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LAMAR-Services will be he held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Konantz Warden Chapel in Lamar for Harold W. Higgins, 82, Joplin, who died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin. Minister Lonnie Pennell will officiate. Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery in Jerico Springs.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home.

Musical selections are “It Is No Secret” and “In The Garden” with Anna Johnson Strong vocals. Pallbearers are Ernest Metcalf, Terry Potts, Patrick Pennell, J.L. Higgins, Harry Pennell and Ottie Pennell. Honorary pallbearers are Zander “Benny Ray” Brayfield and Tamren “T.J.” Pennell.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor’s choice, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.konantzwarden.com.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Higgins, of the home; a daughter, Renee Pennell; two grandchildren, Ravin and Patrick Pennell; a sister, June Miles, and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Glenn, Oren, Gale, J.B. and Ray Higgins.

Mr. Higgins was born Dec. 5, 1930, in rural Jerico Springs, to Carrol Jay and Elsie (Burke) Higgins. He was a farmer and had lived and worked his great-grandfather’s farm near Jerico Springs. He had registered Herefords and milked Holsteins. He crossed a new variety of watermelons which he sold by the truckloads. Later he sold apples by the truckloads, as well as tomatoes. He crossed and raised a new variety of roses.

After moving to town, his home stood apart from others with his special roses.

He was a Christian man of the Baptist faith.

He married Mary Ann Vest on Oct. 23, 1955, in Indiana.

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