Fallen Hero: Retired Sergeant First Class Hoyle N. Higgason


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Nowell-Massey Funeral Home

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Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on February 1, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  Retired Sergeant First Class Hoyle N. Higgason, age 85, who had served in the MSARNG within Troop A, 98th Calvary Regiment , 155th SAB has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

     Hoyle N. Higgason, 85, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at his home in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation will be Friday, February 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Visitation will also be the day of the service from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m. in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mike Childs officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Louisville Memorial Cemetery.

Hoyle was born in Winston County, Mississippi, on February 1, 1939, to Kirby Higgason and Girvis Whitten Higgason. He is a member of Louisville First Methodist Church. Hoyle began his career at Rogers Furniture Company in Louisville. He retired as a foreman in the Water Department of Louisville Utilities. Later, he worked at Sanders Oil. He was a very organized perfectionist who wanted everything just right. Hoyle was an outdoorsman who enjoyed working in the yard with his wife; working his cows; and he absolutely loved his Massey-Ferguson tractor. He was also an excellent cook; he was known to make a layered birthday cake with homemade icing for each family member’s birthday celebration and for his chicken and dumplings. He answered the call of his country by serving 25 years in the Army National Guard.

Hoyle is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Sara Burnett Higgason; and his daughters: Beverly Graham and husband, Ronnie; and Bridget Morgan and husband, Joe, all of Louisville. One of his greatest joys was being “Papaw” to his grandchildren: Jennifer Graham (Chris) Wylie, Matthew Graham, Meagan Graham, Courtney Morgan, Emily Morgan, and Brandt Morgan; as well as his four great-grandchildren: Josie Kate Graham, Ayla Wylie, Chris Wylie, Jr., and Wyatt Wylie. He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Doyle Higgason; and his older brother, Reverend Paul Higgason.

Memorials in honor of Hoyle may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital online at stjude.org; or to Shriners Children’s Hospitals online at shrinerschildrens.org or mailed to Louisville First Methodist Church, P. O. Box 523, Louisville, MS 39339 including name of whom memorial honors and name of who is to be notified.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.