|Lawyer, Judge, Sheriff, minister, civil rights advocate. W.
Otis Higgs made hismark on Memphis and in doing so became a living
legend in the city. Judge Higgs died February 15, 2013.
Judge Higgs served two different stints as a criminal court judge and had worked at his court the morning of his death. As attorney, he represented defendants arrested during the 1968 civil rights marchs and changed the face of city leadership when he was lawyer in a case overturning the Memphis election runoff provisions in 1991. He also served as interim sheriff, the only African American sheriff in Shelby County history, in 1990.
Reverend Higgs also pastored at several churches, the last prior to his death being St. James CME.