Robert Crawford Piggott
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Robert Crawford Piggott, age 91, passed away on January 20, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of Wallace Henry Piggott and Mabelle Crawford Piggott. He spent his early years in Springfield, MA and summered in Cape Cod.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 69 years, Juanita Woody Piggott. He leaves devoted children, Robert Piggott (Loie) of Marietta, GA, Jane Piggott Henderson (Dick), of Raleigh, NC, and Tom Piggott (Mary) of Wilson, NC; grandchildren, Rhyne Piggott (Whitney) of Brooklyn, NY, Lucie Piggott Burchfield (John) of Murfreesboro, TN, Will Henderson (Christian) of New York, NY, Katie Henderson of New York, NY, Maggie Piggott Lyons (Troy) of Washington, DC, and Laura Piggott of Raleigh, NC; and four great-grandchildren, Harrison, Mary Evans, Will and Opal. He was predeceased by a brother, John (Jack) Edmond Piggott and a sister, Helen Kathryn Clayton Piggott.
Robert was a 1948 graduate of the University of Illinois with a BS degree in Industrial Administration where he was a member of the Gamma Zeta chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was a proud walk on member of the Fighting Illini football team. He served in World War II, as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force at Kyushu Station in Southern Island, Japan.
In 1947, Robert joined Container Corporation of America and began a long career in the packaging industry moving frequently from locations in the Midwest, the northeast, and the south before settling in Raleigh North Carolina to quietly live close to his children, with his beloved wife, Woody.
Although Robert resided in eight states, he and Woody always considered Murfreesboro, TN their home. He was a long time member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church where he twice served as Senior Warden and was a member of the choir.
He eagerly planned long summer adventures with his family to historical destinations. He strongly believed all should see the United States before venturing abroad. A "frustrated architect" with a keen and creative eye for design, Robert found joy in transforming outdoor spaces into places of great beauty. His artistic talent was also evident in watercolor and pastel paintings and in the wood carvings and sculptures he created. Robert had a beautiful voice and a sharp sense of humor. Sensitive, strong, and oftentimes stubborn, he was devoted to his family and was a wonderful provider, a loving husband, father, and grandfather who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro, TN on February 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Episcopal Church or to a
Published in The Daily News Journal on Jan. 27, 2013