The WVGenWeb Project

H


Higginbotham, Christopher Columbus (1913-1963)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 10/31/1963…Front page headline: 1 Slain, I Hurt By Gun Blast-Suspect Held In Nitro A man was killed and a woman wounded by a close-range shotgun blast while they were sitting in a pickup truck in front of a Nitro tavern Wednesday night. Thomas Memorial Hospital identified the dead man as Christopher Columbus Higginbotham, 50, of 3233 Third Ave., Nitro. The wounded woman was Mrs. Loraine Kerns, 35, of 1303 13th St., Nitro. The shooting occurred about 7:15 p.m. in front of Mid's Inn at 1113 Main Ave. Police picked up a suspect about two and one-half hours later 10, blocks from the shooting scene. Nitro Mayor W. W. Alexander, speaking for the police department, identified the suspect as a male acquaintance of Mrs. Kerns. The man denied the shooting but was still being questioned at midnight, Alexander said. Higginbotham, a construction worker, was struck by a shotgun blast in the mouth and was dead on arrival at Thomas Memorial Hospital about 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Kerns suffered a wound on the right side of her mouth and face. She was treated at Thomas Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Charleston General Hospital for plastic surgery. Her condition was reported as satisfactory. Alexander said Higginbotham and Mrs. Kerns met with the owner of the truck, Elwood Cyrus, inside Mid's Inn and had gotten in the truck to await a ride home. Cyrus told police he had just left the tavern and was approaching the truck when the shooting occurred. Alexander said the assailant apparently "just walked up to the truck, poked the shotgun right through the window and blasted them." Alexander said other witnesses told officers they saw a man with a shotgun running on the New York Central System railroad tracks behind the tavern shortly after the shooting. He said apparently only one blast was fired, first striking the woman and then hitting Higginbotham. "It could have been a double-barreled shot-we just don't know yet because we haven't found the gun." Alexander said. Nitro police and Mike Hofstetter of the prosecuting attorney's office were searching for the gun along the railroad tracks and Main Avenue late Wednesday night. Surviving the victim are a son, Jackie of Nitro; his mother, Mrs. Sena Higginbotham of Nitro; a brother, Willard of Poca; a sister, Mrs. Loretta Vickers of Nitro; and a half-brother, Felix Holmes of Charleston. The body is at Cooke and Pauley Funeral Home. Charleston Gazette, Friday 11/01/1963…Front page headline: Nitro Man Confesses To Slaying A Nitro man, who told investigators that he had planned to shoot a woman he'd been seeing and then kill himself, confessed Thursday to the fatal shooting of another man. Cloyd Shamblen, 63, of 149 Main Ave., was charged with murder and attempted murder in the death of Christopher Columbus Higginbotham and wounding of Mrs. Loraine Kerns. He was transferred to county jail and held without bond to await grand jury action. Higginbotham, 50, of 3233 Third Ave., Nitro, was killed outright by a shotgun blast that struck him in the mouth as he sat in a pickup truck cab. Mrs. Kerns, 35, of 1303 13th St., Nitro, sitting next to Higginbotham, was wounded by the blast. She was reported in satisfactory condition Thursday in Charleston General Hospital. Shamblen was a suspect and meant to kill Mrs. Kerns and then take his own life. After shooting the pair, he said, he lost his nerve in regard to turning the gun on himself. Shamblen was a suspect in the shooting almost from the outset. The slaying occurred in front of Mid's Inn at 1113 Main Ave.-where Shamblen and Mrs. Kerns had been seen together earlier Wednesday. He denied the shooting until late Thursday afternoon. He took a lie detector test at the state police Criminal Identification Bureau in the statehouse, where he had been grilled for almost three hours when he first admitted the shooting at about 5:20 p.m. t. James Baisden of the CIB conducted the test. Shamblen went with Capt. C. A. Palmer of the Nitro police and investigator Mike Hofstetter of the prosecutor's office to retrieve the gun. Investigators reported he had taken the weapon apart, leaving part of it in his residence and hiding the rest in weeds close to the New York Central tracks nearby. The only suspect in the case, he was picked up about 2 ½ hours after the shooting. Nitro Mayor W. W. Alexander, who followed the investigation, said Shamblen lived upstairs over a store, and had to be seen at the back entry for anyone to know he'd been going in or out. Shamblen was arrested close to his home, after he'd entered it and dismantled the weapon. His Thursday confession was finished about 8:50 p.m. Service for Higginbotham will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Cooke and Pauley Funeral Home at Nitro by Rev. R. R. Matthews. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park at St. Albans.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Mrs. Clara

