Carl Edward “Curly” Higginbotham, of Groesbeck, went to his eternal heavenly home on Monday, January 15, 2018, at age 83, having passed away at Providence Hospital in Waco. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, with visitation beginning at 9:00 A.M. The service will be held in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Chaplain Jon Honea, of Limestone Medical Center, officiating. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Russell Schomer, Casey Schomer, Robert Brady, Marshall Wisniskie, Steven Gebert, Fernando Acosta, and Lyle Halliwell. Carl was born January 14, 1935 in St. Joseph, LA. to Marshall and Myrtle Higginbotham, and was the youngest of ten children. Carl had known Margaret Haywood since he was five years old and all through school, but it wasn’t until after his school years that they were “set up” and started dating. Carl and Margaret were united in marriage on November 11, 1955. Carl and Margaret lived many years in Haughton, LA, and in Natchez, Mississippi. His jobs also carried the family to homes in Vidalia and Bossier City, LA. He worked as a mill wright for International Paper company in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In the sixties, he and his brother decided to attend school to become telegraph operators. However, since the railroads were using less telegraph communications , they instead went to school in Denver, Colorado to learn to work with computers. From that training, he was employed as a computer operator with Texas Eastern Transmission. During his career, he saw and learned many changes in computer operations. The family moved from the Shreveport area to Spring, Texas where they lived twenty-four years until he retired. Since 1989 they had owned property at Lake Limestone, where their family would meet together on holidays and some weekends. Carl and Margaret moved full-time to the lake in 1999. He enjoyed fishing, visiting his neighbors in their close-knit “key-hole” neightborhood and piddling in his yard. They were involved in the local community, attending meetings of the Limestone County Conservatives and the Lost Prairie Baptist Church as long as their health permitted. Carl had been a member of the St. Joseph, LA. Masonic Lodge, and was recently honored with a 60-year membership award, which was delivered to him at his home by members of the Groesbeck Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed hours at home on his computer, keeping up with news and family through emails and Facebook. Carl was preceded in death by his parents and eight of his siblings. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Haywood Higginbotham, to whom he has been married since November 11, 1955. Also surviving are his four children (and spouses): Carla and William Brady, Kent Higginbotham, Wade and Alicebeth Higginbotham, and Beth and Jimmy Wisniskie. His twelve grandchildren and spouses are: Russell and Sarah Schomer, Amy and Lyle Hallwell, Sarah Higginbotham, Casey Schomer, Emily and Fernando Acosta, Ashley Davis, Brooke and Kirstie Baker, Victoria and Steven Gebert, Robert Brady, Marshall Wisniskie, Ashley Trappe, and Jim and Sheri Nas. Also, there are twelve great grandchildren, and his one surviving sister, Monie Jo Barfield of St. Joseph, LA. For anyone wishing to make donations in memory of Carl, he would have liked to suggest Shriner's Hospital or St. Judes.
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