I want to apologize to the family and friends of Bryan Charles Higgins. I was unable to attend his memorial service Thursday due to a sudden health issue. Charles lived in one of my rentals for well over 12 years. He always had a smile for everyone and was a very caring, honest, trusting, dependable soldier.

He was a great help to me. He did many small and large errands for me, like banking, picking up various items in his spare time. We became friends and we never had a cross word with maybe one exception. Anyone who really knows him knows he was a very quick and fiery temper if provoked. I didn’t bother him and likewise. I paid Charles with a good home-cooked hot meal for his good deeds (He refused any pay.) All I had to do was call Charles and say “bring you a plate,” and in a few minutes the doorbell would ring and there Charles would stand with a big smile, plate in hand. He went to work the same time everyday come wind, rain, sleep or snow, at the Wilkes Journal-Patriot. There was a five-year gap, and he returned to rent again. He had gotten laid off and was going through a very difficult time in his personal life.

If you see any members of his family, give them an extra hug for me, as the last time I spoke to his daughter, her mother was hospitalized with two broke ankles and a broken hip. Please keep the family in your prayers.

BETTY GAMBILL SHORE,

Hays, N.C.

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