James Joseph Higgins

March 17, 1955February 4, 2013
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Mr. James Joseph Higgins, 57, of Statesville, died February 4, 2013 unexpectedly at his home. Born in Flint, Michigan on March 17, 1955, he was a son of the late John Joseph Higgins and Gladys Helen Ayars Higgins. Mr. Higgins was the Director Of Public Health for the Iredell County Health Department. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Susan Higgins in 2003. Survivors include two daughters, Maureen Elizabeth Higgins of Raleigh and Hillary Helen Ruth Higgins, currently a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. Services celebrating Mr. Higgins' life will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Friday evening, February 15, 2013 at the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home with Father George Kloster officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Condolences may be sent online to the family at Memorials may be given to the N.C. Foundation For Public Health P.O. Box 18763, Raleigh, North Carolina 27619. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 15, 2013

James Joseph Higgins

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Kathy Skibinski

March 17, 2013

I just learned of your dad's death tonight and wanted to offer my condolences. We worked together in Huntsville & have kept in touch over the years. He was so proud of the both of you & loved you both so much. He'll be missed.


March 14, 2013

I miss you Dad!

February 27, 2013

My prayers are with Jim's Family...I knew him as he worked in the field of Public Health. He was a very good man.
Howard Surface, Cary, NC

Peter Andersen

February 18, 2013

My sympathies go out to Jim's daughters and all other family members. Jim was a colleague of mine in the Division of Public Health, and I enjoyed my association with him over those years. I did not know we shared the same birthday. Had I known that I would have insisted we buy each other a drink on that day to celebrate. I know he would have enjoyed that.

Angela Gill

February 17, 2013

My prayers go out to Jim's girls and all of his family. May God wrap his arms around you and carry you through. I had just met Jim when he became the Iredell County Health Director. I soon learned what a truly caring person he was. He always had a kind word for everyone and would stop at our office doors just to say hi.

Linda White

February 17, 2013

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Worked together as Health Directors and he was a joy to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Laura Bryant

February 16, 2013

To his lovely daughters, I am so sorry for your loss. I had been communicating with Jim through eHarmony, and was enjoying getting acquainted. I lost my husband in 2010, and am raising two teenaged sons, so we had a lot in common. He was a thoroughly charming man. He talked about you often. You both made him very proud.

Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

Caroline Carr

February 16, 2013

Hillary, I'm really sorry to hear about your loss. You're dad was one of the sweetest and funniest people I have ever met. I will always remember the times he drove us around listening to our crazy music, cheering for us at soccer games, and painting his nails with us. He really loved you and Maureen. He is a great man that made a huge impact on my family and my life and he will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Maureen.

Leslie and Steve Carr

February 16, 2013

Hillary and Maureen, We are so very sorry for your loss. Steve and I fondly remember your father from the time we spent with him at soccer games when Hillary and our daughter Hannah played together. He had such a great sense of humor and was so proud of his girls. We know you will miss him so much. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Carmine Rocco

February 15, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with your Dad while he was out in the west because of his quick wit and sense of humor. He truly wanted to leave a place better off than he found it and he did!