Services for W.L. "Bill" Higginbotham were held Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 4 p.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Duaine Morgan and Rev. Tom McCurley officiating. Burial followed in Eastlawn Cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Higginbotham, 85, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko.

He was a native and longtime resident of Neshoba County. He retired after 30 years from the U.S. Army as Command Sergeant Major, having served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He formerly worked as a security guard for Weyerhaeuser in Philadelphia. Mr. Higginbotham was Baptist by faith. He was an avid golfer for many years.

Survivors include his daughters, Debra Johnson of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Denise Butler (Bobby) of Philadelphia; son, Byron Higginbotham of Philadelphia; granddaughters, Lisa Roskos (John) of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Molly Butler of Philadelphia; great-granddaughters, Olivia Roskos and Taylor Roskos; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Christine Higginbotham; parents, Bama and Ada Higginbotham; sisters, Annie Pearl Holyfield, Agnes Alexander, Frances Burrage, Jean Smith and Betty Lewis; and brothers, Leroy Higginbotham, Leonard Higginbotham and Leon Higginbotham.

Pallbearers were Rocky Parks, Johnny Stuart, Uhl Payne, Richard Jones, John White and Lee Dennis.