He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Richards, Mo., the son of Charley Edgar Higgins and Jennie Victoria Tucker Higgins. He married Shirley Jean Zimmerman on Aug. 31, 1954, in Nevada, Mo. Mr. Higgins had served with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. While in the Navy, Clyde traveled to numerous ports around the world and sailed over the equator. He had worked as a salesman for Coca-Cola for thirty-nine and a half years. He had also worked as a flagman for area racetracks for over thirty years. Clyde never knew a stranger and always knew a new joke to tell. He enjoyed hunting pheasants and playing cards, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley, of the home; a son, Terry Clyde Higgins and wife, Lynne, Carl Junction, Mo.; two daughters, Teresa Jean Higgins, Fort Scott, Kansas, and Tammy Sue Ekis and husband, Jerry, Fort Scott, Kansas; three grandchildren, Terra Lynne Higgins, Andrew Clyde Higgins, and Hunter Allen Ekis. Also surviving are a brother, Melvin Higgins, Richards, Mo.; three sisters, Jennie Bell Burch, Eugene, Ore., Thelma Wolfe, Deerfield, Mo., and Ida Lee Daniels, Nevada, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Gladys Goddard, Lenora Higgins, Arline Winship, and Leta Higgins.
Rev. Jared Witt will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Private family burial will follow in the Newton Burial Park in Nevada, Mo. The family will receive friends on Monday at 1 p.m. prior to services at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Pheasants Forever and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main St., P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of sympathy may be left to the family online at firstname.lastname@example.org.