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WV Higginbotham Obituaries 2000 - 2009

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Charleston, WV

 

 

Charleston Daily Mail, Friday 01/21/2000
Richard Hargrove Higginbotham (1923-2000) WV/FL/TX
Hawkinsville, Ga.—Richard Hargrove Higginbotham, 76, of Houston, died Tuesday, January 4, 2000, in Memorial City Hospital, Houston, Texas.
He was born in Rupert, Greenbrier County, W. Va., was a 1943 graduate of South Charleston (W. Va.) High School and an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II. He received a degree from the University of West Virginia in mechanical engineering, was an engineer for Dupont, a registered land surveyor and registered civil engineer in Florida and Texas, retired from Higginbotham and Son, Inc., was a charter member of the Florida Society of Land Surveyors, and honorary lifetime member of Junior Chamber of Commerce and Soap Box Derby Director from 1965 to 1969 in Lakeland, Fla. He was a two year resident of Hawkinsville.
Surviving: daughters, Julia Evans of Hawkinsville, Janet Reynolds of Leesburg, Va., Rachel Baxter of Elba, Ala.; sons, Richard H. Higginbotham, Jr. and Shawn A. Higginbotham of Houston; sister, Margaret Lloyd of Martinsville, Va.; brother, Henry Higginbotham, Lakeland, Fla.; 14 grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held in June in Spencer, W. Va. Family Funeral Care, Houston, was in charge of arrangements.

Charleston Daily Mail Thursday 06/29/2000

Hawkinsville, Ga.—Richard Hargrove Higginbotham, 76, of Houston, died Tuesday, January 4, 2000, in Memorial City Hospital, Houston, Texas.
He was born in Rupert, Greenbrier County, W. Va., was a 1943 graduate of South Charleston (W. Va.) High School and an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II. He received a degree from the University of West Virginia in mechanical engineering, was an engineer for DuPont, a registered land surveyor and registered civil engineer in Florida and Texas, retired from Higginbotham and Son, Inc., was a charter member of the Florida Society of Land Surveyors, and honorary lifetime member of Junior Chamber of Commerce and Soap Box Derby Director from 1965 to 1969 in Lakeland, Fla. He was a two year resident of Hawkinsville.
Surviving: daughters, Julia Evans of Hawkinsville, Janet Reynolds of Leesburg, Va., Rachel Baxter of Elba, Ala.; sons, Richard H. Higginbotham, Jr. and Shawn A. Higginbotham of Houston; sister, Margaret Lloyd of Martinsville, Va.; brother, Henry Higginbotham, Lakeland, Fla.; 14 grandchildren.

Graveside memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Eventide Cemetery, Spencer, W. Va. With the Rev. John Baxter officiating. Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of local arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 02/08/2000
Christine Darlie Higginbotham Bonnett (1924-2000) WV
POCA—Christine Higginbotham Bonnett, 75, of Poca died Feb. 7, 2000, in Memorial Division, CAMC, after a short illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Putnam County, an employee of the Putnam County Aging Commission and a member of the Poca Baptist Church.
Surviving: daughter, Connie Bonnett of Conway, S.C.; son, Rick, of High Point, N.C.; sister, Delores Craigo of Poca; brothers, Glen Higginbotham of Poca, Eugene Higginbotham of Ohio; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with Pastor John Taylor officiating. There will be no visitation. Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a Christian church of choice.

 

 

Beckley Register-Herald, Wednesday 03/08/2000
Mirba Wallen Higginbotham (1917-2000) WV
Mirba Higginbotham, 82, of Beckley, died Sunday, March 5, 2000, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.
Born April 25, 1917, in Logan County, she was the daughter of the late Martin Wallen and Frances Jane Ellis Wallen.
Mrs. Higginbotham was a homemaker, a 36-year resident of Beckley and a member of Beckley Church of God.
She was a former restaurant employee in Charleston and a former piano instructor in the Beckley area.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest G. Higginbotham; a son, Douglas Ray McNeely and Billy Joe McNeely; a brother, Estil Wallen; and two sisters, Myrtle Craddock and Molly Burgess.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamela R. Lilly and her husband, Richard, of Glen Morgan; and three grandchildren, Linda, Theresa and Nancy Lilly, all of Glen Morgan.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. F.D. Sexton officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may call one hour before services Thursday at the funeral home.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 03/07/2000
Mirba Wallen Higginbotham
Beckley-Mirba Higginbotham, 82, of Beckley died March 5, 2000, in Raleigh General Hospital after along illness.
She was a homemaker, a former Charleston restaurant employee, a former piano teacher and a member of Beckley Church of God.
Surviving: daughter, Pamela R. Lilly of Glen Morgan; grandchildren, Linda, Theresa and Nancy Lilly, all of Glen Morgan.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. F. D. Sexton officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.
Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 03/11/2000
Joe Franklin Higginbotham (1929-2000) WV
Joe F. Higginbotham, 71, of South Charleston, died March 9, 2000, at home after a long illness.
He was a Christian and a retired employee from C&P Telephone and AT&T with 38 years’ service. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving: wife, Barbara Arnold Higginbotham; daughter, Pam Potter of South Charleston; sons, Joe F. Jr. of Hurricane, Steven D. of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Jerry L. of St. Albans; eight grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Harold Runyan officiating. Burial will be in Tucker Cemetery, Grimms landing. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

 

Charleston Daily Mail, Saturday 04/15/2000

Dorothy Virginia Edwards Higginbotham (1918-2000) WV

Dorothy V. Higginbotham, 81, of Dunbar, formerly of St. Albans, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, in CAMC, Memorial Division, after a long illness.

She was a native of Raleigh County, a member of the Church of Christ and a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Carl of Palm Bay, Fla., Leonard of Chandler, Owen of Black Betsy; daughters, Delorise Simmons of Ohio, Faye Williams and Dorsi Hivley of St. Albans, Edith Kennedy of Columbus, Ohio, Esther Slayton of Casa Grande, Ariz., Betty Lovejoy of Dunbar; sister, Edith Bingham of Florida; 45 grandchildren; 82 great grandchildren.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, with Minister Marvin Greene officiating.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. The body will be cremated.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 04/26/2000

Maggie Marie Higginbotham Sheppard (1925-2000) WV

Point Pleasant—Maggie M. Sheppard, 74, of Point Pleasant, died April 24, 2000, in Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, Ohio.

She was born in Mason County. She was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Baptist Church, Southside.

Surviving: husband, C. Eugene Sheppard; son, Bernard E. Sheppard of Point Pleasant; daughters, Lois J. Sheppard and Polly Huffman, both of Point Pleasant ,Phyllis Hart of Gallipolis; brothers, Ray Higginbotham and Charles Higginbotham, both of Southside; sisters, Zora Rawson of Middleport, Ohio, Linda Dunn of Pomeroy, Ohio; grandsons, Bradley and Michael Sheppard, both of St. Albans, Corey Hart of Gallipolis.

Service will be 1:30 pm Friday at Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with the Rev. Emmett Rawson and the Rev. Hanley Dunn officiating.

Burial will be in Sheppard Cemetery, Henderson. Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Friday 05/05/2000

Bessie Florence Higginbotham Taylor (1901-2000) WV African-American

Bess H. Taylor, 99. of Charleston died May 3, 2000, in Arthur B. Hodges Center.

She was retired from C&P Telephone Co. She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church, Kanawha City.

Surviving: sons, Meredith Taylor of Charleston, William Taylor of New York, Robert Reginald Taylor of Pittsburgh; sister, Catherine Patterson of Bluefield; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Joseph Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

 

Clarksburg Exponent/Telegram Monday 06/05/2000

Herbert Leroy Higginbotham (1920-2000) WV

SHINNSTON -- Herbert L. Higginbotham, 80, of Shinnston, died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2000, at his residence, following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 8, 1919, at Fairmont, a son of the late Jerry and Alice Anderson Higginbotham.

His wife, Ruth Collins Higginbotham, whom he married Feb. 17, 1942, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ray L. Higginbotham Sr., Wallace; three grandchildren, Ray L. Higginbotham Jr., Shinnston, Billy J. Higginbotham, Wallace, Amy Higginbotham, Clarksburg; one sister, Pearl Long, Four States; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Higginbotham was a coal miner, having retired from Consolidation Coal Company, Owings Mines, with 22 years in the mining industry.

He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army, and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 31, Shinnston.

He attended the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 6-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Dr. Eric M. Faust officiating. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Enterprise, where the Meuse Argonne Post No. 573, VWW, will concord full Military graveside rites.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Friday 07/14/2000

William A. Higginbotham (1922-2000) WV

William A. Higginbotham, 77, of Eskdale died July 13, 2000, at home after a long illness.

He was a retired miner from U. S. Steel Corp. with 46 years’ service. He was an Army veteran and a member of Laing Church of God and the UMW.

Surviving: wife, Opal; daughters, Patsy Bohannan of Given, Donna Bryant of Bradley, Patricia Hargis of Charleston; sons, Darrell of Goshen, Ind., Russell of Newville, Pa., Jimmy of Charleston, Steve of Eskdale; sister, Juanita Cobb; brothers, Elmer of Nitro, Robert of Black Betsy, Kermit of Canton, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with the Rev. John Cantley officiating. Burial will be in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

 

Clarksburg Exponent/Telegram Sunday 08/13/2000

Glenna M. Grant Higginbotham (1926-2000) MI/WV

CLARKSBURG -- Glenna M. Higginbotham, 74, of Werninger Street, Clarksburg, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 31, 1926, in Battle Creek, Mich., a daughter of the late Edward and Gladys Yaw Grant.

Surviving are three sons, James Higginbotham, Good Hope, Daniel and Ronald Higginbotham, both of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Donna Mullen, Battle Creek, Mich., and Charlotte Ferrarro, Kalamazoo, Mich.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Larry Higginbotham; and one sister, Barbara Ploehn.

Mrs. Higginbotham was a cashier at Rite Aid and also worked at Continental Can, Brockway Glass and Anchor Hocking Glass Factory. She was a Methodist by faith.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. Buterbaugh officiating. Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Monday 08/14/2000

Arnold Oscar Higginbotham (1914-2000) WV

BUFFALO—Arnold O. Higginbotham, 85, of Buffalo, died Aug. 12, 2000, in Holzer Senior Care, Gallipolis, Ohio, after a long illness.

He was a retired heavy-equipment operator, a member of Buffalo Baptist Church and an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving: wife, Sylvia Allinder Higginbotham; stepson, Jerry Allinder of Buffalo; sisters, Clara Reedy of Albany, Ohio, Mildred Jeffers of Dexter, Ohio, Naomi Glasburn of Bidwell, Ohio; brothers, Harold and Charles, both of Dunbar; one stepgranddaughterl two stepgreat-grandsons.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Tim Day officiating. Burial will be in Buffalo Memorial Park. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

 

Clarksburg Exponent Telegram, Tuesday 10/15/2000

John Dale Higginbotham (1922-2000) WV

PINE GROVE -- John Dale Higginbotham, 78, of Smithfield, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at his home.

He was a son of the late Clark and Clarinda Florence Showalters Higginbotham.

His wife, Ethel G. "Jerry" Weekley Higginbotham, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Leslie D. "Buddy" Higginbotham, Ephrata, Pa.; one daughter, Judith Chambers, Frisco, Texas; seven grandchildren, Diana, Joe, Denise, Michele, Vickie, Kim and Robert; seven great-grandchildren, Brandie, Danielle, Tiffany, Brittany, Shane, Kristin and Cody.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Earl, Carl, Ray, Ralph and Ross Higginbotham and two sisters, Ruth Jones and Virginia Gump.

Mr. Higginbotham was a member of Higgins Chapel Church of Christ, near Pine Grove. He was retired from Pennzoil Corp., Smithfield, and was a World War II Army veteran.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 01/16/2001

Helen Olivia French Higginbotham(ca1923-2001) WV/TX

SAN ANTONIO—Helen P. Higginbotham, 77, of San Antonio, formerly of South Charleston, W. Va., died Jan. 1, 2001, in Autumn Winds Nursing Home of cancer.

Surviving: daughters, Linda Pruett Bauer of Shertz, Jane Crowder of Dunbar, W. Va.; son, Jacob Pruett II of New Mexico; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Jan. 6 at First Baptist Church, Universal City, with the Rev. Jerry Horn officiating. Colonial Funeral Home, Universal City, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

 

 

Herald Dispatch 01/23/2001

John Albert Higginbotham (1951-2001) WV

JOHN A. HIGGINBOTHAM, 49, of Culloden died Saturday at home. He retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways. Survivors include five daughters, Cari Lea of Cross Lanes, Sara of Hurricane, and Jennifer, Johnna and Patty; one son, Neuben; three sisters, Myrtle Leach of Lewisburg, Marjorie Litton of Hurricane and Helen Walz of Milton; and one brother, Ray of Charleston. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane; burial in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 02/07/2001

Gerald Reese Higginbotham (1917-2001) WV

GRIMMS LANDING—Gerald Reese Higginbotham of Grimms Landing died Feb. 6, 2001, at home after a long illness.

He was a retired trackman from New York Central Railroad with 26 years’ service and a member of Oma Chapel, Grimms Landing.

Surviving: daughter, Barbara Higginbotham Buck of Buffalo; sons, Vermont and Bill, both of Grimms Landing, Gerald Lee of Midway; bother, Vermont “Toad” of Grimms Landing; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Oma Chapel with Pastor Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will be in the Higginbotham family cemetery, Grimms Landing. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Monday 02/19/2001

Pauline A. Higginbotham Britton (1925-2001) WV

Pauline A. Britton, 75, of Red House died Feb. 18, 2001, in Cedar Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sissonville, after a long illness.

She was a 20-year resident of Red House and a member of Ladies of the Moose and the Eastern Star. She was a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Parvin Britton.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Teddy and Sharon Britton of Kellys Creek; grandchildren, Justin and Cristalle Britton.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, with the Rev. William Layne Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Tyler mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

 

 

Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Saturday 03/03/2001

Adrian B. Wilcoxen Higginbotham (1922-2001) WV

Adrian B. Higginbotham, 78, of Huntington, widow of Donald Higginbotham, died Thursday in St. Mary’s Hospital. She retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Co. Survivors include one daughter, Bertha Hardwick of Huntington; one son, Donald W. Higginbotham of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Chris and Greg Hardwick, Lynn Morgan, Todd, Michael and Aaron Higginbotham. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at Beard Mortuary, Huntington; burial in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

 

Julia Pearl Higginbotham Long (1912-2001) WV

SHINNSTON -- Julia Pearl Long, 88, of Four States, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born April 21, 1912, at Everson, a daughter of the late Jeremiah and Mary Alice Anderson Higginbotham.

Her husband, Lester S. Long, preceded her in death on May 3, 1985.

Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Lester L. and Shirley Long, Gary L. and Amy Long, all of Monongah, Denver L. and Laurie Long, Fairmont, Jerry D. and Tammy Long, Four States; four daughters and sons-in-law, Enid Jeannine and Robert Wright, Shinnston, Donna L. and Charles Mackey, Warren, Ohio, Brenda J. and Michael Mackey, and Deanna P. and Larry Yanero, all of Four States; 21 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Ruth Ann Long, Pleasantville, N.J.; her sister-in-law, Ruth Higginbotham, Shinnston; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one daughter, Iris Jean Box Abel; five brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Long was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was a Baptist by faith.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 2 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Evangelist Peter Ray Cole officiating. Interment will be in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Enterprise.  

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 03/24/2001

Alma Kathryn Buck Higginbotham (1921-2001) WV

Alma K. Buck Higginbotham, 79, of Buffalo died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at home following a long illness.

She was a homemaker, attended the Buffalo Church of the Nazarene, and Ladies Aid.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ezra Higginbotham; son, Charles Ezra Higginbotham; brothers, Millard “Dallas” Buck, James Buck; and sister, Leoda “Ruth” Null.

Survivors include: daughter, Anna “Cricket” Higginbotham Workman of Grimms Landing; son, Gary L. Higginbotham Buffalo; sisters, Louise McCoy of Buffalo; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

Service will be Sunday, March 25, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Pastor Sidney Warner officiating. Burial will be at Tucker Cemetery, Grimms Landing, W. Va.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2001, at the funeral home.

 

 

Clarksburg Exponent

Thelma I. Long Higginbotham (1919-2001) PA/WV

WESTOVER -- Thelma I. Higginbotham, 81, of Spraggs, Pa., died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 1, 1919, in Brady, a daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Atkins Stewart.

Her husband of 40 years, Sherman Higginbotham, preceded her in death in 1979.

Surviving are two daughters and one spouse, Kay Sheppard, Morgantown, and Terry and Larry Brummage, Spraggs, Pa.; two sons and spouses, Benny and Mary Ann Higginbotham, Core, and Jimmy and Shirley Higginbotham, Clarksburg; four brothers, Alvin Stewart, Uniontown, Pa., Ernie Stewart, Waynesburg, Pa., Samuel Stewart and Ronnie Stewart, both of Smithfield, Pa.; two sisters, Margaret Mayse, Virginia and Genevive Tichnor, Hagans; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one infant son, Roger Higginbotham; three brothers, Calvin Stewart, Charles Stewart and William Stewart; two grandchildren, Robert Russell Simpson and Albert Allen Bosley II.

Mrs. Higginbotham was a homemaker. She was a member of Hagans Christian Church. She was a member of the Blacksville Senior Care Center.

She enjoyed quilting

 

 

Beckley Register-Herald, Saturday, 05/26/2001

Lawrence Blaine Higginbotham (1944-2001) WV

OAK HILL - Lawrence Blaine "Higgy" Higginbotham, 56, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Born Aug. 13, 1944, he was the son of the late Lauren and Ruth Lenore Aurentz Higginbotham.

He is survived by his wife, Tana McClaskey Higginbotham; two daughters, Leslie Ann and Mandy Jo Higginbotham; two grandchildren, Craig Allen and Taylor William Buchanan; and a brother, the Rev. Lloyd Higginbotham.