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 09/22/1965…Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Emma Chapel Methodist Church near Liberty. Emma Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Higginbotham, 67, of Rt. 1, Clendenin, died Monday of injuries received in an auto accident. Member Welford Methodist Church near Rt. 1, Clendenin. Surviving: husband, Benjamin Orville; sons, Russell and Edwin, both of Norwalk, Calif., Robert of Hurricane; daughters, Mrs. William Ellison of Charleston, Mrs. Donald McLaren of St. Albans; brothers, Archie, Willard, Minford, and Donald Casto, all of Kanawha County; sister, Mrs. Isabelle Goodwin of Kanawha County. Knight and Young Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Clara Vesta Casto (1901-1965)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 09/21/1965…Front page headline: Crash Kills Woman, 67 A Kanawha County woman was killed and her husband injured Monday night when their car collided head-on with a pickup truck on W. Va. 4 just south of Clendenin. Mrs. Clara Higginbotham, 67, of Rt. 1, Clendenin, suffered multiple injuries in the crash about 8 p.m. She died in the emergency room at Charleston General Hospital at 8:45. Her husband, B. O., also brought to the hospital in a Knight and Young ambulance, was listed in satisfactory condition with chest injuries and cuts. The driver of the pickup truck, Roy Rucker of Rt. 4, Clendenin, escaped injury. Mrs. Higginbotham's body is at Knight and Young Funeral Home at Clendenin.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Dana Nedra Moore (1913-1955)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 08/04/1955…Contractor's Wife Taken Mrs. Nedra Moore Higginbotham, 42, of 1613 Virginia St. E., died unexpectedly this morning at her home. She was the wife of G. W. Higginbotham, owner and operator of Higginbotham Construction Co., of Charleston. She was a member of Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church. Also surviving are a stepson, George W. Higginbotham Jr. at home; two sisters, Mrs. Adeteer Thibaut of Clarksburg and Mrs. John Jarrett of Charleston; four brothers, Paul, Jack, and Fred Moore of Charleston, and John Moore of New Castle, Del. The body is at Simpson-Chandler Funeral Home. Charleston Gazette, Saturday 08/06/1955 Mrs. Higginbotham Service Arranged Service will be at 11 a.m. today in Simpson-Chandler mortuary chapel for Mrs. Nedra Moore Higginbotham, 42, who died Thursday of a heart attack at her home. She was the wife of G. W. Higginbotham, owner and operator of the Higginbotham Construction Co., of Charleston. Rev. Paul A. Chesney, minister of Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. She was a member of Ruffner Memorial Church. Surviving in addition to her husband are a step-son, George W. Higginbotham Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. Ademen Thibaut of Clarksburg and Mrs. John Jarrett of Charleston; four brothers, Paul, Jack, and Fred Moore of Charleston and John Moore of New Castle, Del.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Dean Gilbert (1895-1958)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 04/18/1958…Higginbotham, Dean G.-62, of 40th St., Nitro, Thursday in Charleston General Hospital after a short illness. He was an employee of Ohio Apex Co., at Nitro. Surviving are his wife, Lena; a son, Robert of RFD 4 Charleston; a daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Alexander of Falls Church, Va.; three brothers, Malcolm and Dale, both of RFD 4 Charleston, and Chester of Huntington; and a sister, Mrs. Pearl Norman of Mill Creek. The body is at Long and Fisher mortuary.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Dennis Franklin (1904-1962) African American

Charleston Gazette, Friday 01/19/1962…Dennis Higginbotham, 57, of Rand, died Thursday in a Charleston hospital after a long illness. A retired duPont employee, he was a lifelong Rand resident. Surviving are six brothers, Kinkle, Roy and Clarence, all of Rand, Charles and Woodrow, both of Washington, D. C., and Patrick Higginbotham of Columbus, Ohio; five sisters, Mrs. Bess Taylor of Charleston, Mrs. Ruby Sales and Mrs. Vivian Minor, both of Rand, Mrs. Catherine Smith of Bluefield and Mrs. Della Jones of Washington. Service will be conducted at 3 pm Saturday in Levi First Baptist Church at Rand by Rev. Oscar Moore. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery at Charleston. The body will be taken from Harden and Harden Funeral Home to the church two hours before service.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Denver (1949-1952)

