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Llewellyn M. (Lew) Heigham, the son of William Hirst Heigham and Ella Amelia Ittner Heigham, was born June 30, 1911, in Waycross, Ga., and departed this life May 27,2004, at the age of 92 years.
Mr. Heigham and Naomi M. Beall were united in marriage on Nov. 4, 1932, in Oxon Hill, Md., and to this union two children were born.
Rev. Heigham graduated from Oxon Hill High in Oxon Hill, Md. in 1927, as valedictorian, and Strayer College in Washington, D.C., also as valedictorian. He read for the Order under Bishop Louis Falk and was ordained deacon in 1981 and ordained priest in 1982. He served as priest at St. Francis Anglican until his retirement in 1995.
Rev. Heigham moved to Ava in 1955 and was employed as accountant for Moore Poultry and Heath & Sons for many years. He and his wife were well known as the Bell Makers of the Back Acres, sending his ceramic bells all over the world. His wife, Naomi, did the hand painting on the bells.
Rev. Heigham was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi, Marshfield; one son, Priest Llewellyn M. Heigham Jr. and wife, Ella Jean, St. Louis; a daughter, Naomi M. “Nickie” Jones and husband, Norman, of Marshfield; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. June 5 in the St. Francis Anglican Church in Ava, with Father Glen Hartley and Father Llew Heigham Jr. officiating. Lew’s body has been donated to the University of Missouri Medical School as per his request. Arrangements are under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.