Joe Edd Wiggs (1936–2010)

Brother Joe Edd Wiggs was born November 9, 1936, in Woodland, Mississippi, to W. E. and Abbie Wiggs. He graduated from Woodland High School April 21, 1955. Brother Joe Edd married the former Bobbie Nell Parker from Vardaman, Mississippi. They were married for fifty two years. This union produced three children, Tony, Carolyn and David. They also had four grandchildren.

After graduation, Brother Wiggs lived in West Point, MS, where he was employed by Bryan Brothers Packing Company. In 1960, he and Bobbie moved to Greenville, MS, where he worked at Atkins Saw Company serving seven years of apprenticeship as a sawsmith. In 1975, he went to work for Spear & Jackson Saw Company, where he served as plant superintendent. In 1982, he went into business for himself establishing Southern Bandsaw Company, Inc., where he was serving as C.E.O. at the time of his death.

Brother Wiggs was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Greenville Lodge No. 206 in 1964. In 1973, he demitted to Leland Lodge No. 490, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1974. In 1987, he demitted back to Greenville Lodge No. 206 where he served as Worshipful Master in 1991, while his son, David served as Senior Warden.

In 1992, during Grand Lodge Annual Communication, Brother Watt Carter, Grand Lecturer appointed Brother Wiggs as District Deputy Grand Lecturer of the Eleventh District. He served in this capacity until he was elected Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi in 1998. In 1998, he was given honorary membership by Cleveland Lodge No. 470. He was elected Senior Grand Warden in 1999 and served the Grand Lodge of Mississippi as Grand Master in 2000. In 2005 he was appointed to the Board of Custodians and served in that capacity until 2009.

Brother Wiggs was a member of the York Rite, Scottish Rite and Wahabi Shrine.

Brother Wiggs was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Greenville, where he supported many young people attending seminars and mission work which he felt very strongly about. He also loved to work in his garden and fish and was an avid sports fan.

Brother Wiggs passed from this life into his eternal life April 3, 2010. Funeral services were held in Emmanuel Baptist Church with interment in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodland, MS, April 7, 2010 with Grand Lodge Masonic Rites. There was a large number of Masons from over the entire State in attendance. Brother Wiggs will be sorely missed by all who knew him well.

From Mississippi Freemason, vol. 30, no. 2 (2010), p. 3.