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James Turner Higgins, 1924 – 2004

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My blessed relationship with Jim Higgins goes back to the late 1960s when we were appointed to our churches in the Lynchburg District. This was a wonderful beginning to a friendship that continued for more than 40 years. Jim and his beloved companion began their ministry in the Tennessee Conference at the Hartsville Circuit and his ministry in the Virginia Conference at Moneta in 1956.   Jim’s attitude was that every appointment was a "good appointment" and one within the will of God. In years to come he would serve the following churches: Bedford Springs, Forest-Shiloh, Hurt, Epworth (Thaxton), Kenwood, Cape Charles, Memorial (Richmond), Charity, Carmel-Coles Point, Parkview (Newport News) and retire in 1990. He was a hard, steady worker and left each church better than he found it. Jim was "at home" wherever he was asked to serve. His preaching was as his lifestyle: simple and direct, scriptural and relevant.

Jim had no pretensions, only fervent love of his people. Jim knew how to care for people: tireless in visiting; attentive to those with special needs and concerns. He had a great sense of humor; people wanted to speak with him, welcome him and respond to him. People felt that he had time to hear and give them his attention. What a wonderful gift! In addition to the local church, Jim also reached out to work with volunteer groups in his communities and to share in district and conference projects.

He loved the out-of-doors; he was a good camper. Joining him in his travels to circuits and churches was his dedicated wife Doris; and joining them would be their attractive children: David A. Higgins, Sharon Higgins Edwards, and Carol Higgins Wray. The blessings of their grandchildren came with Jordan Edwards, Lyndsey Edwards, Lauren Wray, Daniel Wray, Devin Higgins, and Bryan Higgins.

A Memorial Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving was held at Christ Church, Richmond, led by the pastor, the Rev. Lisa Sykes. We rejoice in Jim’s life and we thank God for his ministry.

— Rev. William O. Webster



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