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William “W.D.” Higginbotham, Jr
  • December 13, 1941
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  • April 15, 2019

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William D. “W.D.” Higginbotham, Jr., 77, husband, father, PawPaw and friend passed away peacefully April 15, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Born in New Orleans, December 13, 1941 to William Dillard Higginbotham and Hazel Fogleman Higginbotham, he graduated from Tulane University degree in accounting and later earned an economic development degree from the University of South Florida.
W.D. had a passion for public administration and management, moving to Florida in 1984 to serve as City Manager for the City of Gainesville. Throughout his years in Florida, he also served as city manager of Surfside, Melbourne Beach and Madeira Beach. W.D was also the Director of Economic Development for North Central Florida Regional Planning Council and President of the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Prior to Gainesville, he was assistant finance director for Redwood City in California and assistant city manager in Bakersfield, California. Serving in various roles throughout California and Florida, W.D. made lasting impacts and friendships everywhere he went.
W.D. was a lifetime member of International City/County Management Association where in 2005 he served as Financial Adviser for ICMA and Department of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice-President for the Mercer Group, an executive search firm for government jobs located in Daytona Beach Shores where he lived.
He leaves behind his loving wife Dona, sons William Higginbotham III (Donna) Scottsburg, Indiana, Brett Higginbotham (Sheri) of Ocala, Florida, daughters Elizabeth of Kenner, LA, Tara McGuire (David)Nashville, TN and Kacie Griffin (Adam) Manhattan Beach, CA, grandchildren Erik, Brittany, Sydney, Olivia, Maeve, Callum, and Emerson. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
WD was predeceased by his parents, William and Hazel Higginbotham, sister Miriam Primeaux McConnell, brothers Daniel Primeaux, Ray Primeaux and Robert Primeaux and most recently Kenneth Higginbotham on April 5, 2019.
Funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1130 am Queen of Peace Catholic church in Gainesville, Florida.
To encourage those interested in pursuing careers in City Management and Administration the family has suggested memorials to the WD Higginbotham Scholarship Fund, C/o Bank of America 3046 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores FL 32118. You are invited to share your memories with the family at www.baldwincremation.com.


Queen of Peace Catholic Church
10900 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607
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  1. Deborah Harvey says:
    13 Sep 2019
    I am saddened to learn that W.D. passed away this Spring. My heart and prayers go out to his family.

    W.D. was my City Manager while working at the City of Madeira Beach. He was - by far - the most personable, ethical and supportive manager. He encouraged each of his employees to be their best possible and led by example.

    I once joked he was a modern day Rhett Butler and his wife, Dona, was the perfect match. They were picture perfect!!

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of such a fine individual.

    Deborah Harvey
    (f/k/a Deborah Powell Cline)

  2. Danielle Hurley says:
    01 Jun 2019
    Uncle W.D. was my favorite Uncle. My favorite story of Uncle W.D. was when my Dad and I visited him in Bakersfield California to help him put in his sprinkler system. It took them the entire weekend to finish because they had so many “beer breaks”. During that trip Uncle W.D. taught me how to tie a tie on the neck of a Cookie Monster wagon. He also gave me my first taste of raw steak which I LOVED and still eat to this day. My family cringes but I just grin and say “hey, it’s W.D.’s fault”. Uncle W.D. reminded me of my Dad the most out of all my Dad’s brothers, and my children thought of him not as an Uncle but as another Grandfather. They loved and cherished our visits and always took away a fun story and a lasting memory. My kids looked up to Uncle W.D. and always tried to make him proud. Uncle W.D. you will always be missed, but never forgotten. We love you.
    Danielle, Eric, Malachi, Erin and Teagen.

  3. Eric and Danielle Hurley (Primeaux ) lit a candle:
    31 May 2019
    Lit since May 31, 2019 at 5:11:21 PM

  4. Dona Higginbotham posted an image:
    31 May 2019

  5. Linda Olson says:
    31 May 2019
    Sympathy with love and prayers for you Dona, and for the family.
    From your life long friends...
    Linda Olson
    Tom & Ramona Olson
    And Alyssa .

  6. David Primeaux says:
    31 May 2019
    WD was my uncle and God father. I am David Primeaux.
    He was the youngest brother of my father Robert Primeaux.
    WD was very caring and father to all my cousins
    And other family members after our own fathers passed away.

    He always took interest into our lives.
    He will be missed by all that he has touched.

    His life accomplishment are forever lasting to every one.

    R.I.P to my uncle and grate man

  7. Newton White lit a candle:
    30 May 2019
    Lit since May 30, 2019 at 5:07:10 AM

  8. Dona Hunt Higginbotham posted an image:
    30 May 2019

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