Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California. Officiating will be Rev. David Wagoner. Burial will be at Centertown Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California.
Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society, 2413 Hyde Park Road, Jefferson City, Mo., or Centertown Cemetery, c/o Max Howard, 3224 State Rt. NN, Centertown, Mo. 65023 or Centertown American Legion Post No. 531, c/o Bob Price, 52337 Bird Haven Road, Centertown, Mo. 65023. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California.
He was born on March 9, 1927, in Cole County, the son of Archie Cleveland and Della Lucy Gouge Higgins, who preceded him in death. He was married on Feb. 23, 1952, in Harrison, Ark., to Virginia White, formerly of Marshall, who survives of the home. He graduated from Centertown High School in 1945. He served in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier, was co-owner of Bonine & Higgins Plaster Company and plastered for Myron Snellen. He was a member of the Centertown Baptist Church where he was a Deacon, Trustee and Sunday School Director. He was a charter member of Centertown American Legion Post #531 where he was previous Post Commander and Adjutant; member of California VFW Post #4345; past President of Centertown Fire Department; past President of New Hope Cemetery; Deacon at New Hope Baptist Church and Lebanon Baptist Church; previously he was on the State American Legion Baseball Committee.
Survivors include two sons, Michael George of Carrollton and Vernon Higgins of Lohman; one brother, Clifford Higgins of Centertown; three sisters, Ruby Light of California, Mary Kirchner of Centertown and Dorothy Larimore, of Centertown; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Edward George; one grandson, Rob Morehead, and two sisters, Pauline Allen and Georgia Bonine.