Claims Against Higginbotham Funeral Home

Claims Against Higginbotham Funeral Home

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Thomas

United States

#1 Jan 13, 2012
This is what some rag tag paper in Hardy is claiming, bit nobody else is reporting this!

By Lauren Siebert
Staff Writer

The Arkansas State Board Of Embalmers and Funeral Directors met in Little Rock, Jan. 10, to discuss allegations against the actions of officers or employees of Higginbotham Funeral Service Inc., which has two locations, one located in Hardy and the other in Walnut Ridge.
Nine separate Factual Allegations were brought against Vice President Darrin Pinkston, Apprentice Seth Simpson and the owner of Higginbotham Funeral Service, Mary Jo Higginbotham.
Formal charges include:
• Mary Jo Higginbotham, a licensed funeral director, and Owner of Higginbotham Funeral Services, has violated Ark. Code. Ann §17-29-311 (a)(8) and (e) by aiding and abetting Darin Pinkston, who was not a licensed funeral director or embalmer, to practice funeral directing and embalming and to hold himself out as a funeral director and embalmer.
• Darin Pinkston acted as a funeral director at a time he was not licensed in violation of Ark. Code. Ann.§17-29-311 (e) and (h).
• Darin Pinkston has held himself out as a funeral director at a time when he was not a licensed funeral director in violation of Ark. Code. Ann §17-29-311 (e) and (h).
• Mary Jo Higginbotham, as owner of Higginbotham Funeral services, is responsible for the actions of unlicensed personnel of the funeral home. Board Rule IV (2) Funeral Establishment Type A – Full Service Funeral Firms, subparagraph f.
• Unlicensed employee Seth Simpson violated the act by embalming dead human bodies. Ark. Code. Ann §17-29-311 (h).
According to notarized documents, Vice President Pinkston and Apprentice Simpson were seen carrying out the duties of a Funeral Director and Embalmer, which requires specific education and license to perform those duties. Neither Pinkston or Simpson are currently licensed with the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
Sources have indicated that after hearing witness testimony and reviewing evidence, the board revoked Mary Jo Higginbotham’s “personal Funeral Director’s License” and that all three parties have been assessed civil penalties for an undisclosed amount.
A paper trail of misconduct or misfeasance has been previously established beginning in 2009, in a court case ‘Higginbotham Burial Association and Mary Jo Higginbotham v. Arkansas Burial Association Board’.
Shocked

Houston, TX

#2 Jan 13, 2012
That sound like pretty serious stuff to me if it is my loved one thay are "caring" for.
Policy Holder

United States

#3 Jan 14, 2012
My family and I have a policies there but my family will never use them due to this slipshod operation.
From Way Back

Houston, TX

#4 Jan 18, 2012
I read this in the Democrat-Gazette and the Times Dispatch also carried an article about it. I guess the Hardy paper carried it because they also have a funeral home there.
Thomas wrote:
This is what some rag tag paper in Hardy is claiming, bit nobody else is reporting this!
By Lauren Siebert
Staff Writer
The Arkansas State Board Of Embalmers and Funeral Directors met in Little Rock, Jan. 10, to discuss allegations against the actions of officers or employees of Higginbotham Funeral Service Inc., which has two locations, one located in Hardy and the other in Walnut Ridge.
Nine separate Factual Allegations were brought against Vice President Darrin Pinkston, Apprentice Seth Simpson and the owner of Higginbotham Funeral Service, Mary Jo Higginbotham.
Formal charges include:
• Mary Jo Higginbotham, a licensed funeral director, and Owner of Higginbotham Funeral Services, has violated Ark. Code. Ann §17-29-311 (a)(8) and (e) by aiding and abetting Darin Pinkston, who was not a licensed funeral director or embalmer, to practice funeral directing and embalming and to hold himself out as a funeral director and embalmer.
• Darin Pinkston acted as a funeral director at a time he was not licensed in violation of Ark. Code. Ann.§17-29-311 (e) and (h).
• Darin Pinkston has held himself out as a funeral director at a time when he was not a licensed funeral director in violation of Ark. Code. Ann §17-29-311 (e) and (h).
• Mary Jo Higginbotham, as owner of Higginbotham Funeral services, is responsible for the actions of unlicensed personnel of the funeral home. Board Rule IV (2) Funeral Establishment Type A – Full Service Funeral Firms, subparagraph f.
• Unlicensed employee Seth Simpson violated the act by embalming dead human bodies. Ark. Code. Ann §17-29-311 (h).
According to notarized documents, Vice President Pinkston and Apprentice Simpson were seen carrying out the duties of a Funeral Director and Embalmer, which requires specific education and license to perform those duties. Neither Pinkston or Simpson are currently licensed with the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
Sources have indicated that after hearing witness testimony and reviewing evidence, the board revoked Mary Jo Higginbotham’s “personal Funeral Director’s License” and that all three parties have been assessed civil penalties for an undisclosed amount.
A paper trail of misconduct or misfeasance has been previously established beginning in 2009, in a court case ‘Higginbotham Burial Association and Mary Jo Higginbotham v. Arkansas Burial Association Board’.
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE

