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Community mourns the loss of 17-year-old
by Zack Steen
Aug 13, 2014 | 568 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A community morned the loss of young Austin Digby Tuesday night, just 10 days after the accident that would take his life.

The 17-year-old suffered a severe brain injury in a wreck on Sunday, Aug. 3 in the Oakland Baptist Church parking lot. He was airlifted to The Med in Memphis, Tennessee where he remained until his passing.

A soccer player for the Corinth Warriors, Digby would have started his junior year at Corinth High School this year.

“He loved the Corinth soccer program and was a great example of hard work, tenacity and attitude,” said soccer coach Gregg Parker. “I can't think of a time that he gave anything but the best he had.”

Parker said Digby was a quality Christian young man who left a positive affect on the people around him.

“Austin was respected as a teammate, as a loyal friend and known as a genuinely nice guy,” Parker added. “He will be deeply missed.”

Digby was the son of Becky and Kenny Digby, who is the Associational Missionary for the Alcorn Baptist Association.

According to Oakland Baptist Church Associate Pastor Dyer Harbor, the Digby family has always been very active in church.

“Austin was on the Oakland drama team and the youth choir,” said Harbor. “Every time the door was open, he was here. He was a very likable guy and he clearly loved his family, friends and church.”

Harbor said church members have prayed for Digby at every service since the accident.

“We were actually wrapping up a prayer service when we got the news of Austin’s passing,” said Harbor. “We were heart broken, but we were all able to cope together. There was a lot of hugs and crying, but there was also a sweet spirit in the air ... that was Austin.”

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Magnolia Funeral Home.
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