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Higginbotham, John Denton (1904-1953)

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 09/12/1953…John Denton Higginbotham of 317 16th St., S.E., widely known Charleston contractor, was found dead in bed at his home at 8 a.m. yesterday. Death was attributed to a heart attack. His body was discovered by his nephew, David Michael Garlach, whom he had reared. Mrs. Higginbotham, the former Beatrice Dial, died March 20 of this year. Mr. Higginbotham, 48, a native of Charleston, operated the A. G. Higginbotham Co., with his brother G. W. Higginbotham of Virginia St. E. Their offices were in the Charleston National Bank Bldg. He was the son of Ambrose Grayson and Mary Frances Medley Higginbotham. He attended local public schools, West Virginia University, and Carnegie Institute of Technology. Service will be 2 p.m. tomorrow in Barlow-Bonsall Mortuary Chapel. Dr. William E. Crane, pastor of Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot in Spring Hill Cemetery. Charleston Lodge No. 153, AF&AM, will conduct graveside rites. The Higginbotham construction company was organized in 1901 by Mr. Higginbothams father. it began operating as a partnership with the two sons in 1927 and after the father's death in 1943, the sons carried on. The elder Higginbotham built Charleston's City Hall, Charleston High School, Chesapeake and Ohio Bldg. in Huntington, and several residences in the Charleston area. Some of the current projects are the state office building on Washington St., additions to the Charleston National Bank building, Charleston General Hospital, the Embleton building on Quarrier St., and remodeling of the Dunbar bank building. Other buildings which the company has constructed are additions to the Daniel Boone Hotel, and Montgomery Ward & Co., the Atlantic Greyhound Bus Company's garage and service building on Pennsylvania Av., B'nai Jacob Synagogue and Horace Mann School in Kanawha City. Mr. Higginbotham was a member of Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Charleston Lodge No. 153, AF&AM, Beni Kedem Shrine, and was a 32d degree Mason. Surviving besides his brother and nephew is a sister, Mrs. T. J. Riggs of Huntington.

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Higginbotham, Josephine Martin (1875-1964)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 10/02/1964…Higginbotham, Mrs. Josephine-89, of Sissonville Star Rt., died Thursday at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Kanawha County and a member of Trace Fork Community Church. Surviving are four sons, David of Poca and Orville, Lud and Okle, all of whose addresses are unknown; six daughters, Mrs. Beulah Skeens, Mrs. Lola Fields, Mrs. Zelma Boggess and Mrs. Lillian Fields, all of Sissonville, and Mrs. Dovie Fugate and Mrs. Ruby Roberts, addresses unknown; three stepsons, Web Higginbotham of Huntington, Addison of Buffalo and Anderson Higginbotham of Dunbar; 25 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cunningham Funeral Home. The Rev. Jim Davis will officiate and burial will be in the family cemetery at Trace Fork. The body is at the funeral home.

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Higginbotham, Juanita May (1922-1947)

Charleston Gazette, Sunday 03/23/1947…Higginbotham, Miss Juanita May-24, Cedar Grove, died at home Saturday morning after a short illness. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Higginbotham; two sisters, Mrs. Garnet Hudnall and Mrs. Pearl Phalen, all of Cedar Grove. Service will be at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church Monday at 2 p.m. with Edward L. Parsons, Otis Caldwell and Floyd Stone officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery, Cedar Grove. The body will be removed from the Perine mortuary to the home at 11 a.m.

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Higginbotham, Kitty Iola (1932-1933)

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 10/18/1933…Funeral services for Kitty Iola Higginbotham, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Enos Higginbotham of Dunbar, who died yesterday at a local hospital, are to be held this afternoon at two o'clock at the Trace Fork cemetery. Interment is to be there. Besides the parents, two brothers and one sister survive.

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Higginbotham, Laura Ann Harmon McCormick (1861-1942)

Charleston Gazette, Sunday 07/26/1942…Mrs. Laura McCormick Higginbotham, 81, of Coal River Road, near St. Albans, died yesterday morning at her home. Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the residence with Rev. J. E. Myers officiating. Burial will be in Teays Hill cemetery with the Bartlett mortuary at St. Albans in charge. The body is at the home. Mrs. Higginbotham was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Harmon, founder of the Antioch Baptist church of which she was a charter member. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. W. W. Henley and Miss Alice Higginbotham, at home; three sons, B. Y. McCormick and P. H. Higginbotham, both of St. Albans, and H. H. Higginbotham of South Charleston; two brothers, W. D. and R. F. Harmon, both of Confidence.

