Family of Mid-South judge honors his memory with display - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family of Mid-South judge honors his memory with display

(WMC-TV) - One Mid-South judge is being remembered as a pioneer and a public servant.

According to his family, Shelby County Criminal Court Judge W. Otis Higgs was 'an interesting man who led and interesting life'. Now, one of his family members is preserving Higgs' legacy by displaying some of Higgs' life with the public.

Widow Diane Higgs hopes this memorial will motivate others.

"You can't motivate; but, you can inspire. Judge Higgs worked very hard for all his accomplishments," stated widow Higgs.

Judge Otis Higgs passed away in February.

Now, on the week of what would have been his 76th birthday, Higgs' widow has put many of the judge's awards, books, pictures, and other personal items on display.

Included in the display are Higgs' boxing gloves which were kept in his office to remind him to fight the good fight in court.

When asked why she decided to share Higgs' life with the public Diane Higgs said her reason was simple.

"One of my most tremendous things we had to do was clean out his office at 201. My children were so impressed with his accomplishments and awards, I said why not share it," explained Higgs.

When they married, Diane and Otis Higgs established a charity called Wings of Change. Wings of Change pays utility bills for those in need, provides fans for the elderly, and sends high school students to college.

For Diane Higgs, it's all about paying it forward through her husband's memory.

To find out more about Wings of Change, click here: http://www.wingsofchg.org/ .

Judge Higgs' widow has confirmed she is looking for a more permanent place to display these items, like the Pink Palace Museum or Melrose High.

The Otis Higgs exhibit only runs through Monday afternoon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

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