George D. Higman, 78

November 16, 2008

George D. Higman

MAY 9, 1930-NOV. 14, 2008

SMITHSBURG - George Daniel (Jack) Higman passed away at his home, Mapleville Road, Smithsburg, Md., on Friday, Nov. 14.

Born May 9, 1930, in Beaver Creek, Md., he was the son of the late Harold Manges Higman and Annie Florence Poffenberger Higman.

He was a graduate of Boonsboro High School, class of 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954, during the Korean War.

He was an outstanding craftsman, who enjoyed any type of woodworking, from custom millwork to home construction. He was also a stone mason, who was proud of many stone and brick fireplaces he designed and built for homeowners. He was employed by The Cavetown Planing Mill Co. for 36 years and G.A. Miller Lumber Co. for nine years. In addition, he worked with his brothers-in-law in home construction.


He was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Beaver Creek, but more often attended Trinity Lutheran Church of Smithsburg with his family.

He was a member of Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co., VFW Post 695 and American Legion Post 297.

Besides woodworking, he enjoyed fishing as a hobby and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia A. Bushey Higman; and three daughters, Sharon L. Frame and husband, Douglas, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Elizabeth A. Higman and husband, Milton Orndorff, of Cavetown, Md., and Michelle L. Higman of Hagerstown, Md.; two brothers, Harold R. Higman (wife Phyrne), Maugansville, and Robert M. Higman (wife Rebecca), Keedysville; four sisters, A. Elizabeth Wolfe (husband Franklin). Smithsburg, Nancy R. Levick and Charlotte L. Myers, both of Waynesboro, Pa., and Martha E. Fleming, Hagerstown; as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.

He is also survived by a large and caring family of in-laws, including mother-in-law, Mary H. Bushey of Cavetown, her 12 children, their spouses and their families.

Services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Interment will be in Beaver Creek Cemetery, Beaver Creek. Officiating will be a member of his family, the Rev. J. Mark Curran, Minister of Beaver Creek Christian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co., 22 N. Main St., Smithsburg, MD 21783; or Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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