There will be a brief memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at their home in Oak Hill for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Rosenbaum Family House, P.O. Box 8228, Morgantown, WV 26506, attention: Lawrence Higginbotham Fund.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Clarksburg Exponent Telegram, Thursday, March 8, 2001

 

 

The Ledger, Lakeland, FL  Thursday 06/07/2001

Ila Ruth Light Higginbotham (1923-2001) WV/OH/FL

LAKELAND—Mrs. Ila Ruth Higginbotham’s love of children inspired her to teach kindergarten and elementary school students for 15 years. The retired teacher at Southwest Elementary School died of complications from cancer Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Highland Lake Center. She was 77. “She wiped many a nose. She was very stern but very loving, too,” said Henry Higginbotham, her husband of 54 years and a schoolteacher, too. “She got me into it.” Born in Marie, W. Va., on June 30, 1923, she and Henry Higginbotham were married in September 1946. “She helped me through college after World War II,” Henry Higginbotham said. The couple came to Lakeland from Dayton, Ohio, 45 years ago. After her three children began to get a little older, Mrs. Higginbotham began her 23-year career, teaching kindergarten at Cleveland Court. “She was hired by the PTA. That was back when it wasn’t part of public schools—when they first had kindergarten available,” said her daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Ann Rodda of Lakeland. She served as a teacher’s aide at Combee Elementary before she returned to school, graduating in 1976, with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from University of South Florida. Mrs. Higginbotham then taught kindergarten at Southwest Elementary until her retirement in 1986. “There are a lot of kids who remember my mom,” Rodda said. “She loved her grandchildren very much.” After her retirement, she and her husband became active in helping organize annual reunions for his fellow Navy veterans of World War II. “She was very active in the newsletter. They kind of kept the whole group together.” Rodda said. She became a member of First Presbyterian Church in 1956, and was a member of Circle 8. In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived be her sons, Hank Higginbotham and Donald Charles Higginbotham, both of Lakeland; brothers, Orba Light, Portsmouth, Va., and Burchell Light, Alderson, W. Va.; sister, Elaine Brown, Bradford, Pa.; seven grandchildren. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Heath Funeral Chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Paxon Morrison Chapel, 175 Lake Hollingsworth, Lakeland. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth, Lakeland, FL, 33801

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 06/26/2001

Blanche Evelyn Higginbotham Pollard (1910-2001) WV/NY African American

YONKERS, NY—Blanche Higginbotham Pollard, 91, of Yonkers, formerly of Rand, W.Va., died June 24, 2001, in St. John’s Hospital, Yonkers, after a long illness.

She was born June 17, 1910, in Prudence, Fayette County, W.Va.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Nathan W. Pollard, parents, William and Pearl Higginbotham, three brothers, John, Frank and W. R., five sisters, Mable Wilson, Lillian Cosby, Doris Foy, Grace and Hellena Higginbotham.

Survivors include: one sister Phyllius Higginbotham Meadows of Rand, W.Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

The body was cremated. Burial will be in Charleston, W.Va., at a later date. Brooks Funeral Home, Yonkers, is in charge of arrangements.

Information was entrusted to and provided by Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.  

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 07/26/2001

Johnny Owen Higginbotham (1945-2001) WV

BLACK BETSY—Johnny Owen Higginbotham, 55, of Black Betsy died July 24, 2001, at his home after a long illness.

Johnny was a lifelong resident of Putnam County and a retired crane operator from Raleigh Junk with 15+ years’ service.

Johnny is survived by: his wife, Mrs. Annette S. Higginbotham; children, Jonathan W. Higginbotham of Hurricane, Angela McNealy of Poca, Owen Michael Higginbotham of Kanawha City; brothers and sisters, Fay Higginbotham of St. Albans, Ester Slayton of Arizona, Carl Higginbotham of Melbourne, Fla, Ray Higginbotham of Chandler, Ariz., Edith Kennedy of Cleveland, Ohio, Ethel Simmons of Cincinnati, Ohio, Doris Hively of St. Albans, Betty Lovejoy of Florida; five grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, with Jerry Cantley officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.

Friends may call one hour prior to service at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca.  

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 07/31/2001

Estill Dencil Higginbotham (1920-2001) WV

BUFFALO - Dencil Higginbotham, 80, of Buffalo, formerly of Point Pleasant, died July 29, 2001, in CAMC General Hospital following a long illness.

Born Oct. 6, 1920, he was the son of the late Abraham and Sophie Higginbotham. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Edith Higginbotham; one daughter and several brothers and sisters.

He was a retired riverboat engineer for the O.F. Shearer & Sons Co. with 25 years of service and was a Christian.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Linda L. and Larry J. Tolley of Buffalo; grandson, Jeffrey L. Tolley of Buffalo; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Lisa L. and John F. Booth of Buffalo; great-grandsons, Tyler, Justin and Stephen Booth of Buffalo; brother, Lawrence Higginbotham of Alvada, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Tim Day, Pastor Arles Covert and Pastor Mac Minton officiating. Burial will be in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

 

 

08/06/2001

Helen Elizabeth Moore Higginbotham (1921-2001) WV

NEW CUMBERALND – Helen Elizabeth Higginbotham, 79, of R. D. 3, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, at Ohio Valley Hospital in Wheeling following a sudden illness.
She was born in Mannington, W.Va., Dec. 19, 1921, a daughter of the late James F. and Blanche M. Hayes Moore.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Clem Higginbotham.
She is survived by four daughters, Linda Hoffman of Morgantown, Mrs. Terry (Anna) Raines and Mrs. Jack (Rhonda) Sandy of New Cumberland and Kathleen Brackett of Chariton, Iowa; three sisters, Mrs. Lester (June) Higginbotham of Mannington, W.Va., Mrs. Ray (Betty) Ammons of Weston, W. Va., and Mrs. Ray (Rosedell) Hayes, of Massillon; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren
The Revs. Billy Ray Carpenter and Charles E. Andrews will conduct services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in New Cumberland Cemetery.
Friends may all at the Turley Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday.

 

 

Fairmont Times West Virginian Wednesday 08/08/2001

James Franklin Higinbotham (1933-2001) WV/IL/IN/AL

James F. Higinbotham, 67, formerly of Fairmont, died at a Pensacola, Fla. hospital following a short illness.
He was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Fairmont, a son of the late Samuel and Minnie Bartholow Higinbotham.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and was employed by Republic Steel Company in Warren, Ohio for a number of years.
He lived in Illinois, Indiana, and Brewton, Ala., where he resided for the past seven years.
He was employed by the Brewton Iron Works and the Delta Bay Security Company while living in Alabama.
His greatest pleasure was playing his guitar and singing for family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Satterfield Higinbotham; two daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia and Mike Hammond, and Kimberly Vernon, and a son, Dan Vernon, all of Warren, Ohio; three grandchildren; a sister, Wanda L. Sapp of Fairmont; and two dear friends, Vicklyn Wright and her brother, Todd Boutwell of East Brewton, Ala.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Beverly Leah; five brothers, Edward, Eugene, Joseph, Robert, and Donald Higinbotham; and three sisters, Rose Mary Higinbotham, Viola Dunn, and H. Frances Shores.
A private memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Warren, Ohio.

 

 

Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Friday 08/24/2001

Raymond Edwin Higginbotham (1935-2001) WV

Raymond Edwin Higginbotham, 65, of Point Pleasant, husband of Karina Silva Higginbotham, died Wednesday in Pleasant Valley Hospital. He was a security guard. Also surviving are his mother and stepfather, Acel and Henry Cline of Point Pleasant; one son, Raymond Edwin Higginbotham II of Sunbright, Tenn.; three daughters, Crystal Carrasco Higginbotham of El Paso, Texas, Evelyn Josephine Higginbotham of Phoenix and Naome Cobb of Deerlodge, Tenn.; stepchildren, Veronica Birch and Zaudea Carreto, both of El Paso, Lori Villanucva of Fort Morgan, Colo., David Carreto and Eugene Carreto, both of Lakewood Colo.; three brothers, Cecil Higginbotham of Belton, Mo., Paul Higginbotham of Santa Claus, Ind., and Jerry Higginbotham of Point Pleasant; and one sister, Delores Jones of Point Pleasant. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant; burial will be at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas, at a later time. Friends may call two hours prior to service at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the family.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Friday 09/07/2001

Charles William Higginbotham (1906-2001) WV

Charles W. Higginbotham, 94, of Dunbar, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

He was a heavy equipment mechanic for Walker Machinery Co., and was formerly employed by West Virginia Tractor Co., and Glenbrook Coal Co., where he was voted a No. 1 mechanic.

He had been a Dunbar resident for 60 years and enjoyed his vegetable farm on Pleasant Ridge, Putnam County. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona, after 58 years of marriage.

Surviving are his son, Charles E. Higginbotham of Gaithersburg, Md., daughter, Viola “Vi” Nichols of Nitro; brother, Harold Higginbotham of Dunbar; sisters, Clara Reedy of Albany, Ohio, Mildred Jeffers of Dexter, Ohio, and Naomi Glassburn of Bidwell, Ohio; grandchildren, Marnie Higginbotham of York, Pa., and Terri Lindstrom of Austin, Texas.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor John A. Mason officiating. Burial will be in Buffalo Memorial Park.

Friends may call at Keller Funeral Home from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

 

Charleston Gazette Wednesday 10/04/2001

Rev. Lloyd Wayne Higginbotham (1942-2001) WV

Rev. Lloyd Wayne Higginbotham, 59, of Bradley, W.Va. went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at C.A.M.C. Memorial Hospital.

He was born January, 9, 1942 in Layland, W.Va. to the late Rev. Loran and Ruth Lenore Aurentz Higginbotham.

He was the minister of Page Baptist Church and was manager of Sun Propane in Lewisburg, W.Va. Rev. Higginbotham was a member of the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl, Henry, and Lawrence Higginbotham.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Vass Higginbotham; daughters, Lisa Renee Green and her husband, Robert of MacArthur, W.Va., Cynthia Beth Massey and her husband, Jimmy of Wendell, N.C.; grandchildren, Natalie Worley, Kayla Massey, and Cynthia A. Massey.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Page Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Lutz and Rev. Delmas Wolfe. Entombment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Prosperity, W.Va.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, W.Va. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Pallbearers will be deacons from the church, Braden Wolfe, Keith Brown, Lewis Sanson, Robbie Cobb, Sidney Price, Shirley Wolfe, Carl Suttle, Rick Hogan and John Frazier. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association and Pete Lang.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Page Baptist Church and Gideon International, P. O. Box 612, Ansted, W.Va. 25812. Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette-mail, Sunday 12-02/2001
Harold Robert Higginbotham (1911-2001) WV
Harold Robert Higginbotham, 90, of Dunbar, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
He was a retired foreman with Union Carbide and was a World War II Navy Veteran. Mr. Higginbotham was a member of the Dunbar Masonic Lodge No. 159 and the Beni Kedem Shrine. He had been a 60-year resident of Dunbar.
Surviving are his nephew, Walter G. Martin of Poca; niece, Viola Ann Culler of Chester, W.Va.; sisters, Clara Reedy of Albany, Ohio, Mildred Jeffers of Dexter, Ohio, and Naomi Glassburn of Bidwell, Ohio.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor John A. Mason officiating. Burial with Masonic graveside rites will be in Grandview Memorial Park.
Friends may call at Keller Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
 

 

 

Charleston Daily Mail, Thursday 12/27/2001

Elmer Sheridan Higginbotham (1918-2001) WV

Mr. Elmer S. Higginbotham, 83, of Nitro died Dec. 25, 2001 in Thomas Memorial Hospital, after a long illness.

Mr. Higginbotham was a 56 year resident of Nitro; he retired from Avtex Fibers in Nitro with 38 years of service. He was a member of the American Textile Workers of America, AFL-CIO, one of the founders and builders of Lett Creek Community Church.

He is survived by his children, William E. Higginbotham of Nitro, Toby McCallister of Bancroft and Mary Tillis of Bancroft; brothers, Robert Higginbotham of Black Betsy and Kermit Higginbotham of Ohio; sister, Juanita Cobb of Liberty; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Service will be 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca with the Rev. Buel Gibson officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Gatens Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Fairmont Times West Virginian, Saturday 01/26/2002

Ruby Sarah Yost Higginbotham (1916-2002) WV

Mannington January 25, 2002

Ruby Sarah Higginbotham, 85, of Mannington (Logansport community), died Friday (Jan. 25, 2002) at Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born Aug. 16, 1916 at Seven Pines, Mannington, a daughter of the late David H. and Clara Campbell Yost. She was a homemaker. She attended the Logansport United Methodist Church and the Joe’s Run Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Harold Higginbotham; one son, Calvin Henry "Bud" Yost of Mannington and a resident of St. Barbara’s Nursing Home in Monongah.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn Yost and Thomas Woodrow Yost.

Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, at the Masters Funeral Home in Mannington. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. with Evangelist Ron Allen officiating. Burial will follow at the Mannington Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

 

Beckley Register-Herald, Saturday 02/09/2002

Shirley T. Gardner Higginbotham (1939-2002) WV

RED STAR - Shirley T. Higginbotham, 62, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Born April 8, 1939, at Claremont, she was the daughter of the late Ote Gardner and Fitsque Adkins Gardner.

Mrs. Higginbotham was a member of the Summerlee Freewill Baptist Church, and she was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Gardner and Bobby Gardner.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, the Rev. Robert Higginbotham of Red Star; three sons, Robert Higginbotham II and wife, Tammy, of Mossy, Eddie Higginbotham and wife, Vivian, of Scarbro, and Charles Higginbotham and wife, Lisa, of Scarbro; five daughters, Connie Hizer and husband, Billy, of Red Star, Jenny Calvert and husband, JR, of Fayetteville, Mickie Watson and husband, David, of Red Star, Judy Dennler and companion, Robert Maynard, of Mossy, and Michelle Worrell and husband, Bill, of Red Star; sister, Texie Garten and husband, Allen, of Cleveland, Ohio; a brother, Kermit Gardner and wife, Carol, of Columbus, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Carlos Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Grandsons will be serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

 

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 02/14/2002

Gerald Lee Higginbotham (1933-2002) WV
Gerald L. Higginbotham, 68, of Hurricane died Feb. 12, 2002, at home, after a short illness.
He was a 33 year resident of Hurricane and a former resident of Dunbar and St. Albans.
He was a former truck driver for Continental Can Corporation/ Sonoco Fibre Drum, Culloden, retiring after 30 years of service. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Teays Valley. He was a retired member of United Steelworkers of America, Local 6888 and he served in the United States Army and Marines.
Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Lynn Higginbotham and his parents, Basil and Delma Higginbotham. He is survived by his wife, Jean Crago Higginbotham; daughter and
son-in-law, Lisa and Ralph Langley of Hurricane, son and daughter-in-law, David and Leslie Higginbotham of Hurricane; three sisters, Jacqueline Craigo of Dunbar, Janet Wilson of Oak Island, N.C., Betty Bradley of
Naperville, Ill; one brother, Robert G. Higginbotham of St. Albans; five grandchildren; and a host of good friends and neighbors.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans with the Rev. Pete Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Beckley Register-Herald, Wednesday 05/01/2002
William Wydothar Higginbotham (1918-2002) WV
PAGE - William W. "Bill" Higginbotham, 83, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, in a Montgomery hospital following a long illness.
Born Dec. 5, 1918, at Hizer Creek, he was the son of the late Noah Wilson and Myrtia Mae Gullion Higginbotham.
Mr. Higginbotham was a retired coal miner and of the Protestant faith.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Higginbotham.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Iris Davis Higginbotham; his daughter, Ruby Withrow of Kimberly; a sister, Bertha Cobb of Kincaid; two grandchildren, Gary Higginbotham of Catlettsburg, Ky., and Carla Harkless of Gauley Bridge; and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum of Serenity, Beckley, with the Revs. Jack McNeely and Don Floyd officiating. Entombment will follow.
Friends may call 12:30 p.m. until time of service at the mausoleum.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Friday 08/23/2002
Ruby Edith Smith Higginbotham (1914-2002) WV
Ruby E. Higginbotham, 88, of Nitro, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
She was a retired cook from Nitro Moose Lodge No. 565 with 25 years of service and Nitro High School with 20 years of service. She was a native of Putnam County and a lifelong resident of Nitro and attended Rock Branch Independent Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, George P. Higginbotham Sr.; sons, George Jr., Eugene, and Bobbie Lee Higginbotham.
She is survived by: a granddaughter, Reba and her husband, Michael Parsons and their children, Chelsea and Alex of Nitro; granddaughters, Pam Higginbotham of San Diego, Calif., and Barbara Witt of Hometown; grandsons, Randy Higginbotham of Cross Lanes, Steve Higginbotham of St. Albans and Bobby Higginbotham of Nitro. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday Aug. 23, 2002, in Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.
Friends may call from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Cooke Funeral Home in Nitro.
 

 

 

Bluefield Daily Times, Wednesday 10/02/2002
Leola Gertrude Dobbins Higginbotham (1918-2002) WV/TX
TEMPLE, Texas - Leola Gertrude Higginbotham, 84, of Temple, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002 in a Temple hospital.
Leola Higginbotham was born July 12, 1918, in Princeton. She was the daughter of the late John Dobbins and Eva Gaye Clark Dobbins.
She married Earl Higginbotham Sr., who preceded her in death Sept. 26, 1972.
She attended school in Athens. Mrs. Higginbotham was a resident of West Virginia most of her life. She has been a resident of Temple the past four years. She enjoyed crocheting and collecting thimbles. Leola was a member of the United Methodist Women's Association in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, and six brothers.
She is survived by her son, Earl Higginbotham Jr. and wife, Anong of Temple; one sister, Ozella of Ohio; two granddaughters, Elizabeth A. Duke of Temple and Patricia M. Higginbotham of Linwood, N.C.
A service will be held 11 a.m. today at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home of Temple.
Memorials may be made to Oak Park Methodist Church of Temple, 5506 S. 31st, Temple, TX 76504 or Concord United Methodist Church, Vermillion and Church Street, Athens, WV 24712.

