E. Denver Higginbotham

December 29, 1930 - January 28, 2012
E. Denver Higginbotham


Earl Denver Higginbotham, 81, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 28, 2012 at his home on Oak Island after a short illness.

Denver was born December 29, 1930 at Grimms Landing, W. V. to J. E. and Ada Esther Craig Higginbotham.
Denver was preceded in death by brothers, Ernest and Harold, sister Helen H, Herdman and granddaughter, Megan Adair Higginbotham. He is survived by wife, June; son David E. Higginbotham (Julie) of Lindenhurst, IL; daughter, Nancy H. Green (John) of Chattanooga, TN; four grandchildren, Tommy, Sarah Jane and Jack Green of Chattanooga, TN, and Madison Higginbotham of Lindenhurst, IL; brother, Kenneth Higginbotham (Anita) of Buffalo, WV.

Denver proudly served his country with the US Air Force in Korea and with the 438th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Kinross Air Force Base in Michigan. He was a retired agent with State Farm Insurance Co. in Charleston, WV for 28 years. Denver was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Island where he was a Deacon and Sunday School teacher and took several mission trips working with the Disaster and Feeding Team. He was a former member of First Baptist Church of Nitro, WV where he was Boy Scout Master for several years, and a former member of First Baptist Church of St. Albans, WV where he was a Deacon and served on several boards.

Denver had many interests, was a gifted mechanic, and could start or work on any engine. He flew his own plane and built his own ultra-lite. Denver made several musical instruments and taught himself to play the guitar and keyboard. He enjoyed metal detecting, hunting, fishing and having breakfast with his friends at McDonalds.

Denver studied at West Coast University, WV University, and was a graduate of WV State University. He lived a life of service to the Lord he loved and dearly loved his family and friends.

Memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Oak Island, 4608 Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be an hour before the service with Pastor Charlie Carter officiating.

Online condolences may be registered with First Baptist Church of Oak Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church of Oak Island, 4608 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465 or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • January 29, 2012
    Brian Casto says:
    Denver had a remarkable humor that made him a hit with the kids. I remember the years growing up and sharing good times with Denver and the family. I am sure when he looked back on his life, he was satisfied.

  • January 31, 2012
    Shelley Raynes Frye says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during the loss of your father. I have such fond memories of your dad Nancy as we grew up. May you find strength and comfort during this difficult time.

  • January 30, 2012
    Sara (Casto) Buckingham says:
    Sending our love and condolences across the miles. You are in our thoughts and prayers. -Sara & Dave

  • February 01, 2012
    Bill Crum says:
    David and Nancy  My condolences for your loss. I truly am honored to have known your dad, even if it was long ago. I still remember and daily use a few of lessens he taught.  I hope all is well otherwise. I would like to hear from you sometime.  My email address should show.

  • January 31, 2012
    Martha Laton says:
    Dear June, David, Nancy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Denver from my childhood on Kanawha Avenue in Nitro. I remember how he was always working on something, be it a car, boat, or something in the house. He also drove three crazy teenage girls (Nancy, Julie and myself) to school each morning in the maroon van. I won't forget him. I'll be praying for all of you during this time. Take care. With love and sympathy, Martha Laton