A native of Marshall County, he was the son and only child of the late Herman Bigham and Julene Willis Bigham of the community of Yell.
Mr. Bigham was president of the Marshall County High School graduating class of 1940. He earned his bachelor's degree in law at Cumberland University at Lebanon. Mr. Bigham married Sara Frances Woods on Dec. 14, 1946, after completing his service as a Lt. j.g. in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Bigham went on to a career in law. He was appointed District Attorney General of the 8th District in 1949. A year later he was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee. From 1956 to 1961 Mr. Bigham served as Chancellor of the old 5th Chancery Division. After that he returned to private practice in Lewisburg, partnering first with Forrest Gates and then with Bob Binkley. Buddy Jones was also part of the practice for a time. Mr. Bigham served one term as Mayor of Lewisburg after being elected in May 1969. He was involved in the Democratic Party throughout his career and campaigned for several governor's races over the years. Michael Boyd was the last law partner of Mr. Bigham, who retired in 1994 at the age of 73.
Mr. Bigham was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewisburg for many years. He was also involved with the Marshall County Historical Society, having worked on the 1986 book "Marshall County Tennessee: A Sesquicentennial History" along with his wife, Sara, and many other Historical Society members. He and Sara also enjoyed genealogical research and collecting antiques. They were also both avid readers.
Mr. Bigham was predeceased by his wife of over 65 years, Sara, who passed away on June 7 of this year.
Survivors include his 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.; and great-grandson, Aydin Christopher Gosterisli of Atlanta.
Funeral services for Mr. Bigham were conducted Thursday, Dec. 27, from the chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home. 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.
Condolences for Mr. Bigham may be sent to the family at www.billsmcgaugh.com.
Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.