 

 

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail Sunday 11/24/2002

Lola Local Higginbotham Fields (1906-2002) WV

KENNA - Lola L. Fields, 96, of Kenna departed this life Nov. 23, 2002, at the home of her daughter, Earnestine Harrison of Liberty, following a long illness.

She was born May 22, 1906, at Trace Fork, a daughter of the late Perry and Josephine Martin Higginbotham. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Omer Fields; and one son, Junior Fields.

She was a homemaker and of the Protestant faith.

In addition to Earnestine Harrison, survivors include seven daughters, Josephine Miller, Catherine Harrison and Dell Goff, all of Sissonville, Freda Jacob of Ohio, Ethel Jones of Winfield, Belle Bailey of Paden City, Jean Boggess of Goldtown; 28 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Pocatalico, with the Rev. Al Mendez officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Pocatalico, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Monday 02/10/2003
Celia Mae Higginbotham McKinney (1915-2003) VA/WV
Celia Mae McKinney, 87, of Charleston passed to heaven Feb. 6, 2003, in Lee's Summit, Mo., following stomach cancer diagnosis in July 2002. She moved to her son's residence in August.
She was born Dec. 26, 1915, in Boissevain, Va., to Morris and Annie Mae Higginbotham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lee McKinney.
She was a 1937 graduate of Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing and administered anesthetics there until the war. She worked at Charleston Memorial Hospital from 1963 until her retirement in 1978. Since 1951, she was a member of the Kanawha City Baptist Church, active in the women's circle, ABW Ministries, and the church choir. She started an exercise class at the church in 1979, and led it three times a week until July 2002.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert C. and Patty McKinney of Lee's Summit, Mo.; her grandson, Jason A. McKinney of Olympia, Wash.; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Betty Higginbotham of Cincinnati, Ohio; and one sister, Pauline Hedrick of Beckley.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Kanawha City Baptist Church, Kanawha City with the Rev. Alvin Cox officiating. Burial will be in Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, W.Va.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at J.E. Johnson Funeral Home in Kanawha City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Kanawha City Baptist Church, 4500 Venable Ave., S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.
J.E. Johnson Funeral Home in Kanawha City is in charge of arrangements.



Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 03/04/2003
Wava Lee Jones Higginbotham (1931-2003) WV
Wava Lee Jones Higginbotham, 71, of Charleston passed away March 3, 2003, at her residence.
She was born June 15, 1931, daughter of the late John and Callie Jones. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Sheldon Higginbotham.
She was a graduate of Sissonville High School and was an employee of Direct Mail Service, The Diamond Department Store and O.R. Dawson Insurance.
Surviving are a son, Garry Higginbotham of Charleston; sister, Loretta Shipman of Lake Norman, N.C.; brothers, Denzil Jones of Charleston, Paul Jones of St. Albans, Carroll Jones of Eleanor, Randy Jones of Parkersburg.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. William Lane and the Rev. Carroll Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Page Cemetery, Kellys Creek.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kanawha Hospice Care Inc., 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064.
Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements
 

 

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Friday 04/25/2003
Dolores Jean Crago Higginbotham (1938-2003) WV
HURRICANE - Jean Crago Higginbotham, 64, of Hurricane died April 24, 2003, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.
She was retired from the West Virginia Rehab Center, Institute after 20 years of service. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane and a 1956 graduate of St. Albans High School.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald L. Higginbotham; brother, Rex Crago; daughter, Teresa Lynn Higginbotham; mother and father, Gordon and Bessie Crago.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Leslie Higginbotham of Hurricane; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ralph Langley of Hurricane; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Beverly Crago of Charleston; grandchildren, Derek, Alex and Ethan Langley and Kara and Lea Higginbotham; several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans with the Rev. Pete Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

The (Ohio) Courier
Monday, June 30th, 2003
Lawrence Higginbotham (1919-2003) WV/OH
ALVADA -- Funeral services for Lawrence M. Higginbotham, 83, of 12212 W. Seneca County Road 10, Alvada, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey, the Rev. Floyd Thomas officiating. Burial with full military rites will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation will be held from 2-5 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Higginbotham died at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2003 at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.
Born July 21, 1919 in Buffalo, W.V., to Abraham and Sophia (Runion) Higginbotham, he married Anna Belle Jeffers on October 9, 1941 in Prospect, and she died March 24, 1994.
Surviving are a son, Lawrence of Marion; three daughters, Mrs. Terry (Shirley) Shafer, Delta; Donna Miller, Upper Sandusky; and Mrs. David (Laura) Hall, Shelbourne, Vt.; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are six brothers, William, Earl, Ezra, Deward, Dencil and Robert Higginbotham; five sisters, Mary Hayes, Emma Weaver, Effie Bowers, and Margaret and Fanny Higginbotham, who both died in infancy; and two grandchildren.
A WWII U.S. Army veteran, he worked on the C & O Railroad for 38 years and was a member of the American Legion Post 354 Z in New Riegel.
Memorials may be made to Seneca County Alternative Transportation in care of the funeral home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, 43316.
 

 

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 06/08/2003
John Lee Higginbotham (1960-2003) WV
SCOTT DEPOT – John Lee Higginbotham, 43, of Scott Depot died July 7, 2003, in Putnam General Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his father, Okey Lee Higginbotham; and brother, Michael Higginbotham.
He was employed by Bank One, Charleston.
He is survived by his wife, Sheri Higginbotham; son, John Alex Higginbotham at home; stepdaughters, Corey and Kasi Austin; mother, Shirley Jean Higginbotham of St. Albans; grandparents, Dan and Beulah Gross of New Mexico; brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Sandy Higginbotham of Baltimore, Md., David and Fatima Higginbotham of Boston, Mass.; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Lee McCoy of Fort Jennings, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

 

 

Beckley Register-Herald, Friday 06/11/2003
Rev. Robert Lee Higginbotham (1918-2003) WV
RED STAR - The Rev. Robert Lee Higginbotham, 84, of Red Star, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, following complications of surgery.
Born Nov. 22, 1918, at Stone Cliff, he was the son of the late Henry Charles and Flora Mary Moses Higginbotham.
Rev. Higginbotham was a member and former pastor of Summerlee Freewill Baptist Church, a retired coal miner and a deliverer of the Lord's Word until he was called home.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Shirley T. Gardner Higginbotham on Feb. 8, 2002; a granddaughter, April D. Higginbotham; five brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include three sons, Robert Higginbotham II and wife, Tammy, of Mossy, Eddie Higginbotham and companion, Nancy, of Scarbro and Charles Higginbotham and wife, Lisa, of Scarbro; five daughters, Connie Hizer and husband, Billy, of Red Star, Jenny Calvert and husband, J.R., of Fayetteville, Mickie Watson and husband, David, of Red Star, Judy Dennler and companion, Robert, of Mossy and Michelle Worrell and husband, Bill, of Red Star; four sisters, Clara Harrah of Beckley, Louise Irons of Parsons, Arbutus Bailes of Danese and Wilda Escue of St. Albans; a brother, the Rev. Lewis Higginbotham of Coal City; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with the Revs. Paul Allen and Kermit Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.
Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayettteville.

 

 

Herald Dispatch 06/15/2003

Maxine Ellen Grant Higginbotham (1917-2003) WV

MAXINE ELLEN HIGGINBOTHAM, 85, of Huntington died Friday, June 13, 2003, in St. Mary's Medical Center. She was born July 9, 1917, in Huntington, a daughter of the late John W. Grant and Cora Gillispie Grant. She was a homemaker and member of 20th Street Baptist Church, JOY Fellowship and many other church ministries. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Earnest, who passed away in 1983; sisters, Helen Bagby and Margaret Wilks; and brothers, Rev. Carvel Grant and Clovis Grant. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Carl Cary of Ona and Judith and Richard Smith of Lesage; grandchildren, Ed and Sherri Cary, Laura Robinson, Judith and Jeff Napier and Jason Wintz; and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Charity McComas, Justin McComas, Cody and Emily Cary and Seth and Kerie Napier. Funeral 11 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2003, at Henson Mortuary by Pastor Gordon Rutherford and Pastor Don Walker; burial in Ridgelawn Memorial Park. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. today, June 15, 2003, at Henson Mortuary.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, 08/02/2003

Gwendolyn Condra Higginbotham (1941-2003) WV
Gwendolyn Condra Higginbotham, 62, of St. Albans went home to be with her Savior July 31, 2003, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on April 22, 1941, in Whitwell, Tenn., to the late Woodrow "Doc" and Gladys Condra. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Lynn Lane; and her sister, Margaret Nelson.
She was a loving wife and homemaker, was a 1959 Graduate of Sherman High School, Seth, W.Va., and was a member of the Maranatha Fellowship, St. Albans.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Robert "Bob" Higginbotham of St. Albans; and faithful canine companion, "Sugar"; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Robert Lee "Bob" and Kim Higginbotham of St. Albans; son-in-law, Joe Lane of St. Albans; two grandsons, Shawn Joseph Lane and Robbie Jarrell Lane of St. Albans; step-grandsons, Bobbie Lee Fuller, Cody Fuller, Casey Fuller and Justin Waybright, all of St. Albans; sister, Dorothy Drenner of St. Albans and sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Doug Atkinson of Charleston; brotheyer-in-law, Ronnie Nelson of St. Albans; nephews and their wives, Steven "Kelly" and Joy Keeney of Macedonia, Ohio, and Anthony "Tony" and Becky Keeney of St. Albans; and one great-niece, Alexandra Keeney of Macedonia, Ohio.
Services will be 2 p. m. Sunday, August 3, 2003, at The Maranatha Fellowship, 2910 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans with the Rev. James Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2003, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Horne, 409 6th Ave. St. Albans.
Condolences may be sent to bartlettchapman@charterbn.com.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 10/11/2003

Carol "Tukie" Hartley Higginbotham (ca1937-2003) WV
Carol "Tukie" Higginbotham, 66, of Dunbar went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, after a courageous fight with cancer, surrounded by her family at Hubbard Hospice House.
Tukie had worked at St. Francis Hospital and Home Health Care. She was a member of Teays Valley Baptist Church, Hurricane.
Carol is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Kim Higginbotham of St. Albans; grandsons, Bobby Lee Fuller of Orlando, Fla., Cody and Casey Fuller of St. Albans, Justin Waybright of Knoxville, Tenn.; half-brother, Eugene DeWeese of Scott Depot; sister-in-law, Sue Hartley; niece, Lynn.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastors Bruce Young, Homer Fink, and John Duffy officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 11/03/2003
Eunice Lorain Stephens Higginbotham (1910-2003) WV
Eunice L. Stephens Higginbotham, 93, of Nitro died Nov. 2, 2003, in Riverside Nursing Home, St. Albans, after a long illness.
Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, Emory and Flora Stollings Stephens; her husband, B.L. “Pod” Higginbotham; and great-grandson, Eric Higginbotham.
Mrs. Higginbotham was a lifelong resident of Nitro and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Nitro, where she was also a member of the Women's Circle of the church.
She was owner of Eunice's Kiddieland, Nitro, and a former clerk for Cox's Department Store, Nitro.
Surviving are sons and their wives, Bobby Lee and Eileen Higginbotham of Knoxville, Tenn., James D. and Gloria Jean Higginbotham of Cross Lanes; four grandchildren, Robert Lee Higginbotham, Vicky Higginbotham Grey, Debbie Higginbotham King and Jan Higginbotham Gandee; 12 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Nitro, with the Rev. Tom McDowell officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, and one hour prior to service at the church.

 

 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003
George Alexander Higginbotham (1935-2003) VA African American
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Alexander Higginbotham, 68, of Newport News, formerly of Tazewell, Va., died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003 at his home in Newport News.
Born May 24, 1935, in Tazewell, he was a son of the late James A. and Ruth Elizabeth Dickerson Higginbotham. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include one son, George Alexander Higginbotham III of New York, N.Y.; one stepson, Miquel Ramos and wife, Chiquita of Suffolk, Va.; one brother, James A. Higginbotham and wife, Mallie of Tazewell; five sisters, Mary Anderson of Columbus, Ohio, Ruth McCoy and husband, James of Tazewell, Margaret Saunders of Yonkers, N.Y., Sheilah Brown and husband, Rev. Robert Brown of Beckley, and Jeanette Bryant and husband, Earl of Detroit, Mich.; two step-grandchildren, Miquel Ramos Jr. and Marcus Ramos; four nephews, David Saunders, Christopher Brown, Robert Brown, and Lee Andre Anthony; and two nieces, Michelle Saunders and Angie Boyd.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Robert I. Brown, the Rev. Robert Buckles and Dr. Carolyn Browning officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell. Pallbearers will be David Saunders, David Saunders Jr., Ronnie Thompson, Freddy Thompson, Tommy Thompson, Earl Bryant, Lee Andre Anthony, Christopher Brown, and Robert Brown.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home after noon on Friday.

 

 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003
Thomas J. 'T.J.' Higginbotham Jr. (1927-2003) WV
PRINCETON - Thomas J. 'T.J.' Higginbotham Jr., 76, of 606 Prince St., Princeton, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003 at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton.
Born Sept. 27, 1927, in Princeton, he was the son of the late Thomas J. Higginbotham Sr. and Macy Thorn Higginbotham.
Mr. Higginbotham was retired from N&W Railroad. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Princeton and a former member of the Princeton Moose Lodge.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, William 'Snooks' Higginbotham; and two sisters, Garnette Melrose and Ruby Nile.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Williams Higginbotham of the home; one son, Thomas William Higginbotham and wife Carole of Princeton; and one granddaughter, Adrienne Higginbotham of Princeton.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Minister Gary Durham officiating.
Friends may call Friday from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

 

 

Fairmont Times West Virginian, 12/17/2003
John Wesley Higginbotham (1912-2003) WV
Mannington
John Wesley Higginbotham, 91, of Mannington died Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2003) at Fairmont General Hospital.
He was born May 12, 1912, at Mannington, a son of the late P. Wesley and Ginny Alice Mike Higginbotham.
Mr. Higginbotham worked in the timber and coal mining industries all his life. He was a wonderful father and grandfather.
He is survived by three children and their spouses, Shirley and Marion Baker of Mannington, Robert Higginbotham of Mannington, and Sara and Carl Phillips of Mannington; 11 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Carolyn Efaw and Dorothy Higginbotham; two grandchildren, Preston and Tammy; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, George and William Higginbotham; and four sisters, Rosie Floyd, Hazel Baker, Ellie Cumberlidge and Margaret Efaw.
Friends may call at the Masters Funeral Home in Mannington today from 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Homer Ham officiating. Burial will follow at the Baker Cemetery.
 

 

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 12/25/2003
Velma Irene Higginbotham (1926-2003) WV
Velma Irene Higginbotham, 78, of Grapevine, Sissonville, went peacefully to be with the Lord Dec. 22, 2003, at her home following a long illness.
She was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Charleston, a daughter of the late Lawrence S. and Ida Thaxton Baldwin. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Delma Baldwin; one brother, Frankie L. Baldwin; two great-grandsons and one great-great-grandson.
Velma was a homemaker and a charter member of Goldtown Community Church.
Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, Ivan Oscar “Chick” Higginbotham; one daughter, Patricia G. Pennington of Sissonville; one son, Veldon O. Higginbotham of Sissonville; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Billy Joe “Joe B” Baldwin of Lucasville, Ohio, Herbert L. Baldwin of Columbus, Ohio.
Service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at Goldtown Community Church with Pastor Al Mendez and Associate Pastor Aaron Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Sissonville.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.
You may e-mail your condolences to longandfisher@aol.com, with the subject Velma Higginbotham.
Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 02/24/2004

Hubert William Higginbotham Jr. (1930-2004) WV/IN
GOSHEN, Ind. - Hubert William Higginbotham Jr., 73, formerly of Cabin Creek, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, in Goshen, Ind.
He is survived by his sons, Westly Higginbotham and Gary Higginbotham, both of Goshen; daughters, Sandy Wallace of Tennessee, Judy Huffman of West Virginia; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is in charge of arrangements.

Goshen (IN) News

Hubert William Higginbotham
Dec. 11, 1930-Feb. 22, 2004
Hubert William Higginbotham, 73, 731 Broadmore Estate, Goshen, died at 12:05 a.m. Sunday at Goshen General Hospital. He had been ill since Feb. 9.
He was born on Dec. 11, 1930, in Prenter, W. Va., to Lorena (Lovejoy) and Hubert William Higginbotham Sr.
He married Virginia May Gobel on Feb. 19, 1945. She died on July 2, 1972. He later married Virginia L. Akers on Sept. 15, 1975, in Parris, Va. She died on Jan. 14, 2004.
He moved to Goshen in the 1960s and then moved back to West Virginia in 1974 where he worked as a coal miner for Carbon Fuel and US Steel. He returned to Goshen in 1984 and later retired from Schrock Manufacturing where he worked in maintenance for almost 20 years.
He was a past member of Goshen Moose No. 836 and United Mine Workers Union.
He is survived by two sons, Wes (Karen) Higginbotham and Gary (Sharon) Higginbotham, both of Goshen; two daughters, Sandy (Maynard) Wallace, LaFollette, Tenn., and Judy Lynn (Tracy) Huffman, South Charleston, W. Va.; three stepdaughters, Iris (Elbert) Kemper, Elkhart, Betty (Mike) McCubbins, Dayton, Ohio, and Gayle (Gustavo) Zamudio, Goshen; three stepsons, Cecil Junior Akers, Goshen, and Jerry (Pat) Akers, Elkhart, and Paul (Vickie) Akers, North Webster; 40 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 30 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carolyn (Joe) Hodge, Goshen, and Jean (Dean) Green, Winifrede, W. Va.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Higginbotham; and three sisters Edith Conway, Loretta Huffman and Donna Genesee.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Steve Thomas of Walnut Hill Mennonite Church officiating.
Burial will be in Violett Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Walnut Hill Mennonite Church or the Goshen Boys and Girls Club.

