Laura Jean's Story
TAZEWELL, Va. — Laura Elizabeth Higginbotham, 92 of Tazewell, VA died Monday, January 16, 2017 at Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital. Born February 15, 1924 in Tazewell County she was the daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson Higginbotham and Augusta Walker Higginbotham.
She was an active member of Rocky Gap United Methodist Church where she was pianist and Sunday School Teacher for many years. Miss Higginbotham was a public-school teacher for over 40 years, teaching in northern Virginia, Narrows, and in Tazewell County Schools the majority of her career. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother and her 1st cousin, Emma Kinser who was raised as a sister.
Survivors include two special cousins, Tom Kinser and wife, Christine and Debbie White and husband, Eddie all of Tazewell, VA; special neighbors and caregivers, Robert Hayes, Matilda Roberts, and Mary Compton.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Rocky Gap United Methodist Church where funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM with the Reverend Rodney Lawson officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be be directed to Rocky Gap United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 68 Rocky Gap, VA 24366 or the Arthritis Foundation 1330 W. Peachtree St., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Peery & Funeral Home of Tazewell, VA is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to