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Laurence "Corky" Corden Higbee, 89 of Noble passed away in Norman, Oklahoma on August 2, 2017. Born on July 11, 1928 to Arthur G. and Christena (Friend) Higbee in Lexington, Oklahoma. He graduated from Noble High School. Corky served our country honorably in the United States Army Air Force and fought during World War II. He married Patsy Ruth Reedy who preceded him in death in 1988. After the war, Corky enjoyed thirty years of work at the University of Oklahoma as a purchasing agent. He married Lavera Davault Blair in 1995 and made Noble their home. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Noble and the Citizens of Potawatomi Nation Tribe.
Preceding him in death are his parents and nine siblings.
Survivors include: Wife, Lavera of the home, and brother Ronnie Higbee of Norman; children Cristie Smith and husband Rick of Alabama, Larry Higbee and wife Dena of Noble; 6 grandchildren Matthew, Tony, Zack, Trey, Cara, Cori; 14 great grandchildren, Christopher, Jackie, Kathryn, Audrey, Jackson, Ariel, Isabella, Ryan, Kiel, Juliana, Raith, Michaela, Cale and Peri; and 1 great, great grandchild Alice. Step children Sheila Ritchie and husband Randy of Yukon and Carrie Pickard and husband Randy of Noble; 5 grandchildren Chris, Nic, Jackson, Owen and Lindsey; 6 great grandchildren Rhett, Reven, Charlie, Jace, Parker and Hattie. There are also many nieces, nephews, cousins as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Corky had many hobbies throughout his life, sports being just one. He was a member of the 5-daughter and 5-son Infamous Higbee Tribe Bowling Team, only one in the country. The Higbee Tribe was led by their father Arthur Higbee who in his own right was a sports person but turned down a professional baseball contract to remain a farmer and raise kids. Sports were even more important to the Higbee brothers, who participated in baseball, football, golf and fishing. Corky and his brother Ronnie were both offered athletic scholarships after graduation from high school. This enthusiasm for sports rolled into Corky being one of the greatest Oklahoma Sooner fans around. Working at the stadium selling hot dogs and cheering for his favorite team, the Boomer Sooners!!
Corky was also an avid poultry connoisseur for 50 years. He raised and showed various types of chickens, but his favorite was the dark bantam Cornish, winning Grand Champion Bantam ABA National in Phoenix, Arizona in 1989. His love for poultry led him to become an expert judge who was called to judge at Poultry Shows all over the United States. His expertise and wide authority on poultry led him to be honored by his peers and the Oklahoma State Poultry Federation in Dec 2016. He received a Plaque of Appreciation and a standing ovation for his 50+ years of dedicated service to the Oklahoma State Poultry Federation.
Corky was raised on a large farm. Throughout the years Corky became known as the best tomato grower although he would raise other vegetables which were excellent. However, his pride and joy were the large red Big Boy Tomatoes that would, when sliced, hang over the edge of any size bun! Their taste was bar none. People would come from far and near to get the Best Tomatoes around!!
Corky was a gentle man, loved by all. Anyone he met, he had a smile for them and a kind word. Even in the hospital those who worked with Corky and treated him showed great respect and affection for the gentle man who always had a smile for them. This quality stayed with him even in his last hours, with a smile for all.
Viewing will be held on August 4, 2017 at the First Baptist Church from 5-7 PM. Funeral service is scheduled for 10 AM on August 5, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Noble, Okla. (330 E Chestnut Street). Brother Cleve Haley will officiate the service. Interment will follow at the Noble IOOF Cemetery in Noble, Oklahoma with full military honors. Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma. Online condolences to the family can be made at www.phillipsfuneralservice.com.


An Online Guestbook is available at PhillipsFuneralService.com.
Published on August 3, 2017
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