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Eugene “Gene” Higgins

Eugene “Gene” Higgins, 651 Venton Ave., Erwin, died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 31, 1933 to the late Will and Bonnie Edwards Higgins. A native of Erwin, Mr. Higgins lived his entire life in the area.
He worked as a millwright for Dri Core Corporation for many years.
Other than his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife: Esta Higgins; son: Darrell Higgins; brother: Larry Higgins; sister: Pearl Tilson.
Survivors include one son: Junior Higgins, Erwin; one daughter: Charlotte Buchanan, Greeneville; special daughters-in-law: Teresa Banner and Barbara Higgins, both of Erwin; eight grandchildren, including a very special grandson: Billy Higgins, Marianne Shephard, May Buchanan, Frankie Buchanan, Lee Buchanan, Johnny Buchanan, Michael Buchanan, and Charlotte Buchanan; five great grandchildren: Dalton Higgins, Bailey Higgins, Mackenzie Shepard, Jayla Shepard, Bryston Shepard, all of Erwin; one sister: Rita Smith, Erwin; three brothers: Tony Higgins and wife Linda, Erwin, Jack Higgins and wife Laura, Bluff City, Kenneth Higgins and wife Leslie, Erwin and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family received friends Monday, April 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel.
Graveside service followed at 3:30 p.m., at Higgins Cemetery. The Rev.Danny Hughes officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel was in charge.