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09/20/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Barbara Manning Wiggins

Barbara Ann Manning Wiggins
(d. 18 Sept 2009)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news this morning.  Barbara Manning Wiggins, Class of about 1953, passed away in Smithfield on Friday, September 18, 2009 at the age of 73.

From the Daily Press - 09/20/09:

               Barbara Manning Wiggins

  SMITHFIELD - Barbara Ann Manning Wiggins, 73, passed away at home Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.

Born in Newport News, Va., Barbara was the daughter of the late Major Thomas and Hildamay Underwood Manning. Barbara resided in Isle of Wight, and the Peninsula. She graduated from Newport News High School. She lived in York County for some 30 years, and was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and was instrumental in the Easter Egg making ministry of the church. She returned to IOW in 1983 and was a member of Bacon's Castle Baptist Church, Surry.
She will be remembered as a caregiver and for her motherly instincts to family, extended family, and friends. She retired from James Convalescent Center. Barbara was a gifted poet and published a book of poetry entitled "Christ in My Life". One of her published poems "God Is Our Hero" was recognized by the Library of Congress. Barbara also made cakes for weddings and special occasions.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 55 years, Max D. Wiggins Sr.; two sons, Denny Wiggins and wife, Linda, of Surry, and Tommy Wiggins, and wife, Missy, of Smithfield; a daughter, Terry Clark, of Richmond; two sisters, Joyce Williams and husband, Lester, and Janis Jones and husband, Ronnie, of Smithfield; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and her beloved poodle, "Cisco".

Family and friends will gather in Colonial Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, for visitation. A service celebrating Barbara's life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the funeral home, with Pastor Jimmy Acree officiating. Burial will follow in Uzzell United Methodist Church Cemetery. A reception honoring the family will follow in the church social hall.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to IOW Co, Relay For Life, C/O Lois Little, PO Box 4, Rescue, VA 23424.

Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from September 20 to September 21, 2009.

September 20, 2009
Missy, Tommy, Max & family,
Just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Barbara was a wonderful person and will be missed. You were blessed to have her in your lives. Love to you all.
Matt & Ronda Wheeler & family
~ Ronda Wheeler, Hopewell, Virginia

September 20, 2009

To the family of Barbara Wiggins - I've known Barbara most of my life when we lived in York County - haven't seen her in years but have always remembered her as a great friend in our early years. I am so sorry to read of her passing. I moved to Louisiana from Yorktown in 2007 - my heart and prayers go out to all of you.
~ Doris Taylor Williams, Lafayette,, Louisiana
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September 20, 2009

Missy & Tommy,

Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. Their is no stronger bond than that between a parent and child, and death can not destroy that bond. Please take comfort in knowing she resides in a better place and will always be watching over you both. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
~ Kim & Ronald Swan, Smithfield, Virginia


   Once again, our sincerest sympathies are extended to Barbara's entire family and their friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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