Elmon Ray Higgs

Date Of Birth:  September 22, 1938

Family:  Parents are Elmon M. Higgs and Arlene (Penix) Higgs, I have brothers Joe and Larry. I have sisters Janice Vinson and Donna Ragsdale. My wife is Shirley Ann Webb. Our children are Lorrie, Cathy and Steve. Six grandchildren: Justin Wood, Shannon Martin, Amber Beck, Andrea Beck, Chad Martin and Chase Higgs.

Church Affiliation:     First Covenant

Schools Attended:     Grammer School Grades 1 thru 8 were in Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Concord, CA.
                                    Lueders High School  -  Lueders, Texas
                                    I attended McMurry College, Abilene, Texas
                                    Graduate of University of Houston in Houston, Texas & Hardin Simmon University, Abilene, Texas.

Occupation:  Public Education for thirty-four years - Assignments included: Elementary Teacher in Odessa and Abilene, Texas. Central Office Supervisor in Abilene, Texas. Elementary Principal at Bowie, Texas and Dyess in Abilene, Texas. Director of Elementary Education for Abilene Independent School District. Retired in June, 1994.

Places I Lived:  Concord, CA - Lueders, TX - Odessa, TX - Abilene, TX

Hobbies or Favorite Pastimes:  In addition to enjoying our family, Shirley and I have some favorites: Saltwater Fishing - usually spend one or two months each year on the Texas coast, RV Camping and Traveling - have owned pop-up campers, travel trailers and motor homes…traveled to many parts of the US, Computer Activities.

Travels:  Since we don't fly, our travels have been limited to a certain degree but we have had fun visiting many parts of the US. - As a school administrator, I was fortunate in having the opportunities to travel to many parts of the United States for various types of professional activities: California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and all over Texas.

Amtrak Train Travel is a great way to see the US. We have had fun visiting the following states by train: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

We have taken some bus tours to Oklahoma, Missouri and down into Old Mexico. Also we’ve been on two Caribbean cruises: one to the Eastern Caribbean and one to the Western Caribbean. We have reservations on a third cruise that will take us to the Mexican Riveria.

RV traveling trips have taken us all over the southern part of the US. We are in the process of planning a six-weeks RV trip to California for this fall.

A Little History Of My Life:  Born in Lueders, Texas on a farm south of town. Moved to California when I was just a few years old. Lived there until I was in High School while my father worked for the Navy. Upon returning to Texas, we moved to Lueders where I lived until I graduated from high school. Entered college in Abilene, Texas. Graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1960. Moved to Odessa, Texas where I taught sixth grade for two years. Then returned to Abilene where I started teaching for the Abilene Independent School District. Married Shirley Webb in 1964. Through the years we had two daughters and one son. Attended graduate school and received a Masters Degree in Elementary Administration. Held various administrative positions in Abilene until my retirement three years ago.

Special Accomplishments:  Currently Shirley and I are enjoying retirement very much … spend a lot of time with our children and grandchildren … do a lot of fishing and traveling … looking forward to many more years of the same.

Current Address:  Abilene, Texas

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