Jack L. Wigley, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, died peacefully Thursday, July 4, 2013, at home on Richland-Chambers Lake in Streetman, Texas. Born in Paoli, Okla., on Sept. 28, 1933, Jack lived most of his life in New Mexico.
Formerly President of Industrial Bus Lines in Carlsbad, Jack was a Navy navigator during the Korean War
. He retained friendships and enjoyed various reunions of Navy veterans. He was a member of the VC-35/VA(AW)-35 and Tailhook Associations. In 2007, Jack was inducted into the Enlisted Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor by the Navy in a ceremony in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
In retirement, Jack was fond of traveling throughout the United States in "Big Blue," an Eagle bus that had been converted into a motor home. With his wife, Baby, he took numerous trips to visit friends and family.
During his years in Carlsbad, Jack was a member of the B.P.O.E and on the Board of Directors of Carlsbad Savings and Loan. But his first love was family. An inveterate storyteller, Jack often regaled his family with stories of his youth, his military experiences, and life in general. He loved to dispense advice, and it was always well received. He will be missed by his best audience.
Jack is survived by his wife, Cecilia "Baby" Wigley; children: Pam Jones of Troup, Texas, Jack D. Wigley of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Jayson Wigley of Gilbert, Ariz., Kharol Johnson of Streetman, Texas, and Bobby Johnson of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; and sisters: Barbara Wilcox, Judy Pulice and Joanie Bibby, all of Dallas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jewel; and his father, Jack T.; and brother, Ben C. Wigley of Phoenix. He was grandfather to nine and great-grandfather to three.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. Edward Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Carlsbad Cemetery. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 630 W. Main St., Fairfield, Texas 75840 or a
in memory of Jack L. Wigley. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.