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James T. “J.T.” Higdon

2 August 2013 12 Comments

James T. “J.T.” Higdon, 75, of Henryville, Indiana passed away at 11:50 PM on Friday, August 2, 2013 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, IN.

Born September 1, 1937 in Peonia, Kentucky, he was the son of James C. and Norma Esta (Grant) Higdon who are both deceased.

J.T. was a 1956 Henryville High School graduate and then enlisted in the United States Army being honorably discharged on June 30, 1967.

He married Charlotte (Robinson) Higdon on October 14, 1961 who survives in Henryville.

J.T. was employed as head of maintenance at General Electric for 29 years, retiring in 1994. He worked over 29 years with the Henryville little league and was a ring man at John McDonald Auctions.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, American Legion Post #105 in Henryville and Henryville Civic Club. He served as a Monroe Township fireman, the Greater Clark School Board for 12 years, and as a democratic precinct committeeman.  He enjoyed western movies, farming on his tractor in his massive vegetable gardens and being one of Santa’s favorite helpers in Henryville.

J.T was the last Constable of Monroe Township. The most important thing to J.T. were his grandchildren who he loved and cherished deeply.

Other survivors include, his 4 children and their spouses, Marvin Curtis (Karen) Higdon, of Decatur, Alabama, Victoria Ann (Richard) Horine of Memphis, IN, Thomas Bryon (Angela) Higdon of Henryville, and Traci Jenee’ (Phil) D’Angelo of Henryville, 10 grandchildren, Angela Christine (Nathan) Gledhill of Marysville, Ohio, Grant Alan Higdon of Decatur, AL, Grace Elizabeth Higdon of Decatur, AL, Clinton Wendell Horine of Memphis, Emily Marie Horine of Memphis, Gage Alexander Higdon of Henryville, Clayton James Higdon of Henryville, Owen Edward Higdon of Henryville, Kaitlyn Alexis D’Angelo, of Henryville, and Kelsey Mae D’Angelo of Henryville, 2 great grandchildren, Hayden Thomas Gledhill and Jackson Alan Gledhill both of Marysville, Ohio, 6 siblings, Phil (Jackie) Higdon of Decatur, AL, Bonnie (John Purlee) Burr of Henryville, Wendell Higdon of Salem, Indiana, Martha (Raymond) Thomas of Henryville, Judy (Dennis) Reed of Louisville, KY, and Joan (Rick) Harvey of Henryville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Trent Evan Higdon on February 22, 2013.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11AM on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church officiated by Fathers John Hall and Steve Schaftein with burial to follow at St Francis Catholic Cemetery with Military graveside services.

Visitation Monday, August 5, 2013 from 2PM to 8PM with Rosary service at 7:30PM at Adams Funeral Home & Crematory in Henryville, and after 9AM at the church on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be given in memory of J.T. to his church or Henryville Dollars for Scholars both c/o Adams Funeral Home & Crematory, 209 S. Ferguson St., Henryville, Indiana 47126. 

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12 Comments »

  • Dale White said:

    I am so sorry to read this. I didn’t know he was having health problems. I was always glad to know he was part of our family. I know the first thing he said when he got to heaven and waw my mother. “Hello Puss” And I know they have already met. I think my mother tought of him as another son.
    Dale

  • Kathy Tomes said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you…. We were so Bless to know him…..He was an Inspiration to us All…We will so miss him……

  • Ed DeLissio said:

    Will never forget the hospitality and warmth bestowed upon me and mine by this wonderful family led by J.T. at the Higdon Reunion….my best friend’s Dad! I instantaneously felt like I had always been one of their own – “La Mia Famiglia” (in Italian). Stopped by to visit a few months after the tornado to cheer Mom and Dad Higdon up and Mr. H. cheered me up–making me proud to be an American and feel reassured about the strength and resiliency of this great country; one, man, woman, and child at a time. I will miss you and salute you Sir. Job well done!

    COL and Mrs. Edward L. DeLissio

  • Thomas B. Higdon said:

    August 04, 2013
    Will never forget the hospitality and warmth bestowed upon me and mine by this wonderful family led by J.T. at the Higdon Reunion….my best friend’s Dad! I instantaneously felt like I had always been one of their own – “La Mia Famiglia” (in Italian). Stopped by to visit a few months after the tornado to cheer Mom and Dad Higdon up and Mr. H. cheered me up–making me proud to be an American and feel reassured about the strength and resiliency of this great country; one, man, woman, and child at a time. I will miss you and salute you Sir. Job well done!

    COL and Mrs. Edward L. DeLissio

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    Ed and Karen DeLissio,

    Middletown, Delaware

    August 04, 2013
    On August 2nd 2013 at 11:55 PM. This Cowboy rode off into the sunset. With love of his family around him and the joy of ridding his tractor one last time. I will miss you!!! My FRIEND MY DAD. NO BODY will be able to fill your Boots. LOVE YOU ALWAYS…..

  • Jerry & Cathy Guthrie said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Your dad was well liked by everyone. Our town has lost a great person. Heaven has gained one. Our love and sympathy to your family.

  • valerie & Mike Kavanaugh said:

    To the Higdon Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I pray God helps you find strength and peace to get through it. Your dad was a wonderful person and our town has lost a great man. God Bless you all.

  • Alfreda Witt Randall said:

    To all of you my heart and prayers are with you…it was a very sad day at our house when you moved from Vest Road…it was like having family move. We love you all and pray that your hearts will be full of the very best memories of a loving Husband, Father, Grand-Father, Great Grand-Father and to all of the Witt family a very dear friend.

    God Bless you all,
    The Witt Family

  • Terry@Donna White said:

    Sorry about your loss.Praying for all of you.Sorry i could not make it up there ,but i promised my neighbor i would help with his hay.Mom always had a special place for JT in her heart.Love all of you.

  • Ken and Crystal Aguon said:

    Pride, Confidence, Structure, is what I know of Dad Higdon. He did not say much, but I listened when he spoke. Dad’s most important lesson to me was “family”. He would say to me,”Have you wrote your mother a letter yet?” and I responded “no sir! I called her.”. He was fine with that. I guess???

    He was a proud man, a very confident man, and very structured in his way of life, but the most important aspect of Dad Higdon is that he was a strong family man. His love of family extends to my family down here is Florida. I will miss him.

    Love and prayers from us “The Aguon Family” in Florida.

  • Pittman Family said:

    To Ms. Vickie And Family,

    We were very sorry to hear about your loss. I did not know your dad personally but knew of him. WOW, what a garden!! I always enjoy driving by in the spring and watching everything progress. His garden definiteyly puts my 2 or 3 tomato plants to shame. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    With Sympathy,
    Christa, Curtis, and Paige

  • Patricia Penick and family said:

    I just heard today….I am extremely saddened. My prayers go out to you Charlotte and your family. I only knew J.T. from the few things you told me, but those few words spoke volumes. From what I understood, He was a great man. Last time I saw him was as I was driving by his garden. Fact is that is always where I saw him! You have probably heard this a million times but if you need anything at all just call. Here is a scripture I want to share : Psalms 116:15, I hope it gives a little comfort.

  • Debra keesy said:

    Sorry for your loss I’m Patricia Penicks mom i pray for t he comfort of you and you family May the lord guide you the days ahead