James Benson Higgins

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of Conroe, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 4, 2011, at the age of 75. He was surrounded by many loved ones at the time of his death.

Jim was a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. He was loved by many, and will be dearly missed. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Velma Higgins, and his brothers, Lowell Thomas and Richard Lewis Higgins.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy Higgins and his children; Randy and wife Denise stationed in Ft. Irwin, CA; Ricky and wife Helen of Conroe, TX Robert and wife Lynette of McKinney, TX; daughter Amy and husband Brent Belman of The Woodlands, TX; grandchildren Aaron, Natalie, Joshua, Adam, Diana, Stephen, Matthew, Ethan, Jake, Avery, Noah, Brody; and great-grandchildren Lilly, Chloe, Hayden, and Liam, and his dog Lacy. Jim was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Conroe.

Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, Jim grew up in Austin, Texas. Upon graduation from Travis High, Jim enlisted in the US Navy in August 1955 and was initially stationed on the USS Haas, after that he begin ATC training at NAS Kingsville. Because of his continue interest in the air traffic control, Jim chose to leave the Navy, via honorary discharge, in August 1957, and then joined the Air Force in February 1958, where he was based at Bergstrom AFB as an air traffic controller, He received an honorary discharge from the Air Force in May 1962.

Jim joined the FAA in 1962 as a controller, based in Denver. He was then transferred to Houston, where he worked as a controller until 1986, when he retired from the FAA he had a combined service record of 30 years, 6 months. After retiring from the FAA, Jim was hired as an air traffic instructor and taught new controllers assigned to Houston Center.

In 1985, Jim joined the Commemorative Air Force. He volunteered as an air boss at many air shows throughout the country and he also flew his Cessna O-2 Skymaster "Wiley Coyote." His participation in air shows was to remember and honor the pilots from the Vietnam War. Jim was very active in the aviation community, and help to inspire many to follow their dreams of flying and to remember the pilots and other service member of America's armed forces.

Celebration of Jim's life will be, Visitation Wednesday, September 7th from 5pm to 8pm. Funeral service, will be held Thursday, September 8th at 12:30 P.M. with Pastor Ken Bitgood officiating, at Cashner Colonial Chapel, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, TX. Interment will follow at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77038 on September 8th at 2:30 p.m. We would like to thank Dr. Kodityal, Dr. Paschalis and all the wonderful nurses who provide care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the in James Higgins's name.www.cancer.org/givehope. You are invited to leave tributes and condolences for the family on our website at www.cashnerconroe.com

Published on yourconroenews.com from Sept. 14 to Sept. 29, 2011
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