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Higginbotham, Leander Anderson (1842-1925)

Charleston Daily Mail, Friday 09/11/1925…Leander Higginbotham of Putnam-on-Kanawha, father of I. E. Higginbotham of Twenty-third Street, died Thursday morning at 6 o'clock; he was 83 years of age. Funeral services Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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Higginbotham, Lennie Messer (1885-1943)

The Charleston Daily Mail 04/16/1943 page 11…Mrs. Lennie Higginbotham - 58, wife of M. F. Higginbotham, of Notomine, died Thursday at home. Surviving: five sons, Sgt. Bill, army; Hubert W. and Millard Percy of Whitesville; Jesse Lee of Gallagher, and Arley Roscoe of Dunbar; two daughters, Mrs. Macel V. George of Columbus, OH and Miss Thelma Louise Higginbotham, home; one brother, Joe Messer of Brush Creek; a twin sister, Mrs. Mamie Belcher of Lex; Mrs. Minerva Hughes of Ashford and Mrs. Haney Prater of Welch. Services Saturday at 1 p.m., Notomine Community church. Pryor mortuary, East Bank

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Higginbotham, Lucy Taylor Lilly (1886-1933)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 03/27/1933…Mrs. Lucy Higgenbotham, 46, died yesterday morning at her home in Gardner Avenue. Funeral services will be conducted at Shepherd's Chapel M. E. church this afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev. W. R. Moyer, pastor, will officiate and burial will be in the Sattes cemetery. She is survived by her husband, B. M. Higginbotham; two daughters, Mrs. Laura Kessel and Mrs. Lula Crowder of Charleston; two sons, Clyde Lilly of Cincinnati, and Claude Lilly of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Joseph and Walter Taylor of Beckley; two half-brothers, W. A. and Phillip Stanley of Beckley; and three sisters, Mrs. Joseph C. Windon, Mrs. George Davis and Mrs. J. Ballard, all of Beckley.

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Higginbotham, Lydia Conway (1875-1919)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 02/16/1920…Mrs. Lydia Higginbottom, aged 44 years, died Sunday morning at her home on Chandler's Branch. The remains were brought to the home of relatives at 1647 Sixth Avenue later in the day and funeral services will take place there at four o'clock. Interment will follow in Sattes graveyard.

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Higginbotham, Margaret Gertrude Davidson (1885-1959)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 11/10/1959…Mrs. Gertrude Davidson Higginbotham, 74, who moved from Spring Hill section of South Charleston to Lakeland, Fla., about eight years ago, died there Monday. Death occurred unexpectedly while she was attending a church circle meeting. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland on Wednesday. The body will be returned for burial on Friday in the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Va. Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her husband, Beverly M., and a daughter, Mrs. Harry Lloyd, both of Lakeland; six sons, Beverly M. Jr. of Buffalo, N. Y., John H. of St. Albans, William K. of Barstow, Calif., Mark of California and Henry and Richard, both of Lakeland; and 19 grandchildren.

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Higginbotham, Margaret Marie

Charleston Gazette, Sunday 05/05/1940…Rev. J. A. Whitlow will conduct rites at 2 p.m. today at the home of her sister, Mrs. C. F. Persinger of Ward, for Miss Margaret Marie Higginbotham, who died Friday. Burial will be in Ward cemetery with the Hunter and Hunter mortuary at Madison in charge. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Higginbotham of Ridgeview; four sisters, Mrs. Herbert Whiteley and Miss Nora Higginbotham of Ward; Miss Lucille Higginbotham and Miss Helen Lee Higginbotham of Ridgeview; four brothers, Robert, Albert and Ira Higginbotham of Ward and William Higginbotham of Ridgeview.

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Higginbotham, Mark B. (1863-1936)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 08/11/1936…Mark Higginbotham, retired school teacher, died yesterday afternoon at his home on Coal River near St. Albans. He had taught in the schools of Kanawha and Putnam Counties for 43 years. Funeral services are to be held at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence. The Rev. J. E. Myers is to have charge. Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his widow, Mrs. Laura Higginbotham; two daughters, Miss Alice Higginbotham and Mrs. Ruth Henley; two sons, H. H. Higginbotham of South Charleston and P. H. Higginbotham of St. Albans; two stepsons, B. Y. McCormick of St. Albans and S. D. McCormick of Paradise; and a sister, Mrs. J. B. Older of Alabama.

