James Howard Wiggins • June 3, 2022
James Howard Wiggins, native of Monroeville, Alabama, and longtime resident of Pensacola, Florida, departed this world for his eternal home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 3, 2022.
James was born to the late John and Katie Wiggins on March 14, 1932. He grew up to serve his country in the United States Army before meeting the love of his life, Erline Friday Frith. The fact that Erline was a young widow with 3 little girls did not discourage him. He knew how special she was and did not hesitate to step into their lives as a devoted husband and father. They moved to Pensacola where he had a successful career at Monsanto for 35 years. James and Erline would later add one more girl to their wild bunch, Katy Elizabeth. He was able to retire at age 58, allowing him to enjoy fishing, gardening, traveling, visiting the mountains and cooking. He loved his church family and was a member of East Brent Baptist Church and Bellview Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by 6 brothers; 3 sisters; daughter, Kathy Frith Lee; and son-in-law, David Harker. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Erline; daughters, Kim Ryals, Kay Harker and Katy Wiggins; granddaughters, Heather Nelson, Kelsey (Austin) Anderson, Taylor (Brian) Palmer; great granddaughters’ Kaylin Holley, Irie Palmer, Emma Palmer as well as son-in-laws, Marty Lee and Ricky Nelson.
James’ unconditional, selfless love for Erline was an inspiration to us all. We will miss his laugh, sarcastic winks, the way he called us “Darlin”, and maybe most of all, his fried squash and hushpuppies. We love you PawPaw. Say hi to Kathy for us, and we will see you again soon. Love, Your Girls.
Services to honor James’ life will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Wednesday, June 8, 2022. The family will receive friends for visitation from 11:30am-12:00pm with funeral to begin at 12:00pm. Graveside services to follow. Services will be presented by Brother Dale Patterson and Steve Bruce. Pallbearers will be Austin Anderson, Brian Palmer, Jacob Price, Jay Fisher, Burton Fisher and Ben Stone.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
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