Foy Edward “Bud” Higginbottom

Published 7:46 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Foy Edward “Bud” Higginbottom

March 20, 2015

 Foy Edward “Bud” Higginbottom, 93, of Powder Springs, Ga., passed away March 20, 2015, at WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Ga. He was previously a resident of Bainbridge and Lake Seminole, Ga.

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Bud was born December 4, 1921, in Detroit, Michigan, to Samuel and Erma Higginbottom. He is a decorated World War II veteran, serving as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces, 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force.  Bud was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while participating in a large number of fighter missions of the 8th Air Force over Germany and occupied Europe from 27 April 1944 to 3 November 1944. He was a Purple Heart recipient, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; the Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters; the Distinguished Unit Badge; and the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with six Bronze Service Stars, and World War II Victory Medal.

He flew for Southern Airways and instructed pilots during the Korean and Viet Nam wars. Bud was preceded in death by his wife Janell Glover Higginbottom, son Carl Edward Higginbottom, parents Samuel and Erma, and brother Frank Higginbottom.

He is survived by sister Clara M. Wing of Berkley, Michigan; sons Steve Higginbottom and wife Elise of Powder Springs, Ga, and Grant Higginbottom and wife Carolina of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughters Sandi Martin and husband Allen of Powder Springs, and Patricia Zumpfe and husband Bill of Williamsburg, West Virginia; grandson CPT Stephen D. Deuble and wife Dasha of Fort Benning, Ga., and granddaughter 1st Lt. Barbara Higginbottom of Cheyenne, Wyoming, children of Steve and Elise; and granddaughter Molly Martin and grandson Matthew Martin, children of Sandi and Allen. A private service will be held for the family. Condolences may be left for the family at