HIGGINS, Ernest J., passed away March 15, 2013 at his home in Ocoee, Florida. Ernest was the son the late W.Vernon and Catherine Higgins. He was preceded in death by his son, John Higgins; and brother, Bill Higgins. He is survived by his wife, Johnny Ruth Higgins; son, Michael Higgins; and daughter, Karen Lynn (Higgins) Sarafian. Grandchildren, Falecia, Brent, Brook, and Tanner. Great-grandchild, Ryleh. He is also survived by brothers, David Higgins (Kay), Ft. Myers, FL. Robert Higgins, Sebring. Richard Higgins, Lakeland. And his sister, Joan Hartt, Avon Park. Ernest graduated from Sebring High School in 1955, and later served in the U.S. Army; two years in Germany. He attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta and worked for Honeywell. He spent most of his life working in the citrus business. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Ocoee, FL. Memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army.