Shirley Higginbotham Hallum-Clark

May 07, 1932, February 20, 2019

Shirley Hallum-Clark

Shirley Higginbotham Hallum-Clark, 86, of Groves, died suddenly Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at Southeast Texas Medical Center, Port Arthur. She was born May 7, 1932, in Tyler, to Bessie Nell Bizzell Higginbotham and Robert Owen Higginbotham.

She was born during the deep depression and at an early age she and her parents moved to Beaumont. She attended Beaumont schools through graduation in 1950. She was small in stature, a very shy but happy child. Gifted with a beautiful soprano voice she loved to sing and did so at the Jefferson Theatre, on the radio, in church, and in her school choir. She briefly sang with the Melody Maids but was too short to travel with the group as she didn’t meet the five feet tall height requirement.

She had a gift for selling everything from seeds to school pictures and even won a contest selling popcorn. She loved to travel, dance, adored animals, and had a flare for photography.

Shirley married Cecil Hancock and together they had their daughter Pamela Susan. They divorced just a short while later. While working for Texas Employment Commission, she met Jack Hallum was married in May of 1964. They made their home in Port Neches. They welcomed their daughter, Polly Ann, in November of 1965. Together they managed the Port Arthur Community Retirement Home, worked for Christmas Around the World, and traveled the world. He was the love of her life. Jack died in March of 1997 after thirty-three years of marriage.

Shirley was always very active in the church. She attended First Baptist, Beaumont; Calder Baptist, Beaumont; Southside Baptist, Port Neches; and First Baptist, Port Neches. She moved to Pearland briefly in 2014 to be closer to her daughter, Polly, and while living there she joined Sagemont Church. She loved ministering to others and after Jack died began a grief recovery ministry for widows and widowers.

Shirley remarried again in January of 2018 to Gardner J. Clark, Jr. and they moved to Groves. She was so happy and in love. She had known Gardner since 1999 and had carried a candle for him all those years. Sadly, their time together as husband and wife was brief.

Shirley loved the Lord, she loved her family, she loved being with people, and she would give anyone her last dime if they asked.

She was heartbroken when Gardner left and was ready to go home to be with the Lord.

We love you Mother, Shirley Girl, Little Bit. We’re going to miss you terribly but are comforted knowing you are with Jesus, Jack, Nanny and Papa.

Survivors include her husband, Gardner J. Clark Jr.; daughters, Pamela Wallace and her husband, Michael, of Beaumont and Polly Weimar and her husband, Eric, of Pearland; step-grandchildren, Hudson Hallum and his wife, Candice; Heath Hallum and his wife, Stephanie; Amee Eady; and Adam Wallace and his wife, Karri; and eight step great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bessie Nell and Robert O. Higginbotham; late husband, Jack L. Hallum; step-son, Lloyd Hallum; and step-daughter, Carolyn Poole.

A gathering of Mrs. Clark’s family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 1900 Magnolia Avenue, Port Neches. Her interment will follow at Frankston City Cemetery, Frankston.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Friday, March 01, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
First Baptist Church Port Neches
1900 Magnolia Port Neches, TX 77651
Saturday, March 02, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Frankston City Cemetery
Cemetery Road, Frankston, Texas 75763

Comments (11)

  • E J Whitley

    02 March 2019 at 16:39 | #

    Shirley, I only knew you for a few years, when you joined our Bible Study Group. We all really enjoyed our Brief time together with you in sharing our Life experiences & Learning the Teachings of the Bible !!! You were a Blessing to so many . Rest In Peace !!!


  • Francine Gaspard

    01 March 2019 at 16:54 | #

    Dearest Shirley,
    Love you my precious friend! So very sorry we will not be able to be there with your family to say our final goodbyes! Will be at my brother in laws funeral out of town! You were such a ray of sunshine! And will be dearly missed! Still have your voice messages you left me ! Will always cherish our friendship! Until we all meet again!
    Love and many prayers for your family,
    Francine Gaspard


  • Tina Youngblood Jennings

    25 February 2019 at 17:54 | #

    Polly, I am so sorry for your families loss. I have been in your shoes and losing a mother is very difficult. My prayers go out to you. God Bless!


  • Jessica Yancey

    24 February 2019 at 01:41 | #

    I remember as a child, Shirley was always so kind and sweet to me when I was over at my Grandmothers! She will be missed so much!


  • Dixie Dowden Tucker and Walter L Tucker.

    23 February 2019 at 19:32 | #

    Shirley, dear sweet friend, you will be missed. Love and God bless you and the family.


  • Richard Hudson

    23 February 2019 at 08:12 | #

    I loved Mrs Shirley Hallum like a second Morher.. my Dad always said said she looked like a China Doll. Always perfectly groomed and looking like a million bucks! She was a sweet soul and she will will be be dearly missed! I know for a fact that she is in Heaven with all of the people that she lived and missed! I know she was thrilled to see Mr. Hallum and PawPaw Hinninbotham. She was a class act in every sense of the word!


  • Shirley Dykes

    23 February 2019 at 03:14 | #

    Sweet Angel you can now sing in heaven with the Angels.
    It was nice to get to meet you.


  • Bette Wright

    23 February 2019 at 01:32 | #

    I knew and loved Shirley during her stay at The Villages in Pearland. We attended church together and spent much time together getting to know one another. She was a special friend and a Christian lady that I grew to love and appreciate. I will see her soon when I too am called home in heaven. .


  • Doris Webb

    22 February 2019 at 22:52 | #

    A beautiful friend. She will definitely be missed. ♡


  • Jean Heubach

    22 February 2019 at 22:51 | #

    You served as my proxy mom for 30 years and I shall miss you so much. We had so many good times traveling, eating out, working for the theater, just playing and having fun. I know your pain and loneliness is over and we shall see each other again. Praise God for that!


  • ida steele

    22 February 2019 at 21:58 | #

    Shirley, everyone will miss you. You're such a joy to be around when we got to be together. Your smile was very infective. You could not help but smile when you were with Shirley.


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