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Obituaries for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002

By Staff
AUDREY O. WATKINS SCOGGINS
Homemaker
Services for Audrey O. Watkins Scoggins will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Giles officiating. Burial will be in Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Newton County.
Mrs. Scoggins, 95, of Meridian, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at Riley Hospital. She was a native of Magee and a member of The Church of the Way. She was a resident of Beverly Healthcare-Broadmoor.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Whittington and her husband, Sam, of Meridian; a brother, Hugh Watkins of Jackson; three grandsons, one granddaughter and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Scoggins.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Sammy, Kent and Timmy Whittington, Tre Freeman, Phillip Chisolm and Asa Haynes.
ROGER L. HIGGINBOTHAM
Disabled veteran
MACON Services for Roger L. Higginbotham will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Butler Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Bobby Joe Butler, Gerald Butler and Rayburn Druey officiating. Burial will be in Coy Cemetery with Cockrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Higginbotham, 54, of Shuqualak, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, in his home. He was a native and lifelong resident of Noxubee County. He attended Shuqualak Public Schools. Mr. Higginbotham served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict and was awarded the Air Medal and Bronze Star for his service. He coached little league baseball for 10 years.
Mr. Higginbotham loved his grandchildren, Mississippi State University and the Saint Louis Cardinals. He was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church and an avid hunter who served as secretary and treasurer of the White House Mountain Hunting Club.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Higginbotham; a daughter, Lynn Payne and her husband, Ronnie, of DeKalb; a son, Rocky Higginbotham and his wife, Julie, of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Jessica Payne, Justin Payne, Amber Payne, Meagan Higginbotham and Jordan Higginbotham; his parents, Lamar and Mildred Higginbotham of Shuqualak; four sisters, Barbara Largio of Witt, Ill., Janice Martin of Shuqualak, Debbie Evans of Preston and Lisa Abraham of Trenton, Ga.
Pallbearers will be James Sciple, Eddie Coleman, Tommy Coleman, Jimmy Coleman, Joel Cumberland, Willis Jones, Woody Moody and Wayne Eaves.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Hailey, Billy Brown, Pete Boykin and Ralph Taylor.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the church.
ARILLA GRAHAM
Arrangements were incomplete at James L. Osby Funeral Home for Arilla Graham, 75, of Philadelphia, who died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Bedford Nursing Home in Newton.
ELLOUISE BURNSIDE
Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home for Ellouise Burnside, 80, of Meridian, who died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Heartfelt Hospice.
CLEVELAND OTT
Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for Cleveland Ott, 97, of Toomsuba, who died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Riley Hospital.

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