Hazel Elizabeth Higginbotham, of Crossett, died on May 29, 2019 at the Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 103.
Mrs. Higginbotham was born January 8, 1916 at Bengin, Arkansas. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Lilly Honeycutt in the small township of Bengin, Arkansas.
She had a modest Christian childhood and could easily recall stories of the many horse and buggy rides with her family and enjoying a delicious new drink, sweet tea, for the very first time. After graduating high school, she completed additional business courses which helped land her a position at an attorney’s office in Hamburg and later a secretary job at the Simplex Plant in Crossett.
In 1939, she was invited to double date with friends and a blind date, named Philip Higginbotham, to see the movie “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” in Crossett. The date was a success and began a love story that spanned 65 incredible years. She and Philip moved to Crossett in 1940, and became devoted members of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. Hazel was a faithful Christian woman who was humble, honest, and adored by her church family. She enjoyed crocheting and playing bridge with her friends and had a immense weakness for sweets, especially fruitcake.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Ronald Higginbotham; three brothers, Jamie, Earl, and Chester Honeycutt; and two sisters, Marie Stewart, and Verna May Johnston.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Marta Higginbotham of Spartanburg, South Carolina; three granddaughters, Cary Hart of Houston, Texas, Hayley Elizabeth Boyer and partner, Danny, of Asheville, Arkansas, and Catherine Stokes and husband, Mason, of Charleston, South Carolina; two grandsons, Justin Lerch and wife, Janet, also of Charleston, and Phil R. Higginbotham, III and wife, Isabell, of Dallas, Texas; three great-grandchildren Hunter and Savannah Hart of Houston, Texas, and Holden Higginbotham of Dallas.
Visitation is Thursday, May 30 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Medders Funeral Home, located at 1564 Highway 52 W, in Crossett.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, May 31, at 11 a.m. the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Pastor Jamie Staley officiating. Interment will be at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.