Locally Owned & Operated
About Higgins Funeral Homes
"Our Family Serving Your Family"... Higgins LaGrange Chapel & Higgins Hillcrest Chapel are family owned and operated by the Higgins Family. We boast over 50 years in the funeral home industry, helping literally thousands of families along the way. We are not reporting to a board of directors or stock holders that ultimately control our business.
Literally, our family serving yours.
Built in the 1850's, our Newnan facility is perhaps one of the finest restored antebellum homes in this area. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and awarded the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Higgins Hillcrest Chapel offers families a funeral home facility that cannot be duplicated anywhere. What better way to pay tribute to your loved one than to share our home with your family and friends. Share in our history and feel that you are in a comfortable "home" as you carry out your loved one's desires for a final tribute.
Our LaGrange facility offers a new approach to funeral service. True, we have all the areas you have come to expect in a funeral home, yet designed a little differently. Our state rooms are expansive in their ability to accommodate any size service. Our chapel of all faiths offers seating for close to 200 with other areas to use as an overflow if needed. Perhaps the most defining area in our funeral home is what we like to call the gathering common area. This large area offers seating areas where you may want to catch up with an old friend or larger funeral groupings where you can have your own mini family reunion. We want you to feel as comfortable as you possibly can through your time with us. Our entire facility is handicap accessible, making it just a little easier for those that may have this concern.
Meet the Higgins Family
Jeff & Mary Higgins
Jeffrey & Jamie Higgins
David & Lindsay Higgins
Jeff was born while his parents were living in the upstairs apartment of Higgins Hillcrest Chapel. He lived in the chapel until three years of age. He attended Woodward Academy in College Park for 13 years, graduating in 1985 to proceed to Florida State University, University of Georgia and Georgia State University. He is also a graduate of Gupton Jones College where he was honored to be a member of the Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity, a scholastic based honor fraternity for mortuary science. Jeff married the former Mary Cook in 1989. Mary also serves the funeral home in the capacity of assistant administrator. In addition to working at the funeral homes Mary is involved with the community by serving on the Symphony Guild and Talisman Garden Club. She also is involved in the LaGrange Kiwanis Club. The couple has two sons, Jeffrey and David, who are part of the family business. The Higgins are members of the Unity Baptist Church in Newnan where Jeff was the part time Director of Music for 10 years. Jeff has led church music in local churches for over twenty years and has served on many local charities and fund raisers. He has had the opportinity to sing at many events throughout the years including the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, the Southside Theater Guild, the National Anthem at the Atlanta Braves game as well as the privilege to sing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra among other things. Jeff coached his older son's baseball team for over a decade in Sharpsburg and had the privilege to coach his younger son's football team in Peachtree City for many years. Fishing, hunting and water skiing with their parents are the boys past times outside of sports. Jeff is a member of the LaGrange Rotary Club, the LaGrange Gridiron Club and on the Board of Directors for the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, currently serving as Vice President. Family is obviously very important to the Higgins family. As a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Georgia, Jeff and his family are here to serve your family in your time of need.
Darlene is the wife of the late Glenn Higgins and they have been involved in the funeral industry for over forty years. Darlene is directly involved with the daily operations of the funeral home. She is the administrator as well as the licensed insurance agent on the staff. Darlene is Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Coweta County. She is a member of the Unity Baptist Church and sings in the choir. Glenn served as a city council member for the city of Fairburn for over twenty years, served as a deacon, little league coach, board member for, Advocates For Special Citizens, Rotary, as well as other charities and groups. He was awarded through the Fulton County Government, "Glenn Higgins Day" on the calendar for his work with the less fortunate. Glenn passed away on October 3, 2015 and is greatly missed by his family. Darlene lives in LaGrange and is always available to help families as needed.
Jeffrey is the older son of Jeff and Mary Higgins. He graduated from
Northgate High School in 2010 where he enjoyed playing football and wrestling. He is a 2014 summa cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. In January 2015 he married the former Jamie Leigh Harvey . Jamie is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Georgia where she was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. She is now a graduate student at Georgia State University and is employed by the college as a graduate assistant. Jeffrey graduated from mortuary school in December of 2015 and is now a licensed embalmer and funeral director in the state of Georgia. Jeffrey and Jamie welcomes their son, Jeffrey Glenn Higgins III (Jay) in March of 2017. Jeffrey and Jamie are members of Crossroads Church and enjoy spending time with their Irish Setter, Monroe, and their Australian Sheep Dog, Finn.
David is the younger son of Jeff and Mary Higgins. He graduated from Northgate High School in 2012 where he wrestled and played football. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2015 where he is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. As of 2017, he is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and is now fully licensed in the state of Georgia. He is also a board member of United Way of West Georgia in LaGrange. In May of 2017 David married the former Lindsay Lorraine Lassetter. Lindsay also graduated from Georgia Southern University where she was a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity. Lindsay now works for Benton Parker Design, a local interior design firm. David and Lindsay welcomed their son, Charlie Buren Higgins, in December 2019. David and Lindsay are members of Unity Baptist Church and enjoy spending time with their Golden Retrievers, Graham and Magnolia.
