Services for Dorothy Sue Higginbotham will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wilson and Knight Funeral Home. 

Dorothy Sue Higginbotham went home to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. She was the daughter of William Benjamin and Pearlie Lee Castles and was born on Jan. 20, 1937, in Schlater. 

Dorothy loved spending time with her family, caring and cooking for others, working in her yard, listening to gospel music, shopping and traveling. 

She continued to work at Scott Petroleum even after her retirement through September 2019. She worked there just shy of 53 years. Dorothy loved her extended work family. She was also blessed by special neighbors and longtime friends Robert and Sandra Joiner, who have been her extended family. 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, William E. “Billy” Higginbotham, and her parents. She was married to Billy for 57 years. Dorothy actively served the Lord and was a member of First Baptist Church of Itta Bena for 64 years.

Surviving Dorothy are her three children, Linda H. Williams of Jackson, Byron Higginbotham (Kay) of Searcy, Arkansas, and Karen H. Ashley (Jeff) of Madison; five grandchildren, Stephanie H. Williams, Joshua Higginbotham (Lesley) and Wayne Higginbotham, all of Searcy, and McKayla Ashley and Anna Leigh Ashley, both of Madison; five great-grandchildren, Chastin Reed, Caden Higginbotham, Carver Higginbotham, Olivia Higginbotham and Channing Williams, all of Searcy; a sister, Octavie Gravois of Venice, Florida; and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Andrew Kappenman will officiate. Pallbearers will be Robert Joiner, Bo Prestidge, Wayne Aldridge, Richie Fulgham, Vince McDaniel and Randall Makamson. Honorary pallbearers will be Kimble Kelly, Solon Scott Sr., Larry Bennett and Larry Kelly. 

Interment will follow in McNutt Cemetery.

Memorial may be made to First Baptist Church of Itta Bena. An online guest book may be signed at

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