Jan. 3, 1977 – Jan. 23, 2020
Jacob Anthony Wiggins, 43, a resident of Garner and a native of the Mount Olive area, passed away unexpectedly early Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020 at Wake Medical Center.
Jacob graduated with the class of 1995 from North Duplin High School. While at North Duplin, he was a proud member of the marching band and his church basketball league. He had also played football as a kid. He was an Eagle Scout and was an exceptional musician with abilities to play both saxophone and guitar as well as sing.
A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jacob served for two years as church missionary in the Arizona-Las Vegas mission fields. In his local ward, he fulfilled several callings, some of which include elder and primary teacher. His primary students were always thrilled to see him because they knew he would always provide tasty snacks.
A people person, who was very likeable and approachable, he was known for his jokes and being somewhat of a prankster.
Jacob loved to grill, in fact he was considered a grill master. His working career was varied -- he operated several restaurants and was a real estate investor and salesman. Though he bore many titles, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was being known as a successful father to his children whom he loved, respected, and saw that they were raised in accordance with the teachings of the church.
Jacob, known to some as Jake, was a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. He leaves behind his beloved wife and high school sweetheart, Melissa Barnett Wiggins, and their three children, Kyleigh Joan Wiggins, Marleigh Elisabeth Wiggins, and Jacob Ethan Wiggins, all of the home; his parents, Steve and Hazel Wiggins of Mount Olive, and Connie and Butch Woerner of Goldsboro; a brother, David Wiggins and wife, Michele, of Goldsboro; his grandmother, Carrie Lucille Koszulinski of Goldsboro; step-brothers, Adam Paul King and wife, Flor, and Henry Edward King, all of Arizona, and Norman Woerner, Jr. of New York; step-sisters, Lorrie Hodge of Indiana, and Norma Carol Marullo of New York; his mother-in-law, Joan Heath Barnett of Garner; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Stephen Moroni Wiggins; his grandparents, Lathan and Pauline Wiggins, and Limon “Mutt” Turner; and his father-in-law, Charles Russell Barnett.
The Wiggins family received friends at Tyndall Funeral Home in Mount Olive on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 5 until 7 p.m. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. from the Mount Olive Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with burial following in the Wiggins Family Cemetery.
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This was a Tyndall service.