James Russell Higgins, age 86, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019 at SECU Hospice Home in Yadkinville.

Mr. Higgins was born May 13, 1933 in Wilkes County to Major McKinley and Ethel Lou Handy Higgins. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Austin Higgins; sisters, Hazel Handy and Nellie Mae Higgins Smithey; and brothers, Wayne and Clark Higgins.

Surviving are his wife, Nina May Watts Higgins; daughter, Sally Wambli Sina Win of Muskogee, Oklahoma; brother, Donald Higgins; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Miller Funeral Chapel with Rev. Leon Church officiating. Burial will follow in Edgewood Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Chapel from 1:00 until 2:00 on Sunday, prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted.

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