Thomas W. Higgins, 73, of Brazil died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at 2:40 p.m. in his residence following an extended illness.
Born July 13, 1931, in Putnam County, he was the son of Clarence Higgins and Mayme Morgan Higgins.
He attended school in Putnam County and served in the U.S. Army in 1948.
On Oct. 24, 1959, he married Myra Allen Higgins; she survives.
As a young man, he worked as a farm hand. He worked for Culligan for more than 25 years in several departments.
He enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing video games and being with family.
Survivors include his wife, Myra; four daughters, Donna Higgins of Hawkinsville, Ga., Cyrilla Croy and husband, Ivan, of Brazil, Lenda Vester and husband, Alan, of West Terre Haute and Sara Higgins; a son, Thomas Higgins Jr.; 12 grandchildren, David, Sarah, Myranda, Heather, Randy, Barbara, Paul, Ivan, Don, Michael, Charles, Andrea and Anisha; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances O'Neal and Doris Shake; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Ivan Dwayne Croy Jr.; and several brothers and sisters.
At his request, cremation will take place and there will be no services.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association.
French Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.