Mahala Arnold Baker Higginbotham, 94, of Narrows, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She was born in Norfolk, Va., on September 8, 1918, and was the daughter of the late George and Bessie Burgess Baker. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Chapman Higginbotham Sr.; a son, Marshall Chapman Higginbotham Jr.; a daughter, Bessie Higginbotham Teats; two sisters; and two brothers.
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Mahala was a faithful Christian and a mentor to many friends. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister and friend, she will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Barbara H. Nunes, of Narrows, and Linda H. Hardy, of Keller, Texas; three sons-in-law; 10 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; three great- great- grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and many special friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Faith Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church in Pearisburg with Pastor Deborah Hutton, the Rev. Jeff Ray, and the Rev. Bernice Warner officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows on Friday, April 19, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider Faith Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1523 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA 24134.
The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, Va., (540) 726-2442, and online at riffefuneralservice.com.
Published in Roanoke Times on Apr. 18, 2013