Helen Higdon Alisson
May 26, 1920 - July 1, 2014
Helen Higdon Allison, who died at Autumn Care of Waynesville, North
Carolina, on July 1, was one of the founders of the Higdon Family
Assoication and attended most annual meetings until she was in her late
80s. She had resided in Lincolnton, NC, until recently, when she became
ill. Born on May 26, 1920, she had celebrated her 94th birthday this
year. (Her obituary, printd below, can also be found on the website of
Applachian Funeral Services, Sylva, North Caolina.)
She was the daughter of the late Dennis Cleveland Higdon and the late Ethel (Higdon) Higdon. On February 19, 1949, she married Claude Howard Allison. Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, a step-son, Jack Howard Allison and wife, Judy, two brothers, Joe Higdon and Dennis Higdon, Jr., and a sister, Nola Higdon Lilley.
Helen grew up in the community of Webter, North Carolina, on Little Savannah and graduated from Webster High School in 1938. In 1942, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (then known as "Woman's College") with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. From 1942-1949, she worked as a Home Demonsration Agent with the NC Extension Service in Swain and Henderson Counties. In August 1965, Helen was awardd a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from Western Carolina University. She worked as a high school counselor in Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties until her rtirment in 1985. Helen was very active in her church and community, holding many offices of leadership and receiving many awards for excellence in service.
After retirement, Helen returned to western North Carolina and resided in Sylva, NC unitl 2000, when she moved to Cresent View Retirement Center in Arden, NC. On April 9, 2008, Helen became the first resident at Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton, In 2009, Helen was crowned Senior Apple Queen of the Lincoln County Assisted Living Pageant.
On April 26, 2014, Helen returned to her beloved mountains as a resident of Autumn Care Nursing and Rehailitation, Waynesville, NC. Over the years, Heen's hobbies included traveling internationally, swimming, card playing, bingo, church and cummunity service.
br> Helen was elected to the first Board of Directors of the Higdon Family Association, Inc. at its organizational meeting, held in Raleigh NC in October 1976. She was elected 3d Vice President at the October 1977 meeting in Ashevill, NC, and subsquently was elected President at the 1980 Meeting held in Knoxville, TN. She presided over the 1981 meeting held in Belmont, NC. Her mother, Ethel Higdon Higdon, was elected a Director at that meeting. Helen served as HFA Historian 1989-Octobr 2001. (see the HFA website for minutes and information about all the meetings.)
Surviving Hele, in addition to her sister, HFA member Eva Higdon Wood, of Andrews, NC, are her three daughters and their husbands: Chip and Jim Sitts of Morganton, Claudette and Vernon Scott of Lincolnton, Pam and Keith Shuler of Sylva; grandchildren: Allison Michelle Scoot of Lincolnton, Alli Nicole Sitts of Morganton, Kathleen and Eddie Davis of Asheville, Cody an dMelanie Allison of Nashville, Erin and Doug Mullins of Knoxville, Megan and Kylie Kalloway of Davis, Maggie and Jack Allison, and Kayleigh Kalloway.
Memorials may be given to Samaritan's Purse Livestock and Dairy Animals (www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/livestock-2), Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville (www.fourseasonscfl.org), First Presbyterian Church, General Fund, Sylva, NC or Covenant Bible Church Renovations Fund, POB 654, Lincolnton, NC 28093
A celebration of Helen's life was held at Applachian Funeral Services in Sylva on Saturday, July 5. The family received friends there before the service. A special graveside service was held in Keener Cemetery, Sylva, with the Rev. Dave Hebertson of Lincolnton officiating. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com
A celebration of Helen's life was held at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva on Saturday, July 5. The family received friends there before the service. A special graveside service was held in Keener Cemetery, Sylva, with the Rev. Dave Herbertson of Lincolnton officiating. An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.
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