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Higginbotham, Abel Parker Upshur (1875-1911)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 09/08/1911…Front page headline: City Mourns Death of Upshur Higginbotham. Was Charleston Solicitor, a Leading Attorney and a Splendid Young Man-Peritonitis Fatal Upshur Higginbotham, city solicitor for the city of Charleston, and one of the prominent lawyers of the Kanawha Bar, died yesterday afternoon after an illness of one week. On last Thursday he was seized with appendicitis while walking to his home on Morris street and was later taken from his home to the Barber sanitarium. Upon an operation being performed it was found that he was suffering from peritonitis and had small chance of recovery. For a while he seemed to rally slightly but two days ago it became evident the he was practically beyond the reach of medical aid. Mr. Higginbotham was widely known in the city and throughout the southern section of the state, and the news of his death brought grief in friends innumerable. An enterprising, public spirited member of the legal profession, an affable gentleman and a man whose qualities demanded respect and highest esteem from his fellow men. Upshur Higginbotham made countless friends and in the hearts of all who knew him there is brought the deepest of regret. When the intelligence of his death was received in the city yesterday the regular meeting of the Board of Affairs was adjourned, out of respect to him and general expressions of the deepest regret were heard throughout the city. The deceased is survived by his wife and four children; his mother and two brothers and one sister. His brother Marshall is a practicing attorney of this city, the other brother Jefferson, resides at Princeton, W. Va., while his sister, Mrs. John Ellinghausen, lives at Sapulpa, Okla. Funeral Services Today. The funeral services will be conducted at the former home of the deceased at 206 Morris street, this afternoon at 5 o'clock, according to the rite of the B.P.O. Elks who will have charge of the ceremonies. Rev. Dr. Ernest Thompson will deliver the sermon. The remains will be taken on Saturday morning on C. & O. train No. 4 to Laurel, Summers county, where services will be held at 10 a. m. at the Presbyterian church and interment will take place in the adjoining cemetery. Members of the local lodge of Elks are requested to meet at the club rooms this afternoon at 4 o'clock to attend the funeral in a body and a delegation will be selected to accompany the remains to Laurel. The Bar Association of the city of Charleston will meet at 4 o'clock this afternoon in the supreme court room at the capital annex, to pass resolutions of respect to the memory of the deceased, and the members of the organization will attend the funeral services in a body. Upshur Higginbotham, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Higginbotham, was born Dec. 1, 1875, at the family homestead at Brown's Ridge, near Athens, Mercer county. While Upshur was yet a lad his father died, leaving him as the eldest of five children, with the principal burden of supporting the family, yet he not only this early in life succeeded in meeting the demands incident upon the mainstay of a large family, but found means to graduate at the Athens Normal School. After graduating at the Normal, he taught school for several years, meanwhile continuing his studies and finally entered the law school at the University of West Virginia, where his native talent soon brought him recognition as one of the most brainy, as well as hard-working students at the big educational institution. Upon graduation he was admitted to the practice of law in the State, and first practiced his profession in Summers county at Hinton, where he soon became a recognized factor in politics. In the Republican cause he was a tireless worker, and his ability and loyalty were recognized in 1900, when he was elected as a member of the Republican Congressional Committee in the Third District, and afterward (in 1912) being selected as its secretary. In 1908 he was chosen chairman of the committee, and presided in this capacity until 1910. Mr. Higginbotham, from 1902 until 1906, was private secretary to Congressman Joseph Holt Gaines from the Third District, and proved in this position a man whose personality won for him friendship and deep regard in the hearts of all whom he came in contact. In 1902 he married Miss Roberta Kessler of Lowell, Summers county, a member of one of the prominent families of that section. In 1905 Mr. Higginbotham moved his residence to Charleston, and formed a law partnership with H. Delbert Rummel, the firm becoming prominent among the lawyers of recognized ability at the State capital. The young attorney's popularity in his adopted city was attested in 1909 when he was selected for the office of City Solicitor, and during the tenure of this office, which he held at the time of his death, he enjoyed the hearty support and commendation of all political factions, such was his efficiency in the service of the city.

