OBITUARY

Celestine Wiggins Neeson

February 13, 1936December 31, 2020
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Mrs. Celestine Wiggins Neeson was born in Americus, Georgia on February 11, 1936 to the late Mr. S.L. Wiggins and the late Mrs. Vesta Jones Wiggins. She graduated from Staley High School in Americus in 1954. She initially attended Clark College, but decided to pursue a nursing career and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She retired from Grady Memorial Hospital where she worked for over 20 years in Labor and Delivery, helping to deliver many ‘Grady babies’.

Celestine wed Jimmie (Jimbo) Neeson in October 1990 and together they were a couple that fit hand in glove. She joined Jimbo on his fishing escapades, and he was the beneficiary of many of her wonderful meals. They would laugh with, and at each other, heartily and lovingly. And they both fully embraced the families they married into. She eventually began her studies with the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, attending the Lakewood Congregation.

Celestine was the heart of her Wiggins clan, and her heart was big. Friends and family always enjoyed being around her – she was feel good for your soul. Her home was the gathering place where anybody could drop by at any time to find comfort, relax, laugh out loud, have a home away from home, and of course…enjoy some delicious food. That same aura was also with her whenever she visited others. If you were near and dear to Celestine, she affectionately referred to you as ‘noont’. And when she called you noont – whether you were her husband, her son, her sibling, in-law, grandchild, niece, nephew or friend – you felt warm all over – because you knew she only used that word for those she loved and respected.

Celestine was preceded in death by her husband Jimbo and her son, Calvin Dwayne Wiggins. She leaves to cherish her memories: one sister Theresa Shields, Seattle Washington, two brothers Graham (Gemima) Wiggins, Roswell, GA and Dobbs (Jackie) Wiggins, Americus, GA, three grandchildren La’Shay Wiggins, Tornear’e Wiggins-Hamblin, and H. Torress Wiggins, five great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, including lifelong best friend – Dorothy Cobb, and Lakewood Congregation sisters – Jimmie Farley and Luevata Miller.

Acknowledgements

The family of Celestine Neeson sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone for all expressions of sympathy and many acts of kindness. We would especially like to thank Grace Assisted Living for their nearly 10 years of continuous care, her doctors that treated her with respect and dignity throughout her dementia journey, and the Wellstar Hospital and Tranquility Hospice staff that respected her wishes and brought her comfort during her final days.

Services

  • Private, Virtual Visitation

    Friday, January 8, 2021

  • Private, Virtual Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, January 8, 2021

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Lashay Wiggins

January 7, 2021

I love my grandmother with my heart and she will be truly missed. We called her Bestine, and the name fit her so well. She was the best grandmother to us. She made sure that we had what we needed, and sometimes what we wanted. She loved her great grandkids so much. She was so funny to me and we also had a good conversation whenever we talked. I could talk to her about anything thing. I will miss her sweet tea and great cooking. I can remember her just always being there and I loved that about her. She had the longest hair it was so beautiful, but you would not know because she always wore her hair in a perfect bun. I love you so much Bestine and I wished we had more time.

Debra Mayfield

January 2, 2021

The staff of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and Memorial Park would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Neeson Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your loved one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.

FROM THE FAMILY

Celestine and her #1 ‘noont’ and husband, Jimbo

FROM THE FAMILY

Janice and Celeste getting some Vitamin D

FROM THE FAMILY

Heading to the Kingdom Hall in Douglasville during her early days at Grace

FROM THE FAMILY

Celeste & Janice sitting in the Grace gazebo

FROM THE FAMILY

Enjoying some retail therapy at Target

FROM THE FAMILY

Isn’t she lovely

FROM THE FAMILY

Enjoying time with the Combs’ clan

FROM THE FAMILY

Celeste with her noonties

FROM THE FAMILY

Celestine and her #1 ‘noont’ and husband, Jimbo

FROM THE FAMILY

Janice and Celeste getting some Vitamin D

FROM THE FAMILY

Heading to the Kingdom Hall in Douglasville during her early days at Grace

FROM THE FAMILY

Celeste & Janice sitting in the Grace gazebo

FROM THE FAMILY

Enjoying some retail therapy at Target

FROM THE FAMILY

Isn’t she lovely

FROM THE FAMILY

Enjoying time with the Combs’ clan

FROM THE FAMILY

Celeste with her noonties

FROM THE FAMILY

Pretty in purple

FROM THE FAMILY

Enjoying ice cream at the Dairy Queen

Biography

Mrs. Celestine Wiggins Neeson was born in Americus, Georgia on February 11, 1936 to the late Mr. S.L. Wiggins and the late Mrs. Vesta Jones Wiggins. She graduated from Staley High School in Americus in 1954. She initially attended Clark College, but decided to pursue a nursing career and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She retired from Grady Memorial Hospital where she worked for over 20 years in Labor and Delivery, helping to deliver many ‘Grady babies’.

Celestine wed Jimmie (Jimbo) Neeson in October 1990 and together they were a couple that fit hand in glove. She joined Jimbo on his fishing escapades, and he was the beneficiary of many of her wonderful meals. They would laugh with, and at each other, heartily and lovingly. And they both fully embraced the families they married into. She eventually began her studies with the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, attending the Lakewood Congregation.

Celestine was the heart of her Wiggins clan, and her heart was big. Friends and family always enjoyed being around her – she was feel good for your soul. Her home was the gathering place where anybody could drop by at any time to find comfort, relax, laugh out loud, have a home away from home, and of course…enjoy some delicious food. That same aura was also with her whenever she visited others.
If you were near and dear to Celestine, she affectionately referred to you as ‘noont’. And when she called you noont – whether you were her husband, her son, her sibling, in-law, grandchild, niece, nephew or friend – you felt warm all over – because you knew she only used that word for those she loved and respected.

Celestine was preceded in death by her husband Jimbo and her son, Calvin Dwayne Wiggins. She leaves to cherish her memories: one sister Theresa Shields, Seattle Washington, two brothers Graham (Gemima) Wiggins, Roswell, GA and Dobbs (Jackie) Wiggins, Americus, GA, three grandchildren La’Shay Wiggins, Tornear’e Wiggins-Hamblin, and H. Torress Wiggins, five great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, including lifelong best friend – Dorothy Cobb, and Lakewood Congregation sisters – Jimmie Farley and Luevata Miller.

Acknowledgements

The family of Celestine Neeson sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone for all expressions of sympathy and many acts of kindness. We would especially like to thank Grace Assisted Living for their nearly 10 years of continuous care, her doctors that treated her with respect and dignity throughout her dementia journey, and the Wellstar Hospital and Tranquility Hospice staff that respected her wishes and brought her comfort during her final days.