"Our Family Serving Your Family Over 50 Years"
Meet Our Staff
Bryan joined the staff over 10 years ago as a funeral assistant to families. He
helps in all of the daily operations of the funeral home including funerals as well
as visitations. Bryan also serves as one of our staff chaplains. He is married to the former Robin Bishop and is a life-long resident of Newnan. They have one son, Sammy, and a daughter, Bekah. Bryan is the pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church here in Newnan, where he has served for over 15 years.
Wilma has been a member of the staff for over twenty years and for many more years before that as our pianist. Wilma retired from the Newnan Utilities as the Commission Treasurer with over thirty-one years of service. Dan, her husband, was a fireman for the City Of Newnan for over 36 years, retiring as Captain over fire investigation. He was a part of our staff until his death in September 2012. They raised two sons in Newnan, Greg and Gordy. Wilma is a member of the Central Baptist Church where she still enjoys playing the piano when needed.
Wilma (being part of the Higgins family as a cousin) works all visitations and is here to serve you in any way possible.
Richard is the pastor at Miracle Tabernacle Church of Newnan. He was raised in the East Newnan community and went to Hogansville High School. Richard and his wife, Pauline, are involved with the Newnan community and love spending time with family. We were blessed to have Richard join our team and his loyalty to our success.
Richard Terry "Ted" Clay
Christie has been a life-long friend of the Higgins family, growing up with Jeff and Mary. She graduated from the Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service, and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Georgia. She is married to Scott, has two young daughters, and makes her home in Newnan. She owns Christie Hayes and Associates Real Estate here in Newnan. Christie is a valued funeral director to our firm.
Christie Crawford Hayes
Jim is a member of First Baptist Church of LaGrange. He and his wife, Judy, reside in LaGrange. Jim is a diplomat for the Chamber of Commerce in LaGrange and Co-Chariman of the Miss Troup County Scholarship Pageant. Jim attended Berry College and Norman College. Jim has worked in accounting for over 50 years and is a valuable asset in the office and helping families.
Chase graduated from East Coweta High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a licensed embalmer and funeral director in the state of Georgia. He and his wife Megan make their home in Newnan. Chase is a valuable asset to our business and is here to help in whatever capacity he is called to do.
Terry is a native Coweta Countian. He retired as the Chief Juvenile Intake Officer for Coweta County where he had opportunity to help many young people through the years. He pastors Living by Faith Church in Newnan. Terry is a funeral assistant and works all visitations. He also served in the United States Army. Terry is here to help any family in their time of need.
Cy has been working in the funeral service for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Georgia. Cy is native to LaGrange but works with us part time at both locations. He also works for A.S Turner & Son in Decatur. Cy works with us at both locations and is here to serve your family.
Lucy and her husband, Ernest, are members of Franklin Road Baptist Church in LaGrange. She retired from Bank of America after working as a Assistant Vice President of the Trust Department for 25 years. In addition to working at the bank, Lucy has been in the funeral industry for about 10 years and has helped many families while here in LaGrange. She is an active member in Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority. In Lucy's spare time she loves creating floral arrangements and traveling. Lucy is a funeral assistant here at Higgins LaGrange Chapel and here for your family in your time of need.
Wayne and Deidre have been in the funeral business for 15 years. They both began working with Higgins Family in 2012. Together they help in daily operations of the funeral home by assisting at funerals and visitations. Wayne is a registered Funeral Director and Embalming Apprentice as well as a 30 year retired United States Marine. Wayne is founder of the LaGrange Marine Leatherneck Club where he organizes socials and events helping veterans with the community. They both are members of Unity Baptist Church in LaGrange, Georgia where Deidre is an active member of the church choir. Deidre also has performed with Bell Canto and the Choral Society of West Georgia. One of Deidre's favorite past times was singing the National Anthem at the Braves game July, 7, 1991. Wayne and Deidre love having the opportunity for ministry that the funeral industry provides. Oh, and Roll Tide Roll...
Wayne & Deidre Reason
Jack is a valuable part of Higgins Funeral Home. He and his wife Jo live in LaGrange and are members of the Baptist Tabernacle Church of LaGrange. He is a retired Senior Engineer at Milliken & Company. He obtained an Engineering degree from Auburn University as well as a Textile Engineering degree from North Carolina State and a Doctorate in Engineering from I.T.T. Jack is a member of the Gideons and the Homefolk Ministries which provides transportation for disabled veterans & senior adults. In his spare time, Jack loves cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs and spending time with his family.
Mary is native to LaGrange and has been working with us since we've opened our LaGrange location. She is an active member of East LaGrange Baptist Church. She attended Harris County High School and upon graduation she began working for Daniels Insurance and Realty Company. She was recognized for her service for working there for more than 50 years.
Larry is native to the LaGrange community. He graduated from LaGrange High and earned his Supervisor Certificate at West Georgia Technical College. He owned Art Dry Cleaners of LaGrange for 17 years then worked with Ideal Cleaners of LaGrange for 15 years. Larry is a preacher at Murphy Avenue Church of Christ of LaGrange. He is a funeral assistant and is always here to help. Larry is always repairing and updating our facility.
Benjie is the pastor of Concord Baptist Church of LaGrange. He and his wife, Linda, have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren whom they love very much. He retired from the City of LaGrange Utilities after 37 years of service. He graduated LaGrange High School and attended LaGrange College. He continued his education at the University of Georgia where he became a certified trainer of Natural Gas Safety. Benjie continues his ministry while working at Higgins Funeral Homes as a funeral assistant.
Perry "Benjie" Dukes