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Higginbotham, Martha Marie Hammack (1872-1939)

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 02/24/1939…Mrs. Mattie Higginbotham, 68, died yesterday at the home of a son, Frank, of Third Avenue, South Charleston. Services will be held a 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the First Baptist Church at South Charleston. Rev. H. L. Parkinson will officiate, and burial will be in the Nease cemetery at Buffalo. Surviving are also six brothers, John Hammack of Tad, Lewis Hammack of Marmet, George Hammack of Spring Hill, Ernest, Albert and Wilbur Hammack, all of Rutledge; seven sisters, Mrs. Elmira Watson of Charleston, Mrs. Rose Spradling of Rutledge, Mrs. Fannie King of Chesapeake, Mrs. Annie Perry of Greenbrier County, Mrs. Allie Virgin of Moundsville, Mrs. Diolena Crowder of Charleston, and Mrs. Dorothy Watson of Rutledge; and four grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be A. B. Lloyd, E. G. Barton, E. C. Lake, G. S. Bryant, I. R. Davis and W. F. Hannah.

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Higginbotham, Mary Bowen (1873-1918)

Charleston Daily Mail, Wednesday 10/16/1918…The funeral of Mrs. Mary Bowen Higginbotham, wife of Marshall Higginbotham local attorney, was held this morning in an undertakers mortuary chapel and interment was made in Spring Hill Cemetery. There was a large attendance of friends from the state house, the bar and of family friends at the service. Her death from pneumonia occurred Monday afternoon at the family residence, 604 Capitol Street.

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Higginbotham, Mary Estelle Worth Isabell (1885-1952) (African-American)

Charleston Gazette 12/1952…Mary E. Higginbotham - Service will be at 1:30 tomorrow in Rand Baptist Church with Rev. H. P. Woodson officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. The body will be taken from Harden and Harden mortuary to the home at 6 p.m. today and to the church an hour before service. Mrs. Higginbotham, 67, of Rand died Saturday in Boiarsky Memorial Hospital.

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Higginbotham, Mary Francis Medley (1874-1929)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 02/05/1929…Headline: Mrs. Higginbotham Victim of Illness. Heart Disease Fatal to Wife of Local Contractor Mrs. A. G. Higginbotham, aged 53 years, wife of a prominent local contractor, died about midnight Sunday at her home on Virginia Street following a sudden attack of heart disease. Mrs. Higginbotham, who was apparently in good health had retired when she suddenly became ill. Before marriage she was Miss Fannie Medley and her entire life had been spent in Charleston. She was a member of the Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church and was active in church work. Also, she was a member of the Woman's Club of Charleston. Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Tom Riggs of Huntington and Mrs. Estelle Alexander of Charleston, and two sons, Weir and John Higginbotham of Charleston. Funeral services will be held at the residence, 1716 Virginia Street, Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock, in charge of Rev. F. J. Brook. Interment will be in Spring Hill cemetery.

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Higginbotham, Maysel Ellwood Morgan Malcolm (1887-1934)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 06/25/1934…Headline: Mrs. Higginbotham Dies At Her Home. Was Daughter of Late Nitro Mayor; Rites Set For Tuesday Mrs. Maysel Malcom Higginbotham, 47, wife of E. E. Higginbotham, died yesterday morning at her home in Nitro. She was a daughter of the late George S. Morgan, mayor of Nitro, and served in the Kanawha county clerk's office for many years under L. C. Massey and Roscoe N. Moulton. Mrs. Higginbotham was a member of the Eastern Star order and the Methodist church at Nitro. Funeral services are to be held tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the Nitro Methodist church. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Roscoe N. Moulton, Fred Morris, L. C. Massey, L. A. Edwards, E. W. Carl and Samuel Montague. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Hansford Higginbotham of Miami, Fla., and Miss Geraldine Malcom; a step-daughter, Emma Louise Higginbotham, and a son, Clayton Higginbotham; her mother, Mrs. George Morgan of Charleston; two sisters, Mrs. W. R. Ayers of Roanoke, Va., and Mrs. W. W. Huffman of Charleston, and three brothers, Daniel Morgan of Akron, O., Harry and George Morgan of Charleston.

