During the early morning on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Charles Wiggleton slipped the surely bonds of earth and was carried safely in the arms of Jesus to his enteral resting place.
Charles, affectionately called “Chief,” was born to the late Charlie and Mattie Eliza Wells Wiggleton on October 12, 1947. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family; two brothers Elsworth and Ansel Wiggleton, and a sister Otelia Gardenhire preceded him in death.
Charles was a 1965 graduate of Mims High School and also a graduate of Piedmont Technical College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Electronics. He served in the United States Army and retired from CSX Transportation.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his lovely wife of 50 years, Bernice, two daughters, Carletta (Jonathan) Perry of McDonough, Ga and Selma “Tweety” Wiggleton of Lithonia, Ga. Charles adored his grandchildren and gave each of them their unique nicknames. A granddaughter reared in the home, Tiffany T Wiggleton “Scooter Roota” of Jacksonville, Fl. Four grandsons Jonathan Charles “Jake the Snake,” Kyle Alexander “Cadillac,” JaKobe Keyshawn “Coconut,” and Ryan Spencer “Ry-Ry,” all whom he would challenge to a game of spades and not let them win. His two little heartbeats, Kylie and Kaylie Brown.
Charles’s love for his nieces and nephews was endless, and they all held a special place in his heart and connection with him. He would often babysit two of his great-nieces, Sanaa “Gentle Fish” and Sydnee “Sydro” Toussiant. He often spoke with three nieces: Ruby Blair, Gwendolyn Wiggleton, and Glennis Gardenhire, a nephew that was more like a son, Hebert O’Neal Wiggleton. Two cousins, Phyllis Knightner like a sister, and Brandon Knightner “Water Boy,” whom he adored; seven sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws Ruth Wiggleton, Dollie (David) Holloway, Frances Leverett, Thelma (Sylvanis) Thompson, Cornelia (Ervin) Talbert, Effie (Dwayne) Brown, Delorise Robertson, Hodges (Eula) Adams, and James W. (Jessie Mae) Adams, Harold George Willis, and Walter Jennings; a host of loving relatives and countless friends to cherish his memory.
He was a devoted and faithful member of Pine Grove AME Church not just by words but by actions through giving of his time, his talents, and his treasures. Charles loved God and his church, and if the church doors were open and he was not present, you knew he was either at home sick or in the hospital. He served as Pro-Tem of the Steward Board, Past Sunday School Superintendent, a member of the Pulpit Aid, Gospel Choir, Senior Choir, and Finance Committee. During the fifty years of marriage, Bernice only knew Charles to miss two Piedmont Annual Conferences because of a change in the date and hospitalized.
Charles worked in his community and served on several boards and organizations. He served as Commander of the American Legion Post 19, Past President of the Democratic Party, and Board Member of the McCormick County Housing Authority.
He was a lover of Shape Notes and sang with the Cedar Springs Baptist Church Shape Note Choir.
Charles was full of life, always smiling and infamous for being a jokester and prankster. His favorite game shows were Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, when the TV was not on his game shows, it was on MSNBC and CNN.
Your smile, loyalty, and devotion will be missed by your family and all those who knew and loved you. We will remember how you lived and the examples you gave us as we navigate our new normal.
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