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Robert Dexter Higgins


1943 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Robert Dexter Higgins Obituary
Robert Dexter Higgins

Cordova, TN

Robert Dexter Higgins, 73, was born in Jackson, MS, and was adopted at the age of 3 months by his wonderful, Christian parents, Dexter A. and Kitty Biggs Higgins. He grew up in Columbus, MS, and started flying at the age of 13. He was inspired to fly by his dad who owned an Ercoupe distributorship. He soloed at the earliest possible age of 16 and received his private pilot's license at age 17 here in Memphis. Dexter attended the University of Miami and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Hollywood, FL, to earn his ATP (air transport pilot), commercial, multi-engine, instrument, and CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) ratings. He was a general aviation pilot for 45 years retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2006, after 17 years as an aviation safety inspector. During his career he flew 18 models of turboprops: Beechcraft, King Air 90, 100, 200, Piper, Cessna and many other types of aircraft for Marco Island Airways and the Hangar One Beechcraft Distributor which became Raytheon. He retired with 18,000 hours of flying time. Dexter was a Christian, a member of the Germantown church of Christ. Dexter is survived by his wife of 41 years, Brenda B. Higgins, a son, Paul Higgins, a sister, Valley B. Knight of North Carolina, a brother, Ron, and his wife, Janet Rinkenbaugh, of Kansas City. The family wants to thank Crossroads Hospice for the care that they provided to Dexter. A service commemorating his life will be held at Germantown church of Christ, 8723 Poplar Pike, on Thursday, March 23. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. and the funeral would immediately follow at 2 p.m. Online condolences and floral offerings may be made by visiting www.memphisfuneralhome.net.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Mar. 22, 2017
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