Abbie Higgins


Abbie Jean Yeomans Higgins was born into this world on Nov. 7, 1940, in Valdosta, Ga., to the late William Yeomans and Beulah Luke Yeomans, and she passed away this past Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

She enjoyed a modest but blessed childhood with her siblings: the late Beverly Carter, Wilma Morrison, Kathleen Mize, Mark Yeomans and Keith Yeomans; and with surviving siblings: William Yeomans, Billy Yeomans and Tommy Yeomans.

She was granted the joy of a loving, vibrant marriage with Dudley Jackson Higgins Jr. (Jack) for two months shy of 54 years.

They were granted their four beautiful children and their spouses, all graduates of Lee University: Rebecca Higgins Cranfill and Tim, with children Lauren Suits and husband, Trevor, and Sarah Cranfill; Cheryl Higgins McDonald and Todd, with children Matthew, Andrew, Rachel and Elizabeth McDonald; Renee Higgins Talley and Jimmie, with children, Hannah and Noah Talley; and Jackie Higgins and Stephanie with Zhenya, Natasha, Katya, Anya, Kristina, Faith, Caleb, Josh, Sierra, Brianna and Martha Higgins.

She graduated from Grady School of Nursing in Atlanta and served in the nursing profession as a caregiver for thousands, for over 48 years.

Jack and Abbie poured their lives into ministry, serving as bus ministers at South Cleveland Church of God for 20-plus years. They continued serving the Lord by leading the Foundation Ministry at Graysville Church of God.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 7  this evening at the Lee University Chapel. 

A Celebration of Life service will take place at 7 this evening, Sept. 11, 2019,  with Dr. Mark Williams officiating.

Interment will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Matthew McDonald, Andrew McDonald, Noah Talley, Caleb Higgins, Josh Higgins, Trevor Suits, Marty Carter, Todd Morrison and Joe Thomason will serve as pallbearers.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Abbie, or your condolences with her family, at her online memorial located at

Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Higgins family with these arrangements. 


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