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Jimmy WiggintonDr. Jimmy Aaron Wigginton, 69, died on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born January 6, 1946 in Tishomingo County, he was a son of Bill and Myrtle Rogers Wigginton. He was a graduate of Smithville High School at the age of 16. He was married to Phyllis Dykstra. He attended IJC and Mississippi State University where he received his Master’s degree. Jimmy taught at Hatley School and the Monroe County Vo-Tech. In 1998 he received is Doctor of Education degree from Mississippi State University and became the director of the Monroe County Vo-Tech in 2001. After his retirement, he worked as a locksmith with his father. Jimmy loved deer hunting, reading, traveling, carpentry, the 3 o’clock coffee crew at Hardee’s and he especially enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He was saved at Trace Road Baptist Church. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Cleveland-Moffett Funeral Home chapel in Amory with Bro. Van Dale Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in the Young Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Phyllis Wigginton of Smithville; one son, Jason Wigginton of Smithville; one daughter, Angela Wigginton of Smithville; 3 brothers, Roger Wigginton (Carolyn), Danny Wigginton (Linda) of Fulton, and Randall Wigginton (Beverly) of Smithville; one sister, Kathy McCool (Jimmy) of Smithville; 3 grandchildren, Jasmine, Chase, and Makenzie Wigginton; and a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Ann Beasley of Tupelo. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kevin Wigginton; one brother, Prentiss Wigginton; and 2 nephews, Adam Wigginton and Allen Wigginton. Pallbearers will be Danny Grimes, Johnny Ellington, Van Burroughs, Billy Wayne Harlow, Bryon Wigginton, Scott Wigginton, Larry Beasley, Brad Wigginton, David Wigginton, and Kevin Hathcock. Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Ray Vandiver, Earnest Oswalt, and the Hardee’s 3 o’clock coffee crew. Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. on Thursday evening and will continue until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be expressed with the family at www.clevelandmoffettfuneralhome.com
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sheilah randall Feb 6 2015 9:31 AM
Phyllis, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry that I can't come to the visitation or funeral. I am a week and a half post Total knee replacement and I'm not doing too well. As soon as I can, I'll call you and we'll try to meet for lunch one day. Just know that I'm thinking of you.. Gaye Edwards
Gaye Edwards Feb 5 2015 2:21 PM
PHYLLIS, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS! SHIRLEY (SHUMPERT) MCFADDEN
SHIRLEY MCFADDEN Feb 5 2015 9:34 AM
How do you share a memory when there's too many too share. Especially when you've been best friends since high school. You might say we grew up together, all of us. We had so much fun in those years! Where you saw one of us, you saw all four. One particular incident was when we were swimming at the grave pit. We had rested and Jimmy jumped up and said let's swim! He dove in, right into about a foot of water! You have to understand that Jimmy was almost bind as a bat without his glasses! He couldn't see that it was shallow there. Other than a little sand rash, he was ok. We had so much fun over that. Another time Jimmy and Billy Wayne had built a diving board at the pit. They were so proud. They carried Phyllis and I to show it to us. Billy Wayne went out to the end (in his church clothes) and was bouncing to show us how limber it was. About that time the board cracked and broke and with gaping mouth and bulging eyes, Billy Wayne went straight into the water. Nothing hurt but his ego. I thought Jimmy was going to get down and roll laughing! Jimmy was Billy Wayne's Best Man and Phyllis was my Maid of Honor at our wedding. They became engaged that night. Later on as we started raising families, work, National Guard and Jimmy's schooling, we kinda lost touch but never forgot each other. We did share a little time together at our 50th Wedding Anniversary and said we were going to get back together. Jimmy was a great friend, spouse, Dad and Granddad. He will sorely be missed by all. BFF Jimmy. You were one of the best! We love you ole Buddy! Billy Wayne and Ann
Ann Harlow Feb 4 2015 10:17 AM
I was saddened today to hear of Jimmys passing. I had the privilege of being a student of Mr. Wigginton my junior and senior year of high school. He was our Diversified Technology teacher in Monroe County. Not only was he a great role model, he inspired me to do more. His confidence in me and openness to my ideas in class allowed me to excel then and years later. I also got to know other members of the family over time and I pray for their comfort in this difficult time. Like many others, I am thankful for my time with him and his impact on me.
Chris Elledge Feb 3 2015 9:49 PM