Lawrence Dean Wiggins, Sr.

Born: Wed., Oct. 19, 1921
Died: Tue., Jan. 21, 2014


Pay Respects-Family Not Present

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 24, 2014
Location: Crouch Funeral Home, P.A.


Visitation

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 24, 2014
Location: Crouch Funeral Home, P.A.

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 25, 2014
Location: Zion United Methodist Church


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 25, 2014
Location: Zion United Methodist Church


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Lawrence Dean Wiggins, Sr., age 92, of North East, MD, passed away January 21, 2014 in Union Hospital of Elkton surrounded by his family.  Born on October 19, 1921 in Oakwood, MD, he was 1 of 8 children of the late Harry C. and the late Violet D. [Culley] Wiggins.

Mr. Wiggins devoted his life to his love of God, family, and community; he was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He married his bride of 67 years, Mary [Crothers] Wiggins of North East, MD, on April 19, 1947.  While starting their large family, he served as a Lead Navigator on B-29 planes in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and Korea.  He and his family maintained strong bonds with his crew members and their families with frequent reunions.  He was extremely proud of his service and welcomed the approach of strangers who thanked him for his role when they recognized his Air Force-related baseball caps that he became known for wearing.

Mr. Wiggins began working at the First National Bank of North East as a teller; by the time he retired after 51 years, he had served as an Executive Vice President and was on the Board of Directors.  On his own time he prepared taxes to help support his growing family.  During his banking career he served the North East Lions Club, United Way, Cecil College, March of Dimes, Board of Elections, Cecil County Fair, 4-H, and other organizations in various capacities.

He became a lifetime member of Zion United Methodist Church when he married Mary; he served in whatever roles needed, which included being a Lay Leader, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and being a member of Methodist Men.  For many years he served as Treasurer of Rosebank Cemetery Association.

Mr. Wiggins enjoyed talking and public speaking, collecting coins, fishing, hunting, helping with chores on the Crothers farm, mowing the yard on his tractor, his red Camaro, auctions, watching football, basketball, and NASCAR (especially Earnhardt), and travel.  Helping people in need brought joy to him and Mary.  As he gradually retired from professional life, he discovered a new passion in picking berries and making popular jellies from them to give away.

He leaves behind to mourn and celebrate his life his beloved wife, his children:   Charlotte Deborah Trout and her husband Gene of Edgewood, MD, Lawrence Dean Wiggins, Jr. of Rising Sun, MD, Stephen David Wiggins of North East, MD, Mary Diane Wiggins of Singapore, Christine Dawn Auslander and her husband Bill of Herndon, VA, and Mark Daniel Wiggins and his wife Sandy of Mena, AR; his brother Joseph Wiggins of Rising Sun, MD; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Wiggins was predeceased by sisters Eleanor and Hazel, and brothers Ellis, James, Harold, and Richard.

He will be lovingly remembered for his wit, charm, kindness, loyalty, honesty, and integrity.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, January 24, 2014 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Crouch Funeral Home, 127 South Main Street, North East, MD, however, if you  just wish to pay your respects to Mr. Wiggins, you may stop by Friday between 2 pm and 5 pm.

Funeral services, conducted by Pastor Barb Doan, Reverend Hal E. Owens, and Pastor Barry Hidey, will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 am at Zion United Methodist Church 94 Old Zion Road, North East, MD.  Please arrive between 10:00am and 11:00am.

Interment will follow at Rosebank Cemetery, Rising Sun, MD, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:
      Wounded Warrior Project – https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org
     Alzheimer’s Foundation - http://www.alzfdn.org/


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Kathleen Sommers-Lewis
   Posted Wed January 22, 2014
My love, prayers and condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing your Dad with me. There are a lifetime of great memories from all we did together. Thank you Mary, for sharing Larry and allowing me to be the "Seventh" child on many occasions. Larry was loved by many and the obituary is a wonderful testament to his life.

Kristina Wu
   Posted Wed January 22, 2014

Gracious Lavender Basket was sent by Eddie, Ravi, Karen, Gladys, Angie, Kristina, Simon, Eddy and Alice.


LING LING
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014

Pink and White Sympathy Basket was sent by Parsons Brinckerhoff HK - Kady, Shirley So, Regina, Candy, Daphne, Kelvin, Alison, Claudia, Peggie, Sally and Shirley Hui.

With deepest sympathy


Gary Lake
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014
Mary,

I am certainly sadden by your loss of Larry. I have many fond memories of Larry from the farm days. He taught me a lot during my growth years about responsibility and respect that I still hold dear. Mary, my fond memories also included the entire Wiggins family, Larry D, Debbie and the rest of the kids but especially the older ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids.

Gary

Ruth Conway Gonce
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014
Mrs. Wiggins and Larry,
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Wiggins was wonderful person, always friendly and smiling. He has lived a full life with his loving family and friends, and will always be remembered. I remember when you used to go to Aunt Lou's and Uncle Bob's for dinner. May Mr. Wiggins always be in our hearts and his memory live on. With my deepest sympathy.

