HELEN HIGDON ALLISON
May 26, 1920-Jul 1, 2014
HFA former President Helen Higdon Allison Dies July 1, 2014 at Age 94
Helen Higdon Allison, wh died at Autumn Care of Waynesville, North Carolina, on July 1, was one of the founders of the Higdon Family Assoication and attended most annual meetings unitl she was in her late 80s. She had resided in Lincolnton, NC, until recently, when she became ill. Born on May 26, 1920, she had celebrated her 94th birthday this year. (Her obituary, printd below, can also be found on the website of Applachian Funeral Services, Sylva, North Caolina.)
She was the daughter of the late Dennis Cleveland Higdon and the late Ethel (Higdon) Higdon. On February 19, 1949, she married Claude Howard Allison. Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, a step-son, Jack Howard Allison and wife, Judy, two brothers, Joe Higdon and Dennis Higdon, Jr., and a sister, Nola Higdon Lilley.
Helen grew up in the community of Webter, North Carolina, on Little Savannah and graduated from Webster High School in 1938. In 1942, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (then known as "Woman's College") with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. From 1942-1949, she worked as a Home Demonsration Agent with the NC Extension Service in Swain and Henderson Counties. In August 1965, Helen was awardd a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from Western Carolina University. She worked as a high school counselor in Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties until her rtirment in 1985. Helen was very active in her church and community, holding many offices of leadership and receiving many awards for excellence in service.
After retirement, Helen returned to western North Carolina and resided in Sylva, NC unitl 2000, when she moved to Cresent View Retirement Center in Arden, NC. On April 9, 2008, Helen became the first resident at Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton, In 2009, Helen was crowned Senior Apple Queen of the Lincoln County Assisted Living Pageant.
On April 26, 2014, Helen returned to her beloved mountains as a resident o Autumn Care Nursing and Rehailitation, Waynesvill, NC. Over the years, Heen's hobbies included traveling internationally, swimming, card playing, bingo, church and cummunity service.
Helen was elected to the first Board of Directors of the Higdon Family Association, Inc. at its organizational meeting, held in Raleigh NC in October 1976. She was elected 3d Vice President at the October 1977 meeting in Ashevill, NC, and subsquently was elected President at the 1980 Meeting held in Knoxville, TN. She presided over the 1981 meeting held in Belmont, NC. Her mother, Ethel Higdon Higdon, was elected a Director at that meeting. Helen served as HFA Historian 1989-Octobr 2001. (see the HFA website for minutes and information about all the meetings.)
Surviving Hele, in addition to her sister, HFA member Eva Higdon Wood, of Andrews, NC, are her three daughters and their husbands: Chip and Jim Sitts of Morganton, Claudette and Vernon Scott of Lincolnton, Pam and Keith Shuler of Sylva; grandchildren: Allison Michelle Scoot of Lincolnton, Alli Nicole Sitts of Morganton, Kathleen and Eddie Davis of Asheville, Cody an dMelanie Allison of Nashville, Erin and Doug Mullins of Knoxville, Megan and Kylie Kalloway of Davis, Maggie and Jack Allison, and Kayleigh Kalloway.
Memorials may be given to Samaritan's Purse Livestock and Dairy Animals (www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/livestock-2), Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville (www.fourseasonscfl.org), First Presbyterian Church, General Fund, Sylva, NC or Covenant Bible Church Renovations Fund, POB 654, Lincolnton, NC 28093
A celebration of Helen's life was held at Applachian Funeral Services in Sylva on Saturday, July 5. The family received friends there before the service. A special graveside service was held in Keener Cemetery, Sylva, with the Rev. Dave Hebertson of Lincolnton officiating. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
A celebration of Helen's life was held at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva on Saturday, July 5. The family received friends there before the service. A special graveside service was held in Keener Cemetery, Sylva, with the Rev. Dave Herbertson of
Lincolnton officiating. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.
Information courtsey of Eva Wood and Barbara Tedford, Newsletter Editor.
SAVE THE DATE!
SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2014
HFA ANNUAL MEETING
IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA
HFA President, Karen Nave Fickes, has planned to have our 2014 get-together near many national historic sites and museums. She writes: "Due to the closing of the Holiday Inn in Alexandria, VA, I have made new arrangements with the Hampton Inn & Suites in Sterling VA. The room rate is $79/night, plus 13% tax, and includes breakfast and free parking. The hotel is very close to Dulles Airport and offers a free shuttle to and from the airport, as well as to the nearby Dulles Town Center mall with 8 different restaurants. This shuttle should minimize the need for a car rental for those flying into Dulles airport. The hotel is also only a few miles from the Udvar-Hazy center which will be our Friday morning activity."
