One dead in fatal accident in Stone County

A deadly head-on collision claimed the life of 29-year-old Joshua Higginbotham early Monday morning in Stone County.

“If you knew him, you loved him. If you didn’t know him, you missed out on meeting a great person.” Joshua Higginbotham passed away Monday morning when he collided with a tractor trailer on Highway 26. He leaves behind his wife, Alysa, and four young children.

Coming from a family of 13, Joshua and his sister, Krickett Kelly, shared a bond like no other, reminiscing some of their favorite memories. “I have so many favorite memories with him,” said Krickett. “Probably one of the best is when we were younger playing in a cotton field. We were running through the cotton fields. The cotton things were bigger than us. They would just tear us apart.”

Throughout the interview, Krickett refers to Joshua as her best friend. “He was the most amazing man any girl could meet. He was every girl’s fairytale. Every kid should have a dad like him.”

Krickett recalls the details of the heart-wrenching accident. “The driver of the semi swerved into his lane and Josh didn’t even know what hit him. He died on impact.”

The visitation for Joshua Higginbotham will be Wednesday June 25th from 3 p.m. until the funeral service begins at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Moments Funeral Home in Lucedale.

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