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February 4, 2014

Terry Wayne Higginbotham

TERRE HAUTE — Terry Wayne Higginbotham, 64, of West Terre Haute, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in his residence. He was retired and had worked as a truck driver for Doxsee Foods for many years. In his younger years he had worked for the Blue Ribbon Coal Company in West Terre Haute. He had most recently been operating a lawn care business as well as a mechanic. He was born Aug. 4, 1949, in Terre Haute, to Virgil “Ray” Higginbotham and Mary “Waunita” Gulley Higginbotham.

Survivors include three daughters, Candy S. Higginbotham and companion Joe LaBree of Terre Haute, Lisa VanGilder and husband Jerry of West Terre Haute, and Shonnie VanGilder and companion Lance Jones of Terre Haute; six grandchildren, Tyson Wayne LaBree, Kevin, Heather, and Julie Donovan, and Sarah and Josh VanGilder; five great-grandchildren, Aden James Jones, Jaelynn Jones, Hanna Donovan, Christian Donovan, and Raelynn Donovan; six brothers including a special brother, Ed Higginbotham, Jerry, Ken, Tom, Albert, and Joe Higginbotham; a sister, Geneva Boles; his former wife and friend, Thelma Smith and her husband Kenny of West Terre Haute; and many, many nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim Ray Higginbotham; and a sister, Kathy Hefler.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had served during the Vietnam era. He was a member of American Legion Post 501 and the Young Men’s Club in West Terre Haute.

According to his wishes cremation has been scheduled, with a celebration of life service to be scheduled at a later date. Fitzpatrick Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

 

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