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HIGGS, James Albert

Friday, December 31, 2004

James Albert Higgs was born in Sasakawa, Oklahoma to Rev. Charles Allen Higgs and Flora Mae Higgs on December 31, 1934.

A graduate of Sasakawa High School, "Albert" as he was known in his youth, lived with his sisters and brothers on ""Higgs Hill"" just outside of Sasakawa and joined the United States Air Force upon graduation.

James Albert Higgs was the son of a Baptist preacher/teacher/store keeper. He was a Christian who made a public profession of his faith and was baptized into the membership of Hudson Avenue Baptist Church, Oklahoma City.

He married Eloise Higgs in 1957 and had one son,James Albert Higgs II. James Albert Higgs II is a graduate of the University of Science and Arts of Chickasha and currently serves as Assistant Principal at Covington ISD in Covington, Texas.

In 1972 James, who was known as Jim in his later years, married Ida ""Faye"" Higgs and made their home in San Antonio. Faye and Jim were happily married for 32 years until the angels called Faye away in May of 2004 out of the very arms of her loving husband James Higgs retired after 30 years of service with the Civil Service Commission.

He was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma and then was transferred to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Jim was an accomplished electrical engineer who worked on the radar systems that make up North American Defense System Radar (NORAD).

Jim was a fisherman who loved to spend his free time on the banks, in a boat or on a dock with a pole in his hand. His family have many fond memories of fishing trips/ adventures in his company. Jim spent his last days in the home of his Stepson and daughter-in-law Robin Ross and Betty Anne Ross of Muskogee, Oklahoma where he was happy,loved and very well cared for.

Graveside services for James Albert Higgs were held on December 31, 2004 (his 70th birthday) at the Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Full Military Honors were provided by the Base Honor Guard of Tinker Air Force Base. Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Eloise Higgs of Choctaw, Oklahoma and his second wife Ida ""Faye"" Higgs of Choctaw.

James Albert Higgs's memory is carried on by his son and daughter-in-law James Albert Higgs II and Sheri Higgs of Hillsboro, Texas. Step-son Robin and wife Betty Anne Ross of Oktaha, Oklahoma. Robert Ross and his wife Wanda of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Granddaughter Misty Dobbs of Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma and April Ross of Rogers, Arkansas. Great-granddaughters, Jennifer Sipes and Ans-Leigh Dobbs of Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma. Brothers Roy Dean Higgs and wife Margie of Henderson, Nevada. Paul Mark Higgs of Blanchard, Oklahoma. Sisters Joyce Hunsaker and husband Frank of Blanchard, Oklahoma. Bonnie Seefeldt and husband Chauncey Nashville, Tennessee. Niece Sherri Hunsaker and husband Dennis Coon of Blanchard, Oklahoma and numerous other nieces and nephews.