SIKESTON -- Louis Thomas "L.T." Wiggins, 71, died Oct. 29, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Feb. 27, 1937, in Osceola, Ark., to the late Pruitt and Florida Leonard Wiggins, he had lived in Missouri for more than 63 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1958 to 1963, receiving an honorable discharge. He retired from Steward Steel Inc. and DAEOC Corporation. He was the coordinator of the Steps Toward Academic Initiative for Reading Success (STAIRS), past president of the Sikeston NAACP and served in many other capacities in the Sunset community. He was a member of West End Missionary Baptist Church where he was a minister.
On Jan. 21, 1964, he married to Margaret Brunt, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: five sons and three daughters-in-law, Ronny Warren and Christopher and Charlotte Wiggins of Sikeston, Louis B. and Mary Wiggins of Atlanta, Fidell and Yvonne Wiggins of Austin, Texas, and Mark Wiggins of Dallas; seven daughters and five sons-in-law, Cassandra Clark, Celini Wiggins and Phyllis and Daniel Luna of Austin, Sheila and Clint Bryant of Cordova, Tenn., Michelle and Jerry Summers of St. Louis, Mattie and Nathaniel Allen of Round Rock, Texas and Flora and David Fuller of Sikeston; three brothers, Gary Wiggins and Freddie Wiggins of Sikeston and Larry Wiggins of Peoria, Ill.; three sisters, Dorothy Thornton, Juanita Pearson and Barbara Thompson of Sikeston; and 46 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Williams Funeral Home in Sikeston. Funeral services will be at noon Saturday at the Green Memorial Church of God in Christ in Sikeston. His son, the Rev. Louis B. Wiggins, will officiate.
Burial with full military rites will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.