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Dr. William James “Billy” Wiggs

December 5, 1929 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Dr. William Wiggs Obituary

Dr. William James “Billy” Wiggs, 94, of Fayetteville died peacefully on January 5, 2024, at Carolina Inn.

Billy was born on December 5, 1929 at home on Raeford Road in Fayetteville, to the late Charles Jasper “C.J.”  Wiggs and Rossie Simmons Wiggs.  He graduated from Fayetteville High School in the class of 1947, where he excelled in track and was known as “old reliable” due to his many first-place finishes in the 100-yard dash, broad jump and high jump, winning first place in each event at the NC Track & Field competition.  He also played “first chair” trumpet in the school concert and marching bands and maintained life-long friendships with many of his high school classmates.

Active in the Boy Scouts, Billy achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1946 and earned all three Palms. In 1947 at age 17, Billy was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Heroism and the Boy Scout Life Saving Award by Governor Robert Gregg Cherry at a ceremony on Fort Bragg for saving the lives of swimmers who were drowning in rip currents off Carolina Beach, NC.   

Billy attended Wake Forest College, graduating Cum Laude in 1951.  While at Wake, Billy was a member of the track team, with first place finishes in all 14 meets in the broad jump, 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash.  He was inducted into the Monogram Club with fellow classmate Arnold Palmer.  He also played first chair trumpet in the Wake Forest College Symphony Orchestra and Band.  Billy was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

In 1952, Billy met the love of his life, Sue Lawrence Cullifer, and they married in her hometown of Murfreesboro, NC in 1954.

Upon graduation from Wake Forest, Billy attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, graduating in 1955.  Following Dental School, Billy joined the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer and was stationed at McGill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where he proudly served until 1957.  After completing his service, Billy and Sue returned to Fayetteville in 1957, where he opened his dental practice on Fort Bragg Road, practicing in that same location for 43 years.

Billy was a devoted member of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, where he served several terms as Deacon, president of his Sunday School class, and on many church committees. An avid golfer, Billy was a member of Highland Country Club, where he served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Golf and Greens Committee.  He was also a member of The Tartan Club.

Billy was known for his quick wit, kind heart and generous spirit, as well as for his love of golf, which he played tirelessly until the age of 90.  Over the years, he made six holes-in-one and always enjoyed the lore of his seventh hole-in-one, which was made from the 12th tee to the 14th green at Highland, while playing with Club Pro Sonny Ridenhour. He also birdied all four of the course’s par-3 holes in a single round, which was a first at Highland at that time. Billy enjoyed fishing and duck hunting, especially annual trips to Cedar Island with his son Bill and Rudy and Grant Singleton. He also enjoyed cheering on the Demon Deacons and the Carolina Tarheels with daughter Robin. He will be remembered as a gentleman in the truest sense and as a devoted, loving father and proud grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sue Lawrence Cullifer Wiggs; and his sister, Janet Wiggs McLeod.  Left to cherish his memory are daughter, Susan Robin Wiggs; son, William James Wiggs, Jr. and wife, Donna Ashley Wiggs; grandson, Benjamin Southall Wiggs, all of Fayetteville, and granddaughter, Ashley Lawrence Wiggs of Columbia, SC; niece, Catherine Cornelia McLeod of Pittsboro, NC; nephew, John Charles “Jack” McLeod of Trinidad, California; sister-in-law, Josephine Cullifer Sapp and husband, Newell Winfield Sapp, Jr. and nephews, Newell Winfield Sapp, III and Benjamin Cullifer Pickens Sapp, all of Charleston, SC.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to his devoted and loving caregivers: his kind and faithful companion Irma Salguero, Cindy Bryant, Pam Gladney, Gloria McCall and Rosalie Justice; to Anna Byrd and the caring staff at Carolina Inn, and to his friend Ellen (Dee Dee) Swinson who helped him at home for over 20 years.

A memorial service will be held at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:45 pm in the gathering hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Snyder Memorial Baptist Church.

Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
January 12, 2024

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Synder Memorial Baptist Church (Ramsey Street Fayetteville, NC, Westmont Drive Fayetteville, Lake Valley Drive Fayetteville, Sycamore Dairy Road Fayetteville, Hilton Garden, Fayetteville)

Funeral Service
Friday
January 12, 2024

2:00 PM
Snyder Memorial Baptist Church
701 Westmont Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 28305

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