|High School:||A. C. Flora|
|Birth Date/Place:||February 28, 1946|
|Death Date/Place:||January 27, 2008 in Columbia, SC|
A memorial service for Byron F. Bigby, 61, of Columbia, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday (Feb 1) at Greenlawn Funeral Home with the Reverend W.T. Jeffers officiating. Committal will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Providence Hospital Heart Institute 803-256-5300 or to Regency Hospice 803-765-0099.
Mr. Bigby passed away Sunday, January 27, 2008. He was born in Columbia February 28, 1946, and graduated from A.C. Flora High School. Mr. Bigby received a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, where he played football from 1964-68. He was named All-Big Eight Conference and participated in the Bluebonnet Bowl and Orange Bowl during his collegiate career. He graduated from Oklahoma in 1969 and signed a professional contract with the New York Giants.
Following his football career, Mr. Bigby taught special-needs children in Kansas, and later returned to his alma mater Oklahoma to coach the freshman team. He later moved to Atlanta and worked with the Carter Foundation, helping the underprivileged. Mr. Bigby returned to Columbia to be with his father during a time of illness, and began work with Palmetto Baptist Hospital as a psychiatric counselor for adults and adolescents. He retired after 20 years of dedicated service at Palmetto Baptist Hospital. Mr. Bigby also proudly served his country as a former National Guard member.
Surviving are his mother, Nadine Bigby, brothers, Bernard (Peggy), Jeff (Pam), and Phil (Karen); sister, Sherri (Peter), and his sons, John in Omaha, NE, and Ryan, who is working in the Sudan. He was predeceased by his father, the Reverend Colbert Bigby.
- A (C) indicates that the player was a captain for that season (named before each game in 1982, and 1995 through 1998).
- Related To refers to other OU athletes only.
- Calculations for career totals will be skewed if the season totals are incomplete.