William Alexander Higgs, Jr.
09/01/1935 - 10/21/2021
Obituary For William Alexander Higgs, Jr.
William Alexander Higgs, Jr. 86, of Jacksonville, NC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 21, 2021.
William was born on September 1, 1935 in Franklin, PA to the late William Alexander Higgs, Sr. and Rose Fucci Higgs. He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of over 40 years, Martha Cheney Higgs; sons, William Michael Higgs of Sierra Vista, AZ, Chaz Higgs of Reno, NV and William David Higgs of Brunswick, GA; siblings Harry Michael Singleton of Washington, DC, Margaret Buckner of Erie, PA, Philomena Jenkins of West Orange, NJ, Carmella McLaurin of Guys Mills, PA and 4 grandchildren.
William dedicated his life to serving his country. He retired after 30 years in the United States Marine Corp and then spent another 10 years in the Jacksonville Police Department. He loved his cars, especially the Vette and loved to RV. William and Martha had nicknames for each other. He called her “Bear” and she just called him “Higgs”. Their love for each other was unimaginable and life will never be the same without him here. Although we are ever so sad that our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend has passed, we know that he is rejoicing in heaven. He will be dearly missed, but in our hearts forever.
A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 27, 2021 at Seaside Memorial Park, 1161 State Road 1511, Swansboro, NC 28584.
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Arrangements are in the care of Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel.
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Martha, my sincerest condolences for your loss. You are in my thoughts.
Martha, sorry for your loss, Higgs will be missed, glad I had the honor to work with him. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you Brother Higgs for your service to this great country and our community.
Martha I didnt know your husband but have many fond memories of you. Wish you the best in a difficult time. Jeff Ruffino
Martha, Jane and I send you our love. So glad we got to spend that last Sunday afternoon watching Tampa Bay and Miami play with Mr Higgs. He will be missed!
I was a young Lieutenant when I reported to Tank BN. Gunner Higgs was our maintenance officer. He was a magnificent maintenance officer and he made sure us young Lts. knew he had the maintenance knowledge and made it also abundantly clear that he didn't care what we thought. He was one of those old school Marines who was brutal to his troops and the rest of us and they all loved him for it. We have lost a giant in the Tank community. Semper Fi Gunner and Fair winds and following seas as you go into your restful retirement.
Hi Martha, I am so very sorry to hear of Higgs' passing. He was a terrific, funny guy who loved you more than life itself! I think he was so very fortunate to have you by his side taking such good care of him during his final days. I pray he will RIP with our Lord and will now be pain free. John and I send our love and deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and the family. Much love and prayers being sent your way, Liz & John Santiago 🙏🏻❤️🌹
Martha, Chuck and I were saddened to hear about Bill. We will always remember his smile, joking and enjoying his friends as we gathered at Hardees. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Chuck and Jane Johnson.
Martha, Chuck and I were saddened to hear about Bill. We will always remember him joking and always had a smile for his friends as we gathered at Hardee's. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Chuck and Jane Johnson.
I worked with Higgs at Jacksonville PD. I just told stories about him 2 days ago, I loved working with him. He was 1 of 2 people who were allowed to call me 'Missy'. He was gruff on the outside, but such a softy on the inside. My thoughts & prayers are with the family.💙
Martha, David and family, "Angels sit on the shoulders of those grieving whispering in their ear that their loved one is in the hand of God". With heart felt sympathy. Jackie Hansen
Martha and family, please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved William. I pray our God will provide you the strength, comfort and peace you desire during this difficult time. Love, Phyllis Wade
Martha, we are so very sad for your loss. You have had a long and happy life together and we are glad that we have been part of that.We will definitely miss him too. Love from John & Vera Sullivan.
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