Bowling Green - Frederick Marshall Higgins, 75, of Bowling Green, KY died surrounded by family at his residence on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019. The Athens, Tennessee native was born on August 3rd, 1943. Higgins was a 1961 graduate of Bowling Green High School and received his undergraduate degree from Centre College where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Following his graduation from the University of Kentucky Law School, Higgins served in the Military Intelligence Branch of the United States Army during the War in Vietnam.
For more than forty years, Higgins owned and operated Minit Mart Foods, a convenience store chain that has grown to include more than 200 locations. Minit Mart was always at the forefront of innovation in the industry becoming one of the first convenience store chains to add gas pumps in the 1970s, a staple in the convenience store industry today.
Mr. Higgins served as the first President of the Board of Directors for Kids on the Block. In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees at Centre College, the Board of Directors at Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Health Foundation, the Board of Directors at Buckhorn Children's Home, the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan of Bowling Green and the Board of Directors at SKYPAC. In 1996, he served as the Chairman for the National Association of Convenience Stores where he played a pivotal role in strengthening the organization's lobbying role on the state and national level. He was a member of the Young Presidents' Organization's Bluegrass Chapter, the Kentucky Retail Federation, XV Literary Club and an Elder at The Presbyterian Church. Through the church, Higgins participated in mission trips to Central and South America as part of Living Waters for the World, helping install water purification systems to areas without access to clean water.
Higgins was named to the Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor, Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, named the 1995 Retail Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, and the 1996 Man of the Year for the Kentucky Grocers Association.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Booth Higgins, three daughters, Carrie Leigh Thomas, Heather Higgins Jeffrey (R.D.), and Leslie Higgins Embry (Jason), a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Booth Foley (Eddie), and one stepson, Mark Booth (Emily): a sister, Cathy Higgins Howard (Glenn); twelve grandchildren, Martina, Benjamin and Felix Porcel; J.J., Peyton, Cameron, Chase and Jamie Gaddie Embry; Tucker and Ann Katherine Foley; Jackson and Harrison Booth; and several nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Ralph and Ruth Troutman Higgins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jamie Gaddie Higgins.
Visitation will be held at The Presbyterian Church on Thursday, April 25th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and Friday April 26th from 11:00am until time of service. Funeral services will be held at The Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 26th at 2:00pm with burial following at Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.