Sara Woods Bigham

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sara Woods Bigham, 90, of Atlanta, Ga., native and long-time resident of Lewisburg, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Brighton Gardens of Buckhead Assisted Living in Atlanta, Ga.

A native of Marshall County, she was the daughter of the late James Watson Woods and Sallie Frances Watson Woods. Mrs. Bigham earned her bachelor's degree at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewisburg. She worked as a Home Demonstration Agent in Franklin, prior to marrying Knox Bigham. Mrs. Bigham was a homemaker who raised two daughters and was active in her church and in the Marshall County Historical Society. Mrs. Bigham was an accomplished cook and seamstress. She also worked for several years at the Marshall County Election Commission. She and her husband Knox enjoyed genealogical research and collecting antiques.

Mrs. Bigham was predeceased by her brother, Dr. James Watson Woods Jr. of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Survivors include her husband of over 65 years, former Lewisburg attorney Knox Bigham of Atlanta; daughters, Lucy Woods Bigham of Atlanta and Susan (David) Sherman of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren, Emily Catherine (Levent) Gosterisli of Atlanta, Rachel Sherman of Alexandria, Va., and Jacob Knox Sherman of Boston, Mass.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bigham were conducted on Sunday, June 10, from the chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home with Jeff Eason and Claude McMillion officiating. Burial followed in Lone Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lewisburg or the Marshall County Memorial Library.

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Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.