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Billy Joe Higginbotham

Billy Joe Higginbotham, of Ardmore, was born Nov. 4, 1937, in Dexter, N.M., to the late Cecil Browning and Racheal Virginia (Brooks) Higginbotham. He died on, Aug. 21, 2023, in Sulphur, at the age of 85.
At the age of five years old, Higginbotham and his family moved from New Mexico to Ardmore. After attending school in Dickson, he joined the United States Navy and devoted eight years of service to our country. Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy, he returned home to Ardmore where he spent many years working as machine tool inspector for the Stromberg Carlson Corporation in Gene Autry. After Stromberg Carlson closed, he then went to work as a night support manager at the Ardmore Walmart, until his retirement in 2007.
Survivors include his three daughters, Jimi Jo Rude of Wylie, Texas; Kelly Wages of Mill Creek; and Caitlin Valet of Mansville; one son, Michael Anthony Higginbotham of Ardmore; seven grandchildren, Heather Goodin and Tyler Rude, both of Wylie, Texas; Ian England and Rennie England, both of Davis; Zachary Higginbotham of Ardmore; Sara Lena Warner of Springer; and MacKenzie Sloan of Oklahoma City; eight great-grandchildren; as well as one brother, Tony Higginbotham of Ardmore.
Cremation services were entrusted to Hale’s Funeral Home of Davis.
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