Frances Higginbotham

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 16, 2011

NATCHEZ — Services for Frances Thornbrugh Higginbotham, 78, of Pineville, La., who died Saturday Jan. 15, 2011 at The Oak Care Center in Pineville, will be 2 p.m. Monday Jan. 17, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Winegeart and Dr. Karl Carpenter officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Larid Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and 1 p.m. until service time Monday at Laird Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Higginbotham was born March 5, 1932, in Kilgore, Texas, the daughter of Lloyd Elmer and Mary Ida Stafford Thornbrugh.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bill Thornbrugh; one sister Mary Lee Dianne Thornbrugh; and a daughter, Bonnie Higginbotham Holloway.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, W.C. Higginbotham of Pineville; three daughters, Winni Smigura and her fiancé, Steve Wall of Pineville, Mary Baxley and husband, Kenny, of Pineville, and Pam O’Neal and husband John of Pineville; 10 grandchildren, Twilla Buckles, Marcus Conn, Crystal Furniss, Lucas Conn, Tracy Sanders, Joey Foster, Shaun O’Neal, Brandi Thomas, Naomi Holloway and James Holloway; three step grandchildren, Angela Wages, Raye Lynn Clanton and Donia Wages; 10 great grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren; one sister, Bonnie Spence of Walker, La.

Pallbearers will be Steve Wall, Kenny Baxley, Joey Foster, Lynn Sanders, Wade Furniss and Seth Thomas.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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