George “Glenn” Wiggins entered this world Sept. 22, 1972, to Davis Harold Wiggins Sr. and Mary Helen Slagle Wiggins in Minden. Glenn grew up in and around the Heflin area and attended First United Pentecostal Church in Minden. He attended schools in Sibley, Ringgold and Minden. This is where we met for the first time at Richardson Elementary in 1st grade. School was never Glenn’s passion and on several occasions he was well known in the principal’s office.
Glenn was one of five boys for Davis and Helen, Davis Harold Wiggins Jr., James Patrick Wiggins, Michael Dwayne Wiggins and his baby brother, Jeffery Andrew Wiggins. They were very close.
Glenn and I fell in love on Dec. 31, 1989, and married May 14, 1994. When my dad realized he couldn’t run him off, Herbie Day became his second dad. They did so much together, and he thought the world of my dad and could not make any big decision without running it by him first. We have not always had the perfect relationship as those who knew us back when, but we fought hard, but loved even harder, the result, four beautiful children, Haley Savannah, 19; Matthew Garrett, 15; Carrigan Brooke, 14; and Addison Caroline, 5. Glenn was a very strict father, but there was always so much love behind it. He wanted our home to be where the kids came and hung out so he could keep his eye on them.
Glenn began working very young, Monday’s Oilfield, Auto Zone, Skyline Industries and the City of Minden. In 1996, his dream began when we went to purchase his first dump truck. It was a little disappointing when we had to work on it for three hours to get out of the driveway. He never quit or gave up; he could work on anything. He has loved every day of going to work. The kids would tell their friends when asked where does your daddy work, they would say, “he plays in the dirt.” He took every job to heart and always took great concern for every customer. Every night he would come home and tell me all his stories. I think the last few years have been especially his favorite, working with Benny Sanders. He loved being with him and talking with him and EATING with him at Cotton’s.
In the past year Glenn had re-devoted his life to Christ, attending Emmanuel Baptist Church with his family weekly and was so proud to see the recent baptism of his children and others coming to Christ. He was firm in spirit and soft in heart.
Glenn never met a stranger and we often said he would talk to a fence post if it would listen.
A celebration of Glenn’s life will be at 2 p.m., Sunday March 29, 2015, at First United Pentecostal Church in Minden, with the Rev. Jeff Ramsey and the Rev. Matt Cate officiating. A private graveside will follow. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at First United Pentecostal Church.
Glenn’s family asks that his friends wear camo in his honor.
With my love always,
Jeanne Rae Day Wiggins