Charleston Daily Mail, Sunday 08/24/1952…Denver Higginbotham, 3 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Higginbotham of Martin's Branch, Charleston Rt. 4, died yesterday in a Charleston hospital. Also surviving are one brother, Thomas, at home; two sisters, Janet and Wilma Jane, both at home; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hoy Jordan of Martin's Branch, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Higginbotham of Columbus, O. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the home with the Rev. Clarence Lanham officiating. Burial will be in Goff cemetery at Martin's Branch, under direction of Cunningham mortuary. The body is at the home.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Ella Leota Withrow (1887-1964)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 03/09/1964…Nitro Woman, Ex-Teacher, Dies at 76 Mrs. Ela Leota Higginbotham, 76, of 2126 21st St., Nitro, a Putnam County school teacher for 56 years, died Sunday at her home after along illness. Until she retired two years ago, she had taught at Bancroft, Buffalo, Poca and Rock Branch schools and also had served as a 4-H leader and a West Virginia club adviser. In 1958, the Woman's Club of Nitro selected her as Putnam County's outstanding teacher. She was the county delegate to the National Education Assn. Conventions in 1956 (Portland, Ore.) and in 1957 (Philadelphia). Mrs. Higginbotham was especially proud of a gold watch that she was presented in 1912 after being chosen as Putnam County's most popular girl. She was a Morris Harvey College graduate and a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church in Nitro, where she was the first president of the Women's Missionary Society and secretary of the religious education committee. Mrs. Higginbotham also was a member of the Woman's Club of Nitro, the West Virginia Education Assn. and the National Education Assn. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Velva Chandler of South Charleston, and three brothers, Ira C. Withrow of Beckley, Lloyd M. Withrow of St. Albans and B. W. Withrow of South Charleston. Service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Methodist Church by Rev. J. Donald Casto. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. The body will be taken from Cooke and Pauley Funeral Home in Nitro to the church an hour before service.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Emma Slater (ca 1864-1937)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 09/02/1937…Mrs. Emma Higginbotham, 73, died yesterday at her home near Sissonville. The body was taken to the Noble Long mortuary. Rites will be held at 1 o'clock this afternoon at the residence. Interment will be in the family cemetery. Surviving are three sons, Enos and Sidguel Higginbotham of near Sissonville and Clennie Higginbotham of Charleston, and three daughters, Mrs. Arville Baldwin of Grapevine, Mrs. Alma Phillips and Mrs. Sadie Dean of Charleston.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Ernest C. (1861-1949)

Charleston Daily Mail, Thursday 02/10/1949…Headline: Hardware Man Taken by Death Following a four months' illness, Ernest C. Higginbotham, 87, died Wednesday night in a Charleston hospital. He resided at 20 Monongalia St. Mr. Higginbotham was born Aug. 29, 1862 at Letart, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Higginbotham. He had been associated with the Loewenstein and Baird Hardware concerns and in later years after retirement from the business, was interested in real estate. For 40 years Mr. Higginbotham had been a member of the Central Methodist Church. His family was prominent in the Kanawha valley. The body is at the Wilson mortuary. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Laura Higginbotham, and one daughter, Mrs. Harold Allen of Charleston.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Ernestine VanHook (1912-1942) African American

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 04/08/1942…Mrs. Ernestine Vanhook Higginbotham, 29, of Levi, died Monday night in a local hospital. Surviving are her husband, Frank Higginbotham; three sons, Harold, Frank Gordon and Ernest Clayborn Higginbotham; a daughter, Carolyn Patricia; four brothers, Arlo Vanhook of Washington, D.C., Georgie Vanhook of Stanford, Delmar Vanhook of Levi and Kenneth Vanhook, a student at West Virginia University. The body is at the Harden and Harden mortuary.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Ethel Christabel Jackson (1908-1966) African-American