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Higginbotham, Albert Clay (1896-1950)

Charleston Daily Mail, Tuesday 06/20/1950…Funeral services for Albert Clay Higginbotham who died Monday in a local hospital will take place Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Barlow Mortuary. Rev. Joe. B. Overmyer will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Mr. Higginbotham, who lived at 2435-A Washington St. E., was for the past three years cashier in the state treasurer's office. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hattie Dearien Higginbotham; his mother, Mrs. Katherine Higginbotham; one daughter, Miss Patricia Ann Higginbotham, at home; one sister, Mrs. Dolly Kleinschmidt of Lexington, Ky.; and two half-brothers, L. J. Higginbotham of Dunbar and O. S. Higginbotham of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Pallbearers will be John Warren, Henry Harper, Clyde Jividen, Cameron Warner, Harold Allen and Fred Diddle.

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Higginbotham, Albert Wilson (1856-1946)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 06/03/1946…Higginbotham, Albert Wilson-90, of Garrison Av., died yesterday morning at his home. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Baptist church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Higginbotham; two daughters, Mrs. Paul Dean of Lookout, and Mrs. Ella Caraway of Charleston; four sons, Robert Higginbotham of Powellton, Russell Higginbotham of Boston, Mass., Dennie Higginbotham of Charleston, and Emanuel Higginbotham of Riverview; two sisters, Mrs. Richard Miller and Miss Ella Higginbotham of Red House; a brother, Will Higginbotham of Charleston. The body was removed to the Bartlett mortuary.

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Higginbotham, Alonzo Mathias (1885-1967)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 08/03/1967…Higginbotham, A. M.-82, of 622 Monroe St., Wednesday at home. Lifelong resident of Kanawha County, member Baptist church, retired employee West Virginia Brick Co. Surviving: widow, Ann; daughter, Mrs. Lucille Ellis of Cincinnati, Ohio; sons, Marshall of Charleston, Jess of Ogden, Utah. Service 2 p.m. Friday, Elk Funeral Home. Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

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Higginbotham, Ambrose Grayson (1872-1943)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 06/11/1943…Ambrose Grayson Higginbotham, 71, architect, building contractor and real estate dealer, died at 6 a.m. yesterday at his home, 1716 Virginia St. E., after an illness of several weeks. Services are to be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the home with Rev. William E. Crane, pastor of Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian church, officiating. The Masonic lodge will conduct rites at the cemetery. The Simpson mortuary is in charge of arrangements and the body is at the home. Born in Logan County Mr. Higginbotham was born in Logan County, the son of Andrew and Narcissus White Higginbotham. He spent his youth in Logan, Boone and Lincoln counties and came to Charleston at the age of 20 and began working as a carpenter. In 1899 he became engaged in contracting and architectural work and designed a great many of the structures which he built prior to 1922. He then discontinued his architectural work and devoted his time to the contracting business. In 1927 he organized a partnership with his sons and had operated since that time under the firm of A. G. Higginbotham and Co. Although his interests were primarily in the contracting business, he was considered an expert in the field of real estate and his advice and counsel was extensively sought by investors, home owners and Building and Loan associations and banks. The past year his firm had been engaged in war plant construction at the West Virginia Ordnance works, Pt. Pleasant. Some of the buildings constructed by Mr. Higginbotham are the City Hall, Charleston High School, Horace Mann and Cabell Jr. High Schools, Coyle and Richardson, Charleston Hardware, Daniel Boone Hotel, Chesapeake and Ohio building at Huntington, several churches and hundreds of residences in Charleston and the Kanawha Valley. Former Board Member He was a member of the Charleston board of education for 24 years. He resigned from the board to construct Charleston High School. Shortly after coming to Charleston he married Mary Frances Medley, who died in 1929. He married Mrs. Gertrude Jarrett of Charleston in 1939. He was a 32d degree Scottish Rite Mason, Knight Templar, member of York lodge and Beni Kedem Shrine, the Elks, IOOF and Knights of Pythias. For years he was a member of the Shrine band in which he played the tuba. Surviving are his wife; two sons, George Weir of Charleston and John Denton of South Charleston; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas Riggs of Huntington and Mrs. Ralph W. Burton of Charleston; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Higginbotham, Ann Jane Keiffer (1872-1945)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 01/26/1945…Higginbotham, Mrs. Annie-73, died Wednesday night at the home of a son, Otis, of Bownemont. Also surviving are another son, Basil, of Charleston; three daughters, Mrs. Murlie Carte, Mrs. Dicie McKinney and Mrs. Freda Casto, all of Charleston, and 17 grandchildren. The body was removed yesterday from the Cunningham mortuary to the home. Services will be at noon tomorrow at Oma chapel near Arbuckle. Rev. Hobson D. Fisher will officiate. Burial will be in the family cemetery.