Ash Flat, AR

#5 Jan 19, 2012
Now what? I have pre-purchased a cremation service from them. Break out the BBQ? WTF? Darrin seemed so professional, but then you can never know what is really going on behind the scenes.
With such a limited staff, who blew the whistle? A former disgruntled employee that did not get his lunch break?

Seriously, I hope they deposited my $$$ in the state fund as required by law.
Cut My Losses

United States

#6 Jan 19, 2012
I was told that the inspector for the state posed as a regular person wanting to arrange for a funeral and that was one of the ways they got caught. A lot of people have questioned the behavior of some of the employees for quite some time. My family had rather get noting from our investment in their policies than to use them. We will use one of the other two.
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE wrote:
Now what? I have pre-purchased a cremation service from them. Break out the BBQ? WTF? Darrin seemed so professional, but then you can never know what is really going on behind the scenes.
With such a limited staff, who blew the whistle? A former disgruntled employee that did not get his lunch break?
Seriously, I hope they deposited my $$$ in the state fund as required by law.
Hometown

Lake City, AR

#7 Feb 2, 2012
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE wrote:
Now what? I have pre-purchased a cremation service from them. Break out the BBQ? WTF? Darrin seemed so professional, but then you can never know what is really going on behind the scenes.
With such a limited staff, who blew the whistle? A former disgruntled employee that did not get his lunch break?
Seriously, I hope they deposited my $$$ in the state fund as required by law.
I don't think it was anything within that tipped them off. Everyone in the funeral business has known for years what was going on, and finally got tired of doing the right thing while Higginbotham did their own thing. I think there was probably an outcry from within the profession.
lawrencecountian

Jonesboro, AR

#8 Feb 3, 2012
Policy Holder wrote:
My family and I have a policies there but my family will never use them due to this slipshod operation.
Your policyy will be honored by any funeral home feel free to use them at Bryans, House/Gregg or any other funeral home
Sharon

Haslet, TX

#9 Feb 21, 2012
Hometown wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't think it was anything within that tipped them off. Everyone in the funeral business has known for years what was going on, and finally got tired of doing the right thing while Higginbotham did their own thing. I think there was probably an outcry from within the profession.
I see that the two convicted violators are still working funerals there. What is taking place?
Lanny

Haslet, TX

#10 Feb 22, 2012
I hear a big national corporation is buying up funeral homes right and left in northeast Arkansas. I was in Texas when that happened down there and I can tell you that if this is true they will lower the prices and then double them a year later. I don't they have hit Lawrence County yet but somebody is buying them up in nearby counties. Oh well, its getting where one cannot afford to die.
This Is Interesting

United States

#11 Feb 24, 2012
Sharon wrote:
<quoted text> I see that the two convicted violators are still working funerals there. What is taking place?
Yep! But now I hear they have fired the insurance lady. I bet they should not have done that.
Guest

Dallas, TX

#13 Feb 25, 2012
Can you really switch a policy from one funeral home to another?
Hometown

Jonesboro, AR

#14 Feb 26, 2012
Guest wrote:
Can you really switch a policy from one funeral home to another?
You certainly can! The funeral home that you choose, if it is not the policy issuer, will make the decision about how much credit they will give for it; however, most funeral homes that I know give full credit.

It could just be as simple as changing the beneficiary.
Guest

Dallas, TX

#15 Feb 26, 2012
Thanks! I really appreciate it. I'll check into it.
director

Pekin, IL

#17 Aug 22, 2012
THIEVES !!!!!
smith

Vidor, TX

#18 Jan 6, 2014
Please tell me where I can find information to back these claims up. Was criminal charges filed?
horn

Pensacola, FL

#19 Jan 6, 2014
just a bunch of small town gossip
Curious

Jonesboro, AR

#20 Jan 6, 2014
post #14 has it right the rest is peyton place crap.
phillip

Pearland, TX

#21 Jan 7, 2014
It's. Not. Like they hurt the dead bodies. It'd not hard to do seen it done thousand times
Guest

United States

#22 Jan 7, 2014
wow

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