ERWIN — Lillian Shelton Higgins, age 72, 114 Banner Street, Erwin, went home to be with the Lord Friday evening, December 30, 2011, at her home after a lengthy illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County.
Mrs. Higgins was a daughter of the late Willie D. and Mamie Blankenship Shelton. She was a member of Higgins Chapel Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ed James Higgins, Jr., who died August 3, 2000, an infant son; two brothers, Ralph Shelton, Lewis Shelton; three sisters, Dorothy Wilson, Marie Bailey, and Gertha Wheeler.
Survivors include two daughters, Lorraine Higgins-Brank and Betty Edwards, both of Erwin; five grandchildren, Monica Price, Heath Price, Jamie Dunaev, Jerod Bailey, and Drew Edwards; two great grandchildren, Sarah Price and Jeremyah Price; a brother, Kirby Shelton, Erwin; two sisters, Barbara English, Erwin, and Mary Lou McLaughlin, Unicoi; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral service for Lillian Shelton Higgins will be held at 7:00 P.M. Monday, January 2, 2012, from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate. Special music will be provided by Mandy Carver and Inez Chandler. Active pallbearers will be Joey Bailey, Charlie Carver, Drew Edwards, Heath Price, Sonny Smith, Kenny Dale Blankenship, and Mike Shelton.
Everyone is asked to meet at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 3, 2012, in Higgins Chapel Cemetery for the committal service.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Monday evening prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the family through our interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home And Chapel, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Higgins family. (423) 743-1380.