I just came across John's obituary today... as I visited his Facebook page to wish him a happy birthday and saw he had passed. John and I worked together as Sales Managers at MailSouth/ Mspark. We spent many sales meetings in Alabama having fun. He was truly a good person. So sorry for your loss.
I loved my dear friend and fellow Clemson KA John ("Higgie Bear") Higgins. He love our Tigers and often referred to them as "America's Team, which drew a bit of teasing from his non-Clemson, Thornblade "Porch" friends. I will forever remember the great time I first experienced with John with fellow Clemson KA's Milton Pate, Derrick Temple and Bill Hoffman when we attended the overtime Clemson vs. Miami football victory in the pouring rain in the Old Orange Bowl stadium. John was a super person and dear and loyal friend who will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched. Rest in peace, wonderful friend!
Dear Kathy and family,
My sincerest condolences. I had the pleasure of working with John at The Greenville News and at the other Multimedia papers where he served as General Manager. John was a friend, a very fine gentleman, a real competitor and a winner in all he did.
We had lots of laughs along the way. John and I and several others from Multimedia papers fished the White River in Arkansas during late April one year. It was one of coldest days I've ever experienced. Our guides set up lunch for us on the riverbank. They had built a roaring campfire around which we all stood, trying to warm up. I stood so close to the campfire trying to warm up that my shoes began to melt. I think it was John who pointed it out to me. My toes were so cold I couldn't feel the shoes melting.
On one of my visits to Staunton Va., John set me up at a bed & breakfast inn. He had been trying to get the innkeeper to advertise in the newspaper there. We figured if we sent me as a guest their way, they just might send some ads our way. Everything at the little inn was wonderful. I had a comfortable bed in a nice room with a great view. Just a few blocks from the paper. On the morning of my last day there, I ate breakfast at the inn. I ordered eggs and sausage. Waiting on my meal, I noticed what looked like sausage on the floor of the dining room. I thought I would mention it to the server when she returned with my food. Then I saw the innkeeper's dog asleep in the corner of the dining room. That sausage on the floor was no sausage. I got the room and breakfast at no charge to John. I never found out if the innkeeper ever advertised with us.
God bless you and John. You are in my prayers.
(I was with The Greenville News from 1977-2006, Multimedia from 1984 to 1995 and Gannett from 1995 to 2006).
John was a good friend and great to be around. He will be missed by the porch gang.
John Higgins - You were a character, and an enigma I will long remember.
You called me the bandit for stealing away your friend Randy’s daughter Anna, to Australia. Or maybe it was because I took your money on the golf course. If this were true, it was always because of your generosity, given the number of strokes you game me.
I always though of you as the uncle I never had – there for some advice, or a joke – you always had the time and an anecdote. Over time my own children got to know you better than my own father in some ways.
The telling of your winning of the Thornblade Club Championship with my Father-in-law Randy Ellington, always entertained me. Up and downs from the creek – the tale got taller, and the trophy and prizes grew in every telling. Butch and Sundance had nothing on you both and that’s how I liked it. You were the first person I saw work the golf ball both ways. You played quick off the tee but took your time over putts. In life I learned from you, there were times that demanded more attention.
I know you leave behind loving family in Kathy, Tate and David. They will miss you unbelievably but will be inspired by your legacy in doing “what Higgie would have done”. Those left behind can rest assured you are in heaven. Maybe wetting a line on a dock, with a cigar and loving smile.
Rest In Peace John Higgin.
with love, Johnny “The Bandit” Broomfield
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
John was my first Sales Manager at The Greenville News when I started working there in August of 2007. My goodness I have so many stories I could tell about him! Loved his quick whit and humor, he was also so respectful but funny. He will be missed by so many! I will never forget every time I would call in from the field and I would ask “What are you doing John?” He would reply with “Just riding around drinking beer!!” I would laugh every single time…. We have been in touch a few times over the past few months and when he called me and asked what I was doing I replied “Just riding around drinking beer!” He chuckled of course!! Sincere condolences for family and friends left behind. Prayers for strength and peace for the days ahead.
I worked with John for many years at The Greenville News. John was a gentleman. He could be gruff, pompous, and hilarious all at the same time! His facial expressions when sat ‘behind’ a speaker, looking out at the rest of us in meetings, were priceless!
I send my sincere condolences to his family. The loss is great, but your faith will sustain you. God bless.
Its always hard losing a patient and friend but nothing could prepare me for this one. John and Mrs. Kathy are very special to me and always will be. Every visit they had we always managed to find each other even if I wasn't the one to do his check-in and vitals. My heart goes out to Mrs. Kathy and the rest of the Higgins family.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. John was my manager for several years at the Greenville News and he was so helpful and influential to me in my career. He helped me learn, grow, and advance in my career. More than those things, though, I remember how I felt that he truly cared about each member of our team and was a loyal and kind manager. His good nature could make a bad day or a bad mood turn for the better. This world has lost a bright spark and I am grateful for the time that I was able to know him.
Ginger and I would like to express our sincere condolences to Kathy and all the family. We are deeply saddened of this news. We will be praying for all of y’all.
We are blessed with so many precious memories.
Dear Kathy and family! The world was a better place with John in it and with you. Your time together was the happiest I have ever seen you and you were a good and loving support to him as he battled this horrible disease. I know you have peace that he is with Jesus and know we are thinking and praying for you all!
I am saddened to hear of your loss. John was a great man and I know he was deeply loved by you and all of his family and friends. We were all blessed to have known him.
Sweet Kathy I had no idea. I was a neuro. Intensive care nurse and I know the suffering you have both endured. May the love of our Lord surround you and comfort you. Much love, Leigh Batson
John was a special person and friend. He will be missed by so many. May he rest in peace.
A man’s man and love for life and family, true friendship and admiration for success. Always loved his appreciation for “Clemson” America’s Team, which he so loved to support. Men like John are a blessing to have shared life with and I am fortunate to have his company.
Rest in Peace. Joyboy
We are so sorry! Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family over the loss of John. We love you!
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.