Obituary of William Higginbotham

William R. "Willie" Higginbotham

William “Willie” Reed Higginbotham, age 71, resident of Mapleton, KS, went to be with his Savior on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at his home.

He was born July 18, 1947, in San Saba, TX, the son of William Hardy Higginbotham and Ezra Florese “Bobby” Mabry Higginbotham.

He married Vickie Tinkle on December 18, 1970, in Center, TX.  They later divorced.

He married Lesley Luce on August 8, 1997, in Kansas City, KS.

Willie worked for Otis Elevator in Dallas, TX for many years as a field manager.

After moving to Ft. Scott, KS, in 1998, he worked 10 years for Shepherd Team Auto Plaza followed by Cox Motor Company, Pleasanton, KS, for 8 years.

When not working, he enjoyed “piddling” on outdoor projects.  Willie was a big football fan, especially the Dallas Cowboys.  He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren with all their activities.

Survivors include his wife Lesley of the home; his mother, Bobby Higginbotham, Granbury, TX; three daughters, April Duffey and husband Jason, Louisville, CO, Condra Ables and husband Darin, Alvarado, TX, and Rachael Martin and husband Tyler, Redfield, KS; a son, Adam Worley and wife Jessica, Richmond, MO; a brother, Sandy Higginbotham and wife Holly, Antlers, OK; a sister, Kim Miller and husband Bryan, Bluffdale, TX; five grandchildren, Addie Martin, Andrew Martin, Katie Martin, Juley Martin and Arianna Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Higginbotham, a nephew, Christopher Higginbotham; and his father.

Rev. Larry Stevicks will conduct memorial services at 3:30 PM Friday, October 5th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the Family Worship Center, Baton Rouge, LA, and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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