Rev. Henry Leaton Wiginton, retired pastor


GULFPORT -- The Rev. Henry Leaton Wiginton, 82, a retired elder in the Mississippi  Conference of  The United Methodist Church, died April 20, 2008.

Funeral services were held April 24, 2008 at Coalville United Methodist Church in Biloxi. Burial was in Coalville Cemetery. Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Gulfport handled arrangements.

Rev. Wiginton was born Aug. 9, 1925, to Leaton and Beatrice Harris Wiginton at a sawmill camp in western Tippah County.

Rev. Wiginton attended Corinth High School, Southeast Community College, University of North Alabama and received his theological training at Emory University.  Rev. Wiginton served 28 years of active appointments in the Mississippi Conference.

He previously served in the U. S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, and his last assignment was aboard the USS Alabama. He was a member of F&AM No. 422, Gulfport, and Order of the Eastern Star, Coast Chapter 51, Gulfport.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Gary Ray Wiginton and Bobby L. Preston Jr.; brothers, Hilton Wiginton and Oscar West; and a sister, Velma R. Carter (Jerry).

Survivors include: wife, Mary Ann Wiginton of Gulfport; sons,   Gardner Clyde Wiginton of Sheffield, Ala., Eddie Preston of Gulfport, John F. Wiginton of Hickory Flat; daughters, Joan Elizabeth Cook of Florence, Ala., Janet Wiginton of Sheffield and Julie Catherine Wiginton of Water Valley; brother, James M. Wiginton of Harlingen, Texas; sisters, Mary I. Wolfe of Victoria, Sara Ward of Clarkston, Mich.; and nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 2301 15th St., Gulfport, MS 39501, Coalville Cemetery Fund, Coalville United Methodist Church, 12298 Shorecrest Road, Biloxi, MS 39532, or to the charity of one's choice.