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Higginbotham Asbury, Arbutus L. (1928-1948)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 07/30/1948…Front page headline: Man Kills Wife, Commits Suicide…A man and his estranged wife died in a murder and suicide last night at 6 p.m. when Emory Asbury, 22, of East Nitro, shot his wife, Arbutus Higginbotham Asbury, 20, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Okel Higginbotham of Poca, Putnam county, and then killed himself, State Trooper D. G. Gilbert said. Asbury shot his wife in the chest with a shotgun, Trooper Gilbert said, and killed himself with shots in the left armpit and chest. The couple separated two days ago, and Mrs. Asbury went with their two children, Brenda, 15 months, and Barbara, one month, to live with her mother, officers said. When Mrs. Asbury notified her husband, through an attorney that she intended to divorce him he went to the house and called her outside and asked her why she had made the decision to divorce him, Gilbert explained. According to police he went into the house and got the shotgun belonging to Mrs. Higginbotham and told her he was going to kill himself. He found some shells that Mrs. Higginbotham had hidden in the smokehouse when she found out that he had the gun and then shot Mrs. Asbury, killing her instantly, Gilbert said. Mrs. Higginbotham said that she had taken 15 months old Brenda into the house and after Asbury had shot himself in the left armpit, he pleaded with his mother-in-law to "finish him off," state police said. Mrs. Higginbotham said she heard a second shot and found Asbury dead when she went back out into the yard. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of murder and suicide. The bodies are at the Gatens mortuary in Poca. Charleston Gazette, Saturday 07/31/1948. ASBURY, Mrs. Arbutus Higginbotham-Service will be at the Trace Fork church at 12:30 p.m. today, Rev. Warren Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Higginbotham cemetery. Surviving are her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Okel Higginbotham of Poca; two daughters, Brenda Joyce, and Barbara Jean, both of Poca; and three sisters, Dessel Higginbotham of Beckley, Rachel Higginbotham and Jo Eva Higginbotham, both of Poca. ASBURY, Emory-Service will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Nitro Church of God, Rev. William S. Jenkins officiating. Burial rites will be at the Asbury cemetery on Second Creek will be in charge of the Powder City Post 9248, VFW. Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Joyce and Barbara Jean, both of Poca; his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Armie Asbury of Red House; five sisters, Mrs. Eloise Hively of Nitro, and Ethel, Ella Jean, Loeta and Linda, all of Red House; and three brothers, Freddie of Nitro, and Leonard and Larry, both of Red House. The body is at Gatens mortuary in Poca.

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Higginbotham, Audrey Kemp (1913-1943)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 12/28/1943…Mrs. Audrey Higginbotham, 30, died yesterday morning at her home in Riverview. The body was removed to Cunningham mortuary. Her husband, Emmanuel Higginbotham, is serving with the army in Virginia. Also surviving are her mother, Mrs. Ethel Keeney of Riverview, and two brothers, Jefferson Keeney of the navy and William Keeney of Riverview. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Charleston Gazette, Wednesday…12/29/1943 Services for Mrs. Audrey Higginbotham, 30, who died Monday at Riverview, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Cunningham mortuary chapel. Rev. E. G. Hisson will officiate. Burial will be in the Fraziers Bottom cemetery. The body will remain at the mortuary until funeral time.

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Higginbotham, Ava M. Fisher (1885-1960)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 11/10/1960…Higginbotham, Mrs. Ava M-75, of 517 17th St., Dunbar, died Wednesday at her home after a long illness. She was a native of Jackson County and had lived in Dunbar for the last 32 years. She was a member of Pleasant View Methodist Church in Jackson County. Surviving are her husband, L. Anderson; a brother, Bradford Fisher of Glenville; and two sisters, Mrs. Eva Staats of Fairplain and Mrs. Bernice Kee of Charleston. Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Keller Funeral Home chapel at Dunbar with Rev. Hobson Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park at Dunbar.