 

 

 

Beckley Register Herald Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Pauline Higginbotham Hedrick (1915-2004) WV
Pauline Higginbotham Hedrick, 84, of Beckley, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at her residence.
Born March 5, 1920, in Boissevain, Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Morris and Annie Mae Graham Higginbotham.
Mrs. Hedrick was a homemaker and a member of Shady Spring Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Allen Hedrick; two daughters, Jeanine and Sandra Sue; twin brother, Paul Higginbotham, and brothers, Morris and John Ellis Higginbotham; and a sister, Celia Mae McKinney.
Survivors include her daughter, Pauline Carole Preston of Beckley; a granddaughter, Maribeth Preston Murray and her husband, Michael, and two great-grandsons, Adam Eugene and Lucas Allen Murray, all of Fredericksburg, Va.; and a brother, Kenneth Higginbotham of Cincinnati, Ohio.
There was no visitation.
Graveside service and burial was 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calfee Cemetery, Mount Tabor, with Paul Zutaut officiating.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Friday 03/19/2004
Dana Richard Higginbotham (1959-2004) SC
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Dana R. Higginbotham, 45, of Greenville, S.C., died March 16, 2004. Born in Charleston, W.Va., he was a son of Lucille Ball Higginbotham of Greenville and the late Everett C. Higginbotham. In addition to his mother, he is survived by sisters, Diana L. Sinclair, Linda J. Linehan and Rebecca Dorfman; and brother, David E. Higginbotham. Memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation Society of South Carolina is in charge of arrangements.


 

Beckley Register Herald, Friday, April 2, 2004
Anna Robinson Higginbotham (1926-2004) WV
HUNTINGTON - Anna Robinson Higginbotham, 77, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 30, 2004.
Born Dec. 1, 1926, at Ronceverte, she was the daughter of the late Edward David and Veda Blare Robinson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, William Jefferson "Bill" Higginbotham; a step-grandson, Shawn Michael Chapman; and a brother, Forest Robinson.
She was a graduate of Greenbrier High School, a former operator for C&P Telephone Co. and a homemaker.
She was a faithful member of Beverly Hills United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lou and Steve Bartholomew of Milton; a son and daughter-in-law, William Jefferson "Jeff" Higginbotham Jr. and Anne Higginbotham of Huntington, with whom she made her home; an adopted daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Kenneth Hayes; a brother, Edward Robinson Jr.; and a sister-in-law, Beulah Robinson.
Service will be 2 p.m. today at Beard Mortuary, Huntington, with the Rev. Tom Nolan officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church Youth Group.
Online register book at www.beardfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Beard Mortuary, Huntington.

 

 

Kansas City Star 04/16/2004

Cecil Robert Higginbotham (1939-2004) WV/KS
Cecil Robert "Hig" Higginbotham - Cecil Robert "Hig" Higginbotham, 65, of Loch Lloyd Village, passed away April 14, 2004, at home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004, at McGilley State Line Chapel. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the chapel. Entombment in Mt. Moriah South Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Hig was born February 20, 1939 in Point Pleasant, WV. He attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, served four years as a Navy Pilot, and 31 years with American Airlines based out of New York Airports. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and two brothers. He is survived by his wife,
Judith, of the home; two sons, Bob Higginbotham and wife, Amy, Shawnee, KS and Todd Higginbotham, Atlanta, GA; two grandsons, Ben and Drew; dear family members, Virginia Snodgrass, Henry and Alma Cline; brother, Paul Higginbotham and sister, Delores Jones. (Arrangements: McGilley State Line Chapel (816) 9426180)
 

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 06/05/2004

Johnathon D. Higginbotham (1986-2004) WV

PLINY - Johnathon D. Higginbotham, 17 of Pliny died June 3,2004.

Johnathon was a junior at Buffalo High School and a member of the Boys Basketball Team.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Herman Otho and Geraldine Higginbotham.

He is survived by his mother and her fiancée, Vallery Higginbotham and Jim Withrow of Winfield; father and stepmother, John and Vanessa Higginbotham of Pliny; maternal grandparents, Emanuel and Betty Wears of Apple Grove; stepgrandparents, Hillis and Dorothy Riddle of Eleanor; sister, Leandra Higginbotham of Eleanor; niece, Alisa Jane, and nephew Chazz Dylan Grady, both of Eleanor; stepbrother, Nathaniel Arthur of Milton; and stepsister, Tia Arthur of Pliny. Johnathon is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of family and friends.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Buffalo High School with the Rev. Marlin Campbell and Coach Chuck Elkins officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Buffalo High School Basketball Team, 3317 Buffalo Road, Buffalo, WV 25033.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent by using www.gatensharding.com.

 

 

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail Sunday 09/19/2004

Billy Robert Higginbotham (1933-2004) WV/VA
Billy Robert Higginbotham, 71, of Cross Lanes passed away peacefully on Sept. 17, 2004, following a short illness.
He was born July 18, 1933, in Tazewell County, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J. W. and Mary Harless Higginbotham; and his brothers, Roger Higginbotham and Bernard Higginbotham.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Judith Smith Higginbotham of Cross Lanes; his daughter, Rosemary, and her husband, Barry Wooldridge, and grandson, Owen Wooldridge, all of St. Albans; and his son, Bob, and his wife, Julie McCarty Higginbotham, and granddaughter, Catherine Judith Higginbotham, all of Fairmont, W.Va. He is also survived by his sisters, Cosby Watson of Michigan, Alma Steendam of Michigan, Shirley Robertson of Virginia, Joyce Nicolas of Virginia, Freda and her husband, Dave Cameron, of North Carolina; brothers, John and his wife, Sally Higginbotham, of Lewisburg, W.Va., Jack and his wife, Connie Higginbotham, of Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.
He was retired from the Federal Highway Administration after 40 years of service. He was Division Administrator in the Charleston office, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a devoted husband and loving father, loyal to family and friends.
There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Rodriguez Funeral Home in Bluefield, Va. A graveside service and burial will be at Maple Hills Cemetery in Bluefield, Va. at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a favorite charity.
Information submitted by Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

 

 

 

Charleston Gazette, 10/11/2004
Louise Higginbotham Watson Irons (1913-2004) WV
Louise Watson Irons, 91, of Parsons, W.Va., departed this life early Saturday morning, Oct. 9, 2004, at the home of her son, Grover Alfred Watson Jr. She had been in declining health.
She was born Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1913, at Layland, W.Va.; a daughter of the late Henry Higgingbothan and Mae Moses. She was twice married, first to Grover Alfred Watson, who preceded her in death June 24, 1983, and second to Willard Irons, who preceded her in death Dec. 4, 2003.
Surviving are six sons, James “Jimmy” Edward Watson and wife, Sylvia, of Oakhill, W.Va., Grover Alfred Watson Jr. and wife, Barbara, of Parsons, Paul Burton Watson and wife, Louise, of Centerville, Md., John “Johnny” Henry Watson and wife, Diane and Charles Kent Watson and wife, Sharon, all of St. Albans, Robert Donald Watson and wife, Peggy of Baltimore, Md.; two daughters, “Flora Mae” Evans and husband, Jim of Baltimore, Betty Jean Phillips of Elkins; two brothers, Lewis Higginbothan of Coal City, W.Va., Robert Higginbothan of Oak Hill, W.Va.; three sisters, Clara Harrah of Beckley, W.Va., Arbutus Bailies of Danese, W.Va., Wilda Esque of St. Albans; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were five brothers, Johnny, Clark, Lawrence, Jesse and Lorren Higginbothan; three sisters, Hilda Ritter, Lorean and Hattie Higginbothan; and two great-grandchildren.
She attended the schools of Fayette County. She was a member of the Riverview Chapel Church at Porterwood. She was a homemaker.
The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons, Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Final rites will be conducted at the Riverview Chapel Church at Porterwood, Oct. 14, 2004, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dick Gadd will officiate and interment will follow at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman.
The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Louise Watson Irons. Sympathy expressions may be sent to www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.


 

Charleston, WV Gazette Tuesday 12/14/2004
Larry Carl Higginbotham (1952-2004) WV/OH
Larry C. Higginbotham, 52, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Buffalo, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at the Dayton (Ohio) VA Hospital following a long illness.
He was a Methodist, a self-employed construction worker and a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Maxine Higginbotham.
Survivors include: brothers, Bryan and Lee Higginbotham, both of Buffalo; sister, Betty Higginbotham of Columbus; nephews, Allen Higginbotham of Buffalo, Steven Higginbotham of Nitro and Tristan and Brett Higginbotham, both of Leon; great-nephew, Sean Higginbotham of Teays Valley; and great-niece, Kara Higginbotham of Nitro.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Wayne Burch officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

 

 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph Tuesday 01/04/2005

Ruth Ann Basham Higginbotham (1939 - 2005) WV
PRINCETON - Ruth Ann Higginbotham, 65, of 26 Pisgah Lane, Princeton, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005 at her home.
Born Oct. 1, 1939 in Princeton, she was the daughter of Delphia Angle Basham of Princeton and the late Alva Basham.
Mrs. Higginbotham was of the Methodist faith and was retired from CVS Pharmacy in Athens. She enjoyed traveling and had toured several countries in Europe. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Basham.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Kenneth Higginbotham of the home; one son, David Higginbotham of Bear, Del.; two daughters, Beth Weekley and her husband Gary of Princeton and Michelle Pate and her husband Travis of Gastonia, N.C.; six grandchildren, Ashley Weekley, Stacy Weekley, Sara Higginbotham, Jordan Higginbotham, Alyssa Pate and Noah Pate.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Gregory Godwin officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton. Family will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.
 

 

 

Beckley Register Herald, Thursday 01/20/2005

Myrtle Elizabeth Bragg Higginbotham (1920 - 2005) WV/TN

Myrtle Elizabeth Bragg Higginbotham, 84, formerly of Red Star, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 17, 2005. She was surrounded by family at the home of her daughter, Sarah Harris, in Camden, Tenn.

Born July 7, 1920, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late James Buchannon and Sarah Elizabeth Fox Bragg.

Mrs. Higginbotham was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arnett Baker Higginbotham, who left us on March 17, 1988; four brothers, four sisters and a grandson.

Survivors include her six children and their families, Nathan Warren Higginbotham and wife, Betty, of Chesterfield, Va., Arnett Bragg Higginbotham and wife, Mary Ann, of Chesterfield, Sarah Harris and husband, Jim, of Camden, Tenn., Margie Sykes and husband, Ray, of Dutton, Va., Zella Halstead and husband, Gary, of Belleville, Ill., and Cynthia Barker of Ghent.

Myrtle had 12 grandchildren: Tammy Cole, Lisa Butler, Arnie Higginbotham, Kena Gwinn, Kristen Burnley, Todd Lafferty, Steven Sykes, Sarah Eden Halstead, Clark Baker Halstead, James N. Harris, John C. Harris and James C. Barker. She had 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. She is also survived by two younger sisters, Carolee and Uldine, both of Pittsburg, Calif.

Myrtle devoted her life to her family. She made her home a warm and welcoming place for anyone who entered.

She was a member of Red Star Baptist Church. Seeing life as a gift from God and an opportunity to serve others, she took every opportunity to help anyone in need. We will forever love her and recall the joy she brought to each of us. Truly a virtuous woman, we will greatly miss her physical presence in our lives but remember her Godly teachings.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Randy Sunderland officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Arnie Higginbotham, Clark Halstead, Jimmy Harris, John Harris, James Baker and Eddie Butler.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
 

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 01/29/2005

Golden Paul Higginbotham (1923-2005) WV

Golden Paul Higginbotham, 81, of Sissonville, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 27, 2005, after a short illness.

Golden was born April 19, 1923, of the late Ivan and Grace Higginbotham of Sissonville. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Evelyn; his son and daughter-in-law, Dana and Sharon Higginbotham; his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Bill Whittington; his five grandchildren, Tonya Shamblin, Jill Halstead, Rob Whittington, Janna Johnson, and Julie Whittington; his five great-grandchildren, Todd and Cory Shamblin, Zane and Morgan Halstead and Katherine Whittington; his sister, Eloise Harrison; and his brother, Oscar Higginbotham.

Golden was retired from True Temper and the West Virginia Department of Highways. During his life, he worked as a school bus driver for Kanawha County School and as a dairy farmer.

He was a trustee of Allens Fork Community Church, where he announced his calling to preach in 2001. He dearly loved the Lord, his family and his church.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, at Allens Fork Community Church in Sissonville with Pastor Greg Estep, the Rev. Tim Parsons and the Rev. Paul Arthur officiating. Burial will follow in Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the services Sunday at the church.

The family wishes to thank the staff of CAMC Memorial Hospital 3 West for outstanding care and compassion.

You may email your condolences to loc1849@sci-us.com with the subject “Golden Higginbotham.”

Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Athens (GA) Banner-Herald, Friday 02/04/2005
Lyle Wilton Higginbotham (ca 1920 – 2005) WV/GA
Hull - Lyle Wilton Higginbotham, 85, died February 2, 2005.
A native of Berwind (McDowell) County, West Virginia, she was a resident of this area since 1978. Mrs. Higginbotham was a daughter of the late Anne Dishman and Charles Leonard Pinckard, and the widow of Guy Higginbotham.
Funeral services will be Saturday, February 5, 2005, at 11:00 AM at the chapel of Lord and Stephens, EAST. Rev. Ray Jenkins will officiate. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Richard L. and Wanda Higginbotham of Hull; grandchildren, Ricky and Tammy Higginbotham of Colbert; one great-grandchild, Ben Higginbotham; a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Lord and Stephens, EAST, is in charge of arrangements.
 

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Monday 03/14/2005
Retha Imogene Stanley Higginbotham (1931-2005) WV
Imogene Higginbotham, 73, of Campbells Creek passed away Saturday, March 12, 2005, at CAMC Memorial Division following a short illness.
She was born June 12, 1931, in Notomine, W.Va., to the late Clyde and Laura Buzzard Stanley. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband, Charles Higginbotham, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Glenn Payne of Charleston, and Kay and Paul Crowder of Campbells Creek; granddaughter, Buffy Payne of Charleston; great-grandson, Keith Young of Glasgow; sister, Kathleen Deal of St. Albans; brother, Lee Stanley of Franklin, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Mike Skiles officiating. Burial will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.
Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, 4203 Salines Dr., Malden, WV 25306.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 03/24/2005

Helen Belle Higginbotham Walz (1946-2005) WV
Helen Belle Walz, 58, of Milton went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 22, 2005.
She is survived by her lifelong friend, Richard Walz of Buffalo; sons Richard Alan Walz II of Alkol and Christopher Walz of Culloden; daughter, Teresa Walz of Ona; brother, Ray Higginbotham of Charleston; sister, Marjorie Litton of Hurricane; five wonderful grandchildren, Jonathan Snider, James Walz, Jessica Walz, Daniel Walz and Hannah Walz; special nieces, Cathy Landers of Hurricane, Rutha Chestnut of Charleston and Patricia Massey of Redkey, Ind.; special friends, Garnett Scarberry of Milton, Bruce and Joan Stuart of Richmond Hills, Ontario, Canada; and many other family and friends whom she loved very much.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Simmons Creek United Christian Church with the Rev. Bruce Young officiating. Burial will follow in Simmons Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

 

 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph Monday 05/02/2005

Catherine Ann Higginbotham Gibson (1946 - 2005) WV/FL
DESTIN, Fla. - Ann Higginbotham Gibson, Child of God, passed away on April 29, 2005 in Destin.
Ann practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings and most recently owned and operated a small business in Destin, Florida. A nine-year survivor of breast cancer, she lost her second battle to cancer of the stomach.
Preceding her in death were her parents Dr. and Mrs. Upshur Higginbotham of Bluefield.
Surviving Anna is her beloved daughter Sara Catherine Gibson, her brothers and sisters in law Mr. and Mrs. Upshur Higginbotham, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Higginbotham, and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Kesler Higginbotham II and the many friends she loved.
A service of witness to the Resurrection and Interment will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Nashville, Tenn. on May 7, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. Visitation with the family will take place prior to the service at 2:30 pm.
Information submitted by Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield.
 

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sunday 08/14/2005

Nellie Arlene Higginbotham  Smith (1919-2005) WV
Arlene Smith, 85, of Nitro died August 13, 2005, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
Arlene was a member of Nitro Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Arthur R. Smith; sister, Sadie Estep; and brother, Bill Higginbotham.
She is survived by sons, Ramon Dean Smith of Nitro, Ronald E. Smith of Tampa, Fla., and Kenneth A. Smith of Nitro; daughter, Kay Porter of Hawaii; brothers, Harold Higginbotham of Glendale, W.Va., and Gary Higginbotham of Los Angeles, Calif.; sisters, Pauline Joachim of Jasper, Texas, Helen Miller of Smyrna, Tenn., Opal Hunley of Charleston, Carolyn Slater of Chicago, Ill., and Charlotte Perry of Diamond; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2005, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd., Cross Lanes, with Evangelist Craig Culbertson officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Dr., Charleston, WV 25311.



Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sunday 09/11/2005
Donna Jean Adkins Higginbotham (1934-2005) WV/OH
Donna Jean (Adkins) Higginbotham, 71, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away September 9, 2005, at Doctors West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, of a heart attack.
Donna was retired from Nationwide Insurance Co. with 20 years of service, and was a resident of Columbus, Ohio, for 38 years.
She was born in Huntington, W.Va., March 13, 1934, to the late Mary and Raymond Adkins. She attended Greenleaf Road Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by daughter, Christine; son, Dale; grandson, Ryan; sister, Cloda; and brothers, Raymond Colon, William "Billy".
Donna is survived by husband, Delbert; daughter, Wilda (Chris) Morris of Grimms Landing, W.Va.; sons, William Lee "Bill" (Brenda), Chuck (Brenda) of Columbus, Ohio; nine grandsons; four stepgrandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers, Paul Adkins, and Charles Adkins, both of Bidwell, Ohio, Fred Adkins of Orient, Ohio, and Ronnie Adkins of Kodak, Tenn.; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and family. Donna will be sadly missed by all.
Friends may call at Jerry Spears Funeral Home, 1693 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, September 11, 2005, and then Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, W.Va., where the service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, with the Rev. John Mead officiating. Interment will be at Sunrise Cemetery, Grimms Landing, W.Va.

 

 

The Augusta (GA) Chronicle October 2, 2005
Mary Elizabeth Higginbotham Bennett (1923-2005) WV/SC

AIKEN, S.C. - Memorial services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bennett will be held Monday, October 3, 2005 at 2pm at Corinth Baptist Church, New Ellenton with Rev. Robbie Vance officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday night from 6-8pm at the Bennett residence. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box K, Aiken, SC 29802. There will be no calling hours at George Funeral Homes, Historic Downtown Chapel, Aiken. Mrs. Bennett, 82, of Aiken, died, Friday at University Hospital, Augusta. She was born in Fire Creek, WV to the late Jesse and Hazel Higginbotham and lived in Aiken most of her life. She was member of Corinth Baptist Church and had been a foster mother to many children over the years. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bennett is predeceased by her husband, Harold W. Bennett, a brother, David Higginbotham, and two sisters, Lillian McKinney and Helen Thomas. Mrs. Bennett is survived by four daughters, Connie Jeffreys (Steve), Killeen, TX, Sherri Atkinson (Lenny), Aiken, Cindy Haynie (Sigman), Grovetown, GA and Becky Bennett, Augusta, GA; two sisters, Hazel Adkisson and Jessie Houchins, Cocoa Beach, FL, and a brother, Charlie Higginbothom, Cocoa Beach, FL. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Visit www.georgefuneralhomes.com to sign the online condolence register. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com


 

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 11/29/2005
Judith Smith Higginbotham (1940-2005) AL/WV
Judith Smith Higginbotham, 65, of Cross Lanes, passed away November 26, 2005 following a short illness. She was born on March 6, 1940 in Elba, Ala., to the late J. W. and Rosa Nolin Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Billy Robert Higginbotham; her brother, Sam Smith; and her sister, Renette Smith Parker.
She is survived by her daughter, Rosemary and son-in-law, Barry Wooldridge, grandson Owen Wooldridge and granddaughter due in February, 2006, all of St. Albans; her son Bob and daughter-in-law, Julie McCarty Higginbotham, granddaughter, Catherine Judith Higginbotham and grandchild due in March 2006, all of Morgantown, W.Va. She is also survived by her brother, William Smith of Syracuse, N.Y. and many nieces and nephews.
She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was a devoted and loving mother and wife.
There will be no visitation. Burial and graveside service will be at Maple Hills Cemetery, Bluefield, Va. at noon on Wednesday, November 30, 2005. The procession to the cemetery will depart Rodriguez Funeral Home, Pocahontas, Va., at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a favorite charity.
Local arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

 

 

Clarksburg Exponent Telegram 01/01/2006

Kathryn Tucker Higinbotham (1919-2005) WV
SHINNSTON — Our dear mother Kathryn Tucker Higinbotham, of Haywood Road, departed this world at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, December 31. Her entrance into this world began on March 29, 1919, the daughter of the late David and Ola Cain Tucker.
As sadly as she will be missed, we truly believe that her new existence into another dimension will fulfill her with happiness unimaginable to our comprehension.
Mrs. Higinbotham is the last surviving member of her immediate family. Loved ones left behind include a son, L. Robert Worcester and wife Rose, of Fairmont; a daughter, Nancy Brisbin, of Haywood Road, Shinnston; 2 nephews; 2 nieces; a dear sister-in-law, Opal Tucker. She was preceded in death by a grandson, D. Todd Brisbin; 1 sister, Janice Powell; and 2 brothers, L. Robert Tucker and Willard Tucker.
During Mrs. Higinbotham’s life she was involved in many different organizations and caring projects.
Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home in Shinnston from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Monday, January 2. Funeral services will be held at the Funeral Home Tuesday, January 3 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Karl Wohinc presiding. Interment will be at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.
 

 

Publication: THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE
Published: 01/09/2006
Page: 5D
Mamie W. Higginbotham Gilbert (1911-2006) WV African-American
Mamie W. Gilbert, 94, of Rand, died Jan. 5, 2006, at the Oak Ridge Center after a short illness.
She was the daughter of the late John and Laura Higginbotham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Percy C. Gilbert.
Mamie was a member of Levi Baptist Church of Rand.
She is survived by her daughter, Mamie Manchion of Rand; sister, Mollie Straughter of Inglewood, Calif.; two grandchildren, Brandon and Marcus of Rand; and a host of nieces and nephews.
At Mamie's request, a graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Preston Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that all contributions be made to the Hubbard House Hospice, 1001 Kennawa, Charleston, WV.

 

 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph 02/17/2006
George William “Billy” Higginbotham (1951-2006) WV African-American
BLUEFIELD — George “Billy” Higginbotham, 54, of Bluefield was born Aug. 11, 1951, departed this life Feb. 10, 2006. He was the son of the late Raymond Higginbotham Sr. and Edna Coates Higginbotham.
Billy was the youngest of three sons. Billy attended Mercer County Schools and was a graduate of Beaver High School. He was known for his meekness. Always quiet spoken, with a warm heart and kind words.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Raymond Higginbotham Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memory: Nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be conducted today at 2 p.m. from the G.H. Sinkford Memorial Chapel of the Richardson Funeral Home in Bluefield with the Rev. Courtney S. Wallace officiating.
Friends may call one hour prior to services.
'Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was'
 

 

Charleston Gazette, 03/10/2006
Janet Ruth Higginbotham Johnson (1934-2006) WV/OH
Janet Higginbotham Johnson, 71, passed away March 8, 2006, after a long illness. Her family was at her side.
Janet had made her home with her niece, Leslie and Paul Flowers and their children, in Beachwood, Ohio, for the past two years. She retired from Union Carbide with 33 years service.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, James E. Johnson and her brother, Verlin Higginbotham.
She is survived by three sisters, Juanita Thoroughgood of Canton, Ohio, Emogene Kiser of South Charleston, W.Va., and Margaret F. Hensley of Akron, Ohio; her brother, Charles E. Higginbotham of South Charleston, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
At her request, she has donated her body to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for medical research. There will be a private memorial service for family only.



Fairmont Times West Virginian 03/26/2006

Frances Pauline Jenkins Higinbotham (1918-2006) WV
Fairmont
Frances Pauline Higinbotham, 87, of the Wishing Well Manor in Fairmont passed away Saturday (March 18, 2006) at the manor.
She was born Dec. 6, 1918, in Monongah, the daughter of the late Frank and Genevieve Jenkins.
Mrs. Higinbotham was a former member of the Fairmont Eagles and a former employee of Hartley's Department Store.
She was also a former member of the Highland Avenue United Methodist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Paula Coakley of Panama City, Fla., and Nancy Kincell of Belmont, Ohio; six grandchildren, Robin Coakley Shepherd of Sammanish, Wash.; John Coakley of Panama City Beach, Fla.; Frank Kincell of Cedar Park, Texas; Dina Hudson of Fairmont; Kami Elliott of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Jay Kincell of Fairmont; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Higinbotham was preceded in death by her husband, John Higinbotham; and one daughter, Ann Higinbotham.
Mrs. Higinbotham will be cremated and a private service will be held at a later date.
Tomblyn-Whitescarver Funeral Chapel of Buckhannon is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail Saturday 04/14/2006
David Lee Higginbotham (1949-2006) WV
David Lee Higginbotham, 56, of Grimms Landing, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, following a short illness. Born July 30, 1949, he was the son of the late Gerald R. and Florence Higginbotham; he was also preceded in death by a brother, Ernest “Dick” Higginbotham.
David was a graduate of Buffalo High School; retired grounds man for the IBEW Local 317, Huntington; former owner of the Arbuckle Carry Out, and an avid hang glider in his earlier years.
Survivors include sister, Barbara Buck of Buffalo; brothers, Vermont Higginbotham Jr. of Grimms Landing, William “Bill” Higginbotham of Grimms Landing, and Gerald Lee Higginbotham of Midway, Putnam County; and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor James Boggess and Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow at Evening Sunset Family Cemetery, Grimms Landing. Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 05/02/2006
Samuel Clifton Higginbotham (1921-2006) WV
Samuel Clifton “Red” Higginbotham, 84, of Hurricane went home to be with his Lord, Saturday, April 29, 2006 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.
Born October 15, 1921, in Charleston, he was a son of the late Brady Lawrence and Ora Smith Higginbotham. He was also preceded in death by granddaughter, Stephanie Dawn Higginbotham; his brothers, Clair “Buzz”, Charles, Paul and Arnold Higginbotham; his sister, Geanne Sieferman; and his half sisters, Ernestine and Claudia.
Red was a retired maintenance supervisor with Union Carbide Corporation, Tech Center, with 37 years of service. He served his country during World War II with the United States Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and stamp collecting. He and his wife were active with the Good Samaritans Camping Association in years past.
Red was also an active member in the Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene for over 50 years, but is now affiliated with Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Hurricane.
Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Ruby Marie Goins Higginbotham; his sons and daughters-in-law, Charles “Tom” and Fe' Higginbotham of Montgomery, Ala., and Ralph and Cindy Higginbotham of Hurricane; his grandchildren, Paul and Amy Higginbotham, both of Hurricane, Lisa Miller of Battle Creek, Mich., step-grandchildren, Tripp Vickers and Whitney Dyer.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastors of Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church officiating. Entombment will follow in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane, with military rites.
Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
Online condolences may also be made at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered “Come to me” with tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us. He only takes the best!
Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Monday 07/10/2006

Delbert Lee Higginbotham (1931-2006) WV/OH
Delbert Lee Higginbotham, 75, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away July 7, 2006, at home with cancer and heart problems.
Delbert was retired from General Motors, Columbus division, with 31 years of service. A resident of Columbus, Ohio, for 39 years, he was born in Grimms Landing May 29, 1931, to the late Mamie and Allie Higginbotham.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; daughter, Christine; son, Dale; grandson, Ryan; sister, Gerlean; and brother, Jim.
He is survived by his daughter, Wilda (Chris) Morris of Grimms Landing; sons, William Lee “Bill” (Brenda), and Chuck (Brenda) of Columbus, Ohio; nine grandsons; four step-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sister, Ilean White, Mason City; brothers, Herman of Grove City, Ohio, and Boyd of Grimms Landing; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Delbert will be sadly missed by all.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Jerry Spears Funeral Home, 2693 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio, and then from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Raynes Funeral Home, where the service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, with the Rev. John Mead officiating. Interment will be at Morning Sunrise Cemetery, Grimms Landing.


 

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 07/13/2006

Clayton Eugene Higginbotham (1931-2006) WV/OH

Clayton E. "Babe" Higginbotham, 75, of Amherst, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at home following a long illness.

He was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Poca, W.Va., and moved to Lorain, Ohio in the early 1950s and moved to Amherst in 1999.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Hellen Louise (nee Coburn); sons, David Higginbotham and Harold E. Higginbotham, both of Lorain, Ohio, and William R. Higginbotham of Amherst, Ohio; brother, Robert Higginbotham of Poca; sister, Dolores Craigo of Poca; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert F. and Minnie (nee Lewis) Higginbotham, and sisters, Norma Mae Ward and Christine Bonette.

Clayton was laid to rest in Elmhurst Cemetery in Avon, Ohio.

 

 

Charleston Gazette, Friday 07/28/2006

Willadean Lois Craigo Higginbotham (1929-2006) WV
Mrs. Willadean L. Higginbotham, 77, of Poca went home to be with the Lord July 27, 2006, at home.
Mrs. Higginbotham was a lifelong resident of Poca. She was a member of Rock Branch Independent Church.
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Timmy Wayne; parents, Ira and Addie Craigo; sister, Louella Jean “Batchie” Muck; and brother, Junior Craigo.
She is survived by her husband, Robert G. Higginbotham; son, Bobby Lee Higginbotham and wife, Virginia, of Eleanor; two daughters, Darlena Hope Higginbotham and husband, Jay, of Sissonville and Vickie Lynn Harrison and husband, Philip, of Winfield; one sister, Betty Brick and husband, Dan, of Culloden; two brothers, Ferriel Craigo of Winfield and Buddy Lee Craigo and wife, Mary, of Ohio; seven grandchildren, Sherry, Tod, Rodney, Amber, Kendra, Auna and husband, Matt, and Jonathan; five great-grandchildren, Alecia, Steven, Jeremy, Brookelyn, Jacob; and one great-great-grandchild, Tarah.
The funeral service will be 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. The procession will leave the funeral home at 1:45 p.m.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Rock Branch Independent Church, 133 Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro, WV 25143, and/or HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca, is serving the Higginbotham family.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.gatensharding.com.
 

 

Vesta Josephine Higginbotham (1916-2006) WV
Born in Salem, WV on Apr. 14, 1916
Departed on Aug. 3, 2006 and resided in Weirton, WV.
Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, Vesta Josephine “Jo” Higginbotham, 90, of Weirton, passed away Thursday, August 03, 2006 at the Weirton Medical Center. Born April 14, 1916 in Salem, WV, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Gladys Starkey Helmick. Vesta was also preceded in death by her husband Kenneth C. Higginbotham in 1981 and sister Viva Gale McCaskey.
Vesta retired from Weirton Steel where she worked as a Tin Flopper in the Tin Mill. She was a member of the Mercy Baptist Church, Golden Age Club and AARP.
She is survived by her daughters Barbara Jean Kraina Hays and her husband Winford of Weirton and Patricia Ann Andochick and her husband Dr. Edward Andochick of Frederick, MD; seven grandchildren: Tammy Hays Zivic and her husband Edward of Chesapeake, VA; Gina Hays Monte and her husband Robert of Bethel Park, PA; Tricia Hays LaMantia and her husband Chad of Weirton; Dr. Scott Andochick and his wife Erika of Potomac, MD; Dr. Lori Andochick of Ijamsville, MD; Dr. Todd S. Andochick of Arlington, VA and Beth Andochick-Myers and her husband Joseph P. of Ijamsville, MD and nine great-grandchildren.
Private visitation and services will be conducted at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Interment will be in Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee, WV.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Teramana Cancer Center, 3204 Johnson Road, Steubenville, OH 43952.
Share tributes with her family at www.grecohertnick.com

 

 

Charleston Gazette 10/11/2006

Wilda Fay Higginbotham Ennis Escue (1923-2006) WV
Wilda Fay Higginbotham Ennis Escue, 83, of St. Albans went home to be with Jesus on Oct. 9, 2006.
She was a homemaker and a resident of St. Albans for over 61 years. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, faithfully attending for 59 years and was active in the choir and the Ladies Circle. Wilda also taught Sunday school and helped in Bible school. She taught her children and grandchildren and, yes, even some great-grandchildren, that the greatest gift they could ever have is accepting Jesus as their Savior. Her legacy to her family was her faith in the Lord and her love for each one of them.
Wilda was preceded in death by her parents, Henry S. and Flora Mae Moses Higginbotham; her first husband, Basil Franklin Ennis; her second husband, George Wythal Escue; four sisters, Hattie, Louise, Loreen and Hilda; six brothers, Johnny, Clark, Oren, Robert, Jessie and Lawrence; and one stepson, Jimmy Ennis.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra “Sonnie” Ennis Grose and her husband, Steve, of Oak Hill; her five sons, Larry Ennis of St. Albans, David Ennis and his wife, Kay, of Hugheston and Roger Ennis, Delmar Ennis and his wife, Rita, and Keith Ennis, all of St. Albans; one stepson, Floyd Ennis of South Charleston; one stepdaughter, Gloria Smith of Florida; one brother, the Rev. Lewis Higginbotham of Coal City; two sisters, Clara Harrah of Beckley and Arbutus Bailes of Danese; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren, 12 stepgreat-grandchildren and 12 stepgreat-great-grandchildren; one niece, Connie Burns, who lived with her and took care of her; and a host of other nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Tornado, with the Rev. Tommy Roberts, the Rev. David Smith and the Rev. Daniel Rice officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jimmy, Brian, Jason, Davy, Phillip and Justin Ennis.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064.
Online condolences may be made at www.casdorphandcurry.com.
Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Beckley Register Herald 10/14/2006

Bertha Violet Cobb (1908-2006) WV
PAGE — Bertha Violet Higginbotham Cobb, 97, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2006.
Service will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Friends may call 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
 

 

The Charleston Gazette 11/21/2006

Helen Josephine Higginbotham Herdman (1928-2006) WV
Helen J. Herdman, 78, of Buffalo passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 19, 2006, following a long illness.
She was a devout Christian, a member of Buffalo Church of God, a loving mother and devoted wife. She was a retired employee of The Diamond Department Store, a retired Girl Scout leader and attended West Virginia State College. She also owned and operated The Green Door Restaurant, Buffalo. She was recently a volunteer at the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center swimming pool, assisting other Gillian-Barre patients.
Born June 30, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Jonathan "Earl" and Esther Craig Higginbotham of Buffalo. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Herdman; two brothers, Ernest and Harold "Bub"; and one infant sister.
Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Bays Buck of Buffalo and Ada Lou Buzzard of Beaufort, N.C.; son, Donald A. "Donnie" Herdman of Buffalo; brothers, Denver Higginbotham of Oak Island, N.C., and Kenneth Higginbotham of Buffalo; grandsons, Robert Buck and Nick Tipsingh; and great-granddaughter, Sheyenne Buck.
Special family members in her life were Chad Burks, Shane Morris and Shanna Morris.
Special thanks goes to her friend and caregiver, Sue Nease.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Mitchell Burch officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the Herdman family by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 12/08/2006

