Jimmie was born Feb. 26, 1930, at Iola, the son of Floyd B. and Myrtle (Adams) Higginbotham. He grew up in the Carlyle area and graduated from Iola High School in 1948. He served in the United States Navy from 1948 until 1951, including 27 months in Guam.
On Nov. 21, 1952, Jimmie married Bonnie Jean Thornbrugh at his parent's home in rural Iola. They made their home in Iola until 1953 when they moved to Paola for three years and returned to Iola. They lived in Plainfield, Ill., Anderson, Ind., Decatur, Ill. and Mason City, Iowa before settling in Fort Scott. He worked as a terminal manager for Mitchell Transport Co. from 1964 until 1983. He retired from Gates Rubber Company in Iola. Bonnie preceded him in death April 9, 2006.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and VFW. Jimmie enjoyed woodworking, crocheting, making Christmas candy, gardening and farming.
Surivors include special friend and caregiver, Margie Albright of Fort Scott; two children Ronnie Higginbotham and wife, Debbie of Iola and Rhonda Smith and husband, Rodney of Parsons; two brothers Jack Higginbotham of Mankato, Minn; and Tom Higginbotham of Iola; four grandchildren: Melisa Aikins and husband, Grant of Chanute; John Higginbotham and wife, Jenna of Ottawa; Cindy Smith and husband, Jimmy Coffield of Iola; and Nick Smith and wife, Tiffany of Independence, Kan.; five great-grandchildren Dylan and Dalton Coffield, Ollie and Kadence Byrd, and Eliana Higginbotham
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Buss.
There will be a visitation from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Chapel in Iola. with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Humboldt. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society and left with the Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.