Thursday, December 15, 2016

George Higginbotham

Mr. George Higginbotham, 76, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Visitation will be Saturday, December 17, 2016, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016, in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Ferris officiating assisted by Bro. Michael Hemphill. Interment will follow in Mashulaville Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi, with Bro. Chris Gully officiating.

George was born November 3, 1940, to James “Jimmy” and Mattie Vaughn Higginbotham in Noxubee County, Mississippi. Before retiring, he worked for many years as a grain elevator operator for Tom Soya Grain. Mr. Higginbotham was a member of the Kemper County Camp of Gideon International; he served as president of the Mashulaville Volunteer Fire Department and he served as a board member of the Noxubee Fire Association. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish.

Mr. Higginbotham is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Nell Young Higginbotham of Macon, Mississippi; two daughters, Vickie Richardson and husband, Doug, of Louisville; and Margie Higginbotham Ronyak of Macon; and son, Jimmy Higginbotham and wife Nancy, of the Nanih Waiya community. He is also survived by his sister, Elsie Parny of Louisville; and his brother, Charles Higginbotham and wife, Bettye, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. One of his greatest joys was being “Paw Paw” to four grandchildren: Dennis Ronyak, Courtney Richardson, Karla Higginbotham and Ashley Higginbotham, and one great-granddaughter, Hartley Richardson. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Higginbotham; his parents; his son-in-law, Garry Ronyak; and his siblings, Joe Lee Higginbotham, William Thomas Higginbotham, and Mattie Mae West.

Serving as pallbearers will be Carl Gilbert, David Hemphill, Johnny Hemphill, Ronnie Lee, Dennis Ronyak and Ransom Earl “Dinky” Young. Memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Higginbotham may be given to Kemper County Gideon Camp,
P. O. Box 650, DeKalb, MS 39328.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at