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Howard Daniel Higgins

Howard Daniel Higgins, 72, of Rock Island, formerly of Dunlap, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011.

He was a retired coal miner and farmer. He was a former member of Dunlap United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge of Whitwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Howard and Hallie Beatrice Hudson Higgins; and sister, Odean Higgins.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Tate Higgins of Rock Island; sons, Eric (Christie) Higgins and Paul (Judy) Higgins of Dunlap; daughter, Danna Higgins of Rock Island; sisters, Jeraldine (Donald) Colbaugh of Chattanooga, Idona (Paul) Layne of Kimball and Agnes Higgins Barajas of Whitwell; grandchildren, William Daniel Higgins, Blair (Trevor) Barnes, Jacob Higgins, Hunter Higgins and Macy Higgins; great-grandson-to-be, Brior Barnes; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 11 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Dan Mosley officiating.

Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

An online guestbook is at

Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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