In Memory

Judy Higgins - Class Of 1968

Judy Higgins

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12/14/09 07:49 AM #1    

Michael McKelvy (1968)

BY David White

Judy grew up on Signal Mountain and attended Signal Mountain Elementary, Thrasher Elementary, Signal Mountain Jr. High and CHS. I believe she was a straight A student or close to it and received an (literary?) award or recognition during her senior year, 1968, at CHS. I wasn't close to Judy after elementary school and certainly not at CHS but did ocassionally run into her around Chattanoga during the 1970's and 1980's. I'm sure many of the CHS alums from Signal Mountain knew her or of her. I remember her obituary and several articles about the investigation into her death in the Chattanooga Times during, I believe, the mid to late 1980's. Judy lived an alternative lifestyle but certainly didn't deserve such a tragic and violent death. I don't recall that her case was ever solved and possibly didn't receive the attention it deserved. If not there might be an opportunity for someone with connections to Hamilton County Sheriff's Dept. or Chattanooga Police Dept. to encourage it to be reopened and investigated using modern forensics. I do know that her body was recovered from the Tennessee River possibly in Marion County. Sorry for the lack of concrete details. I tried some web searches with no results. If you are able to obtain any information please let me know.

03/13/10 04:42 PM #2    

Terry Silberman (1968)

Judy had a joyful heart and a hopeful nature. I never knew her to be unkind to a living soul. In the end, Judy was a better friend to her friends than most of her friends ever were to her.

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