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Lewis Gene Higgins
  • June 29, 1942
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  • January 07, 2017

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Lewis “Lew” Gene Higgins, 74, of Port Orange, Florida, passed away on January 7, 2017, at Halifax Health Medical Center, Port Orange.

Born in the small town of Marlinton, Lew was proud to be a native of West Virginia. Lew lived the state motto, “Mountaineers are always free,” through his love of travel and adventure, friendliness and desire to help others, enthusiasm for the outdoors and camping, all a reflection of his small-town childhood and close family upbringing.

Lew really fit two full and rich lives into one lifetime.  After proudly serving in the Army, Lew became an air traffic controller in Northern Virginia, a job that became his life-long passion.  Lew raised two kids during this time, Ken and Wendy.  After retiring and moving to Florida, Lew met his wife, Dottie.  Together they raised a step-son, Matt.  Lew was a great father and step-father, always there for his kids. Lew’s boundless energy and love of air traffic control led him to teaching at Embry Riddle, a second career from which he retired in 2016. 

Lew’s pastimes included baseball and football, horseback riding, hunting, and camping.

Lew is survived by his wife, Dottie Higgins; his daughter, Wendy Higgins; his son, Ken Higgins, and his wife Karen; his step-son, Matt Rittweger; and his three grandchildren, Tony Rodriguez, Dan Higgins, and Josh Higgins.

A celebration of Lew’s life will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his church home, Space Coast Baptist Church, at 4 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the church, 223 North Samsula Drive, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32168.

Arrangements are in the care and trust of Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society, Port Orange, Florida.


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  1. 31 May 2017
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  2. 14 Jan 2017
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  4. 13 Jan 2017
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  5. 13 Jan 2017
    Elaine and Marty says:
    Dottie,
    We will never forget the fun we had with you and Lew when you visited us in Utah. Lew had such a great love for the outdoors and for traveling/exploring new places. We will miss his adventurous spirit!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.

  6. 13 Jan 2017
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    Lit since January 13, 2017 at 1:13:02 PM

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  8. 13 Jan 2017
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  9. 13 Jan 2017
    Bruce and Barb Robinson says:
    We would like to extend our sympathies to all of Lew's families and friends for his very sad passing. We knew Lew from his time in Northern Virginia...Bruce was a controller and worked with Lew, but he and his family became our family. He and Sandy and Wendy truly came along side us and loved us. Lew was responsible for bringing Bruce to church and to Christ. I met Bruce because of Lew and his obedience to be a witness and be used of the Lord. I enjoyed reading what other folks wrote about Lew in how generous and energetic he was. That's how we remember him.
    Titus 1:2 "in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began."
    Romans 10:13 "... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. "
    Psalm 86:12 "I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. ..."
    We know you are in peace, Lew. We'll meet again!

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  11. 12 Jan 2017
    Dick lit a candle:
    Lit since January 12, 2017 at 1:10:28 PM

  12. 12 Jan 2017
    Adam Sainato says:
    Mr. Lew will be dearly missed, he brought such an amazing spirit and light to everyone around him. God bless.

  13. 11 Jan 2017
    Tina Carpenter says:
    You will be missed. You are a wonderful man. Rest Easy. Tina Carpenter

  14. 11 Jan 2017
    Jimmy & Yvonne Wood says:
    Lew will be greatly missed by his church family, may he rest in abundant peace.

  15. 11 Jan 2017
    Chris Leftwich says:
    I only knew Lew for a short time through church, but we had a common bond of being both fellow West Virginian's, he will be greatly missed at church, my prayers go out to his wife, kids, and all his family!!

  16. 11 Jan 2017
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    Lit since January 11, 2017 at 1:30:33 PM

  17. 10 Jan 2017
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    Lit since January 10, 2017 at 1:51:47 PM

  18. 10 Jan 2017
    Kathy Tibbo says:
    Dottie and family we are so sorry for your loss. Dick and I love you both very much. Lew will be missed but not forgotten
    Kathy and Dick

  19. 10 Jan 2017
    Marianne and Rob Burley lit a candle:
    Lit since January 10, 2017 at 1:01:06 PM

  20. 10 Jan 2017
    Betty says:
    Dear Dottie - I have you all in my thoughts and prayers sending you my love - Betty (Noni) Daunt

  21. 10 Jan 2017
    Andrea says:
    Dear Dottie and family- Lew was always a bright light in our visits to Florida. We will miss his kind and generous spirit. Much love to you all Andrea, Dennis, Bo and Veronica Kidd

  22. 10 Jan 2017
    Kristine Blackman says:
    Love to you Dottie, at this difficult and very sad time. Phillip and I are lucky to have known Lew and see how happy and fun the two of you were. Please know we are here for you. We love you.

  23. 10 Jan 2017
    Andrew L. Norman lit a candle:
    Lit since January 10, 2017 at 1:11:17 PM

  24. 10 Jan 2017
    Andrew L. Norman says:
    Dottie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Know that Lou touched many people and made many life better!
    If you need anything at al, please ask. Look forward to seeing you soon. Take care, stay strong and enjoy Life!

  25. 10 Jan 2017
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    Lit since January 10, 2017 at 1:15:43 PM

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    Lit since January 10, 2017 at 1:34:09 PM

  27. 10 Jan 2017
    Wendy Higgins posted an image:
    Me and my dad at the beach in Miami...and ready for church on Easter Sunday...many, many, many moons ago!!
    Me and my dad at the beach in Miami...and ready for church on Easter Sunday...many, many, many moons ago!!

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