner men and women, prayer ministry partners, graded choir staff, costume seamstresses, fellow Bellevue church staff members, faithful Sunday school members, her beloved "Monday Nighters" as well as thousands of other "Special Persons." Visitation will be held in the Worship Center at Bellevue Baptist Church Saturday, January 28th from 10:00AM to 12:30PM. Followed by the Funeral at 1:00PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Memphis Union Mission. Funeral Home Memphis Funeral Home 5599 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 725-0100.




Irene Tinker Higginbotham (1929-2017) TN

September 5, 1929 - March 24, 2017 Erwin, Tennessee

Irene T. Higginbotham, age 87, Erwin, passed from this life on Thursday, March 23, 2017. She was born on September 5, 1929 and was a daughter of the late Charlie and Lora Chandler Tinker. Irene was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. She retired from Industrial Garment. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Higginbotham on April 24, 1983 and one niece, Gloria Jean Cagle.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, a daughter, Barbara T. Granger, Nashville, TN, a sister, Alma Cagle, Asheville, NC and a nephew, Walter Lee Cagle, Marietta, GA.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future at the Embreeville Freewill Baptist Church.

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Higginbotham family. (423) 743-1380.




Margie Cole Higginbotham (1922-2017) TN

Margie Cole Higginbotham, age 95 of Nashville, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Hillcrest Healthcare in Ashland City.

She was born May 24, 1922 in Franklin County to the late William Richard Cole and Maggie Prince Cole. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church since she was a young child. Margie was a fantastic seamstress who also enjoyed quilting, crocheting and knitting. She was a member of the home demonstration club and loved to work word search puzzles, gardening flowers and vegetables and was active in the church activities.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Higginbotham; siblings, Ralph Cole, Cleo Huffer, Wilma Boswell, Gladys Cole, Lynn Cole and Roy Cole.

Survivors include her son, Jim (Robbie) Higginbotham of Hixson; daughter, Sharen (Bruce) Winczewski of Nashville; grandchildren, Heather Higginbotham and Dr. Jim Hayes, Ashlie Higginbotham and Van Nguyen, Jamie Higginbotham and Justin Tursin, Brent (Jennifer) Winczewski, and Ryan (Katie) Winczewski; great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Quintin, Savannah and Jameson; and great-great granddaughter, Penelope.

Visitation will be 12-2 pm Wednesday at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 pm Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Moore-Cortner Chapel with Rev. Ken Irvin officiating. Interment will follow at Franklin Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398 (931) 967-2222.



Knoxville News Sentinel 07/16/2017

Christine Steed Higginbotham (1921-2017) LA/TN

Knoxville, TN - Christine Steed Higginbotham, 96½ years, died peacefully at home on July 3, 2017. A Southern Lady with a kind and gentle soul, still "sharp as a tack," and loved by family and friends. Born on February 10, 1921, in Greensburg, Louisiana. Christine is preceded in death by parents Charlie and Annie Steed, sisters Juanita Jolissaint and Ruth Penton, and brothers Ernest and Calvin Steed. Christine is survived by daughter Linda Higginbotham; sons Andrew Higginbotham and wife Geneva, and Richard and Michael Higginbotham; grandchildren Michael Higginbotham, Kimberly and husband Matt Dalton, Mary and fiancee Shawn Moore; and great-granddaughter Shiloh Paluso who had a special connection with her great-grandmother; sister Janey Disbrow; and many family members and friends. Attended Southeastern Louisiana College 1938-1940, member of college tennis team. Came to Oak Ridge, TN in 1943 to work on Manhattan Project at Y-12 Plant in Medical Division. Played on Tennessee Eastman tennis team 1944-1947. Charter member of Oak Ridge chapter of Eastern Star. Medical Technologist for Children's Clinic for 26 years, retiring in 1988. Exercised 3 days per week for 12 years at Fort Sanders West Cardiac Rehab Center, an inspiration to her exercise friends. Her charm and wit were enjoyed by the "Bookettes" and "Birthday Gals." Christine and Virginia Spivey Coleman, both "Girls of the Atomic City," gave presentations about their Manhattan Project experiences, have oral history interviews at Oak Ridge Public Library, and flew to Washington, DC as guests of Honor Air to visit war memorials. Memorial service on Saturday, July 22, at Oak Ridge Unitarian Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Receiving friends at 3 pm, Eastern Star service and memorial service at 4 pm.



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