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Higginbotham, Millard Francis (1876-1953)

Charleston Daily Mail, Thursday 02/05/1953…Millard Francis Higginbotham, 76, of Notomine, on Cabin Creek, died yesterday in Kanawha Valley Hospital after a long illness. Survivors: two daughters, Mrs. Macel Smith of Notomine, and Mrs. William Milam of Dry Branch; five sons, Hubert and Arlie of Notomine, Jesse Lee of Miami, William Bruce of Barberton, O., and Percy of Charleston; and two brothers, Samuel and Henry of Marion, Ind. Services will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Community church at United with the Rev. Mont Carr officiating. Burial will be in Notomine Cemetery under direction of Pryor mortuary of East Bank. The body is at the mortuary and will be taken to the home of a son, Hubert, at Notomine Friday at 4 p.m.

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Higginbotham, Myrita May Gullian (1878-1953)

Charleston Daily Mail, Friday 05/01/1953…Service will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Harmon's Creek church. The Rev. Lawrence Gibson will officiate and burial will be in King Cemetery under direction of Fred Cooke mortuary of Nitro. Mrs. Higginbotham, 77, died yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Frank King, of Lanham. The body was to be taken to the residence of Mrs. King this afternoon. Survivors include four stepbrothers, J. F. Thomas of Coal River, Earl, William and Jesse, all of Cowen, Webster County; two stepsisters, Mrs. Pearl Murphey of Cowen, and Mrs. Effie Riggs of Huntington.

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Higginbotham, Olivia Valentine Cunningham

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 02/17/1940…Mrs. Olivia V. Higginbotham, 78, native of Virginia and long-time resident of Spring Hill, died yesterday morning at her home after a long illness. Services will be held at 8 a.m. today at the Owen and Barth mortuary chapel with Rev. Joe B. Overmyer officiating. The body will be taken to Lexington, Va., for burial services at 4 p.m. today. Mrs. Higginbotham was a member of Buena Vista M. E. church of Virginia. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. L. Meredith of Ashland, Ky., two sons, B. M. Higginbotham of Spring Hill and H. H. Higginbotham of Salem, Va., 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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Higginbotham, Oran "Owen" (1901-1935)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 09/09/1935…Owen Higginbotham, 34, died at his home in Beach Avenue last night. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Virlin and Eugene Higginbotham; three daughters, Miss Juanita Higginbotham, Miss Emmagene Higginbotham and Miss Mary Ruth Higginbotham; and three sisters, Mrs. Dicie McKinney, Mrs. Murlie Carte of Charleston and Mrs. Frieda Casto of Cabin Creek. The body was taken to the Johnson funeral home.

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Higginbotham, Otis McKinley (1900-1964)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 10/26/1964…Higginbotham, Otis M.-64, of 1117 Thorn Rd., died Sunday in Thomas Memorial Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was a retired employee of Evans Lumber Co. Surviving are his widow, Annabelle; two sons, Joe and Jerry, both of South Charleston; three sisters, Mrs. Dicie McKemy of Charleston, Mrs. Murle Carte of South Charleston and Mrs. Freda Casto of Ashford; and four grandchildren. Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Raynes Funeral Home at Buffalo. Burial will be in Tucker Cemetery at Grimm's Landing.

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Higginbotham, Paul Dunn (1924-1960)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 04/19/1960…Front page headline: Leap From Bridge Kills Ex-City Man Charleston and South Charleston firemen were dragging the Kanawha River late Monday for the body of a Dayton, Ohio, man who leaped from the Patrick St. Bridge and apparently drowned. The missing man was identified as Paul Dunn Higginbotham, 35, of 7820 Dogleg Rd., Dayton, a former Charleston resident. Witnesses told authorities they saw Higginbotham, who was walking across the bridge from South Charleston, suddenly climb onto the guardrail near the center and jump. A sister of the missing man, Mrs. Jennie Sieferman, also of Dayton, told police she was with her brother only minutes before he jumped. Police said Mrs. Sieferman left her brother at the end of the bridge and caught a bus to South Charleston. Higginbotham told her he was going to cross the bridge to catch a bus to Cedar Grove. He had been ill for sometime, Mrs. Sieferman told police, and had been working as a painting contractor in Dayton for the past five years. Higginbotham is also survived by his father, Brady L. Higginbotham of Dayton; four brothers, Clair and Charles of Dayton, Arnold of Charleston and Samuel of South Charleston; and two half-sisters, Mrs. O. O. Holmes of Charleston and Mrs. Claudia Abbott of Dayton.

