OBITUARY

Richard Earl Higginbotham

21 November, 19483 June, 2021

Richard Earl Higginbotham, 72 of Beverly Hills, Florida passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021 at St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born on November 21, 1948 to Ruth and Earl Higginbotham. Richard grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and was a 1966 graduate of Paxon High School.

Richard was a proud patriot who loved his country and served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked for the Seaboard Railroad, various jobs as a computer programmer including NCR, and the VA Hospital. In addition, he was a long-time member of the American Legion and VFW.

Richard enjoyed fishing, the beach, camping, playing the guitar, riding his Harley and sunsets. He will be missed by his faithful service dog and companion, Pringles (trained by K9 Partners for Patriots).

Richard is preceded in death by his father, Earl Higginbotham. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Higginbotham; brothers David Higginbotham (Pam) and Glen Higginbotham; son, Richard Matthew Higginbotham (Marsha), and daughter Amy Barry (Jason); grandchildren, Brett Barry, Brooke Barry Klingensmith (Cole), Brynna Barry, Blaize Barry and Breanne Barry.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 5:00 - 7:00 at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205.

Graveside service with full military honors will be held Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at Jacksonville National Cemetery (Lane #2), 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL. Richard’s niece, The Reverend Jessi Higginbotham will officiate.

Please leave words of comfort for the family at www.hgriversidefuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 16 June , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021

Memories

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Wes Burnsed

15 June 2021

To a proud veteran, family man & relative. Thank you for your service as well as your kinship. I along with everyone will miss you but will treasure the memories. Peace.

Debbie McKeehan

14 June 2021

I looked up to Richard as my older cousin and for his service to our country. I recall going to see him play his guitar in a band once when I was a little girl. I was always proud of him. Rest In Peace, Richard. ❤️

Martha Huddleston

13 June 2021

Denver, Colorado, April, 1968

Martha Huddleston

13 June 2021

Denver, Colorado, Air Force Inventory Management Specialist Training, April 24, 1968. Richard second row, second from left.

Vernell Carter

12 June 2021

So many memories over the years growing up. Richard left us way too soon but he is safe with God now and no more suffering. Richard will be missed. Love and Prayers for the family.

CHARLES ROZAR

12 June 2021

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of my good friend Richard.

Amy Barry

11 June 2021

Richard's Service Dog, Pringles

Amy Barry

11 June 2021

Beach Day With Dad

Martha Huddleston

10 June 2021

Easter 1972, San Mateo, Florida

Martha Huddleston

10 June 2021

Richard with his daughter, Amy.

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