December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
HONORING THE MEMORY OF THE HON. DEVON WIGGINS
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2519] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE MEMORY OF THE HON. DEVON WIGGINS ______ HON. JO BONNER of alabama in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Mr. BONNER. Mr. Speaker, Escambia County, AL, and indeed the entire First Congressional District, recently lost a dear friend, and I rise today to honor him and pay tribute to his memory. Judge Devon Wiggins was a devoted family man and dedicated public servant throughout his entire life. Following a lengthy tenure on the Escambia County Commission, twelve years of which he spent as the commission chairman, Judge Wiggins was elected to the position of Judge of Probate, a position he held until his retirement three years ago. Throughout his professional career, he was dedicated to bringing better opportunities to all the residents of Escambia County and was a tireless advocate for local business and industry. He also was dedicated to making himself and other county offices as accessible as possible to the general public and, through his efforts, garnered the respect and admiration of many individuals in both the public and private sectors. As a small business owner in Brewton, Alabama, Judge Wiggins was extremely familiar with the challenges and goals of running a successful business and providing employment opportunities for hardworking men and women. It was this background and his tremendous work ethic which became hallmarks of his career in public office and which marked his efforts on behalf of all residents of Escambia County. Judge Wiggins was also actively involved in his community, participating in church-related organizations and taking a leadership role in the activities of the Brewton Lions Club. His devotion to his fellow man was unmatched, and I do not think there will ever be a full accounting of the many people he helped over the course of his lifetime. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in remembering a dedicated public servant and long-time advocate for Escambia County, Alabama. Judge Wiggins will be deeply missed by his family--his wife, Nell Wiggins, his daughters, Dawn Wiggins Hare, Donna Wiggins Schlager, and Daphne Wiggins Martin, his son, Maxwell Devon Wiggins, and his six grandchildren--as well as the countless friends he leaves behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this difficult time. ____________________