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sunday 10/23/1966…City Resident, Veteran State Teacher Dies Mrs. Ethel Christabel Higginbotham, a veteran West Virginia school teacher, died Saturday in Charleston Memorial Hospital. She lived at 2110 Washington St., W. Mrs. Higginbotham was a member of the First Baptist Church, the church usher board, Smarter Set Social Club, and the Women's Improvement League. She also was active in the NAACP and Phi Delta Kappa sorority. She was a graduate of West Virginia State and had taught in Raleigh County. Surviving are husband, John Higginbotham; daughter, Janet at home; son, John Jr. at home; sister, Mrs. Winona Jackson of Rand. Service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, First Baptist Church. Burial in Spring Hill Cemetery. The body is at Preston Funeral Home.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Eugene Hall (1921-1936)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 03/19/1936…Eugene Hall Higginbotham, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Higginbotham of Shepherd Avenue, South Charleston, died yesterday at a Charleston hospital. Surviving besides the parents are four brothers, Frank H. Higginbotham Jr.; Thomas, James and Wayne Higginbotham. The body was removed to the Owen and Barth funeral home, pending funeral arrangements. The body is to be taken to Buffalo for burial as soon as flood waters recede from the highways.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Frances A. Smith Strickland (1853-1922)

Charleston Daily Mail, Tuesday 11/18/1922…Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Strickland, 69 years old, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nora Edens, 711 Bigley Avenue, Sunday night, were held this afternoon at 2 0'clock at the Edens residence. Rev. F. C. Brown, pastor of the Bream Memorial Church, conducted the services. Interment was made in the Higginbotham Cemetery. Mrs. Strickland had been a resident of the West Side for a number of years, and at one time was prominent in club work. She had been ill for about four weeks. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Gertrude Ellis, Mrs. Bertha Keyser, Mrs. Nora Edens and William Strickland, all residents of this city. She is also survived by one sister and three brothers.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Franklin Thomas (1943) African American

Charleston Gazette, Monday 08/23/1943…Franklin Thomas, 2-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Higginbotham, of Rand, died Sunday morning at the home. The body is in the Preston-Lawson mortuary pending arrangements. A sister, Rose Mary, and brother, Clarence, Jr.; also the grandmothers, Mrs. Mary Higginbotham, Rand, and Mrs. Pearl Mills, Charleston, also survive.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, George Pleasant

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 11/15/1941…Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Kelley's Creek Church, near Martin's Branch, for George Higginbotham, 74, a retired merchant, who died Thursday night at his home, Charleston Route 4, after along illness. Rev. J. Hammonds will officiate and burial will be in Page cemetery. The body was removed yesterday from the Noble Long mortuary to the residence. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Cynthia Higginbotham; a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Norman of Route 6, Charleston; five sons, Dale, at home, Dean, Malcolm and Lester of Route 4, Charleston, and Chester of Poca, and a brother, J. W. Higginbotham of Nitro.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, George Weir Sr. (1901-1959)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 05/22/1959…George Weir Higginbotham Sr., prominent Charleston general building contractor, died Thursday afternoon in Charleston Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 58. Mr. Higginbotham built a number of the city's business houses and other large buildings. Among them were the new State Offices at California Ave. and Washington St.; the Daniel Boone Hotel and its new addition; Montgomery Ward Department Store, Washington St., and Penney's new building on Capitol St. At the time of his death he was in charge of the construction of the new Huntington State Hospital. Mr. Higginbotham also was a director of the Federal Savings & Loan Co. Born in Charleston, Feb. 3, 1901, he was the son of the late A. G. and Mary Medley Higginbotham. He lived in 1613 Virginia St. E. He was graduated from Charleston High School and attended West Virginia University where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Mr. Higginbotham was a member of Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Associated General Contractors of America and the Charleston Building Contractors Assn., of which he was elected vice president in 1956. Surviving are a son, George W. Higginbotham Jr. of Charleston; a sister, Mrs. Tom Riggs of Huntington, and one grandchild. The body is in Simpson-Chandler mortuary. Service will be at 11 am Saturday at the mortuary with Rev. Paul Chesney officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Gertrude E. Goff (1887-1965)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 09/28/1965…A Charleston woman died today on her 78th birthday. Mrs. Gertrude Higginbotham, whose late husband, A. G. founded the A. G. Higginbotham Construction Co., died in the Lyda Davis Nursing Home where she had been ill for some time. She resided at 1716 Virginia St. E. and was a member of Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church. Surviving: sons, Sanford Kelly of Paramaribo, South America, and Ernest of California; sisters, Mrs. Macel Walker and Mrs. Dorothy Burford of Charleston; brother, Romeo Goff of Melbourne, Fla.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the Bartlett-Burdette Funeral Home.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Glenna (1899-1966)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 10/10/1966…Higginbotham, Clenna-66, of Ideal Hotel, Sunday in his room. Surviving: brothers, Ennis of Chillicothe, Ohio; Sidguel of Sissonville; sisters, Mrs. Arville Baldwin and Mrs. Alma Phillips, both of Sissonville; Mrs. Sadie Dean of Charleston. Service 10 a.m. Tuesday, Cunningham Funeral Home. Slater-Harrison Cemetery, Trace Fork.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Harry Andrew (1896-1932)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 03/03/1932…Harry Higginbotham, 36, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Higginbotham, died at his home in Forty-first street , Nitro, yesterday morning following a long illness. He was a grandson of Booker Hammack, Rutledge farmer, who recently celebrated his 104th birthday. The deceased is survived by his parents and one brother, Frank Higginbotham of South Charleston. Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Buffalo Methodist church and burial will be at Buffalo. Officiating ministers will be the Rev. E. L. Lowery of Eccles, formerly of Nitro; the Rev. Urvan Wells of the Nitro Methodist church; The Rev. J. R. Reynolds of the Nitro Baptist church and the Rev. Mr. Baker of Nitro.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Harry Foster (1911-1964)

