Mary Elizabeth Garner Higgins

Mary Elizabeth Garner Higgins, age 85, of Toccoa, passed away at her home on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Born in Banks County on September 13, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Alexander Garner and Lola Elise Holcomb Garner. Mrs. Higgins worked at a sewing plant and in the kitchen at Gateway Nursing Home. She loved spending time at the senior center and with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Higgins is preceded in death by her husband, James Billy Higgins; sons, James Marlon Higgins and Timothy Allen Higgins; daughters, Janice, Judith, and Janet Denise Higgins; brothers, Randy (Red) Garner, Charles (Blackie) Garner, Gene Garner, and Harold Garner; sisters, Sharon Steelman, Pauline Gibson, Margaret Canup, and Joann Savage.

Surviving are her daughters, Jane Thompson of Toccoa, Jackie Mangum of Alto, Jodie Higgins of Toccoa; brother, Jimmy Garner of Martin; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm, Sunday, August 8, 2021, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart, with Rev. Tim Beasley and Rev. Ricky Elrod officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9 am until the service hour on Sunday at the funeral home.

Those in attendance are asked to please adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.

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