Gary Lee Higginbothem, Sr.

June 14, 1940 ~ December 4, 2019 (age 79)


Gary Lee “Lucky” Higginbothem, Sr., a resident of Blakely, Georgia passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Southeast Health. He was 79.

Mr. Higginbothem is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Morgan Higginbotham and Henrietta Oleta Westfall; beloved wife, Shirley Higginbothem and two brothers, Wayne Higginbotham and Willard Jenkins.

He is survived by his children, Sylvia Howell, Gary Higginbothem, Jr. and wife Diane, Nina Richardson, Michael Higginbothem and wife Amanda; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; brothers - Lloyd Higginbotham and wife Barbara and Charles Higginbotham and wife Donna; brother-in-law David Elkins and sister-in-law Gloria Shiver.

Lucky, as he was known to all of his friends, was a truck driver for 41 years and proudly finished the last 17 years of his career with Wal-Mart. He had a deep respect for artisans and their talents and was a craftsman in his own right. Lucky was an artist, a carpenter, a mechanic, and much more…literally a jack of all trades. He had a wry sense of humor and could entertain friends and family alike for hours with his tall tales and anecdotes. Lucky was a veteran, a patriotic supporter of our troops, but most of all he was the biggest fan of his children and grandchildren – so proud of his greatest legacy.

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