Viola Belle "Vi" Higginbotham Nichols (1941-2006) WV
Viola B. “Vi” Nichols, 65, of Nitro, passed away Dec. 6, 2006, at Hubbard Hospice House after a 4-year battle with cancer.
She was an administrative secretary for Union Carbide and retired with 29 years of service and was a member of First Church United Methodist in Dunbar.
She is survived by her very loving and devoted husband of 40 years and 4 days, Charles “Nick” Nichols and her brother, Charles E. Higginbotham of Alexandria, Va. “Vi” is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Dr. Okey B. Harless officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park. Friends may call at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

 

 

Times West Virginia December 14, 2006

Stephanie Fredette Higginbotham (1946-2006) MI/WV
Stephanie Anne Higginbotham, 60, of McHenry, Md., and Fairmont, died Tuesday (Dec. 12, 2006) at the University of Arkansas Hospital in Little Rock, Ark.
Born July 26, 1946 in Flint, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Gail (Dougherty) Fredette.
Mrs. Higginbotham was the business manager for her husband’s dental practice in Fairmont. She was a licensed real estate agent, was a member of the Fairmont Field Club Golf Association and the Snowshoe Courtesy Patrol.
Surviving is her husband, Dr. Frederick “Fred” S. Higginbotham, III; and one daughter, Christina Lynn Murrin of Crested Butte, Colo.
The family will receive friends at the Burdock-Durst Funeral Home, 21 N. Second St., Oakland, Md., on Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Donald C. Matthews officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, McHenry, Md.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of memorial donations to the The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

 

 

The Wheeling Intelligencer 12/16/2006

Joan Elizabeth Lemon Higginbotham (1927-2006) WV

HIGGINBOTHAM, Joan E., 79, of Leap Street, New Martinsville, W.Va., died Thursday, December 14, 2006, at home.
She was born February 11, 1927, in New Martinsville, the daughter of the late Anna and DeWitt V. Lemon.
She was a graduate of Mount de Chantel Girl’s Academy in Wheeling, W.Va.; a retired Deputy Assessor from the Wetzel County Assessor’s Office; a volunteer at the Wetzel County Hospital; and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, William Higginbotham; a sister, Helen Walker; and a brother, William E. Lemon.
Survivors include a son, William Charles “Chuck” (Patricia) Higginbotham of Morgantown, W.Va.; two daughters, Ann (Lou) DiDonato of Madison, Ohio, and Ellen (J.P.) Ashooh of Clifton, Va.; five grandchildren, Beau (Sarah) Higginbotham of Baltimore, Md., Michael Higginbotham of Arlington, Va., Katie (Erik) Huffman of Morgantown and Justin and Ryan Ashooh of Clifton; two nephews, William D. and Larry Lemon, both of New Martinsville; three nieces, Lee Horn, also of New Martinsville, Kathy Shomo of Charleston, W.Va. and much loved and missed niece, Carol Canary of Winslow, Ariz.; and a few cherished friends.
Family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville, with Rosary Devotions recited at 7 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 21 Rosary Road, New Martinsville, with Fr. Steve Vallelonga celebrant.
Interment in Northview Cemetery, New Martinsville.
Memorial donations may be made to the New Martinsville Public Library, 160 Washington Street, New Martinsville, WV 26155.

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail 01/06//2007

Kathlean Marie Mitchell Higginbotham (1926-2006)

Kathlean Marie Higginbotham, 80, of Grimms Landing, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at her home following a short illness.
She was a member of the Oma Chapel Church. Born Jan. 17, 1926, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Adkins Mitchell. She was also preceded in death by two brothers.
Survivors include husband, Vermont E. “Toad” Higginbotham; daughter, Ella Louise “Sue” Craig and husband, Paul, of Buffalo, Garry “Bob” Higginbotham and wife, Rita, of Red House; sister, Dorothy Craig of Buffalo; brother, Wilber Mitchell of Grimms Landing; five granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren.
Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. William “Bud” Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloah Cemetery, Red House. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the Higginbotham family and the guestbook signed visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Times West Virginian  01/26/2007

Alberta Maxine Higginbotham Mack (1928-2007) WV

Alberta “Maxine” Mack, 78, of Fairmont, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2007) at the Fairmont General Hospital. She was born Aug. 10, 1928, at Mobley, a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Mary M. Cross Higginbotham. Mrs. Mack was a homemaker and Methodist by faith. She is survived by three brothers, Earnest Hibbs of Burton, James Hibbs of Meadowdale, and Harold Hibbs of Maryland; two sisters, Hazel Stiles of Crossroads and Laurine Hibbs of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Norman Mack; her longtime companion and friend, Richard Pascoe; four brothers, Sam Hibbs, Robert Thomas “Buster” Hibbs, Charles Taylor, and John “Bud” Hibbs; and seven sisters, Myrtle Fisher, Phyllis Smallwood, Lucy Rebold, Georgia Brewer, Alta Wilson, Mae Parrish, and Bonnie Kendall. Friends may call at the Hutson Funeral Home in Farmington on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will be in the Shriver Cemetery near Hundred.

 

 

Fairmont Times-West Virginian 02/07/2007

Henry Michael Higginbotham (1958-2007) WV
Henry Michael Higginbotham, 48, of Pricetown, died Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2007) as the result of an automobile accident.
He was born Oct. 20, 1958, at Fairmont, a son of the late Ross and Glenna Marie Weekley Higginbotham.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lisa A. Little Higginbotham of Pricetown; five children, Mrs. Andy (Beth Ann) Shaw of Smithfield, Mrs. Ora (Glenna) Hendershot of Pricetown, Sarah “Bubba” Higginbotham of Pricetown, Rachel of Clarksburg, Stephanie Higginbotham of Pricetown; grandchildren, Larissa Long, Dustin Higginbotham, Andrew Shaw, Hayley Long and Miah Long; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Little of Pricetown; siblings and spouses, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Higginbotham Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuhens, Elizabeth Fluharty, Mr. and Mrs. James (Debra) Liggett, Mr. and Mrs. Russell (Joyce) Wright, Mr. and Mrs. George (Sue) Liggett, Katty Gump, Mr. and Mrs. Gene (Betty) Cain, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Higginbotham, and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Higginbotham; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Sanford Kuhens and Ernest Gene Kuhens; and father-in-law, Thomas R. Little.
Henry worked on drilling rigs. He was a dedicated timber cutter and truck driver for Dallison Logging. He worked at various other jobs during his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing Playstation, watching wrestling and working in his garage. He was loved and cherished by everyone who met him.
Friends and family may call at the Masters Funeral Home in Mannington today from 2-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Leroy Haught officiating. Burial will follow at the Pricetown Cemetery. At the request of the family, the casket will remain closed during the service.

 

 

Times West Virginian 02/10/2007

Hazel P. Higginbotham Stiles (1915-2007) WV

Hazel P. Stiles, 91, of Wana, died Friday (Feb. 9, 2007) at her residence. She was born June 23, 1915, at Big Run, a daughter of the late Thomas J. Higginbotham and Margaret Ellen Barr Higginbotham. Mrs. Stiles was a homemaker and a former member of the Crossroads Community Chapel. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Mary Lou Stiles of Wana; one daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Don Pyle of Mount Morris, Pa.; three grandchildren and spouses, Randy and Beth Stiles of Wana, Karen Stiles and fiancé Danny Church of Wana and Joe and Charlotte Pyle of Mount Morris; and four great-grandchildren, Spencer Stiles, Lana Stiles, Aaron Pyle and Andrew Pyle. Also surviving is her devoted caregiver and best “buddy,” Lena Lewis, who had cared for Mrs. Stiles for more than seven years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlen Stiles; and four sisters, Myrtle Fisher, Phyllis Smallwood, Lucy Rebold and Maxine Mack. Friends may call at the Owen-Neely Funeral Home in Blacksville from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Samuel K. Hibbs, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Haught Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tender Loving Care Hospice, 247 Cheat Road, Suite No. 2, Morgantown, WV 26508. You may send condolences to the family at www.tennantfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 03/10/2007

Orville Holbert Higginbotham (1927-2007) WV/OH
Orville H. “Bill” Higginbotham, 79, of 1111 Main St., Malta, Ohio, formerly of Kellys Creek, died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at his home.
He was born Nov. 20, 1927, in Quincy.
Mr. Higginbotham was a self-employed upholsterer and an Army and Navy veteran of the Korean conflict.
He is survived by son, Edward C. (Peggy) Higginbotham of Malta; three grandchildren, Mark, Matthew and Masen Higginbotham; four sisters, Nora (Doodle) Higginbotham of McConnelsville, Ohio, Dora Whitney of Kellys Creek, Helen Groah of Mims, Fla., and Lucille Truman of Gauley Bridge; and one brother, Robert Higginbotham of Charleston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Francis Higginbotham and Ollie Mae Stanley; his wife, Joan G. Gilbert Higginbotham; brothers, Ira Lewis and Albert; and sisters, Margaret Higginbotham and Edna Persinger.
No calling hours will be observed.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Upper Octorara Cemetery, Parkesburg, Pa.
Miller-Huck Funeral Home, McConnelsville, is in charge of arrangements.
 

 

The Wheeling Intelligencer 03/01/2007

John Higgenbotham (ca1938-2007) OH
HIGGENBOTHAM, John, 68, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, died Wednesday, February 28, 2007, in Park Health Center.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home and Crematory, St. Clairsville.


 

Charleston Gazette 05/05/2007

Zelda Lorrene Higginbotham Barnett (1935-2007) WV

Mrs. Zelda L. Barnett, 71, of Fraziers Bottom, went home to be with the Lord on May 2, 2007, peacefully at home after a long illness.
She was a dedicated Christian and shut-in and avid listener of WEMM Christian Radio Station, the Rev. Luther Dingess, the Rev. L.B. Smith, the Rev. Ted Nance, the Rev. Tony Vance, the Rev. Calvin Ray Evans, the Rev. Roloff Evangelistics Association and Bill Gaither Ministries as well as many other ministers.
She was preceded in death by husband, Clifford Barnett and parents, Otis and Virgie Higginbotham.
She is survived by her sister, Lucille Thornton of Eleanor; brothers, Charles Higginbotham of Nitro, Earl and wife, Deloris Higginbotham, of Hurricane, Ray and wife, Jeannie Higginbotham, of Eleanor, Harvey and wife, Janice Higginbotham, of Parma Heights, Ohio, Denver and wife, Jackie Higginbotham, of Red House; and a host of nieces, nephews and very close friends.
The family wishes to gratefully thank Lisa, Eddie, Caleb, Nathan, and Justin Torres and Jason Kidd for their wonderful personal care of Zelda during her illness. Special thanks to Rose Gatens and the surviving family of Clifford Barnett for their generosity and help during this time of need.
A tribute to the life of Zelda will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Luther Dingess officiating. Entombment will follow in the Memory Gardens. Friends may call 30 minutes prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zelda Barnett Burial Fund c/o Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2, Poca, WV 25159.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Barnett family.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.gatensharding.com.

 

 

Clarksburg Exponent Telegram 05/12/2007

Rose M. Higginbotham (1970-2007) WV
WEST UNION — Rose “Rosie” Higginbotham, 37, of Route 2, West Union, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2007, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on Jan. 19, 1970, in Wheeling, a daughter of William “Bill” and Pamela “Pam” Travis Higginbotham of Route 2, West Union.
Surviving are one brother, Eric Higginbotham, grandmother, Leota “Tootie” McKinney and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Her paternal grandfather, Lester McKinney, paternal grandparents, Melvin and Clara Higginbotham preceded her in death.
Friends may call on Saturday, May 12, 2007, in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, from 6-8 p.m. and on Sunday, May 13, 2007, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Monday, May 14, 2007, at 1 p.m. with Evangelist Russell King and Evangelist Steve Smithbauer officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to People’s Hospice, PO Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302-9960. Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.
Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Higginbotham family.

 

 

The Beckley Register Herald 05/29/2007
Imogene P. Smith Higginbotham (1923-2007) WV
Imogene P. Higginbotham, 83, of Beckley passed away Sunday, May 27, 2007. Born Oct. 6, 1923, she is the daughter of the late John and Rose Smith.
Imogene enjoyed playing the piano and organ in various churches in West Virginia. She also entertained in Disney World. Imogene lived in Edgewater Florida from 1980-2000.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Heath C. Higginbotham; son, Thomas J. Higginbotham; brothers, John, Leonard, Paul and Albert Smith; and sister, Virginia Campbell.
Those left to cherish her memory include son, H. Conway Higginbotham of Tenn.; daughters, Patricia E. Higginbotham of Winterpark, Fla.; Michele Kincaid and husband, William, of Beckley; daughter-in-law, Joyce A. Higginbotham of Mabscott; sister, Gladys Eagle of Jacksonsville, Fla.; sister-in-law, Myrtle Smith of Oak Hill; four grandchildren, T.J. Higginbotham and wife, Stephanie, of Beckley, Brian Higginbotham and wife, Misty, of Coal City, Heather Jean Kincaid of Beckley and Kayla N. Kincaid of Beckley; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Joseph, Jacob Heath, Cole Logan and Chase Thomas Higginbotham.
Her family has held a private service for Imogene.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley, W.Va.

 

 

Herald Dispatch 07/27/2007

Farrell E. Higginbotham (1948-2007) OH/KY

FARRELL E. HIGGINBOTHAM, 59, of Catlettsburg, husband of Irma J. King Higginbotham, died Wednesday at home. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home, Catlettsburg; burial will follow at Catlettsburg Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

 

Point Pleasant Register 08/09/2007

Ruth Evelyn Clonch Higginbotham (1931-2007) WV

Ruth E. Higginbotham, 75, of Henderson, went to be with her Lord Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
She attended Pleasant View Church in Gallipolis Ferry. She retired from the Mason County Board of Education after 20 years of service.
She was born July 24, 1931, in Mason County, the daughter of the late Orville and Mildred (Wamsley) Clonch.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Caroll W. Higginbotham; and a brother, Orville Eugene Clonch.
Survivors include one son, Caroll E. (Carol Y.) Higginbotham of Gallipolis Ferry; one daughter, Shirley Harmon of Henderson; two sisters, Hazel Plants of Gallipolis Ferry and Anna Mae (William) Hoffman of Point Pleasant; two brothers, Curtis (Reba) Clonch and Larry (Joni) Clonch, both of Point Pleasant; two granddaughters, Angela Harmon and Buffy (Jay) Riffle of Point Pleasant; three grandsons, Tony (Heather) Harmon of Point Pleasant, Jeremy Higginbotham of Lima, Ohio, and Daniel Higginbotham of Gallipolis Ferry; four great-grandchildren, Kyra Riffle, Gabriel Livingston and Christopher and Elijah Harmon, all of Point Pleasant; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9 at Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with Pastor Ted Nance and Howard Blain officiating. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be William Hoffman, Jeremy Higginbotham, Jay Riffle, Leo Likens, Daniel Higginbotham and Curtis Clonch.



Tyler Morning Telegraph 02/01/2008.

Margaret Elizabeth Higginbotham Snyder (1947-2008) WV/TX
Services for Margaret Elizabeth Snyder, 60, of Tyler, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. with John Kennedy officiating at Tyler Gospel Chapel, 10195 Highway 31 East in Tyler. Burial will follow in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mrs. Snyder passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
She was born on Aug. 13, 1947, in Frankford, W.Va., to William Higginbotham Jr. and Lula Bennett Higginbotham. She was a graduate of Frankford High School and attended Concord College. Mrs. Snyder has been a resident of Tyler for the past 23 years and was a member of Tyler Gospel Chapel.
Mrs. Snyder was preceded in death by her father, William Higginbotham Jr. She is survived by a loving family including her husband of 37 years, Stephen D. Snyder Sr. of Tyler; two sons, Stephen Snyder Jr. and wife Leigh Ann of Gilmer, and Michael Snyder of Tyler; her mother, Lula Higginbotham of Frankford, W.Va.; two brothers, William Higginbotham III, and Charles Higginbotham and wife Carla, all of Frankford, W.Va.; a sister, Lucy Tuckwiller and husband Ben of Lewisburg, W.Va.; and four grandchildren, Taylor Burleson, Natalie Chandler, Sydney Snyder and Stephen Anderson Snyder.
Pallbearers will be Michael Angelo, Ty Masse, Jimmy Jacobe, Kevin Honeycutt, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Jacobe, Joe Orr and Bryan Jacobe.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler, 75703.
 

 

The Huntsville Item 02/19/2008.
Wilma Dodson Higginbotham (1912-2008) WV/TX
July 14, 1912 – February 17, 2008
Wilma Dodson Higginbotham, age 95, of Huntsville and formerly of Midway, died on Sunday, Feb. 17, in Huntsville. A visitation was held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Madisonville Funeral Home. Funeral services are set for 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston, WV, with burial in the Graceland Cemetery. Wilma was born on July 14, 1912, in Charleston, WV, to James William and Tina Austin (Rhodes) Dodson. She graduated from South Charleston High School and attended Marshall University. Wilma retired as Women’s editor for the Charleston Daily Mail. She was a member of the Pilot Club of Charleston, DACOWITS. She had lived in Midway since 1997 and was a Mormon. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents. Wilma is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kaye and Cecil Reynolds of Midway; two grandchildren, James W. Payne-Fuller and wife, Thara, Lisa L. Beaton and husband, Craig; four great- grandchildren, Rhiannon Payne, Trevor Payne, Megan Olson and Emma Brooke Fuller. Memorials may be made to the Ella Smither Geriatric Center, 1115 Avenue O, Huntsville, Texas 77340.
 

