Beverly Jean (Hendrix) Higginbotham, age 80 of Paris, passed away at 9:24 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015 at her residence.
She was a farm wife, bookkeeper for 25 years at Great Heart Seed, and a truck driver for Higginbotham Farms. Beverly enjoyed volleyball at the YMCA, bowling, playing cards, and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She enjoyed cooking and also providing food for those helping on the farm. She was an avid gardener and also canned the different fruits and vegetables she raised so that they could be enjoyed long after the growing season was done for the year. She loved animals and taking care of livestock, spending time caring for cattle and pigs, even bottle feeding some of the babies and she was always there to help the kids prepare for the 4-H fair. She enjoyed helping her husband and sons in the field.
Beverly had a great love for children and was considered the best babysitter ever. She was fond of traveling, and was able to travel all over the United States, many of those miles on a Gold Wing. Beverly was a member of the Gold Wing Riders Association and the Heartland Oliver Collectors Club, along with many other antique tractor associations. She was an active member of Bell Ridge Christian Church for 56 years and also the Eunice Club, Ladies Aid, Little Angels Youth Group, and the Van Ministry at the church. Beverly volunteered for the Edgar County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and Ag in the Classroom. She will be remembered as someone who was always eager to help anyone that needed it.
Beverly Higginbotham was an inspiration to all and a great human being; she will continue to be loved and missed always. In light of Beverly’s passing, Great Heart Seed will be closed all day Thursday, October 22nd, 2015.
Born September 30, 1935 in Clark Center, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Walton and Audrian (Linton) Hendrix. She married Chester Higginbotham July 7, 1953 in the Five Points Christian Church in Marshall and started housekeeping in Puerto Rico while her husband served in the Air Force. Survivors include her husband Chester, children; Bill (Jill) Higginbotham of Paris, Terry (Bonnie) Higginbotham of Paris, Patty (Randy) Higginbotham Shafer of Paris, Mike (Lee Ann) Higginbotham of Westfield, and Scott (Lori) Higginbotham of Paris, sisters Carolyn Claypool of Marshall and Sharon (Robert) Grieve of Marshall, fourteen grandchildren; Hilary Walker, Jacob Higginbotham, Caleb Higginbotham, Emily Agan, April Creech Shane Higginbotham, Travis Higginbotham, Brittany Rhodes, Jessica Adams, Betsy Adams, Cody Adams, Zachary Higginbotham, Kahrissa Higginbotham, and Parker Higginbotham, five step-grandchildren; Brian Metzke, Mitchell Shafer, Whitney Shafer, Debra Edwards, and Colton Oakley, sixteen great grandchildren; Paven Walker, Nova Walker, Leo Higginbotham, Hadley Higginbotham, Luke Higginbotham, Kaylie Creech, Adam Creech, Aiden Creech, Aubrie Creech, Clay Rhodes, Ty Rhodes, Karson Dunlap, Hunter Dunlap, Kaidence Adams, Maddox Adams, and Ryder Adams, and baby Wochner, due in November, and three step-great grandchildren; Drake Metzke, Peyton Edwards, and Tyson Edwards. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Bill Hendrix, a great grandson Bo Adams, and one niece Sue Claypool.
Visitation for Beverly will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 in Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 22 in Bell Ridge Christian Church with Bro. Kurt Speece officiating. Burial will follow in Marshall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bell Ridge Christian Church.