Valdosta Daily Times

January 24, 2014

Janelle (Nell) Higginbotham

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Mrs. Janelle (Nell) Higginbotham, 91, of Valdosta, Ga., went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at Langdale Hospice House after a long illness.

Nell was born May 28, 1922 in Elberton, Ga., to Zelia and P.W. Busby. She and her late husband Marshall R. Higginbotham made their home in Valdosta in 1950 where they lovingly raised three daughters. They were active, longtime members of Park Avenue United Methodist Church where it was their joy to serve and to be a part of their beloved Sunday School class, the Fellowship Class.

In addition to her parents, Nell was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Marshall. Surviving are her children, Diane Schroer and her husband Walter, Jennifer Connelly and her husband Jim all of Valdosta, Marsha Allison and her husband Charlie of Charlotte, N.C.; and her sister Jo Beth McCarty; her nephew Rod McCarty and brother-in-law Joe Higginbotham, all of Elberton, Ga.  

Nell is survived by her 10 grandchildren; Kelly S. Kelly and her husband Bill of Portsmouth, R.I., Leslie B. Gandy and her husband Tripp of Charleston, S.C., Laurie B. O‚Hara and her husband Mike of Winston-Salem, N.C., Chad Walker of Atlanta, Ga., Chazz Allison and his wife Lilie of Henderson, Nev., Heather A. Kreamer and her husband Todd of Greenville, N.C., and Chip Schroer and his wife Carla, Michael Walker and his wife Laura, Heidi S. Cox and her husband Gary, Megan C. Roden and her husband Chuck, all of Valdosta.

Her surviving 20 great-grandchildren are Mary Madeline and William Kelly of Portsmouth, R.I., Margaret Ann Carter of Columbia, S.C., Jonathan O’Hara of Charlotte, N.C., Emily O’Hara of Raleigh, N.C., Marshall and Ava Kreamer of Greenville, N.C., Drake Allison of Henderson, Nev., Carter, Camille, Mary Elizabeth and Catherine Schroer, Kiep and Brinson Coggins, Alden, Abigail and Anna Kate Walker, and Dixon, Rachel and Zelia Ann Roden all of Valdosta.

The family wishes to thank all the nurses and staff of Fellowship Home where Nell resided before transferring to Hospice House and especially the nurses and staff at Hospice House who cared for her lovingly.

Nell was a beautiful woman inside and out. She gave generously of her time, energy, laughter, hugs and love. She loved to travel and was always ready for a party. She was a lifelong homemaker. Her home was the gathering place for all holidays and family celebrations. She will be greatly missed and was beloved by all who knew her.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Carson McLane Funeral Home located at 2215 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta from 2-3 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 3 p.m. in the chapel. Dr. Craig Rikard and Reverend V.L. Daughtery will officiate. Burial will follow in McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31602 and Langdale Hospice House, 2263 Pineview Drive, Valdosta, GA 31602. Condolences may be expressed online at — Carson McLane Funeral Home