Sgt. Tanner Higgins' Funeral
Held, Tuesday Afternoon
by: Bobby McDonald
In a very meaningful celebration of life, funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, in Lake Fork Baptist Church, near Yantis, as family and friends surrounded the grieving family.
A "packed" crowd of family and friends gathered for a service that began with a Welcome and remarks by Bro. Perry Crisp, who had served as pastor and married Sgt. Tanner Higgins and Shelby Allen Higgins, last October. He shared words with the crowd, including: "The bullet of a coward cannot dim the light of a hero!"
"The bullet of a coward cannot dim the light of a hero!"
He also referred to Daniel 22:8 as he comforted with the words that regardless of the unanswered questions that all of us have, when terrible things happen to good people, the scripture tells us "But, there is a God in heaven!" And, he continued to encourage with the confirmation that God is in control and directs all things.
Crisp told of the story of Job, a servant of God who had lost everything he had, even his children, but managed to say, "Though He slay me....yet, I will trust Him!"
"God must work around sin, satan, and our own freewill," expressed Crisp. "But, Romans 8:28 tells us that God works for all things good, and even though we don't understand today, something good will come from this, to the glory of God!"
The tribute continued with the obituary being read by classmate, Josh Dunn, and he shared a number of humorous stories from high school.
Other friends and classmates, Kaleb Sanderson, Bailey Blount, and Daymon Nash, also related special memories of being reared with Tanner, including his loyalty to friends, his always smiling face, and his undying love for his wife and family.
A special video tribute of photos of his life was shared to the music of "Where I Come From," by Montgomery Gentry, "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey, and "My Heart Will Fly," by Mercy Me.
Special friend, Devin Roberts told of his service as a soldier with Sgt. Higgins, and his respect honor, and courage in life and on the battlefield.
Robert's tribute was followed by Diamond Rio's song, "I Believe."
Additional remarks were brought by friends, Mike and Sandra Brown, and Major Graham brought the Concluding Prayer. The family left to the recessional of Tim McGraw's, "If Your Reading This."
The funeral procession left Lake Fork Baptist Church, escorted by a number of law enforcement officers, local fire departments, and the Patriot Guard, in route to the Cypress Cemetery, in Franklin County, where Sgt. Higgins was laid to rest.
Boaters on Lake Fork paid tribute to Sgt. Tanner Higgins, as they gathered near the Fm-515 Lake Bridge
in this display of patriotism.