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Community remembers Biggers' giving spirit
by Kimberly Shelton
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Friends remember Dr. James David "Buddy" Biggers III as a kind, loving man with a gentle spirit and compassionate heart for others.

The beloved dentist died Tuesday at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born in Corinth on April 29, 1930, to the late James David Biggers Jr. and Adrienne Taylor Biggers.

"Everyone has a Buddy Biggers story. He was a very pleasant individual, the kind of man who could walk into a room, smile and make everyone feel better. When he did something or said something, you remembered," said Dr. Don Elliott, pastor of First Presbyterian Church. "He was a long-time member and an elder of our church who gave himself to mission often. In 1991 he went on our first mission trip to Roca Blanca, Mexico. I had the privilege of working with him at that dental clinic."

For many years, Biggers ran a local clinic where he provided services to the needy. He was a fifth-generation Corinthian who practiced general dentistry for 53 years, 46 of which were in Corinth.

"He was amazing as he worked with people. I've seen him get van loads of students and staff members from French Camp Academy and give them all dental services at no cost," said Elliott.

French Camp Academy is a Christian boarding school in central Mississippi.

"His work there was what struck me the most," said Dr. Edward Knight. He had an unbelievable sense of humor that allowed him to relate to his patients on such a personal level. Everyone loved and respected him."

Knight described his friend and colleague as a generous man who gave freely of his time and talents.

He was actively involved in the community, United Way, French Camp Academy, Boy Scouts of America where he received the Silver Beaver Award, March or Dimes and Corinth-Alcorn Chamber of Commerce.

Biggers had the ability to journey anywhere in the world and come out with friends.

"He was a fine gentleman that I have known all my life," said Clayton Stanley. "I am thankful to have had the opportunity to know him as well as I did."

Biggers was a fun-loving man who enjoyed pulling pranks on people in his office.

"He loved to play tricks on us and we'd have to try and think of a way to get him back," said Tammy Lipford. "Cindy Gahagan and I worked for him, her for 15 years and me for 16. He was very precious, a great boss and a wonderful teacher. It was an honor to work for him."

Lipford recalled the many lists of donations she kept up with for Biggers.

"He had a servant's heart and was such a blessing to others. He'd do anything he could for you. He was one-of-a-kind, more like a family member than a boss–like a grandfather to me," she added.

Biggers attended Ole Miss for 2 1/2 years before he entered University of Tennessee Dental School, where he graduated in 1953.

He served in the United States Air Force for seven years where he attained the rank of captain. He met his first wife Anny of Luxembourg while he was stationed in Bitburg, Germany.

The 1948 Corinth High School graduate leaves behind a lasting legacy of love and devotion to his family, friends and patients.
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