Tifton Gazette


July 5, 2014

Richard Roy Wiggins

ASHBURN — Memorial graveside services for Richard Roy Wiggins, 70, of Ashburn will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Snowridge Cemetery in Ashburn. Mr. Wiggins passed away Thursday at his residence following an extended illness.  His request was for his employees, friends and customers of Turner County Stockyard serve as honorary pallbearers.  As Roy was a casual person, it is requested that everyone dress casual for the services.

The son of the late Henry Richard Wiggins and Frankie Ireland Wiggins of Ashburn, Mr. Wiggins was born in Turner County where he has lived and worked all of his life.  A member of the Ashburn First Baptist Church, he was also a 1962 graduate of Turner County High School and was an avid horse lover. He was a partner in the longtime family business, Turner County Stockyard, since 1960. Mr. Wiggins was a longtime member of The American Quarterhorse and Livestock Marketing Association as horses and livestock were his love. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, James Williford.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Thomas Wiggins of Ashburn; his mother, Frankie Ireland Wiggins of Ashburn; his sons, Allen (Sonia) Wiggins of Ashburn and Kim (Beth) Wiggins of Peachtree City; his stepchildren, Lanay Burdette of Ashburn, Layla Mitchell of Savannah and Lace Burdette of Jacksonville, Fla.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Austin Wiggins and Dallas Wiggins, both of Ashburn, Courtney Wiggins and John Parker Wiggins, both of Peachtree City, and Khloe Farmer of Ashburn; his sisters, Carline (Frank) Bodiford of Tifton and Linda Williford of Sycamore; and his brother, Dale (Karen) Wiggins of College Park.

At the request of the Wiggins family, there will be no visitation. In lieu of food and flowers, please make donations to the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home, P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281, or any abused child charity.

You may sign the online guest book and share your special condolences and memories with the family by visiting Perry Funeral Chapel's website at www.perryfuneralchapel.com.

Perry Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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