 

Charleston Gazette 03/06/2008

Mary Jeanette Adkins Higginbotham (1949-2008) WV
Mary Jeanette Higginbotham, 58, of Belle died March 4, 2008, at home after a long illness.
She was a retired salesperson from Montgomery Ward and was a member of ACME Pentecostal Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Perchie and Povie Adkins, and brother, Tom Adkins.
Surviving are her husband, Ralph Higginbotham; son, John Higginbotham and his wife, Sonja, of Belle; daughter, April Slack and husband, Tony, of Belle; brothers, Lyle Atkins and wife, Tilda, of Miami and Perchie R. Adkins and wife, Dottie, of Michigan; sisters, Lilly Johnston and husband, Mike, of Indiana and Dollie Hughes and husband, Bob, of Alexandria, Va.; aunt and uncle, Gay and Everette Bostic of Rhonda; and grandchildren, Joseph Slack, Beth Slack, Jonathan Higginbotham and John Higginbotham II.
Service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with the Rev. Herman Freeman officiating. Entombment will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Glasgow.
Visitation will be after 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 03/06/2008

Sylvia O. Weaver Allinder Higginbotham (1918-2008) WV
Sylvia O. Allinder Higginbotham, 89, of Buffalo passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Buffalo and was employed for over 50 years at the G.L. Hulbert General Store and Buffalo Shopping Center. She was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.
Born June 2, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Parsons and Eva Warner Weaver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Delbert Allinder and Arnold O. Higginbotham, four sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include a son, Jerry Allinder of Buffalo; granddaughter, Kimberlee Cochran of Columbus Ohio; and great-grandsons, Derrick and Brandon; along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Tim Day officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family and the guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.
Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

 

The Fayette Tribune 03/13/2008

Rev. Lewis James Higginbotham Sr. (1916-2008) WV
The Rev. Lewis James Higginbotham Sr., 91, of Gatewood, formerly of Coal City, died March 5, 2008, after some time of declining health.
Born Nov. 24, 1916, at Layland, he was the son of the late Henry and Mae Mosses Higginbotham. He also was preceded in death by a son, Joseph; a daughter-in-law, Linda; brothers, Johnny, Clark, Lawrence, Jesse, Loren and Robert; sisters, Hilda, Wilda, Louise, Lorean and Hattie; and wife, Hazel.
He attended school on Beury Mountain and was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. He was a retired Methodist minister, having retired last year from the Coal City charge. Also, he pastored churches at Crooked Run, Summerlee, Workman’s Creek, Backus Mountain, Fire Creek, Maplewood and Harvey Chapel, of which he was a member at the time of his death.
He was a member of UMWA Local Union 17, having worked in coal mines at Lochgelly, Summerlee and Beury Mountain. He had a radio program on WJLS for the last 25 years.
Surviving: sisters, Clara Harrah and Arbutus Bailes; children, Elizabeth, Lewis Jr., Charlotte and Thelma; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Knight; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was March 8 with Dr. Robert Stoddard officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.
Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 04/17/2008

Hollie Gyneth "Callie" Johnson Higginbotham Lake (1917-2008) WV

Callie G. Johnson Higginbotham Lake, 91, of Hurricane passed away at home on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Higginbotham and Donald Lake. She was a lifelong resident of the Hurricane area and a member of Indian Fork Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at the John Henson Senior Citizen Center and visiting her children. Surviving are her son and his wife, James and Beverly Higginbotham of Tracy, Calif.; daughter, Carol Stemann of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Cherie and Rick Corfman of Manteca, Calif., Kimberly and Bill Dean of Amelia, Ohio, David and Susan Bowles of Felicity, Ohio, Michael Lee Bowles of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tracey and Steve Grayson of Leesburg, Ohio, Jennifer and Bill Acres of Amelia, Ohio, and Carrie Stemann of Batavia, Ohio; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a host of family members and friends; and a sister, Mildred Mitchell of Salem, Va. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Indian Fork Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Harold Johnson, Elder Lewis Johnson and Elder Bill Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Page Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Allen Funeral Home, 2837 Main St., Hurricane.

 

 

Register-Herald 05/18/2008

Lewis James Higginbotham Jr. (1942-2008) WV

FAYETTEVILLE — Lewis James Higginbotham Jr., 65, of Route 1, Fayetteville, departed this life on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley after a long battle with cancer. Born June 23, 1942, at Beury Mountain, he was the son of the late Rev. Lewis James Higginbotham Sr. and Hazel Pennington Payne. Lewis was a member of Harvey Chapel United Methodist Church on Salem Road. He was a 1960 graduate of Fayetteville High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran. A retired coal miner, he was a member of the UMWA. He was the owner and operator of Higginbotham Logging Co. “Bubby” enjoyed fishing, hunting and the great outdoors. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Linda Ellen Buttrick Higginbotham, and a brother, Joseph Higginbotham. Those left to cherish his memory are his devoted son, John Christopher Higginbotham, and the pride of his life, his granddaughter, Ally, with whom he made his home. Also surviving him are his sisters, Elizabeth Boos, Charlotte Higginbotham and Thelma Workman, all of the Salem/Gatewood area; a brother-in-law, David Buttrick and wife, Eva; a very special niece, Angel Johnson and her husband, Jason; a nephew, Davie Buttrick, as well as several other nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Louella Vaughn. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Bobby Pauley officiating. Burial will be at Bibb Cemetery, Wonderland Road, Gatewood, with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3110 of Oak Hill. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

 

Parkersburg News and Sentinel 06/01/2008

Alice Evelyn Higginbotham Adams (1927-2008) WV

Alice Evelyn Adams, 81, of West Union, W.Va., died Friday, May 30, 2008, in Clarksburg. She was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Mellon, W.Va., the daughter of the late John Arley and Margaret Eddy Higginbotham. Alice worked in the garment industry fro 42 years, last working for United Manufacturing in Harrisville. In her later years, she worked at Carolyn’s Sandwich Shop in Harrisville. She is survived by one daughter, Alice Ann “Tiny” McKee of West Union; two brothers, Robert Lake Higginbotham of Mellon and Byrl Wade Higginbotham of Harrisville; one granddaughter, Tiffany Brooke Jemison; and several nieces and nephews including one special niece, Crystal Burwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, William Higginbotham; and one sister, Artie Johnson. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Frank Simons officiating. Burial will follow in Harrisville IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 07/05/2008
Reba Faye Parrish Higginbotham Morrison (1937-2008) WV

Reba Faye Morrison, 71, of Charleston went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 3, 2008, at her residence.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.

Reba was preceded in death by her parents, Dayton Parrish and Mary Macel Carnes, and brother, Robert Parrish of Cedartown, Georgia.

Surviving are her husband, Milton Edward Morrison; sons, Kevin Higginbotham of Melbourne, Fla., and Stephen Higginbotham of Newton; daughters, Angie Cruikshank of Newton, Kim O'Dell of Hurricane and Melissa Morrison of Franklin, Tenn.; brothers, Buddy, Gary and Gene Parrish, all of Charleston; sisters, Genevieve Kirk of Staunton, Va., Nora Harper and Doris Pritt, both of Charleston, and Brenda Mace of Little Sandy, Elkview; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at the Hafer Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Carnes family cemetery, Frame.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Daily Mail 07/11/2008

Harold Eugene Higginbotham (1961-2008) OH/WV

Harold Eugene “Gene” Higginbotham, 46, of Buffalo passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital following a long illness. He worked in the trucking industry as a truck driver and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of Buffalo High School. Born September 8, 1961, in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of the late Harold L. and Ethyle Tucker Higginbotham. Survivors include his daughter, Celena Dawn Higginbotham of Buffalo; and sisters, Debria Warner of Buffalo and Cathy Higginbotham and Christi Napier, both of Lavalette. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Carl Bailes officiating. Burial will follow at Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family and the guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 07/31/2008

Robert Perry Higginbotham Jr. (1961-2008) WV

Robert P. Higginbotham, 47, of St. Albans died July 29, 2008. There will be no service. Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

The Register-Herald 08/07/2008

Arbutus Evelyn Higginbotham Bailes (1922-2008) WV

DANESE — Arbutus Evelyn (Higginbotham) Bailes of Danese went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. She passed away following a short illness. Born April 24, 1922, at Layland, she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Flora Mae Moses Higginbotham. She was a homemaker, and a loving wife and mother. She was raised on Beury Mountain. She was a doll collector and was loved by all who knew her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Arthur Bailes; a son, Lawrence; brothers, Johnny, Clark, Lawrence, Jesse, Loren, Robert and Lewis; and sisters, Hilda, Wilda, Louise, Lorean and Hattie. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Wilda Kay Glover and husband, Joe, and Dianne Martin and husband, Clarence; one sister, Clara Harrah; five grandchildren, Mark Henson, Barbara Hughes, Stephanie Martin, Clarence Martin and Anthony Martin; ten greatgrandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by many other family members and friends. Her remains will rest at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, where family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. today. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Daniel Legg officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette Mail 08/23/2008

Wilmoth Mable Wentz Dangerfield Rollyson Higginbotham (ca1909-2008) WV

Wilmoth “Mable” Higginbotham passed away on Friday, August 22, 2008, at Cedar Ridge Center, Sissonville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Nancy Wentz; four brothers; three sisters; and husbands, Elmer Dangerfield, Orville Rollyson and Manuel Higginbotham. She was a member of the Belle Church of Christ. She loved to crochet and made many lap robes for nursing homes in the county. Surviving: sister, Violet McBride of Charleston; several nieces and nephews; and special niece and nephew, Doris and Dwight Buckner, with whom she made her home before she relocated to the nursing home. Special thanks goes to Dr. Jarrell, Carol, Pat, Barb and the staff at Cedar Ridge for their love and care. Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 24, at the Hafer Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Joseph Pauley officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064. Online condolences may be sent at www.haferfuneralhome.net. Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

Sunday Gazette-Mail 09/07/2008

Joyce Carol Pauley Higginbotham (1939-2008) WV/FL

Joyce Pauley Higginbotham, 69, of Bunnell, Fla., formerly of South Charleston, W.Va., died Thursday, September 4, 2008, in Florida after a long illness. She was a 1956 graduate of Washington District High School. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, W. Randall Higginbotham; two sons, James R. Higginbotham of Cross Lanes and Dwayne A. Higginbotham (Sherry) of South Charleston; sister, Vicki Pauley (David) of South Charleston; brother, Michael Pauley (Linda) of Alum Creek; four grandchildren, Jami Johnson (Henry), J.P. Higginbotham, Michelle Edens and K.C. Higginbotham; three great-grandchildren, Aaron, Henry and Caleb; three nieces; and two nephews. The service will be held in Florida. Local information is provided by Curry Funeral Home at Alum Creek.

 

 

Times West Virginian 09/09/2008

Olive June Moore Higginbotham (1919-2008) WV

Olive June Higginbotham, 89, of Salt Lick, Mannington, went to be with the Lord on Sunday (Sept. 7, 2008) at Wishing Well Health Center. She was born June 8, 1919, at Mannington, a daughter of the late James Frederick Moore and Blanche Hayes Moore. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Lester Higginbotham; and her two sons, Richard and wife Patricia Higginbotham of Mannington and Ronald and wife Marsha Higginbotham of Houston, Texas. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Jeff and Jennifer Higginbotham, Lori and Larry Higgins, Lisa and Pete Parrish, Brian and Nancy Higginbotham, Theresa and Jeff Justice, Nicole and Pee Wee Tipton and Melany and Adam Williamson; 13 great-grandchildren, Amber, Courtney, Emily, Trisha, Samantha, Lauren, Ashley, Michael, Cody, Rusty, Connor, Hannah and Andrew; several nieces and nephews; two sisters, Betty and Roy Ammons of Weston and Rosedale and Roy Hayes of Akron, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Clem Higginbotham; one half-brother, Willard and Grace Moore; and one half-sister, Grace .June was a Christian and a member of the Salt Lick Methodist Church for many years. When the church closed, she attended West Farmington United Methodist Church with her son Rick until she entered the nursing home. She was a volunteer with the Marion County Rescue Squad. She worked for W.F. Jones Funeral Home for many years, and then Masters Funeral Home. Friends may call Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Floyd Spatafore officiating. Burial will follow at Whetstone Cemetery. The family would like to thank Ann Jarvis for being such a good friend to June and the staff of Wishing Well Health Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family at mastersfh@verizon.net.

 

 

09/17/2008

Robert Lake Higginbotham Sr. (1934-2008) WV

Age: 74 Passed Away: 2008-09-15 Funeral Home: Raiguel Funeral Home Robert Lake Higginbotham, Sr., 74, of Harrisville, died Sept. 14, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg. He was born Feb. 25, 1934, at Mellin, WV, the son of the late John Arley and Margaret Eddy Higginbotham. Robert was a U.S. Army Veteran and later worked for Hathaway Hatchery. He retired from the WV Dept. of Highways with 30 years service and worked at Mid Atlantic Glass in Ellenboro for two years. He enjoyed farming, fishing and crafts. He attended the First Apostolic Church in Harrisville and Calvary Apostolic Church in Elizabeth. He is survived by his second wife, Betty Shaffer Higginbotham; children, Rose Ann Utt (Bob Porter) of St. Cloud, Fl, Martha J. Higginbotham of Berea, Lesa M. Ziesemer (Joel) of Laurel, MD, Teresa M. Higginbotham of Harrisville, Robert L. Higginbotham, Jr. of Harrisville, Rosie Richards of Coolville, OH, Darris Shaffer of Harrisville, Brenda Miller (Terry) of Creston, Amos Echard of Parkersburg and Angela Devericks of Harrisville; one brother, Byrl W. Higginbotham of Harrisville; sixteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Lorrain Simons Higginbotham; two infant step-children; brother, William F. Higginbotham; and sisters, Alice Adams and Artie Johnson. Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Thursday, September 18, 2008 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Timothy Hopkins and Rev. David Simons officiating. Burial will follow in the Echard Cemetery, Mellin. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-8 PM and Thursday from 9-3 PM.

 

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail 09/20/2008

Iris Nelvera Davis Higginbotham (1923-2008) WV

Iris N. Higginbotham, 83 of Page passed away Friday, September 19, 2008. Born March 8, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ruby Davis. Iris was a member of The Church of Christ, Robinson. Iris was preceded in death by her husband, William Higginbotham, and daughter, Sandra Higginbotham. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Ruby Withrow of Kimberly; sisters, Norma Cartwright of Manila Creek, Fannie Cragio of Manila Creek and Connie Westfall of Poca; two grandchildren, Gary Higginbotham of Catlettsburg, Ky., and Carla Legg of Gauley Bridge; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Chapel of Serenity, Beckley, with Pastor Jack McNeely officiating. Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the Chapel of Serenity for visitation. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

 

 

Sunday Gazette-Mail 09/29/2008


Charles J. Higginbotham (1930-2008) WV
Charles J. Higginbotham, 77, of Nitro passed away Friday, September 26, 2008, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

He was a painter for Avetex Fibers Chemical Industry in Nitro. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a lifelong resident of Kanawha County, and a Protestant.

He is survived by his son, David Higginbotham of Panama City, Fla.; and daughter, Juliann Gonsor of Layton, Utah.

There will be no visitation or service.

Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium, Nitro, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail 10/11/2008
Denver Owen Higginbotham (1942-2008) WV

Mr. Denver Owen Higginbotham, 66, of Red House went home to be with the Lord October 9, 2008, in Hubbard Hospice House. He was retired from Avtex and IKON Solution and was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. Denver had a love for gospel music and played guitar for the Singing Reynolds Family, the Believers Quartet, the Revivers and the church choir. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Odus and Virgie Higginbotham, and sister, Zelda Barnett. Denver is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 43 years and 10 months, Mrs. Jackie Gillispie Higginbotham; daughters, Sherri and husband, Garrin Hodge, of Big Chimney and Lisa and husband, Eddie Torres, of Fraziers Bottom; special daughter, Cheryl Kidd of Big Chimney; sister, Lucille Thornton of Eleanor; brothers, Charles Higginbotham of South Charleston, Earl and wife, Delores Higginbotham, of Hurricane, Ray and wife, Jeannie Higginbotham, of Eleanor and Harvey and wife, Janice Higginbotham, of Parma Heights, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Jerry Gillispie and companion, Stephanie, of Nitro and Keith Gillispie and companion, Teola, of Nitro; sister-in-law, Diane Gillispie of Nitro; three grandsons, Caleb, Nathan and Justin Torres; and nieces and nephews, Larry, Eric, Amber, Carrie and Lyndsay Gillispie. Denver is also survived by a host of friends, family and especially his church family. A tribute to the life of Denver Owen Higginbotham will be 2 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Michael Hanna officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the mausoleum chapel. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Higginbotham family. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.gatensharding.com.

