Ernest ""Pud"" Higginbotham Sr.


Funeral services for Ernest "Pud" Higginbotham Sr., age 89, of Jacksonville are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Don Harvey officiating. Burial will be in Still Waters Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville.
Mr. Higginbotham passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Jacksonville.
Ernest was born May 5, 1924, in Mount Selman. He married Iris Wanda Jones on Oct. 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 was 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, Ala.; sister, Verna Mae George and husband Davis, of Jacksonville; grandchild, Meredith Grace Higginbotham Davis and husband Jeremy, of Dallas; step grandchildren, Amy Graves, Lindsay Graves, 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 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 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, 75766.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 19, 2013
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