"One thing that is a must see is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, which is out by Dulles Airport. It is the companion facility to the National Air and Space museum located on the Mall in D.C. and it houses the space shuttle Discovery, a Concorde, and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. I am hoping we can do that Friday morning, and then return to the D.C. area in the early afternoon ahead of the rush hour traffic.
Further details will be forthcoming. Sightseeing and tours have always been popular events at HFA meetings in such far-flung citities as Fort Worth, Texas, Atlanta, GA, Kalamazoo, MI, and even Elkins, WV.
2014 HIGDON FAMILY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING - HAMPTON INN
Group Name:Higdon Family Association
Hotel Name:Hampton Inn & Suites Washington-Dulles International Airport
Hotel Address:22700 Holiday Park Drive, Sterling, Virginia, 20166
Subject: Higdon family Geneo.
From: John Higdon (email@example.com)
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:21 PM
Hi, my name is John William Higdon, descendant of Jessy Bird Higdon. I have dates and some picts of some missing Higdon s and a few picts of J B H son Jewel, his wife Hazel , and their 3 children ( my dad, and uncles). I'm new to this research but maybe I have info that would and could fix someone's puzzle. Hope to help. Contact me at 818 795 2658 or johnhigdon@aol. Also I have EXTENSIVE info on Hazel Christine Bachman ( Jewel or (Joe) s wife of 60 years, if any one is interested in Bachman.
2014 Scholarship Winners Announced
William R. "Bill" Higdon, of Moon, Virginia, is pleased to announce this year's winners of the Higdon Family Association scholarship award. Amber Smith and Leah Wood, last year's recipients, have done very well in their college studies and will receive the award again for the next academic year. Leah is completing her freshman year at Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia, hopein gto pursue a bachelor's degree in English with a business/public policy minor. This spring Amber will finish her sophmore year at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. She plans to transfer to the University of Louisville School of Nursing in the fall to prepare for a career in nursing.
Leah is the daughter of Keith and Teresa Wood, of Andrews, NOrth Carolina and the granddaughter of HFA member Eva Higdon Wood, who recommended her for the award. Amber is the daughter of Douglas and Mary Smith, of Leitchfield, Kentucky and the granddaughter of HFA member Eugene Smith who recommended her.
Both young women were also recommended enthusiastically by their professors and others who know them. As well as excelling in their college courses, both participate in extracurricular activities. Leah was employed in the College's costume shop, where she assisted with theatrical productions. Amber workedwith at risk youth at the clarkson, Kentucky Resource Center and as a Student Ambassador at ECTC to help mentor students, conduct campus tours, and perform other service projects. The Higdon Family Association congraulates them on their achievements.
Serving on the scholarship committee with Bill Higdon are Charles P. Higdon, of CLinton, Tennessee, and Sally Higdon Swain, of Lebanon, Tennessee. For further details about the Higdon Scholarship program, visit the HFA scholarship page.
2013 Scholarship Winners
News Clippings from Denton Higdon
W.H. Higdon Obituary
The following message was sent to me asking for help locating any information concerning William Higdon from Blue Ridge, GA. I sent this message to a couple of members to see if they knew anything about William Higdon. I am now publishing this for a wider scope of knowledge.
From: G.R. Hood
Sent: Mon, May 27, 2013 11:12:47 PM
Subject: William Higdon from Blue Ridge GA served WWII in Combat Engineer's BAT Pacific
My father Grady Hood served in the Army Combat Engineers in the Pacific and often mentioned a buddy of his name William Higdon of Blue Ridge GA.
He mentioned to my father that if he didn't have a good home to go back to after the war or if William Higdon was killed in the war that his family would be glad to accept him in Blue Ridge GA. I guess that they were good drinking buddies and friends.
Anyway my father passed away in 2007, neber being able to find Mr. William Higdon? Do you know of anyone that may have been named William Higdon that served in WWII approx 1944-1945-1946?
Probably was part of the occupation of Japan after surrender.
The following was sent in later with more information.
From: G.R. Hood
Sent: Mon, May 27, 2013 11:12:47 PM
Subject: RE: William Higdon from Blue Ridge GA served WWII in Combat Engineer's BAT Pacific
Janice an update on the William Higdon my father was friends with-- according to one story when my father left Japan--Mr. Higdon was in the military confinement, for having wrecked a weapons carrier on a trip into town without permission? At that time under occupation laws he was probably confined for a very short time. Thanks for any help on the matter.
If you have any information on William Higdon, please let me know so we can add it to the information we have on Higdons.