 

 

Register-Herald 11/22/2008

Camela Ann Higginbotham Mallow (1965-2008) WV

Camela Ann Higginbotham Mallow, was called to Heaven on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. She was born Oct. 19, 1965, in Oak Hill, W.Va., a daughter of the late Marsha Yvonne Canterbury-Higginbotham and Gerald Higginbotham of Red Star. Camela was a proud mother of two children, Ashley Ince of Mount Carbon, and Kenneth Carl Mallow II of Elkins. Other survivors include her two sisters, Kim Sears and husband, Paul of Harvey and Jennifer Pennington and husband, Elmer of Red Star; four nieces, Amanda Sears-Hildebrand, Amber Sears Kees, Cassidey Pennington and Aaliyah Sears; two nephews, Tyler and Ethan Pennington; two great nieces, Kiersten and Baylee Hildebrand and many cousins, aunts and uncles. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at the High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, with the Pastor Randy Sunderland officiating. Visitation will be 1 p.m., one hour prior to the services at 2 p.m. for family and friends at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Woods Avenue Cemetery (Odd Fellows) in Oak Hill. Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail 01/24/2009

Gerald Ray Higginbotham (1934-2009) WV

Gerald R. Higginbotham, 74, of Nitro and Hurricane passed away Jan. 22, 2009, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. Gerald was the owner and operator of Bogey's Inn and the Nitro Lounge. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Euna and Carl Higginbotham Sr.; and his brother, Edward Higginbotham. Gerald is survived by his ex-wife, Patricia Higginbotham of Hurricane; daughters, Deborah Higginbotham and Gerri McClelland, both of Hurricane, and Terri Higginbotham and Teresa Higginbotham, both of Nitro; sisters, Faye Lemmon and Janet Cunningham; brother, Carl Higginbotham Jr.; four grandchildren, Nicholas Fitzwater, Gerald Woodrow “G.W.” Fitzwater, Holly Jo Price and Jacob Michael McClelland; and one great-grandchild, Sephiroth Fitzwater. No services are planned at this time. A gathering of family and friends will be set at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44195, for the valiant services they provided to Gerald and the family over the years. Anyone wishing to make an online condolence may do so at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 02/06/2009

Mary Maxine Hartley Higginbotham (1923-2009) WV

Mary Maxine Hartley Higginbotham, 85, of Buffalo passed away Thursday, February 5, 2009, at her home following a short illness. She was a homemaker and a Christian. Maxine enjoyed cross-stitching and spending time with her family, whom she loved so dearly. Born April 4, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Ralph W. and Lula H. Fisher Hartley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Higginbotham Sr.; son, John E. Higginbotham Jr.; three brothers and one sister. Survivors include daughters, Rosita (David) Casto of Buffalo and Kathy (Dempsey) Casto of Liberty; son, Ralph (Tracey) Higginbotham of Buffalo; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 8, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Wayne Burch officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 2117 Buffalo Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph 02/20/2009

Mable Carper Higginbotham Wood (1948-2009) WV

PRINCETON — Mable Carper Wood, 60, of North Fifth Street, Princeton, died peacefully Wednesday night, February 18, 2009 at her home with her loving family surrounding her passing. Born May 8, 1948, in Princeton, she was the daughter of the late Fred Gilbert Carper and Florence Myrtle Thomas Carper. Mable was a graduate of Princeton High School. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church on the New Hope Road in Princeton, the D A V Auxiliary and the Princeton Women of the Moose Chapter # 355. Mable was a devoted wife, mother grandmother and friend. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, B.J. “Jack” Higginbotham, two sisters: Shirley Ann Carper and Geraldine Moles Wright, a stepson, Ronald Lee Wood, whom she loved very much. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Survivors: Her loving and devoted husband, Henry Wood; children, Donna Thornton and Ron of Kernersville, N.C., Teresa Martin and husband Darrell, Jackie Sims and husband Danny all of Princeton, Tammy Martin and husband Carey of Williamston, S.C.; stepchildren, Felicia Saunders and Paul of Princeton, Debbie Osbun and husband Rod of Auburn, Ind., Margie Watkins and husband Brian of Archdale, N.C., Donald Wood of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Jared Thornton, Jason Thornton, serving with the U.S. Army, Joey Martin, Jennifer Martin, Michael Sims, Amber Sims, Seth Hurst, Belle Martin, Mason Martin, Holly Martin, Nicholas Wood, Jake Wood, Zachary Saunders, Sydney Saunders, Christopher Teer, Wesley Teer, Aaron Teer, Katie Watkins, Matthew Watkins, Allison Watkins; one adopted granddaughter, Abby Presley; two great-granddaughters, Mackenzie Saunders and Savanna Thornton; one great-grandson, Isaiah Honeycutt; daughter in law, Margaret Wood of Princeton; best friends, Misty Presley, Pam Dunford and Larry Cook. Services to celebrate the life of Mable Wood will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2009 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Dan Jividen officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton. The family will receive friends today (Friday) from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share messages of love and concerns via www.memorialfd.com. Mable’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The Wood family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 03/18/2009

Dwayne  A. Higginbotham (1961-2009) WV

Dwayne A. Higginbotham, 47, of South Charleston went home to be with his mother, Joyce, and the Lord on Sunday, March 15, 2009, after a short illness. He was an employee for Proud Eagle/Budweiser and a graduate of George Washington High School. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl “Sherry”; daughter, Cheri Michelle Edens of St. Albans; father, Wilbur Randall Higginbotham of Bunnell, Florida; brother, James R. Higginbotham of Cross Lanes; aunts and uncles, David and Vicki Pauley and Mike and Linda Pauley; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends and camping buddies. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, at Grace Church of the Nazarene, South Charleston, with Pastor Chuck Goddard officiating. Entombment will be held in Elk Hills Memorial Park. Family and friends may gather on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek.

 

 

Charleston Gazette-Mail 04/19/2009

Randall Dean Higginbotham (1966-2009) WV

Randall Dean Higginbotham, 42, of Charleston died Thursday, April 16, 2009. He was preceded in death by his father, George Higginbotham. Randall is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kimberly Higginbotham; stepdaughter, Jennifer Craigo; stepson, Jason Craigo; step-grandchildren, Cassie Tester, Jason Tester, Alley-Gene Craigo; mother, Delores Mason; and brother, Steve Higginbotham. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, April 20, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

 

 

Times West Virginian 05/08/2009

Marshall Lester Higginbotham (1915-2009) WV

Marshall Lester Higginbotham, 93, of Mannington, died Wednesday (May 6, 2009) at the Tygart Center in Fairmont. He was born June 19, 1915, at Mannington, a son of the late Luther Lee and Mary Elizabeth Carter Higginbotham. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Patricia Higginbotham of Mannington, and Ronald and Marsha Higginbotham of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Jeff and Jennifer Higginbotham, Lori and Larry Higgins, Lisa and Pete Parrish, Brian and Nancy Higginbotham, Theresa and Jeff Justice, Nicole and Pee Wee Tipton, and Melany and Adam Williamson; 13 great-grandchildren, Amber, Courtney, Emily, Trisha, Samantha, Lauren, Ashley, Michael, Cody, Rusty, Connor, Hannah and Andrew; one brother, Harold Higginbotham of Elkins; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rose Dale and Roy Hayes of Akron, Ohio, and Betty and Roy Ammons of Weston. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years, Olive June Higginbotham, who passed away on Sept. 7, 2008; two brothers, Okey and Clay Higginbotham; four sisters, Carrie Burnfield and Sarah Burnfield, Lula and Rose; one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Helen and Clem Higginbotham. Lester was a Christian and was a member of the Salt Lick United Methodist Church where he served as a lay speaker until its closing. Lester, along with other members of the Methodist church sang at the various churches in the area. He worked as a carpenter most of his life. The family would like to thank the staff of Tygart Center for taking such good care of Pappy during his stay at there. Friends may call at the Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington, from 2-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, in the funeral home with Rev. Floyd Spatafore officiating. Burial will follow at Whetstone Cemetery.

 

 

The Sunday Gazette-Mail 05/17/2009

Ivan Oscar Higginbotham (1918-2009) WV

  Ivan Oscar “Chick” Higginbotham, 90, of Sissonville (Grapevine) went to be with the Lord Friday evening, May 15, 2009, after a short illness at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Chick was born in 1918 in Jackson County, and was the son of the late Ivan Harrison Higginbotham and Avilee Higginbotham. Ivan retired from E.I. DuPont with 34 years service as a truck driver. He retired in June 1981. Chick lived most of his life in Kanawha County, and was a charter member of Goldtown Community Church. He gave his life over to the Lord on Father's Day 1981. He was also preceded in death by loving wife of 57 years, Velma I. Baldwin Higginbotham; mother-in-law and father-in-law; three half sisters; three half brothers; one brother-in-law; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is survived by son, Veldon O. Higginbotham and his wife, Janice L.; daughter, Patricia G. Pennington and her husband, Edward, all of Sissonville; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Goldtown Community Church, Goldtown, with Pastor Al Mendez and Aaron Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Sissonville. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph 05/18/2009

Kenneth Grady Higginbotham (1938-2009) WV/NC

PRINCETON — Kenneth Higginbotham, 70, of Princeton, died Thursday, May 14, 2009 in Lincolnton, N.C. Born August 24, 1938 at Princeton, he was the son of the late Grady Higginbotham and Alta Clark Higginbotham. Mr. Higginbotham served 23 years in the U.S. Army, including in Korea and Vietnam, before retiring in 1978. He received many medals and campaign ribbons. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed gardening and cooking. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann Basham Higginbotham in 2005; one brother, David Clark Higginbotham; and one granddaughter, Natasha Higginbotham. Survivors include one son, David Higginbotham of Bear, Del.; two daughters, Beth Weekley and her husband Gary of Lincolnton, N.C., and Michelle Pate and her husband Travis of Gastonia, N.C.; one brother, Robert Higginbotham and his wife of Princeton; one sister, Sheila Hearn of Princeton; six grandchildren, Ashley Weekley, Stacy Weekley, Sara Higginbotham, Jordan Higginbotham, Alyssa Pate and Noah Pate; and one great-granddaughter, Isabella Gullion. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2009 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Scott Mayberry officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton where military rites will be conducted by the Mercer County Veterans Council and the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard. Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Weekley, Travis Pate, Larry Weekley, Billy Gullion, Steve Moore and Gilbert Anderson. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1808 Jefferson St., Bluefield, WV 24701, or the American Heart Association, 162 Court St., Charleston, WV 25301. Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.

 

 

Sunday Gazette-Mail 05/31/2009

Opal Arbutus Harper Higginbotham (ca1926-2009) WV

The Rev. Opal A. Higginbotham, 83, of Eskdale went to be with the Lord on May 29, 2009, at home after a long illness. Opal was a Church of God minister and pastor of Laing Church of God with 30 years service. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, William A. Higginbotham; and also by her parents, Lonnie and Dora Harper. Opal is survived by her children and their spouses, William D. and Stella Higginbotham of Goshen, Ind., Russell D. and Teresa Higginbotham of Mount Holly Springs, Pa., Jimmy L. and Priscilla Higginbotham of Charleston, Stephen W. and Janet Higginbotham of Cannelton, Patsy J. and James Bohannon of Given, Donna S. Bryant of Eskdale, and Patricia A. and David Hargis of Charleston; sister, Wanda Craig of Columbus, Ohio; brother, Bunie Harper and his wife Irene, of Leewood; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with the Rev. John Cantley officiating. Burial will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you may make donations to Laing Church of God, P.O. Box 176, Dawes, WV 25054. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.pryorfh.com.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 07/02/2009

Dora Higginbotham Whitley (1918-2009) WV

Dora Whitley, 90, of Cedar Grove passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2009. She was a homemaker, a lifelong resident of Cedar Grove, and attended the Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Whitley; son, James Whitley; and grandson, James Keith Whitley. Surviving are sons, Gerald Whitley of Cedar Grove and Larry Whitley and wife, Sandra, of Elkhart, Ind.; daughter, Judith Taylor and husband, Martin, of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Robert Higginbotham of Charleston; sisters, Nora Higginbotham of Ohio, Helen Groah of Mims, Fla., and Lucille Truman of Gauley Bridge; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at the Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Danny Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com. Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 10/01/2009

Ralph Edward Higginbotham (1950-2009) WV

Ralph Edward Higginbotham, 59, of Belle died Sept. 29, 2009, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was a retired engineer from Appalachian Power Company with 36 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jeanette Higginbotham. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, John and Sonja Higginbotham; daughter and son-in-law, April and Tony Slack; siblings, Larry Ellis, Ruth Higginbotham, Deloris Johnson, Charles, Harry and James Pennington, Mary Jarrell, Diane Pedditt, Linda Chapman and Francis Burgess; grandchildren, Joe and Beth Slack and Jonathan and John Higginbotham; and all of his friends at Fifth Quarter and Outback. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with the Rev. Herman Freeman officiating. Entombment will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Glasgow. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

 

Charleston Daily Mail 10/06/2009

Gwendolyn Mae Higginbotham Harris (ca1935-2009) WV

Mrs. Gwendolyn Mae Harris, 74, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord October 4, 2009, in CAMC Teays Valley Hospital after a sudden illness.
Mrs. Harris was retired from Ben Franklin with 41 years of service and was an 11-year employee of Kings Way Christian Church Daycare where she loved her “babies.” Gwen referred to the children as her “babies”; they had a special place in her heart and she had a special place in theirs as well. She was also a member of Rock Branch Independent Church.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Gordon Eugene Higginbotham and Clyde C. Harris; parents, Stace and Pearly Stephens; and mother-in-law, Ruby Edith Higginbotham.
She is survived by three children, Reba Parsons, Pam Higginbotham and Bobby Higginbotham; brother, Doyle Stephens; sisters, Thelma Withrow and Margie Cook; and two granddaughters, Chelsea-Keye Michelle Parson and Alex Courtney Parson. Gwen is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A tribute to the life of Mrs. Gwendolyn Mae Harris will be 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Ronk officiating. Entombment will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Cunningham Memorial Park Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans.
The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Harris family.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 10/09/2009

Charles Eugene Higginbotham (1931-2009) WV/VA

Charles E. Higginbotham, formerly of Dunbar, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, after a long illness in a Richmond Va. hospital, with his family by his side.
Born Oct. 30, 1931, in Charleston, he was retired from the West Virginia Department of Employment Security.
He is survived by his sons, Chuck of Tampa, Fla., and Michael of Midlothian, Va.; his sisters, Juanita Thurgood of Canton Ohio, Emogene Kiser of Spring Hill, and Margaret Hensley of Akron Ohio; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A special thanks goes to his sister, Emogene, for her love and support over the last few years.
His body has been cremated and he requested no memorial service.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hospice of Virginia.

 

 

Times West Virginian 10/26/2009

Vera Lucille Higinbotham Sikinow (1918-2009) WV

At almost 91 years of age, Vera Higginbotham Sikinow slipped silently away to the "other side" to be with loved ones. Vera, born in Carolina on Nov. 14, 1918, to parents Fred and Margaret Shaeffer Higginbotham, had a long, interesting life. She attended Monongah High School. In 1934 she married George Sikinow, and they moved to Kellytown into the home they had built and finished with stone. They had one daughter, Betty Jo Anne. After marriage, she enjoyed working with flowers, home decorating and using her cosmetology skills. She advised Girl Scouts, led Methodist youth group and helped with lunches at the elementary school during World War II. She served as president and vice president of Carolina Homemakers Club. In 1977 after a history of seven strokes, she lived in Tiffin, Ohio, with her daughter and her family in order to attend the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design. In 1978 Vera passed her state board exam with honors. Later, three additional strokes hampered her mobility, but she managed to work with her flowers. She and George adopted two dogs, Little One and Scar, which brought much joy into their lives. Vera had resided at the Wishing Well (now Tygart Center) in Fairmont since 2006. Her husband passed away in January of 2003. She has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Richanne, (Mike), Erica; David, (Barb), Devon, John; and Mark, (Martelia), Alex and Zack. She was blessed with many friends and loving family members. She was preceded in death by her son in-law, Richard R. Cunningham; one brother, Fred Higginbotham; and two sisters, Jerry Southern and Margie Alkire. Friends and family may call at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave., Fairmont, from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Jack Flint officiating. Lee Ann Romeo and Edgar Wayne Southern will honor Vera with musical selections. Burial will follow the ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery on Maple Avenue. Online condolences may be made to the Sikinow family at domicofhinc@aol.com.Tremendous thanks go to the doctors and staff at Tygart Center, to her loved ones and friends, and Tammy Myers who has been her caregiver for almost four years. Pallbearers include Mark Cunningham, David Cunningham, Michael Manley, Bob Jacobin, Ronald Frye and Frank Gabor, and honorary pallbearers will be Tammy Myers, Devon Richanne Cunningham and John Curtis Cunningham.

 

 

Charleston Gazette 12/24/2009

Marjorie E. Higginbotham Richmond (1918-2009) WV

Marjorie H. Richmond, 91, of Charleston, formerly of Thurmond, passed away December 19, 2009, at home.
Mrs. Richmond was born May 31, 1918, in Lookout and was a daughter of the late Newton W. and Rosa M. (Hinkle) Higginbotham.
She grew up in Winona and lived for many years in Thurmond, two places she dearly loved.
She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Everette; brothers, Arnett, Herbert, Billie, and Houston Ray; and sisters, Mary, Marie, and Gladys Carol.
She met her future husband, Everette, while working at her Aunt Ida McClure's restaurant in Thurmond. They were engaged on December 14, 1942, and were married on June 3, 1943, in Charleston. They set up housekeeping in Thurmond.
Mrs. Richmond was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine for more than 50 years and served as the Worthy Matron of the Thurmond Chapter of the Eastern Star. She was active in many volunteer organizations, including the Heart Fund, the Cancer Society, 4-H, and Ladies Aid. She also served for many years as an election official during primary and general elections. She was a member of Thurmond Union Church and later of Rock Lake Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are her children, E. Roger and his wife, Judy, of Wilmington, Del., Larry and his companion, Anne Johnson, of Baltimore, Md., and Rose Ann Walker and her husband, John, with whom she lived, of Charleston; grandchildren, Joe and his wife, Renee of Bear, Del., Mary Ann and Rachel Richmond of Baltimore, Md., PFC Justin A. Beall, U.S. Army, of Monterey, Calif., and Matthew and Daniel Walker of Charleston; and great-grandchildren, Trevor and Alissa Richmond of Bear, Del.
Other survivors include sisters, Vermont Neff of Danese, Hilma Nolan of Wilmington, Del., and Shirley Nolan of Bear, Del.; brother, Jackie Higginbotham and wife, Barbara, of Rock Hill, S.C.; former daughter-in-law, Judy Whitehill of Baltimore, Md.; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, and great-grandnephews; and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Richmond's memory to
the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, All America Chapter, 2 Players Club Drive, Suite 104, Charleston, WV 25311.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Richard McGuire and the Rev. Todd Wright officiating. Burial will be in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Tyree Funeral Home, an Eastern Star service at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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