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Higginbotham, Pearl Octavia Nelson (1884-1953) African-American

Charleston Gazette, Sunday 09/26/1953…Headline: Mrs. Higginbotham Is Dead at Age of 71 Mrs. Pearl Nelson Higginbotham, 71, widow of W. R. Higginbotham Sr., died early yesterday in her home at Rand after a long illness. She had lived at Rand the past 31 years and was a member of First Baptist Church. Surviving are three sons, John and W. R., both of Charleston and Frank of Rand; seven daughters, Mrs. Blanche Pollard of Yonkers, N.Y., Miss Grace Higginbotham of Stamford, Conn., Miss Helena Higginbotham of Columbus, O., Mrs. Phyllis Meadows of Montgomery, and Mrs. Lillian Cosby and Mrs. Doris Foy, both of Rand and Mrs. Viola Clark of Columbus, O.; three brothers, Alex Nelson of Rand, Robert of Bluefield and William of Columbus and 14 grandchildren The body is at Harden and Harden mortuary. Charleston Daily Mail, Sunday 09/27/1953…Higginbotham, Mrs. Pearl Nelson-Funeral services will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Rand. The Rev. Oscar Moore will officiate. Burial will follow in Ward cemetery under direction of Hardin and Hardin mortuary. Mrs. Higginbotham, 71, died Friday at her home in Rand after a long illness. The body will be taken from the mortuary to the church an hour before service.

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Higginbotham, Perry Francis (1861-1938)

State Gazette, Thursday 05/05/1938…Perry Frances Higginbotham, born September 11, 1861, departed from this life, April 22, 1938 at the age of 76 years, 7 months and 12 days. He was united in marriage to Ida Mae Corfee September 31, 1886 and the this union were born seven children. Four having preceded him in death several years ago, he is survived by his widow and three children, Percy Franklin Higginbotham of North Point Pleasant, Cornelia Livinghood of Hardy, W. Va., and John Higginbotham of Nallen, W. Va. Also surviving are three sisters, Eliza Hart, Nancy Venison and Mina Ewers and two brothers, George Higginbotham and Homer Higginbotham. He was a member of the United Brethren Church and was an active member for a number of years.

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Higginbotham, Perry O. (1881-1968)

Charleston Gazette, Friday 05/03/1968…Of Allens Fork Route, Sissonville, Thursday, Charleston General hospital. Member Methodist church, retired farmer. Surviving: sisters, Mrs. Lessie Carney and Miss Mary Higginbotham, both of Sissonville; brother, Dr. Cecil Higginbotham of Dunbar. Service 11 a.m. Saturday, Emma Chapel Church. Emma Chapel Cemetery. Long-Fisher Funeral Home.

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Higginbotham, Rebecca Roberts (ca 1850-1931) African American

Charleston Gazette, Friday 03/06/1931…Mrs. Rebecca Higginbotham, 81, died yesterday morning at her home at Levi. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Johnson of Providence, R. I.; three sons, John Higginbotham of Virginia; Charles and W. R. Higginbotham of Levi and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Johnson of New York.

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Higginbotham, Rhoda Ann Tucker (1887-1966)

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sunday 01/23/196…Higginbotham, Mrs. Rhoda Ann-78, of Cedar Grove, died Saturday night, Kanawha Valley Hospital. Member Cedar Grove Baptist Temple, former owner Uneeda Lunch, former barber, Kanawha County native, cofounder of R. F. Higginbotham Co. general store of Cedar Grove. Surviving: husband, the Rev. Robert Franklin; daughters, Mrs. Garnet Hudnall, Mrs. Pearl Phalen, both of Cedar Grove; sisters, Mrs. Mary Davis of Greenfield, Ohio, Mrs. Percie Hanger of Huntington. Cook Funeral Home. (Buried Tuesday, 01/25/1966 in Woodland Cemetery, Cedar Grove, WV)

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Higginbotham, Russell Ernest (ca 1917-1942)

Higginbotham, Pauline Burke (1922-1942)

