Jesse Lewis Higginbotham Minister Jesse Lewis Higginbotham, 88, of Visalia passed away on September 22, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Jesse was born July 28, 1925 in Hartford, Arkansas the 9th of 10 children to John & Venie Higginbotham. Jesse grew up in Wewoka, Oklahoma and then in 1943, joined the US Navy and went off to war. He was a proud American and was eager to serve his country. He spent time on the Destroyer USS De-Haven and during his time he became an amateur boxer and eventually won the fleet championship, earning the nickname Bulldog Higginbotham. Then in 1947, he married the love of his life, Jean Seeba, after they skated into each other's hearts while meeting at the ice rink in San Mateo, California. During their early years of marriage, Jesse heard the calling of the Lord and went on to Bethany Bible College, becoming an ordained minister. He Pastored many churches and spent most of his time ministering to others. His greatest joy came from winning lost souls to Christ and studying his Bible. Jesse and his wife Jean, during their 66 years of marriage, had 4 children, Steven, Deborah, Bethel, and Jill, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. During his life, he loved spending time with those closest to him, especially his grandchildren. Jesse, always had something to teach them, whether it was the Word of God, life values, or even to stand at attention and salute the flag. He was definitely a man of strength and faith and will be dearly missed by his family, and those he has touched in his life. He is survived by wife, Jean Higginbotham; son, Steven & wife Sue Higginbotham of Chico; daughters, Deborah & husband Rodney Lundberg of Chico, Beth & husband Ruben Ramirez of Napa, Jill & husband Ken Mickelson of Visalia. Chapel service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 10:00 AM at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel. Burial on Friday, October 4, 2013, 2:00 PM at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery, Gridley, CA. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Sept. 26, 2013