May 14, 1927 ~ January 28, 2021

Born in: San Diego, CA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Lewis (Lou) Rich Higdon, 93, passed away in Asheville on January 28, 2021. He was born on May 14, 1927 in San Diego, CA to Mary Ellen Crisp and John Wright Higdon. His childhood years were spent around Franklin, NC. His family later moved to Asheville where he attended Warren Wilson and graduated from Lee H. Edwards.

Lou entered the US Army, 11th Airborne as a paratrooper from 1945-1947, and served in the Occupational Forces in Japan.

Lou married Thelma Jane Barnes in April, 1949. They had 2 daughters, Nancy and Patti.

He was an employee of Eastern Airlines from 1949-1959 in Charlotte and Tampa, FL. In 1959 he and his family moved to Asheville where he began a career in real estate and home building and eventually founded Century 21 Higdon Agency.

In 1975 he married Carol Crawford and together continued a successful career building homes in and around Asheville, including his proudest in Biltmore Park and The Ramble.

Lou loved flying and held a private pilot’s license for 30 years. He received his captain’s license in the Merchant Marines. Carol and he loved to spend time on the water. He enjoyed sailing and power boating for many years.

Lou was a 32nd degree Mason of Biltmore Lodge 446 and was recently recognized for his 60 years of service. He was an Oasis Shriner. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints.

Lou and Carol maintained homes in Asheville, St. Pete Beach and Bellair, FL.

Carol passed away on July 27, 2020 and Lou returned to Asheville in September, 2020, residing at Harmony at Reynolds Mountain. He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters: Christine Cook and Mary Ellen Ingram; and a brother, John Allen Higdon.

Lou is survived by his daughters Nancy Cheney of Lexington, SC and Patti Santos of Corozal Town, Belize; 5 grandchildren: Stephanie (Jacob) Smith of Anza, CA, Jessica Osborne of Buckeye, AZ, Maggie (Greg) Starley of Sandy, OR, Cade (Carrian) Cheney of Lehi, UT, and Josh (Lisa) Cheney of Centerville, UT; 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Jean Crawford, many loving nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

Graveside services for Lou and Carol will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, May 15. 2021 at Green Hills Cemetery in West Asheville. Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian staff is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: May 15, 2021 11:00 am

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806



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  1. Patti,

    I’m so sorry to see that your Dad passed, but wow … what a long, accomplished life!
    Dave Capps
    Asheville Catholic High 1972

  2. Patti and Nancy
    Your father lived a full life and I know you will miss him. I will see you at the gather in the near future. I love you guys and will be praying for you.
    Joey Charlton

  3. Such fond memories I have growing up with the handsome Uncle Lou! He took Patti and I flying and I had never experienced anything like it before! Where do the years disappear? My love and condolences to his family and to his daughters, Nancy and Patti. My cousins. I love them so.

  4. We are sending our deepest sympathies on the loss of your wonderful daddy and dear Carol. They were our neighbors in Florida at one time. We enjoyed many fun outings, dinners ad nights out with them. They were the best sports and were always ready to try anything. Lou was such a gentleman, a rare breed. They truly adored each other and together in paradise, driving a boat, is where they are. We will always remember with deep fondness our dear friends.
    Pat and HenryKurusz

  5. Patti,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your dad from so many years ago. Such a nice man. Prayers for peace and comfort.
    I have tried to find you many times since Junior high school.


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