Emma was the third seed to blossom from the late Freddie Buggs, Sr. and Allie Mae Shuler Buggs on December 17, 1948 in Miller County, Georgia.
In the early fifties she attended school at Lela under Mrs. Sally Graham and also attended church there under Pastor Lee. Later she attended Seminole County Training School and graduated with the Class of 1967. She continued her higher education at Macon Business College in Macon, Georgia. She retired from Food Giant of Atlanta, Georgia, continuing her career with Gayfer’s Department Store now Dillard, Inc. until she retired in 2001 from the Dothan, Alabama branch. At an early age, Emma came to Christ and served Him faithfully under Pastor Major Powell at Newberry A.M.E. church in Jakin, Georgia. She served on the Usher Board. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia, she served God at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Once moving back south to Dothan, Alabama, she joined St. Mathis Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor R. C. Dawsey. Before her health failed, she served on the Usher Board and Missionary Society at St. Mathis Baptist Church. Also, she was the Chief Usher for the Southeast Alabama Usher Union, until her mother’s health fail, then she became the Chairman Usher for the St. Mary District. She had a special love for her family and elderly people.
On Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia the Lord quietly whispered “Your work here on earth is done”. She was preceded in death by her Grandparents: Zollie and Emma Buggs; Gastor and Mary Shuler; Companion of many years, Jay B. Kirkland; Brother: Herman Buggs, Sr.; Sister: Betty Jean Sol; Sisters-in-law: Georgia Buggs and Cynthia Buggs.
Emma leaves to cherish his precious memories: three brothers, Freddie (Virginia) Buggs, Jr., Billy Joe Buggs, Sr., Zollie Buggs; two nephews she accepted as her own, Bobby (Patricia) Buggs, Sr. and Joseph (Temeka) Buggs, Sr.; her gal (niece), Fannie Barber; two aunts, Geraldine Smith and Odessa Johnson; one brother-in-law, Johnny Lee Sol; two special friends, Bobbie S. Young and Marene Smith; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.