Stephen Anthony Higgins, Sr. age 61, of Lipan, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 near Del Rio, Texas. He was born June 11, 1953 in Weatherford, Texas to Alden Higgins and Myrtle Irene Brown Higgins. He spent his childhood working the land on a farm near Whitt with his family and graduated from Perrin High School in 1971.
He started in the Oil and Gas Industry as a roustabout in a gas plant near Mineral Wells for Mitchell Energy in 1973 and built a career in crude and natural gas gathering and processing that spanned 41 years within corporations including CMS, Frontier Energy, Southwestern Energy and later contracted services to Kinder-Morgan, Hiland Partners, Hiland Crude and others as the Owner & President of Renegade Gas Services, LLC to provide Consulting and Project Management Services. He had most recently been working on pipeline gathering projects in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.
Steve is survived by his wife; Paula Beth Gough Higgins, of Lipan. They were married in Waco, TX on February 16, 2008. He also leaves behind two sons, Stephen Higgins, Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Fort Worth, Michael Higgins and wife Sarah of Piedmont, OK, step son, Hunter Wagner & step daughter Delaney Wagner , both of Lipan, brothers; Henry Higgins and wife Marcia of Conroe, TX, Tommy Higgins and wife Joressa of Bridgeport, TX, and Lloyd Higgins and wife Chris of Victoria, TX; sisters Doris Ball and husband James of Pisgah Forest, NC, sister Carolyn Sigman and husband Billy of Ore City, TX. Steve was blessed with four beautiful and lively grandchildren: Hailey and Zander of Fort Worth and Maddie and Katie of Piedmont, OK. He had a host of nieces and nephews and will be remembered by countless of the most wonderful friends in the world.
Steve was a Rambler and an Adventurer & didn’t stay in one place for very long. He called many places home and there wasn’t a mountain he didn’t want to climb or a river he didn’t want to fish. Travel was one of his greatest pleasures; he loved the beaches of Mexico, the Badlands of South Dakota, and even experienced the “the trip of a lifetime” fishing the Amazon in Brazil. When the Lord called Steve home, he was in his own “Heaven on Earth” – the rugged South Texas country beside the Devil’s River hunting for a record-breaking aoudad. His Aim was True.
Graveside: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan. Visitation 3:30 – 5:00 pm Tuesday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.