Carroll Weston Biggs Jr.

April 17, 1925February 11, 2013

Dr. Carroll Weston Biggs, Jr., 87, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on February 11, 2013 at Bridgewater Home. He was born in Ashley, Ohio, on April 17, 1925 and was the son of the late Carroll W. and Dora Irene Martin Biggs. Carroll attended Ohio State University where he received his BA and MA degrees and received a PHD in School Administration from Columbia University. While in Ohio he was a teacher and coach at Big Walnut High School and Superintendent of schools in Chatfield, Woodville, and Westerville, Ohio. While in Delaware he was superintendent of Schools for the Alfred I. DuPont School District, he was the First Superintendent, after desegregation, of the New Castle County School District; he was President of the American Association of School Administrators and served on various educational boards throughout the United States.

Carroll was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg; Kiwanis and Rotary Club in Delaware, and the Elks Club in Harrisonburg. He also served on the Board at Spotswood Country Club where he also enjoyed playing tennis and working with the youth tennis programs; he served on the Board of Greater Madison where he was the Membership chairman. He was also a member of the Presidents’ Council and Duke Club and huge athletic supporter of the JMU football team and men’s and women’s basketball teams.

During WWII he proudly served our country in the US Navy aboard the U. S. S. Young in the Pacific. On June 8, 1947, he married Joan Dawn Biggs, in Cardington, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on November 30, 2005. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Christine Biggs, his parents, and a sister, Muriel Warner. He is survived by a daughter, Marcia Biggs Elliott and husband, Chip of State College, PA, a son, Mike Biggs and wife, Susie of Sun City West, AZ, and daughter, Cheri Biggs Smith and husband, Vic, of Harrisonburg; as well as 8 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Biggs will be cremated at Lindsey Funeral Homes and Crematory in Harrisonburg, and a memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 16, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. John F. Sloop officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JMU Athletics, 380 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or Shenandoah Presbytery Youth Ministries, 1111 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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Randy Nutter

February 20, 2013

To everyone in the Biggs Family, I want to add that my family loved "Mr." Biggs...he was always warm and kind to my grandfather and to me and my children. One day, out of the blue, he came out of the house with brand new soccer balls and volley balls for them to play with...they never forgot that. He was a fine man...and we miss him.
Randy Nutter, next door neighbor

Barbara & Brien Anders

February 19, 2013

Dear Family,
We are sending our deepest sympathy to the whole family! We had the honor and pleasure, meeting Dr. Biggs last March. Quite often, we were thinking about him during the last year and hoping he was doing well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kevin Kelley

February 19, 2013

Marcia, Mike, Cheri and families, I am so sorry to hear of Uncle's passing.
He was certainly an important part of my early life. My memories are indelible. I will always remember the smirk/grin on his face when he was messing with you.....and if you knew Carroll Biggs, there was a time when he was messing with you. Uncle always took us somewhere cool when our
family would come East to visit.......Historical places (which I loved), the farmers market, the beach, a ballgame, the Guggenheim. Uncle was a good man and I am very appreciative of his influence on my life.
Cool stuff: Uncle studied under Margaret Mead at cool is that !!
Important stuff: Being the superintendent, Uncle was directly involved with the busing crisis in the 60's. As in dramas playing out all over this country,he was a major player in his community, concerning civil rights.
My favorite Uncle story: This was around 1962-63. We are talking live TV. Uncle was part of a panel discussion about education. My family and Aunt Jo
were at Grandpa and Grandma Hall's in Cardington. We are all sitting around waiting for the program to begin. It comes on and the host starts to introduce the guests on the panel. Uncle is introduced and he nods in acknowledgement. The camera pans to the next panelist for his introduction.
As the host says his name, all of a sudden, Uncle's face appears on camera in front of the guy being introduced. At this point, you can hear someone off camera laughing. At the house, Aunt Jo is semi-mortified (but not really) and Grandpa Harley is laughing uncontrolably.
My heart is with you.
Don't forget them please.....the sweeter reveries. Love, Kevin

Diane Ogorek

February 18, 2013

Mike, Marcia, Susie, Chip and all of the Biggs' family,
I want to express my sympathy to all of you in the passing of your father and father-in-law. It was a true coincidence that I happened to be in Delaware and see the paper on the day Dr. Biggs' obituary was listed. I was also sorry to read of your mother's passing a few years ago. It has been so long since I have had any contact with all of you, but I so remember Dr. Biggs and your wonderful family. He was the person that was the key to my getting my first teaching job. I know he helped so many and touched so many lives in his very fruitful life. I know he will be missed. He is in my prayers.

Sincerely, Diane Hynson Ogorek

Alice Frost

February 17, 2013

Dear Mike and Susie,
George and I were saddened to read of your loss. Know we are thinking of you both as well as the rest of your family. Look to your memories for comfort, our thoughts and prayers to you all.

February 17, 2013

Mike and Sue: Its been a long time since I've seen either of you, but please accept my sympathies on the passing of your father/father-in-law. Best wishes to all.

Rick Berl

February 16, 2013

Dear Mike and Susie,
Frank and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. Though we did not know your father, Mike, he sounded like an incredible man.
With love, Ann and Frank Jornlin

Rachel Warner

February 16, 2013

I know I sent my condolences directly to you, but I also wanted to add something to his book here. I loved my Uncle Carroll (and Aunt Jo) and he was very precious to our mother (his big sister.) Our hearts go out to you (as I've been in touch with my brother's and sisters) and please know he will not be forgotten, but loved and remembered for a lifetime and we will look forward to greeting him again someday in heaven with our Lord, our ultimate Comforer and victor over death. Please take comfort in Love.

Terry & Rita Gibbs

February 16, 2013

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

February 16, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Soon there wil be a time when death is no more. (Revalation 21:4)