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Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins, 87, Johnson City, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Johnson City medical Center. He was a native of Yancey county, NC and son of the late Zebulon and Thursey Phillips Higgins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Pearl Higgins, and his brother, William “Bill” Higgins.

Jack was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren. . He was a faithful member of Unicoi Free Will Baptist Church having served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Jack continued to support the church until his death.

Jack proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for over twenty years serving in WWII, the Korean Conflict, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. After his Navy service, Jack developed a passion for carpentry and woodworking, especially designing and constructing hand-crafted furniture.

Those left to cherish Jack’s memory include his wife of fifty nine years, Robbie Leedy Higgins, sons, Craig Higgins, Scott Higgins, grandchildren, Hunter, Alexandra, and Tyler Higgins, very special mother-in-law, Opal “Granny” Leedy.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to his friend and caregiver, Donnie Love.

Family and friends are invited to share memories on Saturday from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Tetrick Funeral and Cremations Services Johnson City. A Military Graveside and Committal service will be held in Mountain Home National Cemetery on Monday at 1:45 PM. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 1:15 to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be chosen from family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to Unicoi Freewill Baptist Church 401 Tennessee Street Unicoi TN 37692 or to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Attn Development 875 N. Randolph Street Suite 225 Arlington VA 22203.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Higgins family.