Cole Younger Higginbotham Jr., 83, passed away Mon. July 30, 2018 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS. Visitation will be held on Wed. Aug. 1, 2018 from 5pm-7pm at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS and on Thurs. Aug. 2, 2018 from 10am-10:45am at Crossgates United Methodist Church in Brandon, MS. Funeral Services are 11am on Thurs. Aug. 2, 2018 at Crossgates United Methodist Church with graveside services to follow at 2:30pm at the Mississippi State Veterans Cemetery in Newton, MS.
C Y, as he was referred to by his family was born in Walnut Grove, MS to Reverend C. Y. and Sarah Fannie Higginbotham on Dec. 23, 1934. The son of a minister he moved many times during his early years. He talked often about “My Days” in school at Collinsville, MS. He graduated from Roxie High School in Roxie, MS, served in the U.S. Air Force and retired after many years of employment with General Service Administration.
Mr. Higginbotham is preceded in death by his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Higginbotham; brother, Rev. John Higginbotham; sister, Wilena Stark and 2 brothers in law, Mike Stark and Clarence Wayne Halford.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Jane Parker Higginbotham; two children, Jayne Kavanaugh (Michael) and Cole Younger “Tripp” Higginbotham III (Sonya R.); 6 grandchildren, Anna Beth Higginbotham, Patrick Cole Higginbotham, Austin Corey Suits, Brett Parker Suits, Clayton Kavanaugh and Trent Kavanaugh; sister, Sarah Pearl Halford; brother, Ralph Higginbotham (Kay); sister in law, Evelyn Higginbotham and numerous nieces, nephews and in laws.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossgates United Methodist Church at 23 Crossgates Dr. Brandon, MS 39042 or Alta Woods United Methodist Church at 109 Alta Woods Blvd. Jackson, MS 39204.