William Francis Higginbotham, III

higgingbotham oval William  Francis Higginbotham, III,  Bill passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center after a long illness.  He was 81.  He was born in Elmore county, AL and served proudly in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.  He retired from Mr. Transmission after many years in the transmission business. Bill was preceded in death by his parents William and Sara Higginbotham. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kay, after 48 years of marriage.  She was truly his “Angel of The Morning”.  He has six sons of whom he is proud, William L., James Mark, Christopher Lee (Bethany), Hal William Higginbotham, Gene and Steven Pace.  He has two precious daughters, Diana Kay (Thomas) Cotromano and Sara Francis (Gregg) Lowery.  A sister, Sue Thompson and two brothers, Ray L. (Gracie) and Phillip Gregory Higginbotham and many grand and great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:  Chilton County Mental Health Center, P. O. Drawer 689, Calera, AL 35040 For: Mitchell Center.  As per Bill’s wishes, a private family “Celebration of Life” will be held at  later date at their home on Lay Lake.  A special Thank-you to Suncrest, Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Vitas Hospice and all his wonderful doctors.
“I have fought the good fight
I have finished the race
I have kept the faith
2 Timothy 4:7


  1. CandyCampbell and all the Campbells on July 2, 2016 at 12:40 am

    I did not know this fine servant of our country and God but I know of him thru his beautiful son, Chris. He must have been a great man because Chris is as well. I’m guessing the apple didn’t fall far from the tree! God welcomes you home Mr Higginbotham and the heavens celebrate your homecoming. It is us here who are saddened by the pain of not seeing your loving face but we KNOW you are healed and whole with Jesus face to face now. Rest and know we got Chris and Bethany covered for you!! ??❤️

  2. Sara Francis Higginbotham Lowrey on July 2, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Love and miss you, Dad – you will always be my Superman and Anchor Man. Can’t wait to see you again!!!!

  3. Mark Wadley on July 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Love you Chris. Will be praying for you during your tough time. God is awesome. He will help you.

  4. Pete and Daisy on July 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Bill.