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Higginbotham, Averil Rosker (1870-1937)

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 08/07/1937…Arvil R. Higginbotham, 68, retired farmer, died yesterday morning at the home of his son, Otis Higginbotham, 1553 Beech Avenue, following three years of illness. The body was removed to the Johnson and Cunningham funeral home. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anna Higginbotham; another son, Basil Higginbotham of Charleston; two daughters, Mrs. Dicie McKenney of Charleston and Mrs. Freda Casto of Vandalia; four brothers, Ernest, Rubin, Alfred and B. Higginbotham, all of Grimms Landing ; and three sisters, Mrs. Verna Whittington of Athens, O., Mrs. William Craig of Grimms Landing and Mrs. Murlie Carte of Charleston. The body was removed last night to the home of the son. Sunday morning at 10 o'clock (DST) it will be taken to Arbuckle for funeral services at the United Brethren church. The Rev. Hobson D. Fisher will officiate.

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Higginbotham, Benjamin Franklin (1827-1911)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 01/17/1911..Aged Citizen Dead-Benjamin Franklin Higginbotham, aged 84 years, died Sunday morning at the home of his son, Ernest Higginbotham, of 21 Monongahela street. The wife, three sons and two (daughters) survive. Two of the boys, Ernest and Ed, reside here. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the Bowman M. E. church. Interment will be made in Spring Hill cemetery.

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Higginbotham, Benjamin Orville (1872-1939)

Charleston Gazette, Sunday 06/25/1939…A long illness was fatal yesterday morning to Benjamin Orville Higginbotham, 67, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elva Robinson of Sissonville. Also surviving are four other daughters, Mrs. Hattie Crank of Sissonville, Mrs. Ora Whittington of Guthrie and Mrs. Edith Phillips and Mrs. Lillian Fields of Charleston and two sons, (brothers) George Higginbotham of Liberty and Noah Higginbotham of Plymouth. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Fisher Chapel church with the Rev. Corbit Fisher officiating. Burial will be in the Mynor Slater cemetery.

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Higginbotham, Beatrice Elma Dial (1911-1953)

Charleston Gazette, Sunday 03/22/1953…Beatrice Elma Dial Higginbotham, 42, wife of John Higginbotham of the firm of A. G. Higginbotham and Co., building contractors, died yesterday in McMillan Hospital after a long illness. She was a native of Cabell County where she was born Jan. 25, 1911, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. William P. Dial, both of whom survive. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Huntington. Also surviving are a nephew, David Gerlach, whom she and Mr. Higginbotham raised; three sisters, Mrs. Carlyle Raper and Mrs. Kathleen Gerlach, both of Huntington, and Mrs. Jeff Stephens of Milton; and two brothers, William Dial of Huntington and Kyle of West Palm Beach, Fla. The body is at Barlow-Bonsall mortuary chapel, where service will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Rev. Frank Donaldson, pastor of the First Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

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Higginbotham, Bessie Louana Barnette (1884-1959)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 11/19/1959…Higginbotham, Mrs. Bessie B.-75, of 111 Forest Ave., South Charleston, died Wednesday in a hospital there of a heart attack. Surviving are one son, Charles of Capistrano Beach, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. June Arey of South Charleston; two sisters, Mrs. D. C. Casto of Huntington and Mrs. Omer Hill of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Cloyd Barnette of Leon, and nine grandchildren. The body is at Degnan mortuary of South Charleston. She was a member of Darlington Methodist Church.

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Higginbotham, Bobbie Lee (1937-1960)

