In Loving Memory

Richard E. “Dick” Higbee

November 25, 1932 - August 14, 2019


Richard Evan “Dick” Higbee, born Nov. 25, 1932, to Evan Scott and Helen Thompson Higbee, passed away at home on August 14, 2019  Preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Lucia Higbee Cummings and Doris Higbee Allegri, he lived his entire life on the land he farmed in Belforest, leaving only for the two years he served in the United States Army.

Dick is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rita Burnett Higbee and children Linda Smith (Bobby), Patricia Hawthorne (George) and Richard Scott Higbee.  His grandchildren are Richard Skinner Smith (Page), Catherine Smith Cauthen (Carey), Jennie Hawthorne Nelson (Noah), Frankford, KY, and Margaret Lee Hawthorne, San Francisco, CA. He leaves five great-grandchildren: Hollins Higbee, Skinner, Redford and Sterling Smith, and Jane Collins Cauthen. He is also survived by his niece Judy Roberds (George) and many other relatives and friends from a long and full life. He was an active member and served as president of the Alabama Pecan Growers Association, and he was a long time member of Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, October 6, at 4:00 pm at the Belforest Cemetery at 10687 Belforest Cemetery Road. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Belforest Cemetery Association, 11244 Garrett Road, Daphne 36526 or Caring Ministries of Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope 36532.   Expression of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.


  1. Tammy Jackson-Rowell

    Best farmer, father, and husband. Will be missed by all in Baldwin Co and beyond.

  2. Prewitt Johnny

    Pat, you have my sympathy in the passing of you father. I know he leaves a deep and rich legacy. jp

  3. Greg and Laurie Kelly

    Praying for the Peace and Comfort that surpasses all understanding for you and your families.

  4. Angela Gabel

    I am sorry to hear of Dicks passing. He was a character in a good way and I enjoyed talking to him when our paths crossed. Prayers for all of you now and in the days ahead. Cherish the memories and tell the stories!

  5. Pandora Heathcoe

    He was such a sweet man. Certainly put up with all us “kids” when we were younger! He will be missed by so many people. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers

  6. Susie Hamlin

    Pat, I am praying for your fathers soul and for you and your family. Peace be with you

  7. Vickie Holder Miller

    So sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I have so many great memories of my childhood life with the Higbees and my days at the farm. Our parents were great friends and it was such a happy time when we were all together.

  8. Myriam C. Nicholson

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for Higbee family.

  9. Susan Stein

    Extending deepest sympathies to Rita, Linda, Pat and Richard. My first memory of your family was visiting the farm for an evening meal with my Wilson relatives (Wayne & Judy) when I was a teenager (back in the 60’s). We had a great time! You were lifelong friends … special connections over a lifetime! Susan (Wilson) Stein

  10. Mary Beth Fuerst

    I’m so sorry for your families loss. I had the privilege of being a caregiver for Mrs. Higbee and ofcourse helped with Dick as well. I was lucky enough to also get to learn some about the farm and was able to enjoy pecans and some oranges. Such a sweet and funny couple. My prayers and thoughts are with the whole family.

  11. Diane Anderson Ireland

    The world is a little less fun without Dick Higbee in it. My sympathies to you all.

  12. Tom McLemore

    My condolences to all Dick’s family. A legend has passed. Dick was the best pecan grower in Alabama and probably the best in the US. He was a mentor to me and anybody that wanted to ask him questions. He taught us all he knew and that was a huge amount of knowledge. He was always a very gracious host. I will always have fond memories of our friendship. Rest easy my friend. Tom McLemore


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