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SAMUEL EUGENE HIGGINBOTHAM, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with our Lord on Monday, January 5, 2009.


He was born in Lovelady, Texas on December 17, 1930, to parents, Joe and Laura Higginbotham.


When he was eleven years old, they moved to Beaumont, Texas where he graduated from South Park High School in 1947. After moving to Houston in 1948, he earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Houston. He worked in Iceland for the Corps of Engineers but returned to Houston to work for Tenneco until his retirement in 1986.


Sam (Gene) was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Tommy James, his brother in law Bob Petty, and his nephew Bobby Petty. He is survived by his wife, Harriette (Judy), his children: Debbie Roberts and husband David; Allen Higginbotham; Nancy James and husband Tom; Sam Higginbotham, Jr.; sisters Beth Bitner and husband Orlan; Betty Petty; and Sue Davis and husband John. He was a proud grandfather of eleven grandchildren and two great-grandsons and a number of nieces and nephews.


Sam was a member of Second Baptist Church in Houston. He was buried on Saturday, January 10, 2009 under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home of Palestine, Texas after a graveside service at the Olive Branch Cemetery in Brushy Creek, Texas.