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William R “Bill” Bigham

Alexander County, Illinois, USA
Death 5 May 2013 (aged 73)
Cypress, Johnson County, Illinois, USA
Burial Thebes, Alexander County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 110178399 · View Source
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OLIVE BRANCH - William R. "Bill" Bigham, 73, died at 2 a.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, at his son's home in Cypress.

He was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Alexander County, the son of Joseph F. and Dorothy E. (Rowling) Bigham. He married Anna Faye (Wilson) Jackson July 15, 1963, and she preceded him in death Sept. 7, 2002.

Mr. Bigham was retired from Mobil Oil. He had worked his way up from a deckhand to a riverboat captain. He also was a member of Cairo Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include four sons, Rick Bigham of Cypress, William D. (Pam) Bigham of Olive Branch, Jeff (Amy) Jackson of Cypress and Willis (Linda) Jackson of Cairo; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Ruth Copeland and Joann Hemm, both of Chicago; two brothers, Joe Bigham of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jesse Bigham of Jacksonville, Fla.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Betty and Virginia; and one brother, Gene.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes with the Rev. Robert Kirby officiating. Friends are asked to gather at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to TIP Hospice; envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in The Southern Illinoisan from May 6 to May 7, 2013

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