Jacksonville Daily Progress
Funeral services for Ernest “Pud” Higginbotham, Sr., age 89, of Jacksonville are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Rev. Don Harvey officiating. Burial will be at Still Waters Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville.
Mr. Higginbotham passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in Jacksonville.
Ernest was born May 5, 1924 in Mt. Selman. He married Iris Wanda Jones on October 12, 1946. He served in the United States Army during World War II at Angio Beach Head in the Italy Battle of the Bulge and served in France.
Mr. Higginbotham worked in the oilfields in West Texas before going to work for S&K Church Furniture as a Finish Foreman. Ernest was a member of the Dialville Methodist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Roy and Grace Ellis Higginbotham.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Iris Wanda Jones Higginbotham; sons, Ernest Earl Higginbotham and wife Marcia of Jacksonville, Roy Wayne Higginbotham and wife Patricia of Forest Dale, AL; sister, Verna Mae George and husband Davis of Jacksonville; grandchild, Meredith Grace Higginbotham Davis and husband Jeremy of Dallas; step grandchildren, Amy Graves, Lindsay Grave, Kaitlin Randolph and Kali Randolph.
Pallbearers will be H. V. Jones, Stanley Jones, Ed Hassell, James Halbert, Marvin Wood, and Billy McAnally.
Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to Dialville Methodist Church or Jacksonville Christian School at P.O. Box 869 Jacksonville, Texas 75766.