Charles Watson Wiggins, affectionately known as “Charlie,” was born in Ashton, SC, on May 26, 1931, to the late Otis and Minnie Jones Wiggins. Charlie moved to Brooklyn, NY, when he was 18 years old to pursue a better life for himself. He worked for a trucking company and was soon drafted into the United States Army, where he served in the Korean War from 1952-1955. Charlie was honorably discharged with a Good Conduct Medal in 1955. He was able to return to his pre-draft job and worked as a truck driver and later elevated to foreman for the DeMarco Trucking Company, a position he held for more than 30 years.
Charlie married Berdie Wiggins and birthed one son, Ronald Wiggins, and accepted her children from her first marriage as his own.
After the death of his wife in 2012, Charlie moved back to Walterboro, South Carolina, and was a member of the McCune Branch Baptist Church. In 2018, Charlie moved to Northern Virginia to be closer to his children. Charlie was a gentle, quiet man who enjoyed the simple things in life including but not limited to fishing, reading, watching baseball, and discussing politics, but more importantly, he was a family man, and family was his focus. When a family member was in need, he was always there with unwavering support—no matter the circumstance. He also extended this generosity to friends and acquaintances, as many were like family to him. His always-giving demeanor was his signature character trait that he will most be remembered for. Charlie looked at life through the lens of simplicity; he would often say, “Just do the best you can.” And that is exactly what he did; he did the best that he could do and did it well, and we, who are here today to honor his life, are forever grateful for his time spent with us on Earth as well as the many contributions and life’s lessons he leaves for his family and friends to cherish.
On February 25, 2020, Charlie Watson Wiggins entered into eternal rest. He was preceded in death by his late wife, Berdie Mae Wiggins; brothers Herbert, Bernard, Palmer; sister Cleo Wiggins; and nephew Leonard Wiggins
Charles leaves behind his brother Wilbur Wiggins; son Ronald Wiggins; stepchildren Ricky (Linda), Burnell (Wanda), Vernell, Brenda and Kenny (Audrey); stepgrandchildren Anisa, Kia, Rhianna, Darnell, Destiny, and Desiree; nephew Charles; nieces Shirley, Vanessa, Yvonne and Sabrina; and friends Dianne and Anthony Padgett and a host of other devoted close relatives and friends.
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