Elbert Preston Higgins

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Elbert Preston Higgins

Birth
Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, USA
Death
14 Jul 2014 (aged 73)
Weaver, Calhoun County, Alabama, USA
Burial
Cremated Add to Map
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Preston grew up in the west Anniston side of Calhoun County, AL. He attended Walter Wellborn High School and played football as a defensive tackle. Preston was selected Second Team All County in 1957. He graduated from Walter Wellborn in 1958 with a grant-in-aid (football scholarship) to Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Preston played one year and returned home to Anniston, AL. He took a job as a night shift supervisor at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber manufacturing plant in Gadsden, AL. He married Paula Ford, who also worked at the plant, in March 1961. Preston and Paula had one son. In his later years, Preston suffered from renal (kidney) failure and cancer. He enjoyed collecting and shooting guns, hunting deer, and cheering for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He had a passion for high performance cars, such as Corvettes and Cadillacs. Preston was always witty, enjoyed telling jokes, and sharing memories with his close relatives, especially his nephews.


On September 1, 2019, Preston's family conducted a Remembrance Memorial in his honor scattering mock ashes at Anniston Memorial Gardens, Garden of Memories. A bronze plate of his name was placed at that location.

Preston grew up in the west Anniston side of Calhoun County, AL. He attended Walter Wellborn High School and played football as a defensive tackle. Preston was selected Second Team All County in 1957. He graduated from Walter Wellborn in 1958 with a grant-in-aid (football scholarship) to Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Preston played one year and returned home to Anniston, AL. He took a job as a night shift supervisor at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber manufacturing plant in Gadsden, AL. He married Paula Ford, who also worked at the plant, in March 1961. Preston and Paula had one son. In his later years, Preston suffered from renal (kidney) failure and cancer. He enjoyed collecting and shooting guns, hunting deer, and cheering for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He had a passion for high performance cars, such as Corvettes and Cadillacs. Preston was always witty, enjoyed telling jokes, and sharing memories with his close relatives, especially his nephews.


On September 1, 2019, Preston's family conducted a Remembrance Memorial in his honor scattering mock ashes at Anniston Memorial Gardens, Garden of Memories. A bronze plate of his name was placed at that location.



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