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sunday 03/13/1960…Front page headline: Rites Set For Two Victims of Collision Service arrangements have been made for two young men who were fatally injured late Friday in a grinding two-car collision in the 2600 block of U. S. 60 in St. Albans. Service for Bobbie Lee Higginbotham, 23, of 311 ½ 10th St., Dunbar, will be conducted Tuesday. James Robert Deal, 22, of Poca, will be buried today. The Higginbotham funeral will be at 2 p.m. in the Nitro Nazarene Church by Rev. Earl G. Hissom. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Service for Deal will be held at 3 p.m. in Gatens Funeral Home chapel at Poca by Rev. David Lett. Burial will be in Ortin Heights Cemetery, RFD 1, Nitro. The two men were passengers in a car driven by Freddie (Buddy) Eplin, 22, of Lincoln Dr., South Charleston. Their car, traveling west on U. S. 60, jumped the center island at St. Albans and swerved into the path of a car driven by Ralph Casto, 42, of 1803 Summers Ave., South Charleston, police said. Police said the Casto vehicle hit the Eplin-driven auto broadside, demolishing both cars. Casto suffered multiple injuries. His son, John, 17, received a severe scalp laceration while another passenger in the Casto car, Ray Runion, 17, had facial lacerations. The three were reported in satisfactory condition at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Eplin suffered multiple injuries and was reported in fair condition. Deal was dead on arrival at the hospital. Higginbotham died early Saturday of internal injuries. Higginbotham, a construction worker, is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ruby Higginbotham of Dunbar; two brothers, George Jr. of Nitro and Eugene of RFD 17; and his grandmother, Mrs. Sena Higginbotham of Nitro. The body is at Cooke and Pauley Funeral Home, Nitro, and will be taken to the church an hour before the service. Deal, unemployed, is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deal of Poca; a brother, Eugene at home; four sisters, Mrs. Betty Thornton and Mrs. Rosalie Deweese of Bellsville, Ohio, and Mrs. Lora Singleton and Mrs. Della May King of Poca; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Deal of Poca. No charges have been filed in the accident and police are continuing their investigation.

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Higginbotham, Boyd Loraine (1906-1966)

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sunday 05/22/1966…Higginbotham, Boyd L.-60, of 1317 West 13th St., Nitro, Saturday, on arrival at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Stores supervisor of the American Viscose plant, FMC, Nitro, member Viscose Management Club, St. Paul's Methodist Church, Nitro Volunteer Fire Department, a native of Buffalo. Surviving: widow, Eunice L.; sons, Bobby Lee of Nitro and James D. of Charleston; mother, Mrs. Grace Higginbotham of Nitro; brother, L. L. of Huntington Park, Calif. Cooke-Pauley Funeral Home, Nitro. Charleston Gazette, Monday 05/23/1966 Higginbotham, Boyd L.-Service 2:30 p.m. today, St. Paul's Methodist Church. Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Mr. Higginbotham, 60, of 1317 Thirteenth St., W, Nitro, died Saturday, on arrival at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Cooke-Pauley Funeral Home, Nitro.

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Higginbotham, Brady Lawrence (1881-1968)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 03/08/1968…Higginbotham, Brady Lawrence-87, of 5150 Indiana St., South Charleston, Thursday in Thomas Memorial Hospital. Retired excavating contractor, member of the Baptist church. Surviving: daughters, Miss Kate Higginbotham of Robertsburg and Mrs. Walter Sieferman of Dayton, Ohio; sons, Albert of Pittsburgh, Pa., Clair and Charles of Dayton, Samuel of South Charleston, Arnold of Charleston; step-daughters, Mrs. Claudia Abbott of Dayton, Mrs. Ernestine Holmes of Charleston; sister, Miss Mary Higginbotham of Charleston; brothers, Charles and Gilbert of Charleston, Bernard, Clyde and Kenna of Buffalo. Service 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Snodgrass Funeral Home at South Charleston. Body will then be taken to Dayton for graveside services there on Monday. Friends may call at Snodgrass Funeral Home after 1 p.m. today.

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Higginbotham, Carl Wayne Jr. (1959-1966)

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 02/12/1966…Front page headline: Shot Kills Boy Playing Inside Box…A random shot into a wooden box caused the death of a six-year-old boy about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Carl Wayne Higginbotham Jr., son of Mr. And Mrs. Carl W. Higginbotham of 436 Blake Creek Road, near Nitro, was killed while playing in the box with a friend about 100 yards from his home. Trooper J. K. Gabbert of the South Charleston state police detachment said a 21-year-old man who lives in the area had been target practicing near the field where the boys were playing. He said the man was returning to his target site after obtaining more cartridges when he shot into the box with a .22 caliber rifle. Young Higginbotham, a first-grade student at Nitro Elementary School, was dead on arrival at Thomas Memorial Hospital. An ambulance from Cooke and Pauley Funeral Home picked up the boy who died en route. The ambulance was called by neighbors. The driver said the child was lying in the yard when he arrived. The driver said the slug struck the boy in the chest. Gabbert said the youths had grown tired of playing and crawled beneath the box. He said the shooting was accidental. The name of the man with the gun was not released. The senior Higginbotham is a driver for the Nitro Taxi Co. In addition to his parents, the boy is survived by sisters, Lois Jane, Connie Francine, Thelma Sue, all at home; brother, William James at home. Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Nitro Church of Christ. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery at Red House. The body is at Cooke and Pauley Funeral Home.

