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Mills River - Billy Ray Higgins, Sr. passed away June 28, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born in Skyland, and was the son of the late Bernard Avery and Estes West Higgins.
He was a chemist at P.H. Glatfelter. After retiring, he worked 13 years at Lowe's of Hendersonville.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Martha Jean Davis Higgins; daughters, Patricia Allen (Steve), Marcia Ball (Gary), Cynthia Takac (Jim), and Vanessa Sitton (Clay); son, Billy R. Higgins, Jr. (Lynn); 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Burnard and Ronald; and sister, Catherine McLaughlin; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm. Monday, June 30 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, with interment to follow at Pisgah Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
A memorial register is available online at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 29, 2014