The funeral for Ms. Anita Michelle “Missy” Wiggins, 43, of 34 Wisteria St., Bamberg, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, Bamberg, with the Rev. William H.D. Bowser, the Rev. George Manigo, the Rev. Larry McCutcheon, the Rev. Joseph Wilson, the Rev. Hayes T. Gainey, the Rev. Leonard Huggins and the Rev. Bennie Wiggins officiating. Burial will be in Thankful Baptist Church cemetery, Bamberg.
Ms. Wiggins passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, at MUSC Medical Center, Charleston, after a sudden illness.
Beautiful, loving, caring, humble, giving, wise, smart, hard-working, fair, dedicated, and a child of God ... These are just a few words that her family and friends would use to describe Anita Michelle Wiggins, born Sept. 29, 1971, to Mrs. Mildred James Wiggins and the late Mr. Paul Clarence Wiggins in Bamberg. On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at 9:12 p.m., the gates swung open and God called his “Angel” home to rest.
At an early age, she joined the family church, Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Bamberg, where she served faithfully as a member of the Gospel Choir, recording secretary for Administrative Council, Project POWER Outreach Ministry, United Methodist Women, and assistant youth coordinator.
Anita attended Bamberg public schools, where she graduated from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in 1989. She attended and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Benedict College, Columbia, in 1993. She later earned her master’s in counselor education in 1999 from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg. Anita was employed by Barnwell School District 45 as a dedicated teacher and guidance counselor for 21 years. During her years of serving as an educator to many young children, she was named as Teacher of the Year at Barnwell Elementary School for the 2005-2006 school term. Moreover, she made a powerful impact and everlasting impression on the many students she taught throughout the years. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., in which she exemplified a commitment to serve, lead and empower others within the community and church.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories her mother, Mildred James Wiggins of Bamberg; three loving and devoted sisters, Wanda Wiggins of Orangeburg, Erica (Cleveland) Samuels of Grovetown, Georgia, and Carolyn Harris of Orangeburg; a brother, Kevin (Carla) Holder of Clayton, North Carolina; a faithful companion, Terrell Brown of Orangeburg; special cousin Sonia Ottley of Orangeburg; six aunts, Thomasina (Raymond) Ottley, Evelyn Sellers and Helen Steedley, all of Bamberg, Susie (Abraham) Sexton of Barnwell, and Magalene James and Hattie James, both of Bamberg; a uncle, Charles McMillan of Bamberg; a niece and three nephews; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Viewing for the public will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Dash’s Funeral Home of Bamberg. Omega Omega services held by members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1062, Bamberg, SC 29003, in memory of Anita Michelle Wiggins.
Friends may call at the residence of her mother, Mrs. Mildred Wiggins, 186 Fire Tower Road, Bamberg, and the funeral home.
Sacred arrangements are entrusted to Dash’s Funeral Home of Bamberg.
Online condolences may be submitted to dashsfh.com.