Born in Newport, Donald moved with his family to Flint, Mich. when he was one year old. He graduated from high school in Michigan and entered the U.S. Air Force where he served active duty for 10 years. Following military service, Donald worked for the United States Postal Service in Newport for 25 years. After his postal career, Donald was a truck driver for MDR Cartage and then a driver for Sunbelt Courier. He lived in Heber Springs before moving to Jonesboro in 1994.
Donald was a member of the Valley View Church of Christ and enjoyed working with antique cars, and woodworking. He enjoyed history and was preceded in death by his first wife, Licia Goatin Bigham; by a sister, Jacqueline Bigham Bray; and by his parents, James and Alafa Smith Bigham.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Y. Bigham of the home; one son, Barton Dilday (Faye) of St. Charles, Mo.; one daughter, Tara Dilday Zipp (Bill) of Fort Smith; one brother-in-law, Bill W. Smith (Doralea) of Jonesboro; three sisters-in-law, Janice Pollard of Jonesboro, Dorothy Jackson (Jay) of Cleveland, Tenn., and Phyllis Evins of Newport; a special cousin, Franchelle Bigham Harrell of Newport; four grandchildren, Audra, Erin, Josh (Danielle) and Eli; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Emerson Memorial Chapel with David Gibson officiating. Burial was private.
For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to the Paragould Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.
Online registry at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.