BUFORD -- Growing up, Ted Higgins never idolized the likes of Superman, Batman or the Green Lantern.
"People talked about the comic book heroes, but I never found real heroes in those books," said Higgins, son of the late Hubert "Flap" Samuel Higgins who died Sunday at the age of 83.
"A hero is somebody who takes care of their family and friends and has an unconditional love that lifts you up," he said. "That's the way my dad was."
Family and friends this week are mourning the loss of the longtime Buford resident, who in the '60s and '70s served on the city commission, the school board and the planning and zoning committee. He also was instrumental in the development of the Buford Little League fields.
Buford Commission Chairman Phillip Beard said Higgins was a "super all around guy who served our city for many, many years."
In his official capacity with the city, Higgins garnered much respect from peers like Beard. At home, he was well known for being "a compassionate and caring person."
"As a son, I wanted to grow up to emulate him," Higgins said. "I wanted to be just like him."
The late Higgins was a 50-year member of the Buford Church of God, where he previously served as a trustee. His obituary describes him as "an avid sports fan and a devoted Buford Wolves supporter."
A funeral is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with the Rev. Lamar Hansard officiating. Daughter Tammy Higgins England will give the eulogy.
In addition to his son and daughter, Higgins is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grace Davis Higgins; grandchildren, Heather and Dustin Brown, Jason and Brooke Higgins and Katie England; great-grandchildren, Colton and Brynlee Brown and Ashlyn Page and Addison Higgins; step grandchildren, Natalie and Jeremy Wade and Lauren and David Moyer; brothers, Gene Higgins and Kenneth Higgins; sisters and brother-in-law, Betty and Earnest Nichols and Jeannette Hill; and many nieces and nephews.
To sign the online guest book, visit www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.