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Stephen "Nook" Higginbotham

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Stephen "Nook" Higginbotham Obituary
Stephen "Nook" Higginbotham

LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at a 1:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette for Stephen "Nook" Higginbotham, age 90, who passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette.

Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Lafayette. The Rev. Robert Higginbotham, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Diberville, MS will officiate at the services concelebrated by Rev. Gary Schexnayder, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette.

Mr. Higginbotham was a native of Youngsville, raised in Biloxi, MS and a resident of Lafayette since 1958. He was previously employed with the University of Southwestern Louisiana for twenty-four years as a carpenter. Mr. Higginbotham was an usher and parishioner of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 10293 at St. Edmond Catholic Church. Mr. Higginbotham was a veteran of the military having served in the U.S. Navy with the Navy Seabees where he was stationed for 36 months in the Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World.

Survivors include two daughters, Earline H. Bower of Lafayette and Karen H. Granger and her husband, Oneil, of Lafayette; six grandchildren, Mia Granger Begnaud and her husband, Kalen, Laura Granger, Stephen Thomas, Tonya Bearb and her husband, Chris, Dawn Bernard and her husband, Ray, and Chad Bower; eight great grandchildren, Mackenzie Begnaud, Lorelei Begnaud, Skylar Bearb, Wayne Bower, Ty Bower, Kaylie Bower, Gavin Bernard and Raylie Bernard; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ena Doucet Higginbotham; his parents, James Higginbotham and the former Marie Verret, both natives of Youngsville; one step-son, Gerald Thomas; one great grandchild, Taylor Bearb; five brothers, Bellin "Bill" Higginbotham, James "Jim" Higginbotham, Nelson Higginbotham, Charlie Higginbotham and Martin Higginbotham; and four sisters, Mary "Mimi" Seymore, Laura Ladiner, Mae Danise and Annette Williams.

A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday and will continue from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Georgette Judy Guillory, Monique Olivier, Mark Boudreaux, Carroll and Mary Katherine Higginbotham and Richard Higginbotham.

Pallbearers will be Carroll Higginbotham, Jean Higginbotham, Johnny Higginbotham, Kevin Higginbotham, Billy Higginbotham and Richard Higginbotham. Honorary pallbearers will be Kalen Begnaud, Christopher Bearb, Oneil Granger, William Guins and Stephen Thomas.

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Melancon Funeral Home of Carencro, 4615 North University Avenue, (337) 896-6366, is in charge of arrangements.


Published in the The Advertiser on Aug. 15, 2014
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