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Tiny Elizabeth Higgs


Sunrise: April 21, 1924

Sunset: January 18, 2021

On Monday, January 18, 2021, Tiny Higgs transitioned peacefully to her heavenly home. She was born on April 21, 1924 in Williamsburg (York County), Virginia to the late Elmore and Susie Willis Schofield

Tiny grew up in both Williamsburg and Newport News, Virginia. She attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Newport News, James City Training School in Williamsburg, and Huntington High School in Newport News. While at Huntington, she played violin in the school orchestra

At an early age, Tiny started attending church with her mother. When she was twelve years old, she was baptized and became a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Newport News. During her lifetime, she continued to serve faithfully in the church and became a member of two other churches Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Williamsburg and New Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia where she continued her membership until her death. At New Mt. Vernon, she was a member of the usher board and the senior choir

She married Charles H. Jackson on August 11, 1943. To this union, three children; Tiny, Charles, and Ronald were born

Tiny worked for twentytwo years at the Williamsburg Inn Dining Room. She had a strong work ethic. Anyone who worked with her or for her knows that any work that was done, whatever it was, had to be done the right way or not at all

Voting in elections was always important to her. She encouraged others to do their civic duty by voting. For many years, she worked as a poll worker

On March 11, 1976, Tiny married the love of her life, Alphonzo Higgs. Through this marriage, she gained another son, Ernest

Tiny was loving, caring and always willing to give a helping hand. She was also the heart of her family. She was forever planning meals and family gatherings and seemed to never tire of making family and friends feel welcome and comfortable. Everyone loved these events. 

In Portsmouth and the surrounding area, Tiny was known for her delectable lemon cake. Those who were favored with the cakes, continued to ask for them even after she retiredfrom baking them.

In July 2019, Tiny moved to Jacksonville, Florida to live with her daughter and son inlaw. Soon after, she joined the Mandarin Senior Center where she met her sunshinefriends. She thoroughly enjoyed and shared many experiences (conversing, playing Bingo, shopping, going to symphonies, going out to lunch, and going to the circus) with them

She had been involved in a number of organizations. Among them were charter member of Order of the Eastern Star, Pride of Grove, Chapter 181; member of Arabia Court #23, Daughters of Isis; Electa Royal Court #2, Cyrenes of Virginia, and John Barnes Assembly #9, Order of Golden Circle. Tiny was also a member of the Arabia Court #23 bowling team

Tiny was predeceased by her devoted husband, Alphonzo Higgs; sister, Estelle Beverly; brother, Stanley Schofield, and grandson, Brandon Jackson. Left to cherish her fond memories are her sons, Ronald Jackson (Adrienne), Charles Jackson (Sharon), Ernest Higgs (Lessie); daughter, Tiny Hebron (Clarence), nine grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren, one great greatgrandchild, nieces, a nephew, a greatniece, a greatnephew and a host of other family members and friends

Viewing Thursday, February 4, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, February 5, 2021 12:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Joyce G Smith says

    Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God believe also in me. Although my heart is sadden, I am delighted in knowing she is now with your Heavenly father and the love of your life, Alphonso. To the family, may the peace of God continue to be with you today and the days ahead. She lived a long and full life and certainly didn’t let any grass grow under feet. I will miss my “Doll Baby” but will always have her in my heart. ?

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      Barbara Cross says

      Ms Higgs was a Honorary
      Member of the Dorothy Neal Collins Usher Board Ministry at New Mount Vernon Baptist Church, and was loved dearly.
      A beautiful, quiet, dedicated and sweet lady will never be forgotten.
      Praying for the family.

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    Valerie Phillip says

    My sincere condolences to The family. Mrs. Higgs, was a wonderful lady with a beautiful Spirit, I never saw her without a smile. She was gracious to everyone she met. May you rest among the angel Mrs
    Higgs, in Jesus name. Amen.

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    Justine Frink-Robinson says

    I want to extend my condolences to the family on the loss of their matriarch. I grew up in the (Grove/Williamsburg)community with Tiny,Charles and Ronald @Mt. Gilead. I truly understand their grief during this time of transition. I pray that they hold on to the fact that “earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal”.
    Prayerfully,
    Justine Frink-Robinson

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    Areena Lowe & family says

    To Tiny, Clarence & family, We send heartfelt condolences to you. May you take comfort in the sweet memories of a beautiful life. Be not weary or saddened by her divine relocation, for her spirit will live with you forever. Thank God for Assured Comfort and Continued Cover. Sending you lots of love.
    To Marie & family, I will miss Mrs. Higgs’ beautiful smile and her reassurance that “all is well”. Her phone calls from Florida were a gift! They brightened my day! We served together on the Dorothy Neal-Collins Usher Board at New Mount Vernon for many years. Even though I am sad, I’m honored to remember Mrs. Higgs as one of the most beautiful persons (inside and outside) I’ve ever known. We wish the Jackson, Higgs, and Hebron families peace and comfort. “All is Well”

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    Areena Lowe & family says

    Tiny Higgs began her journey with a basket in her hand. In her basket were seeds to sow. She began looking for a road less traveled, not everyone will find it. Her footprints will vanish from this trail, but the seeds sown will grow and bear fruit. The fragrance from this fruit drew hungry souls to sojourn with her, as we all seek God in Spirit and Truth. Dust from this road tempted her thirst, but it was not just water she thirst for. She drank only from Destiny’s cup. Eternity allowed Tiny Higgs a few moments in time, so she had to be about her Father’s business. Her steps were ordered. Although her feet were prepared, they still grew weary. So she stood on the promises of God for strength. She knew there would be a festive table filled with blessings waiting for her. Divide them among her loved ones–to “Little Tiny” and to the fourth and fifth generation! Along the way, she has eaten of the Bread. She is full. Jesus bids her to rest and extended His hand. She gladly accepted and sits on the porch of the Kingdom to recap her travels and realize that her journey was just as important as her Destination!
    To all of family…May God continue to surround you with His Loving and Comforting Arms.
    “Excerpts, “The Journey”, by E. K. Dudley”

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    Most Royal Grand Court Order of Cyrene, VA, P.H.A. says

    To Mrs. Tiny Hebron and Family: The Most Royal Grand Court Order of Cyrene of Virginia, sends condolences to you on the loss of this beautiful and elegant young lady. Past Most Royal Grand Commandress Higgs was a true jewel and such a role model to follow. She had a graceful mannerism about her. She worked as the Grand Treasurer in the Order of Cyrene. She had a rare dedicated quietness about her work. We are asking God to give you peace, comfort and understanding as you bear the days ahead without her. You have our ocntinued prayers. Rest very well PMRGC Tiny E. Higgs. You lived a life deserving of your honor.

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    Barbara Williams says

    To the Higgs Family, My Love and Prayers Are With You. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Thinking of you in this time of loss and asking God to tenderly care for your deepest needs. With Heartfelt Sympathy, Barbara Williams

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    Jeanette Thorpe says

    To BABY TINY and Family! As you mourn, The Words of Our Father are To Mourn With Hope. Weeping Only Last For A Little While. Be Blessed!!

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