Joseph Milton Higdon

Published 9:28 am Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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Joseph Milton Higdon, age 83, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Saturday, December 9, 2023.

The Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at Higdon Family Cemetery at Old Highway 179, Calvary, Georgia with Reverend Stephen Webb and Reverend Melissa Traver officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at

Joe was born June 20, 1940, in Bainbridge, Georgia, the son of Robert Henry Higdon and Stella Dekle Milton Higdon. He graduated from Bainbridge High School with the class of 1958. He attended Florida State University and graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelors Degree in Business. Joe was in the ROTC at Wake Forest. Then, he served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant, where he was a finance officer stationed in Alaska. After his service, he returned to his family business at Royal Crown Bottling Company. After the family business closed, he joined Stone’s Incorporated where he worked in the store, became treasurer, and then President. In 1976, Joe married Deborah Brooks. Joe was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bainbridge where he served as Treasurer for several years. He was a member of Bainbridge Rotary Club where he served in many leadership roles. He served as a Director of the First Port City Bank. Joe played golf for many years and was a member of the Bainbridge Country Club. He loved quail hunting and fishing on the family farm in Calvary. Joe was a man who was content with his life. He was a hard working family man and enjoyed his life and family. He enjoyed his two sons and special friends and spent hours at the farm with them.

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Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Deborah Brooks Higdon; sons, Joseph Milton Higdon, Jr. and James Robert Higdon, all of Bainbridge, GA; sisters, Nell H. Scrantom (Bill) of Columbus, GA and Jane McLendon (Bobby) of Blakely, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bobby Higdon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 541, Bainbridge, GA 39818.

The Higdon family expresses appreciation to Dr. Cochran and Joe’s many caregivers, Mittie Stubbs, Pam Jaye, Ricky Cook, and Annie Hopkins for their wonderful care. The Higdon family has entrusted the arrangements to Ivey Funeral Home, 502 S. Scott Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819.