Ruth

Bill and Midge Burkentine
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014
Larry Wiggins family,
Sorry for you loss,he alway enjoyed talking about his lovely family.
and could be fun to be with,

Danielle Lanteri
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014
Debbie, you and I have seen each other for quite a while, but I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a great friend to my parents, Benny and Carmen, and a wonderful help to me after my parents passed away. I remember both of your parents as fun-loving and kind to us kids.

I wish you and your family well and hope we can see each other in the near future. Please feel free to contact me through my e-mail or my home phone at 302-764-8320.

Sincerely,

Danielle Lanteri

Kristina Wu
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014

Deepest Sympathies Standing Spray - Pink was sent by Management .


Bobbi Graves
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Jack .

We truly wish we could be with you right now. We loved "Uncle" Larry and will miss him too. Our deepest sympathies to our dear "Aunt" Mary and the entire Wiggins family. Jack & Bobbi Graves and family


Bobbi Spicer Graves
   Posted Thu January 23, 2014
Dearest "Aunt" Mary, Debbie, Diane, Larry, Mark, Christine and Steve; I have the most wonderful memories of our times with you all, and particularly "Uncle" Larry - what a fun-loving, happy and upbeat fellow he was! The Spicer family greatly appreciated all that "Sis & Larry" did for them, especially when my grandfather Spicer was gravely ill. I will always treasure the weekend we spent together in Greenwood, IN to celebrate Addie's 95th birthday; our reunions at Friendly Farm, and being a part of a big, happy, loving family. I love you and wish I could be with you!

Carol Dallesandro
   Posted Fri January 24, 2014
Dearest Debbie and all your family... So glad Kara and Barry will be with you today. I send my love to you at this sorrowful moment. May God hold you in His arms, always. Carol

Michael E. and Susan Wiggins
   Posted Fri January 24, 2014
Dear family,
We wish we could be with you all at this sad time. The weather just does not permit our traveling at this time. So many memories flow through our minds of times we spent visiting you there in Maryland. The entire family is a loving bunch and so much fun to know. Uncle Larry was great to talk with and we enjoyed the walks to the barn and riding in his Red Camaro. We will miss him greatly! Our hopes are that we can visit this summer when roads are better. In the meantime our love goes to all the family and especially hugs to Aunt Mary.
Love, Michael E and Susan

Cindy (Ware) Smith
   Posted Fri January 24, 2014
Dear Wiggins family, So sorry for your loss. This is never an easy time for the family. Larry Jr. I hope you will remember me... I am John Ware's daughter from Mt. Ararat Farms. We showed cows together back in the 60's and early 70's. Would love to hear from you sometime... you may contact me @ 256-610-3054. Again sorry for your loss.

Dorothy (Wiggins) and Louis LUCKETT
   Posted Fri January 24, 2014
So sorry to hear of the passing of Larry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. The last time we saw Larry was at the annual Wiggins family reunion. We will always remember his wit and laughter. We will all miss him.

Kay Conrad McMillan
   Posted Sat January 25, 2014
Dear Larry and Family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your Dad was a mainstay in North East. He will be missed. May God be with you. Sorry I could not attend the service today.
Kay Conrad McMillan

Vernon & LaReda Tome
   Posted Sat January 25, 2014
Dearest Mary and Family:

We are so sorry to hear of your earthly loss, Larry will be missed by many as will his good works. We will miss the wonderful opportunity to see both of you out and about, both your wonderful smiles and Larry's hand shake.

Heaven has another Angle to look down on us and welcome New Comers to Heaven.

Thinking of you all in our prayers.

Richard Gilbert
   Posted Sun January 26, 2014
Dear Wiggins Family,

So sorry to hear of your loss. The few occasions that I had to enjoy Mr. Wiggins' company I always found him to be warm and welcoming. May his warmth still be with you in your hearts.

May the Lord bless and keep you.

Richard Gilbert

Barbara McNatt
   Posted Sun January 26, 2014
Larry & family,
Very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara McNatt

Kathy Weaver Bordeaux
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
Dear Wiggins Family,

Mr. Larry Wiggins was one of the kindest members of our very close community...The Weaver family did all their banking with Mr. Wiggins as he always treated his customers as if they were an extension of his own family...He was a man of great integrity....His handshake meant a loyal and fair deal...Mrs. Wiggins, you were the best substitute teacher Cecil County ever saw...I always looked forward to see you at school with your beautiful red hair and ruby red lips...Your kindness was valued by those you taught...Larry, I remember you as a great mix of your mom and dad...Always kind and nice and really smart...I am long time gone from NE, but remember the Wiggins family lovingly and with the utmost respect...Thoughts and prayers to your loving family during this time of great loss...

Vince and Emmy Duobinis
   Posted Thu January 30, 2014
Christine and Diane, I am so sorry to have read that your lost your Dad. I lost my Dad last year and it was devastating. However I feel him around me all the time. He gives me so many signs that I feel like he is still with me. I wish you all the best. You were blessed to have such a great Dad.

Love Emmy and Vince


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