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 12/09/1964…Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Elk Funeral Home by the Rev. Troy Mullins. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in So. Charleston. Mr. Higginbotham, 53, of 285 Newhouse Dr., died Monday in St. Francis Hospital after a six month illness. An employee of Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., he was a member of the Elk Valley Advent Church. Surviving are his widow, Goldie; his father, and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Higginbotham of Big Chimney; a son, Harry Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughter, Mrs. Delores George of Cinco; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Ruby Fields of Big Chimney; four sisters, Mrs. Ruby Rock, Mrs. Reba Rollins, Mrs. Masel Fields and Mrs. Mabel Huffman, all of Big Chimney; and five grandchildren.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Hazel Mamie Silman (1889-1962)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 12/11/1962…Mrs. Hazel Higginbotham, 73, of Marietta, Ohio, died Monday morning in Staats Hospital in Charleston after a long illness. Service will be conducted at 2 pm Wednesday in Wilson Funeral Home in Charleston by Rev. Dunbar H. Ogden Jr. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edward Conker of Charleston, with whom Mrs. Higginbotham lived part time; a sister, Mrs. Fred White Jr. of Marietta, Ohio; and two granddaughters.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Henry (African American)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 08/13/1940…Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Acme Methodist church for Henry Higginbotham, 71, who died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Anna Brown of Red Warrior. Rev. J. C. Young will officiate and the Pryor mortuary of East Bank will have charge of burial in Red Warrior cemetery. Also surviving are another daughter, Mrs. Myrtle McKinney of Omar, and two sons, Raymond of Eskdale and Petris of Mallory. The body will be removed to Mrs. Brown's home today.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Ida Jane Selbe (1868-1921)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 01/25/1921…Mrs. Ida Higginbotham, wife of E. C. Higginbotham, 217 Goshorn Street, died suddenly at 12 o'clock Sunday. She is survived by her husband, two children, a son, Randolph Higginbotham, of the United States Navy; a daughter, Miss Thyre Higginbotham; her father, Samuel Selbe, of Stop No. 8; four sisters and three brothers. Yesterday her son had not yet learned of his mother's death. He is known to be stationed somewhere Annapolis, but had not been located. Funeral services are to be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the First M. E. Church, of which Mrs. Higginbotham had been a member for twenty-four years.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Ira Edgar (1866-1942)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 09/28/1942…Ira Edgar Higginbotham, 76, a guard officer for the American Viscose corporation at Nitro, died yesterday at his home at 2309 23rd Street, Nitro, after a long illness. He formerly was postmaster at Buffalo. Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Buffalo Methodist church, and burial will be in the Atkinson cemetery at Buffalo by the Fred Cooke mortuary. The body was removed to the home yesterday. Surviving are his wife, Grace; two sons, L. L. of Huntington Park, Calif., and Boyd of Nitro; a brother, E. A. of Buffalo; the step-mother, Mrs. Eva Higginbotham of Eleanor; a half-brother, Otho and a half-sister. Miss Gladys, both of Eleanor.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Jacob Clark (1860-1932)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 09/22/1932…J. C. Higginbotham, 72, of Forty-first street, Nitro, died yesterday morning at the home of his son, Frank Higginbotham, at South Charleston. Besides his son, he is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mattie F. Higginbotham. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Methodist church at Nitro and the burial will be in the Nease Cemetery at Buffalo.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, James Wesley (1875-1935)

