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Obituary: Joseph David Higdon Jr., 77, Bardstown

Joseph David Higdon Jr., 77, of Bardstown, Kentucky, died Sunday, December 4, 2022, as his family surrounded him. He was born on June 30, 1945. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Emma Higdon, Joseph David Higdon, and Joseph Raymond Higdon, his brother-in-law, Eugene Powell, and his best canine companion, Barney.

Joe David’s greatest joy in life was his family. He was a devoted husband and met the love of his life, Joyce Ann, in 1966. They have spent 56 years together growing their family. He was a proud and dedicated father to Joseph David Higdon III (Kim), Little Rock, Arkansas, James Raymond Higdon (Lisa Smith), Louisville, Kentucky, and Tonja Lea Bischoff (Tommy), Bardstown, Kentucky. In addition, he was a gentle and amazing Pappaw to EmaLea Ann Bowden (Reed), Elizabeth Blaire Bischoff, Elayne Ray Bischoff, Thomas Grant Bischoff (Paula Marie), Eleanor Lea Higdon, Matthew David Higdon, Trey Woodruff (Megan), and Chase Woodruff, and he was overjoyed to be a great-grandfather to Wrenley June and Elowynn Ruth Bowden. Joe David was the third oldest of ten children, and he is survived by six brothers, three sisters, and their families, whom he cherished and loved deeply.

Joe David was an eternal optimist and always looking to help others. His zest for life through the years led him to become an avid gardener. He loved crossword puzzles, golfing, and playing games. He loved tinkering in his garage, where he showed his skills as a master woodworker and metalsmith. He especially enjoyed having meals with his family.

His Funeral Mass will be 10 am Friday December 9, 2022 at St. Thomas Catholic Church with burial in St. Augustine Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 pm to 8 pm Thursday December 8 at Barlow Funeral Home. Prayers will be at 7pm.

In his memory, donations may be made to Arbor Day Foundation.

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