Retta Ann Kellum Higgins

Retta Ann Kellum Higgins, 87, of Monticello, went to be with her Lord and Savior April 22, 2022, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.

She was born September 28, 1934, in Monticello to the late James M. and Mattie E. Gillam Kellum.

She was the widow of James Higgins, a housewife, and a very active member of Friendship Pentecostal Church of God. Mrs. Retta’s passion was her church and studying the Bible. Her hobbies included playing Yahtzee and Skip-Bo, making and selling her peanut brittle as a fundraiser for her church, sewing all of her kids clothes and making quilts.

Mrs. Retta once said, ”If I could live my life over, I wouldn’t change anything. I don’t know what I could have done to make it better.”

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, James and Edward Kellum; and a sister, Joyce McGlaughlin.

She is survived by her four children, Elizabeth King, Brenda Young, James Higgins and Steven Higgins all of Monticello; and her grandchildren, Andrea King of Dumas, Rachel Holland of Huntsville, Steven Higgins of Fort Smith, Jason Higgins of Blacksburg, Virginia, Angie Anderson of Bristol, Virginia, Ryan Young of Arkadelphia, and Christy Anderson of Forney, Texas.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at Friendship Pentecostal Church of God with burial in Lone Sassafras Cemetery. There will be a visitation Sunday, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.