Bobby S. Higdon


Bobby S. Higdon, 84, of the Black Fox community, peacefully passed away on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Oct. 22, 1932, to Frank and Ura Ownby Higdon in Cleveland.

He was employed by Bowater Paper Mill, where he worked for 37 years as a machine tinder on the No. 5 paper machine before retiring in 1993.

He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army prior to his career at Bowater Paper Mill.

He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Cleveland Masonic Lodge 134 since 1957.

His passion was to watch his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Frank and Ura Higdon; wife, Joyce Higdon; daughter, Debbie Elliott; grandson, Raybo Ledford; brothers: Paul Higdon and Billy Higdon; and sister, Ruby Smittenger.

He is survived by his daughters: Teresha Tippens (Bobby) and Sharon Wagnon; son, Bryan Higdon; brother, Don Higdon; six grandchildren: Nolan Tippens (Georgia), Kyle Tippens (Amy), Jonathan Higdon (Paige), Sam Elliott (Amy), Joe Elliott and Skye Wagnon; eight great-grandchildren: Caden, Baylor, Hannah Cate, Summit and Mack Tippens, Jackson and Ellie Higdon, and Penelope Elliott; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Army Honor Guard participating.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Serenity of Cleveland Funeral Home, ending with a Masonic ceremony.

Online condolences may be left for Higdon’s family at


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