S: Gone Too Soon William Russell Higginbotham
FC: William Russell Higginbotham April 28, 1950 - December 13, 2010
1: Gone Too Soon | December 13, 2010 Shay-Bee | While today started as a normal Monday morning, it definitely ended with unexpected news that my Dad passed away unexpectedly. After learning of the events from my Mom, I experienced several different emotions. I was sad, angry, upset, confused and numb. These feelings continued throughout the week, but I quickly removed the "angry" feeling from my heart. My Dad is now in a better place. He lived a noteworthy life and impacted the lives of several individuals. I learned so much from him, and I'm grateful. I had no idea that the following Facebook post would generate so, so many messages of love, support and prayers: "Please keep me, Andre, our future little one (14 weeks), my Mom and our family in your prayers. Everyone knows that I will always LOVE my Dad! I learned so much from him....independence, strength, wisdom. Rest in Peace Daddy! I promise to never forget where I came from. I promise to treat people fair. I promise to not live beyond my means." This memory book is a tribute to the life of William Russell Higginbotham.
2: A BROTHER'S L.O.V.E.
3: "A father's love warms the heart of his children forever."
5: "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world."
8: The love of my life!
9: Memories to cherish!
10: "A truly rich man is one whose family runs into his arms when his hands are empty."
12: Friends are just like family.
14: Gone Too Soon (extended) | This morning, I didn't want to get out of bed, but I managed to get dressed and ready for a 7:00am meeting at work. The day seemed to be dragging along, when I experienced an unusual headache right before my 3:00pm meeting. Since I never get headaches, I labeled it as a new symptom of pregnancy. After my meetings ended around 4:30pm, I left work and called my Mom from the car on the way home. She previously mentioned that she would get dizzy during her pregnancy with me, and I wanted to check to see if she ever passed out from the headaches. We talked for a little bit, but we got off the phone because it was snowing in West Virginia, and I wanted her to focus as she traveled home. I was home for about an hour when Andre' arrived earlier than normal around 6:00pm. Of course, I was happy that he was home early, because the football season seems rather long when he arrives home very late. Andre' had agreed to clean the shower, since the cleaning fumes are so strong and not recommended during pregnancy. Little did I know that he would mix every type of cleaner under the bathroom sink. With the fumes seeping out of the bathroom and throughout the house, we relocated to the game room to watch TV. With Andre's iPhone in the bedroom, we missed my Mom's call at 7:12pm. After Andre's Mom and Dad made a random call to his Blackberry to notify us that they were going to stop by, we started moving around and Andre' grabbed his iPhone. He saw my Mom's missed call and tossed me the phone to call her back. When my Mom's friend answered the phone and asked me if I had spoken to anyone, I became very suspicious. My heart started to beat out of my chest, when I heard the tone of my Mom's voice. She started with, "Shayla, I have some bad news to tell you." At that point, I was sitting up in the chair, shaking and staring at Andre'. My Mom proceeded with the terrible news about my Dad. Andre' grabbed me before I fell to the ground. | December 13, 2010
15: "I'm so lucky as can be, the world's greatest Dad belongs to me."
16: Faith Family | Finances Friends
18: "When you look at your life, the greatest happiness is family happiness."
21: "A family is one of nature's greatest masterpieces."
22: Today, it became real evident that my Dad didn't discriminate against anyone, when lending a helping hand. His memorial service was packed with children, adults, males, females, whites, blacks, etc. When the doors to the church were closed, you could see people still standing along the walls in the rear of the church. One of my Dad's close friends commented, "I've never seen this many men cry at a funeral or in one location." Jacob, an 8-year old little boy from the community, came to say "goodbye" to my Dad. His bouquet/arrangement of potato chip bags was referenced during the service. My Dad used to always stop on the corner and ask Jacob, "Where's my potato chips man?" Before Jacob knew my Dad's name, he knew him as the "Potato Chip Man" that would ask about his potato chips before distributing bags of chips to the little boy. I'm honored to say that William Russell, "WR", Bill, the Handyman ...is my Daddy! My Dad's legacy will be continued! | Rest in Peace Daddy | December 18, 2010
23: A PORTION OF THE OBITUARY | William Russell Higginbotham passed away on December 13, 2010. He was born on April 28, 1950 in Charleston, WV. He's the son of the late William Reed Higginbotham and Zemoria Higginbotham . He was a faithful member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132 and is acknowledged as the only licensed African-American crane operator in the state of West Virginia. He often said that we should "live life and not try to make life." His home was a place where all were welcomed to share in holiday/birthday celebrations, backyard barbeques, and other fellowship and laughter. William had a genuine desire to help others and many counted on his random acts of kindness throughout the year. In the winter, he would wake early Sunday mornings to shovel snow from the church steps in the community. In the spring, he helped plant garden seeds for the summer harvest. Throughout the summer months, William was the "Jack of All Trades" and well known as "Haney the Handyman." While neighborhood children looked forward to him delivering popsicles from the front porch, nieces and nephews regularly attended eventful summers at "Camp Higginbotham." To conclude the year in the fall, friends and family would gather on the deck to listen to music and share stories of times gone by. William always included everyone in his celebrations. "We will truly miss you Daddy!"
24: "Cherish your yesterdays, dream about tomorrow, but live for today"