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Mark Douglas HigginsJuly 19, 1963 ~ March 22, 2017 (age 53)
Mark Douglas Higgins, 53, passed away on March 22, 2017, in Duluth, Georgia. Visitation will be 5 pm, Sunday, April 9 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel. A memorial service will follow at 6pm.
Mark was born in Miami, Florida to David and Barbara Higgins on July 9, 1963. He attended Shaw High School in Mobile, Alabama, Chipola Junior College and the University of New Orleans where he played baseball. As a member of the 1984 UNO baseball team, Mark helped to lead the Privateers to the College World Series. After college, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and played professional ball with the Indians and Milwaukee Brewers for 7 years. He settled in Duluth, Georgia, where he worked at Summit Industries. Mark continued to share his athletic talents through coaching in the recreational leagues. He lived for Friday nights and Saturday mornings helping coach community teams and watching his boys play. He supported his daughter in her fine arts endeavors and became a “drama dad”. Mark was committed to his family, making sure everyone felt his support to achieve their highest levels and goals. His positive spirit and easy going manner will be missed by all who knew him. Mark was preceded in death by his father David Higgins of Mobile, Alabama and mother-in-law Sandra Jones. Mark is survived by his wife, Misty Jones Higgins, his children, Andrew and his wife Kelsey, Alex, Ally and Aidan, his mother, Barbara Higgins, his brother Alan Higgins and his wife Ashleigh, and sister Cheryl Higgins. He was also survived by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and many lifetime friends.