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Margaret E. Biggs

March 31, 1926 — September 21, 2018

Margaret Evelyn Smith Biggs


Margaret Evelyn was Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Etowah Office of Athens Federal Community Bank.  She always remarked that she loved her work and the people with whom she worked.

Margaret Evelyn received her education in the Etowah School System and was a graduate of Etowah High School.  She was crowned Miss Etowah High in 1943 and was presented as a Belle at the 21st annual Chattanooga Cotton Ball.  She was also a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and Cleveland State Community College.  While at Wesleyan, she studied voice under the leadership of Drs. Werner and Mrs. Emma Land Wolff of Germany, a well-known conductor and prima donna who had fled Germany under the rule of Hitler.  She also studied voice at the Cadek Conservatory of the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  While at Tennessee Wesleyan College, she began a long history of singing at churches, civic groups, weddings, funerals, and other special occasions throughout the area.  She was an accomplished vocalist.

She was active in local and regional civic organizations as well as the Benton United Methodist Church, where she served as Trustee, Music Director, member of the Official Board, Chairman of the Worship Committee, and member of United Methodist Women.  Her civic involvements included serving as Director and President of the Etowah Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Board for Cleveland State Community College Foundation.  She was a member of the Etowah Chapter #96 Order Eastern Star, President of the Etowah Friendly Garden Club, a member of the Etowah Better Ideas Club, and President of the Thursday Music Study Club of Etowah.  She was also a member of the Etowah Historical Board, National Association of Business Women, former President of the Pilot Club of Athens, and Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.  She served as Treasurer and President of the Fort Loudon Regional Library Board.  She was a Director of the First Bank of Tennessee of Polk County.  She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Cleveland and the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) of Cleveland.  She was also a Director of Etowah Health Care.

Survivors include one son, Curtis Lee (Lisa) Biggs and one daughter, Carolyn Biggs Dillingham; five grandsons, Curtis Nathan (Yvonne) Biggs, Cory Lee (Brooke) Biggs, James Glenn Dillingham, Michael Justin Dillingham and Cody Mitchell Dillingham; one granddaughter, Reilly Anne Biggs; two great grandchildren, Jace Biggs and Lemon Biggs, all of Benton.  She is also survived by one brother, Harold J. Smith of Green Cove Springs, Florida.  

Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Benton United Methodist Church with the Reverend Charlie Harrison officiating, eulogy by Reverend Rebecca Reed.  Interment will follow at the Benton Town Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2018 at the church prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Benton United Methodist Church of Benton, P.O. Box 845, Benton, TN 37307.

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Higgins Funeral Home of Benton, TN is in charge of the arrangements.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Benton United Methodist Church

135 Highland Dr, Benton, TN 37307

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