Friday, April 17, 2009

Edgar Bigbie Obituary - Savannah Morning News

Edgar F. Bigbie - RICHMOND HILL - Edgar F. Bigbie, 83, of Richmond Hill, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009. He was born in Columbus, GA and lived in Savannah since 1944. He was an Electrical Engineer. He retired as President of Bigbie Electronics, Inc. in 1991, and was President of T-B Com, Inc. and Vice-President of Advance Communication and Electronics, Inc. He was Electronics Administrator for the City of Savannah for 20 years. He installed the first radios in the Fire Department and the Department of Public Works and installed the first UHF radio system and dispatch consoles in the Police Department in 1960. He was Vice-President of Engineering of Lewis Broadcasting from 1970 to 1978 when he purchased Savannah Communications. He was a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and was past President of the Savannah Chapter of IEEE. An avid Ham Radio Operator since 1946, a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) since 1972, and a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) since 1946. He was also a member of First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill. Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Lucille Bigbie; a son, James Bigbie and a grand-daughter, Patricia Michelle Bigbie, and is survived by two sons, Ronald Bigbie and wife Lynn Bigbie, and Donald Bigbie; three grandchildren, Marc William Bigbie and wife Kriss Bigbie, Hollie Gatewood and husband Chad Gatewood, and Jennifer Keener and Husband George Keener; seven great-grandchildren, Marc William Bigbie Jr., Kellie Bigbie, Erin and Alyssa Deloach, Abigail and Nicholas Keener, and Hayden Gatewood; four brothers, Donnie R. Bigbie, Charlie Bigbie, Samuel Bigbie, and Abner Bigbie; one sister, Evelyn Peeples. Visitation: 6-8 PM, Saturday at Fairhaven Funeral Home. Funeral Services: 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home with Rev. Buddy Wasson officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Remembrances: Building Fund, First Baptist church at Richmond Hill, P.O. Box 1390, Richmond Hill, GA 31324. Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory 2794 US Highway 80 West Garden City, GA 31408 912-964-2862 Savannah Morning News April 17, 2009

1 comment:

  1. No one, other than my parents, has been such a wonderful influence upon my life then Mr. Ed Bigbie. He was a spiritual influence and a wonderful teacher of electronics and RF engineering. He encouraged perfection and led me along the right path both in my amateur radio hobby and in my professional dealings with his company. He was so kind and generous and did not seek public recognition for his many gifts and good deeds. I have dealt with Ed and his family-owned company for nearly 30 years and never needed more than a handshake to consummate a deal. That is so rarely experienced these days. But with Mr. Ed, you knew his word was his bond -- and he would do everything within his power to meet your expectations whatever the cost might have been to him.
    My prayers are that his surviving family will find peace in knowing that Mr. Ed has been reunited with the love of his life and is, no doubt, proudly looking down upon them from Heaven.