Teddie “Ted” Paulus Higginbotham, age 91, of Branson, Missouri, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. He was born March 20, 1926, in Ventura, California, the son of Elmer and Matilda (Earhart) Higginbotham. Arrangements and burial are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
Proudly serving our country in the U.S. Army, Ted loved his country and loved veterans, handing out 63 Veteran WWII Medallions in Branson. His deepest love was for Christ and his family. Ted appreciated the beauty of God’s creation, especially bluebirds, and would feed ducks at the Landing. He also traveled all over California and Montana, collecting Indian and Western relics and pottery. During his working years, Ted was a hydraulic engineer for ESCO. He will be remembered for his fun, loving heart. While on this Earth, Ted never missed church, and now he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers: Nolan, Ben, Ned, and Omar Higginbotham.
Known as “Papaw Cowboy” to many, Ted is survived by his son, Ted (Carol) Higginbotham of North Little Rock, Arkansas; two grandchildren: Bruce Higginbotham of Springfield, Missouri, and Stacy (Brent) Higginbotham-Begin of Overland Park, Kansas; and four great-grandchildren: Bailey, Avery, Gage, and Harmony.
Burial with full military honors will take place 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri, with Brother Dave Hamner officiating. Memorial contributions in Ted’s honor may be made to the Branson Veterans Taskforce, 158 Pointe Royale Drive, Branson, Missouri 65616.