Burial, with military honors, will follow at Brashear Cemetery with Tony Mabe, Christopher Mabe, Keith Mabe, Jason Mabe, Scott Mabe and Jody Jarvis serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Carpenter, Jack Smith, L.D. White, Glenn George, Gary Almond, Sam Hall and David Burns Jr.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at West Oaks Funeral Home.
Mr. Higginbotham died Wednesday, April 8, at Sunny Springs Nursing Home.
Billy Joe Higginbotham was born in Campbell on Nov. 30, 1939, the son of Rube and Vesta Bowen Higginbotham.
He married Pat Mabe on June 28, 1963, in Brashear. She survives.
Mr. Higginbotham served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Brashear Baptist Church. He was an EMI engineer at E-Systems, where he worked for 40 years. His job required him to travel extensively to cities and countries such as Washington, D.C, Hawaii, Guam, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. England, Germany, Turkey and Korea were among other countries he visited. He worked on many different types of airplanes and interesting programs, including gunships during the Vietnam War, airplanes for the King of Saudi Arabia and the President of the United States.
Other survivors include two sons, Craig Higginbotham of Frisco and John Higginbotham and wife, Stacy, of Sulphur Springs; two brothers, Claud Higginbotham and wife, Johnnie, of Campbell, and Leon Higginbotham and wife, Naomi, of Cumby; and six grandchildren, Tyler Higginbotham, Jonna Higginbotham, Kade Wimberley, Kolby Wimberley, Kason Wimberley and Kamryn Wimberley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, R. T. Higginbotham.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Terrific Tuesday c/o First United Methodist Church or to the Brashear Baptist Family Life Building Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
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