Guy Cogdill Wiggins

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Guy Cogdill Wiggins, born September 16, 1928, passed away November 24, 2007. Guy was born in Robbinsville, NC, the only child of Harley and Virgie Wiggins. As a teenager they moved to Asheville, NC, where he graduated Lee Edwards High School now known as Asheville High. He graduated from Mars Hill then went on to North Carolina State University and finished with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was with America Enka (Akzo) for 33 years. He retired as Director of Engineering. He then worked several more years consulting for Akzo. He is survived by Arbuna Jo Bryan Wiggins, his wife of 52 years. Also by his children, Susan Wiggins Matheson, and husband, Dennis, of Leesburg VA, Joel B. Wiggins, and wife, Amy, of Piedmont, SC and Guy Thomas Wiggins (Tom), and wife, Joy, of Holland, MI and his grandchildren, Deirdre Denise Matheson, Danielle Shannon Matheson, D. Andrew Baldwin, K. Breanna Baldwin and B. Conner Wiggins. Guy and Arbuna married in 1955. They lived in Enka, NC. In 1962, they moved to Morristown, TN. In 1970, they and their three children moved to Clemson, SC. In 1980, they returned to Asheville and later moved to Arden, NC in 1987. Guy and Arbuna returned to the Asheville area in 1980, and joined the First Baptist Church of Asheville. In 2001 they moved to the new Providence Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC, where Guy and Arbuna were founding members serving wherever needed. Grandchildren fondly remember going for walks in the woods and fishing with Granddaddy. Guy and Arbuna loved to travel having visited all 50 states and several foreign countries. They enjoyed learning about new places through the Elder Hostel program. Throughout his life, Guy supported his church and community, volunteering for many scouting, school, and church activities as a caring and involved father. For several years following retirement Guy was very active with Habitat for Humanity. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Providence Baptist Church in Hendersonville with the Rev. J. Gail Coulter officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, P.O. Box 6476, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

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  1. Dear Arbuna,
    Our hearts are with you. We love you both. Your obvious shared love and pride in one another was always evident. The kindness and warmth which you extended to us when we first came to Providence guided us to know a truly loving church family. We are forever thankful for both of you. You and Guy have blessed us with love, forthrightness, humor, and keen intelligence. We pray for peace and comfort for you today and in the coming days.
    Jane 8 David Gurley

  2. I was saddened to hear about Guy’s passing. Just this evening I was going through some of the old family Bibles and came across a little New Testament ‘from Guy to Grandmother’… May the Lord’s Mercy and Blessing’s be with you during the days to come. My prayers are with you all. Love, Kathy

  3. Guy was, and Arbuna as well have been stalwarts in our Church since it formed and were and will remain part of a strong backbone. May God bless members of the Family.

  4. Our love to all the family. Guy was a wonderful person and much loved by all who knew him.
    joyce and leon stepp

  5. I was saddened to hear of Guy’s passing. I knew Guy for a number of years and was privileged to work directly for Guy for a few years when he was Director of Central Engineeing at Enka. He was a great boss with strong ethics and an open and caring style. He was a mentor and a friend. He will be missed!

    Larry Blair

  6. Dear Arbuna and Children, We are so sorry to hear of Guy’s death. We have thought about you often. May God’s loving arms hold you closely during this time. With love, Naomi and Ophard

  7. Arbuna, We have many happy memories of fellowship in the early seventies at Clemson when Susan, Tommy & Joel were growing up with Shelley & Scott…birthday parties, cook-outs and Holiday Celebrations. You were good role models for our family. Guy was a great boss with his integrity, leadership and caring personality. He will be missed by all who knew him. May God be with you all.


  9. Joel, I just wanted to offer my condolences on your families lost. My prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Joel and the Wiggins’ family,
    So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I know your Dad was a wonderful man and has served God well here on earth and now he’s just moved over to live in his heavenly home where he’ll be waiting for his loved ones to join him someday. I know how it is to give up a Dad and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Just treasure all those memories. I know he was proud of his son. You are on our prayer list at work also.

  11. Dear Joel and Family,
    My heart goes out to you at this time. You are never really ready to give up a loved one, but I pray you take comfort in knowing He lives on with the Savior. I am praying for you.

  12. Joel,
    I am praying for God’s comfort for you and your family. Your Christian family here will also continue to lift you up in this time.

  13. We were so sorry to hear about Guy. We had plans to stop sometime on our trip to TN to see you. Please know that we have you and the children in our prayers. If you get this way PLEASE come to see us. Dan Ezell let us know this morning while I was at the DR’s.Love and Peace. Bob/Pat

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