Emma Jayne South Higgins, 67, went to be with our Lord on April 1, 2010 at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born in Watauga County on April 2, 1942 and was the daughter of the late Kermit David and Mojene Bumgarner South. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, James David South. Emma was a loving Christian wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed hiking, fishing, and scrapbooking pictures of her family.Surviving are her husband, Harold Thomas Higgins, Sr. of the home; a daughter, Regina Stacey and her husband, Charles, of Rutherford College; a brother, Benny J. South of Drexel; grandchildren, Christopher Warren Stacey and fiancée, Kate Fagan, of Hickory and Jamie Loraine Montejo and her husband, Teodoro, of Icard; and five great-grandchildren.The funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2010, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Chaplain Larry Cronk officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

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