WIGGINS, Elijah Q. (Sarge), 77, went home to be with the Lord Monday, February 11, 2013. Elijah was born in Spring City Tenn., May 10, 1935. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Arther and Grace Wiggins. He is survived by his wife of 40 yrs., Mary, formerly of Corbin Ky.; three stepsons, E.L. Petrey Jr., David Petrey and Alan Petrey, all from Kentucky. Grandchildren include Laura, Cassi, David Jr., Alyssa, Michael, Lauren and Jennifer; and one great-grandchild, Anastasia. Survivors also include his family from Spring City; His brother, Bill Wiggins; sisters, Cora Ann Fugate and Susie Stalvey; and brother-in-laws, Bruce and Robert respectively. Also several nieces and nephews from the Spring City area. Two brother-in-laws from Corbin Ky. Include Tommy Adkins and Luther Adkins; and two daughters-in-law, Dianne Petrey of Jellico, Tenn. and Paula Petrey of Pikeville Ky. Elijah was a 20 yr. retired 1st Sargent Veteran with the United States Army. He served three tours of duty during his career, one in Korea and two in Vietnam. After retiring he was trained by Mr. Heck as a generator technician. In 1979, Elijah, his wife and two stepsons moved to Tampa to continue work as a generator technician for Tampa Armature Works for which he retired in 2000. Elijah had many friends and co-workers over the years which include Jim (R.I.P. 2007) Gladys and their son Frank Sanns. Jim Little, Lou Pirez, Nadine Barger, and many more. The Wiggin's Family would like to thank the staff at James A. Haley V.A. Hospital for their professional care and understanding which helped immensely during this time which include Dr. Parks and Dr. Patel. Arrangements by Brewer & Sons Funeral Home S. Tampa 3328 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa FL 33629 813-835-4991 Visitation Monday February 18 6-8 Funeral Service at South Tampa Chapel at 10a.m. Tuesday February 19. Interment will follow at 12:30 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell Fla.
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Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
3328 South Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33629
Published in TBO.com on Feb. 15, 2013