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 02/02/1935…Front page headline: Higginbotham Is Fatally Injured. Elks Club Manager Found under Own Automobile At St. Albans Knocked down and crushed by his own automobile, J. W. Higginbotham of South Charleston, manager of the Charleston Elk's Club, was killed early yesterday morning at St. Albans. Dr. W. F. Work, county coroner, investigated the death and said there was no doubt it was accidental. Examined Auto Higginbotham, who was on his way home from St. Albans, where he had taken a friend home, had evidently stopped his car to see about something that had gone wrong with it. Higginbotham's body was found crushed between the left running board of his automobile and a street curb. The machine was partly on the Midland trail and partly in a side street near the Colonial hotel. The automobile evidently had started, then jumped the curb of the trail and gone diagonally across the street, knocking Higginbotham down. Funeral Sunday Funeral services are to be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Owen and Barth chapel. The Rev. F. M. Ryburn, pastor of the South Charleston Presbyterian church, is to officiate. Burial is to be in Spring Hill cemetery. Members of the Elks Lodge are to be pallbearers. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Julia Higginbotham of South Charleston; one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Hunt of Charleston; one son, James Higginbotham, Jr. of South Charleston, and two brothers, A. G. Higginbotham of Charleston and Charles T. Higginbotham of Baltimore. Higginbotham was a member of Charleston Lodge No. 202, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Glen Elk Lodge No. 40, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Elkhurst Rebekah Lodge and Kanawha Council No. 21, United Commercial Travelers.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Jesse Lee (1906-1957)

Charleston Gazette, Thursday 02/21/1957…Higginbotham, Jesse Lee-50, of Kayford, died yesterday in Kanawha Valley Hospital after long illness. Mr. Higginbotham was a miner and a member of UMW Local 750 in Kayford. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy, seven daughters, Miss Ruth Carol Higginbotham at home, Mrs. Barbara Jean Garrett, Mrs. Loretta Jo Robinette, Miss Sharon Kay Higginbotham, and Mrs. Betty Lois Reuther of Baltimore, Mrs. Wanda Mae Burdette and Mrs. Betty June McCallister of Hurricane; six sons, Ralph Edward and Kenneth Wayne of Kayford, Jesse Lee II and Jackie Ray of Baltimore, Bruce Edward of Meadow Creek and Jesse Lee I of Hurricane; four brothers, Percy of Charleston, Arlie and Willie of Barberton, Ohio, and Hubert Higginbotham of Notomine; two sisters, Mrs. Macel Smith of Barberton, Ohio, and Mrs. Thelma Milam of Dry Branch; and 10 grandchildren. Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Kayford Baptist Church by Rev. Ray Kozee. Burial will be in Red Warrior Cemetery. The body will be taken to the home at 4 p.m. today by Pryor mortuary of East Bank.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, Jewell Maxine Boles (1925-1950)

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 08/19/1950…S. Charleston Woman Claimed Maxine Boles Higginbotham, 25, South Charleston, died Friday in a local hospital. She is survived by her husband, James Mark Higginbotham; two sons, Stephen Mark, 21 months, and an infant son, Kenneth Ray; the parents Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Boles, and a brother Byrl C. Boles. Services will be at 2:30 Sunday in Snodgrass mortuary chapel, with Rev. J. R. Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Leo Kessinger, Frank Leggett, George Strough, John Scholl, Raymond Agee and Bob Jackson. The body will be returned to the home of the parents at 4807 Floyd Court Saturday.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com


Higginbotham, John (ca 1845-1929) African American

Charleston Gazette, Monday 10/07/1929…John Higginbotham, 84, died Sunday morning at the home of his son at Levi. The funeral will be conducted at the Baptist church at Levi at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon and the burial will be at Ward. Mr. Higginbotham, who was a native of Virginia, is survived by his widow, Rebecca Higginbotham; three sons, John, Charles and William, and one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Johnson. The body will be at Campbell's undertaking establishment, Charleston, until the day of the funeral.

Submitted by: Misterhigg@aol.com





Back to Kanawha County Obituaries