Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Williams and Lord Funeral Home in Greenwood for Melisa Carol Tingle Wiggins, 60, who died on Monday, Nov. 15, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until service time on Friday, Nov. 19. The Rev. Lanny Haley and the Rev. Gary Tanner officiated.
A devoted mother and wife, Melisa led with bravery and honor, while always remaining positive and never losing hope in the face of a breast cancer diagnosis. She will forever remain in her family’s hearts and they will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest as set by her example.
Melisa was born on Sept. 15, 1961, in Greenwood, the daughter of John Lewis and Carolyn Tingle. She and her younger sister, Angie, spent their childhood in Avalon. She married Bobby Wiggins on Nov. 26, 1980, and began to build their life together. An additional branch to their family tree was added on Feb. 17, 1986, with the birth of their daughter, Laura Beth.
Melisa took joy in watching her daughter grow up and instilled lifelong values in her throughout her childhood. She was a devoted mother, who never missed a soccer, basketball or softball game. She was employed with Greenwood Utilities where she served as vice president of customer services for 36 years before retiring. She loved interacting with the public and her work family at Greenwood Utilities. After retirement, her days were spent crafting, cooking or spending time outside with her husband, Bobby.
Her father, John Lewis Tingle, preceded Melisa in death.
Survivors include, her husband of 40 years, Bobby Wiggins; daughter, Laura Beth “L.B.” Wiggins; sister, Angie Tingle (Eugene) and a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, which she loved very dearly.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Jake Liddell, Jacob Bennett, Chris Miller, Josh Miller, Nathan Carpenter, Lynn Haley, Sha Wiggins, Bubba Tanner and Jeromy Liddell.
Melisa’s family expresses a special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Kenneth Hines, Dr. Robert Sawyer, Dr. Tammy Young and all of the staff that helped care for her at Baptist Memorial Health-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.williamsandlord.com
Williams and Lord Funeral Home in Greenwood was in charge of arrangements.