Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins, 23, of Savannah, Ga., was killed in action on Friday, April 13, 2012, in Logar Province, Afghanistan.
Sgt. Higgins was born in Irving on Jan. 31, 1989, to Danny R. Higgins and Patti Stone Sells. He grew up in the Yantis and Sulphur Springs area and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 2007. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, gun team leader and a Ranger team leader. Sgt. Higgins was currently serving in the Hunter Army Airfields First Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He had completed four deployments to the Middle East, one to Iraq and three to Afghanistan; he was serving his fourth tour in Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his wife, Shelby Allen Higgins, of Savannah, Ga.; father, Danny R. Higgins, of Hurst.; mother, Patti Stone Sells, of Tybee Island, Ga.; brothers, Dillon Henegar, Hunter Higgins, Noah Sells; grandparents, Gerald and Betty Higgins and Glen Roy and Martha Dickens.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Lake Fork Baptist Church, Alba. Internment will follow at Cypress Cemetery in Franklin County under the direction of Beaty Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Serving as pallbearers will be U.S. Army Rangers.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on April 23, 2012