Obituary: Jaudon William Wiggins

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Jaudon William Wiggins, “Don”, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, May 15th, 2024. He was born on August 31, 1933, in Duncanville, Alabama, to Lottie Grace and Marion Richmond Wiggins, and grew up with three brothers and two sisters 13 miles from the goal posts of his beloved Crimson Tide. 

Following high school graduation, he worked as an auto body mechanic before joining the United States Army where he served as paratrooper during the Korean War. It was while on leave, he met the woman who would be his wife of 60 years, Carolyn Ruth McGukin of Eva, Alabama. They married in 1955 and together in Cullman, they raised their only child, Nancy Carol Wiggins Webb. 

Don was known for his generous heart, easy-going nature, love of animals, his sense of adventure, and never meeting a stranger. He was a man of integrity whose word was golden and was never too proud to take on any job to support his family. He worked at jobs ranging from hanging curtains on chicken houses, making Harley Davidson motorcycle spokes, setting out pine trees in Talladega National Forest, loading steel buildings for transport, and later retiring from Americold Corporation. He served his community for several years with the Cullman County Rescue Squad. He was also a kid at heart, once riding bikes with his daughter so far that a Cullman County sheriff stopped them and told them they should return home before dark! 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Lottie and Marion Wiggins, his wife Carolyn Ruth Wiggins, brother Johnny (Bertha) Wiggins, and his sister Linda Bardon. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy (David) Webb, grandson Jeremy (Taylor) Webb, brother Lee Ondis “Bill” Wiggins (Nita), sister Zoe (Jim) Breugem, and brother Larry Wiggins. 

Heartfelt appreciation to the incredible nurses at Summerford Health and Rehab who cared for him with love and compassion. 

Visitation is Monday, May 20th, 2024, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Global Methodist Church, 615 Main Ave, Cullman, Alabama, with funeral services to follow immediately at 2 p.m. A brief graveside service with military honors will follow in the Cullman City Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews Global Methodist Church, Cullman, Alabama.