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    MARCH 31, 2015
    Deadline for
    HFA Scholarship


    Mr. Eugene Smith age 75, of Leitchfield, KY passed away on August 30, 2014 at his residence. Eugene was the Historian for The Higdon Family Association from 2001-2012. He was a vital member of the Association. He and Georgette work hard to document the meetings each year. He will be missed. Our hearts and prayers are with Georgette and her family at this time.

    Visitation Friends may call at Rogers-Oller Funeral Home from 3 -8 Monday, September 1, 2014. Funeral Funeral mass will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment Burial to follow in St. Anthony Cemetery.

    Eugene Smith was born in Grayson Co. KY. the son of the late George Allen and Bertha Belle(Clemons) Smith, and was married to Georgetta Smith. Mr. Smith was a retired engineer for the State of Kentucky, he served as a past Grand Knight for Knights of Columbus Council 6742,and a recipient of a Kentucky Colonel.

    Mr Smith was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Mr Smith is survived by his wife, Georgette Smith, four sons: Doug(Mary), Phillip(Tracie), Tom and Gil Smith, one daughter, Annette Kirkwood, six grandchildren: Alex, Jared, Wes, Matthew, Amber, Dustin, and one great-grandchild, Jordan.


    Calling all Genealogists and Higdons, fun, family and knowledge await!
    HFA President Karen Nave Fickes has made her plans for our annual meeting. Be there to make sure your family is represented. Bring your family tree and lets see what has been discovered this year about our family ancestors. With fascinating historical sites and archives that are original records. If you want to do research in the Archives, be sure to call ahead or contact them through email.

    If you have not made your reservations yet for the HFA meeting at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Sterling VA, complete the form on page 8 of this newsletter. 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.

    Other Sites To See

    National Air Museum Dulles

    The Kennedy Center

    The National Botonical Garden

    The National Museum
    of the American Indian

    The United States
    Holocaust Memorial Museum

    George Washington's
    Mount Vernon

    National Mall in Washington, D.C

    The United States Capitol
    Historical Society

    The National Gallery of Art

    The Arlington National Cemetery

    The Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    The Lincoln Memorial

    The Korean War Veterans Memorial

    The DAR Headquarters

    The Smithsonian Museum

    You might consider adding a couple days at the beginning, end or both of the meeting, so you can visit some of the prime genealogy repositories. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the Library of Congress (LOC) are all located in Washington, D.C. and records in their facilities are viewable by researchers. Check out to find out how to examine real military pensions, census papers, military service records, etc.


    Group Name:Higdon Family Association
    Group Code:HFA
    Hotel Name:Hampton Inn & Suites Washington-Dulles International Airport
    Hotel Address:22700 Holiday Park Drive, Sterling, Virginia, 20166
    Phone Number:703-537-7800

    2014 HFA Registration Form (Adobe PDF format)

    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.
    br> 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 (, Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville (, 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

    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

    Information courtsey of Eva Wood and Barbara Tedford, Newsletter Editor.

    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

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