James Russell Higgins, 86, of North Wilkesboro passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at SECU Hospice Home in Yadkinville. Mr. Higgins was born May 13, 1933, in Wilkes County to Major McKinley and Ethel Lou Handy Higgins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Austin Higgins; his sisters, Hazel Handy and Nellie Mae Higgins Smithey; and two brothers, Wayne and Clark Higgins.

Surviving are his wife, Nina May Watts Higgins; a daughter, Sally Wambli Sina Win of Muskogee, Okla.; a brother, Donald Higgins; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at Miller Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Leon Church officiating. Burial followed in Edgewood Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at Miller Funeral Chapel from 1 until 2 p.m., Sunday, prior to the service.

Flowers will be accepted.

Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.millerfuneralservice.com.

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