Charleston Gazette, Monday 04/27/1942…Front page headline: 2 Women, Man Killed In Automobile Wreck, Car Plunges on Railway Tracks Near London; 4th Injured Two women and a man were killed about 9:20 last night when the automobile in which they were riding went out of control on the Midland trail, left the road and landed on the New York Central tracks in the path of a westbound freight train near London. The impact was such, state police said, that the front wheels of the locomotive were derailed. A fourth person was critically injured. The dead: Russell Higginbotham, Smithers; Pauline Higginbotham, his wife; Ethel Gibson, London. Injured and taken to Laird Memorial hospital at Montgomery was a man identified as James Landers or Lanham, of London. He was still unconscious this morning. Clyde Groves, Charleston, who was at the scene of the wreck, said that Miss Gibson's body was found about 200 feet east of the point of collision, a short distance above the London dam. The bodies were taken to the B. C. Hooper mortuary, Montgomery. Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 04/28/1942…Joint Funeral Slated For Accident Victims Burial Will Be Tomorrow For Higginbotham Pair, Killed By Train Joint services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Mt. Olive cemetery at Marting for Russell Ernest Higginbotham, 24, and his wife, Mrs. Pauline Higginbotham, 19, who were killed Sunday night when the automobile in which they were riding got out of control on the Midland trail, left the road and landed on the New York Central tracks in the path of a westbound train near London. The body of Ethel Gibson of London, also killed in the accident, is at the B. C. Hooper mortuary at Montgomery, pending funeral arrangements. The condition of James Landers of London, injured in the accident, remained critical at the Laird Memorial hospital at Montgomery. Rev. Okey Webb will officiate. The bodies will be removed today to the home of Mr. Higginbotham's sister, Mrs. Thelma Whittington of Smithers. Also surviving Mr. Higginbotham are his mother, Mrs. Pearl Higginbotham; a brother, John Lewis Higginbotham, and two sisters, Mildred and Betty Jo Higginbotham, all of Marting. Surviving Mrs. Higginbotham are her mother, Mrs. Charles Burke of London; three brothers, Gilbert Burke of Gallagher, William Burke of Smithers and Charles Burke, Jr., of London; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Erwin of Rich Creek, Va., and Miss Loraine Burke of London.

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Higginbotham, Sallie Maude Barger (1875-1949)

Charleston Daily Mail, Saturday 12/17/1949…Rev. Mark Farran will conduct funeral services Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Wilson mortuary chapel for Mrs. Sallie Maude Higginbotham, 74, who died Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. H. R. Waybright, 903 Woodward Dr. Mrs. Higginbotham was a member of the Longdale chapter, Order of the Eastern Star at Winona, and of the Methodist church at Ohley. A native of Fincastle, Va., Mrs. Higginbotham will be buried in the family plot at Clifton Forge, Va.

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Higginbotham, Silas Park (1874-1956)

Charleston Gazette, Saturday 08/18/1956…Higginbotham, S. Park-82, of Sissonville, died Thursday at his home. Mr. Higginbotham was a retired farmer and had been a schoolteacher in Kanawha County for 40 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Willa Higginbotham; two sons, Zally O. and Herbert A. (Tom), both of Sissonville; two brothers, Perry of Sissonville and Cecil M. of Dunbar; four sisters, Mary Higginbotham and Mrs. Leslie Carney, both of Sissonville, and Mrs. Cannie Summers and Mrs. Loula Summers, both of Charleston; and 11 grandchildren. The body is at Raynes mortuary in Buffalo and will be taken at 10 a.m. today to the home.

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Higginbotham, Sena Altha Holmes (1883-1964)

Charleston Gazette, Wednesday 02/12/1964…Higginbotham, Mrs. Sena Altha-80, of 3233 Third Ave., Nitro, died Tuesday in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Surviving are two sons, Willard Higginbotham of Poca and Felix Holmes of Charleston; a daughter, Mrs. Loretta Vickers at home; a step daughter, Mrs. Emma Kinser of Poca; a brother, Clarence Holmes of Kelly's Creek; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Older of Van, Miss Ola Holmes and Miss Leanna Holmes, both of Kelly's Creek; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in 39th Street Church of the Nazarene at Nitro by Rev. R. R. Matthews. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park. The body is at Gatens Funeral Home in Poca.

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Higginbotham, Teresa Lynn (1965)

Charleston Gazette, Tuesday 02/16/1965…three-week-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Higginbotham of 607 Spring St., St. Albans, died Monday at her home. Other survivors include a sister, Lisa Diane; grandparents, Mrs. Delma Higginbotham Cochrane of Charleston and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon R. Crago of St. Albans; and great-grandmother, Mrs. Leota Bogges of Charleston. Service will be at 2 p.m. today in Bartlett Funeral Home at St. Albans with the Rev. Ross Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park. Visitors may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today.

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