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Higginbotham, Charles Allen (1879-1948)

Charleston Daily Mail, Saturday 03/13/1948…Headline: Fletcher Enamel Worker Stricken Charles A. Higginbotham, 68, employee of the Fletcher Enamel Co., Dunbar, died of a heart attack Friday while at work. He resided at 503 17th St. Mr. Higginbotham was a member of the Dunbar Evangelical U. B. church. He is survived by his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Boles of Spring Hill and Mrs. J. E. Raines of Canton, O.; a brother, A. L. of Nitro, and four sisters, Mrs. Mary L. Smith of Morrison, Va., Mrs. J. F. Smith of Nitro, Mrs. Eva Higginbotham of Eleanor, and Mrs. Myrtle Jeffries of Red House. Funeral services will be held at the Evangelical U. B. church Sunday at 2 p.m. Rev. J. K. Scott and Rev. R. L. Kelbaugh will officiate. The body will be removed to the home from the Bartlett and Welch mortuary Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Higginbotham, Charles Ellis (1866-1939)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 06/15/1939…Charley Ellis Higginbotham, 72, died at 7 p.m. yesterday at his home, 1508 Sixth Avenue. His body was removed to the Cunningham mortuary. Surviving are three daughters, Miss Mary Higginbotham, Mrs. Luther Hudson, Mrs. Dola Parsons; two sons, Wilbur and Howard Higginbotham; three brothers, Albert, William and Riley Higginbotham; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Miller, Miss Ellen Higginbotham, and nine grandchildren, all of Charleston.

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Higginbotham, Dr. Charles Thomas (1884-1949)

Charleston Daily Mail, Tuesday 11/29/1949…Dr. Charles Thomas Higginbotham, 65, of South Charleston, a veterinarian with the state and federal governments since 1921, died at his home, 111 Forest Av., Monday after a heart attack. Dr. Higginbotham was a member of the Darlington Methodist church in South Charleston, Charleston Lodge 153, AF&AM, Beni Kedem shrine and Charleston Lodge 202, BPOE. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Bessie Higginbotham, a daughter, Mrs. Leander Arey of South Charleston; and two sons, Andrew of Baltimore, Md., and Charles T. Jr. of Sunnybrook, Md. The body is at Snodgrass mortuary in South Charleston with funeral arrangements incomplete. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Snodgrass chapel. Rev. O. H. Dorsey will officiate and burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, with Masonic Lodge No. 153 in charge.

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Higginbotham, Charles Watson (1873-1934) African-American

12/06/1934 Charleston Daily Mail…Headline: Levi Man, 60, Hit By Auto, Killed Charles Higginbotham, 61-years-old, Levi Negro, died Thursday in a city hospital following an auto accident late Wednesday afternoon at Levi. Hospital physicians had held little hope of his recovery. State police, who investigated, said that Higginbotham walked directly into the path of an auto - when he started across route No. 60 to talk to a man in a wagon. The driver of the car swerved his car but could not avoid hitting Higginbotham, the officers said they were informed…12/07/1934 Charleston Daily Mail Charles W. Higginbotham, colored, 61 years old, of Levi, died Thursday at a Charleston hospital of injuries he suffered when he was struck by an automobile near Levi on Wednesday. The body is at Harden and Harden mortuary. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mary Higginbotham; five daughters, Mrs. Bessie Taylor, of Charleston; Mrs. Ruby Sales, of Ferndale; Mrs. Della Jones, of Washington; Mrs. Vivian Minor, and Miss. Katherine Higginbotham of Levi; seven sons, Dennie, Roy, Clarence, Woodrow and Patrick Higginbotham, of Levi; Charles and Kinkle Higginbotham, of Washington; one sister, Mrs. Bessie Johnson, of Providence, R. I.; two brothers, William of Levi, and John, of Glasgow, Va. and nine grandchildren.

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