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Berry Highland West

9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Wayne Terrence Kiggans

March 8, 1954March 11, 2020
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Kiggans, Wayne Terrance, age 66, of Knoxville, TN joined his Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 11, 2020. He passed quietly surrounded by his family just hours after returning home from the University of Kentucky Albert Chandler Hospital, which was his desire. Wayne fought a long battle following two liver transplants in September 2018. He is now walking arm and arm with the Father on The Streets of Gold. He joined the Navy following his graduation from Rule High School in 1972 where he served on USS Coral Sea. After returning he went to work at St. Mary's Hospital and retired after more than 42 years of service. Wayne was a devoted family man and a friend to all. He had a passion for coaching our youth and thru the years he coached his children at WKCLL and returned a generation later to coach his grandsons. He also coached in the Karns Youth Football and Jr. Pro Basketball organizations where he made a positive impact on hundreds of young lives. He umpired both baseball and softball, refereed youth basketball, and served as a field judge for the Knoxville Track Club. No matter what his kids or grandkids were involved in he could be found there supporting and assisting, both on and off the field. He loved to spend time in the back yard working on batting stances and pitching form and demonstrating proper football stances and technique. He also served for many years as field director at Nicholas Ball Park for Knox County Parks and Recreation.

After retirement he was finally able to pursue his fishing interest and loved getting to take his grandsons. His experience touched many lives and his extended family became the ICU staff of UK 7-200 where he spent 259 days and made special friendships which became apparent with the number of visits he received from them in his last days there.

He was a member of West Haven Baptist Church and had attended several others over the years. Preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Kiggans and Alice Miller Kiggans, brothers; William "Butch" Kiggins and Robert "Bobby" Kiggans. He is survived by his loving wife Janet Dabney Kiggans who stayed by his side during his long hospital stays; son, Derek Allen Kiggans of Knoxville; daughter, Shanna Desiree Wilhite and husband John; siblings, Patricia Gideon of Knoxville, Denise Kitts and husband Chuck of Knoxville, Paul Bruce Kiggins of Virginia and Darrell Manning Kiggans of North Carolina; grandchildren, Peyton, Chloe and Shelby Ann Kiggans of Corryton, Emma Kiggans and Madison Seibers of Knoxville and Isaac, Isaiah, and Jacob Wilhite of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends. Pallbearers will be Peyton Kiggans Isaac Wilhite, Isaiah Wilhite Michael Gideon, Marvin Gideon and John Wilhite.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherrill Blvd, from 4:00pm - 7:00pm with funeral services immediately following at 7:00pm with Rev. Larry Webster officiating. Wayne's graveside service and interment will be Monday, March 16, 2020 at 3:30pm at Oak Ridge Memorial Park with Full Military Honors. Condolences may be left to the family at www.berryhighlandwest.com

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 16, 2020

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Wayne Terrence Kiggans

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Ben Terry

March 21, 2020

Rest well my friend. I will remember you as we were in High School. Farewell Brother.

Trish McDaniel

March 17, 2020

Sending my sincere sympathies. I am so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was a joy to work with at St. Mary’s. Such a kind, helpful man. He joins many of our St. Mary’s ‘family’ in heaven... ❤️

MARGUERITE CURRY (Kiggins)

March 17, 2020

Those it has been many years, I still remember the young boy of the early 70's. A very special star will forever shine for Wayne (as I knew him - Jake).

Thinking of the Kiggin's family and wishing you comfort and peace of mind.

Mark Hurst

March 16, 2020

Wayne always had a smile. As a ball player, coach, ref or league director. I enjoyed being around him and he will be missed.

Roy Strange SR

March 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Condolences and prayers to his family and friends.

Randy Pratt

March 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He will be missed. Prayers and condolences to his family

Angie Adkisson

March 15, 2020

We are very sorry we couldn’t be there tonight. Please know we are praying for you all! We are so thankful that Wayne was a part of our lives for many years. My boys, especially Payton throughly enjoyed being around him. He was always smiling and joking around. Always loved Curly Fry! We have missed him and you all! I’m thankful we’ll see him again one day!
Bruce, Angie, Payton, Jackson and Conner

Cindy Storm

March 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. I knew him as part of our St. Mary's family for decades. Whenever we passed in the halls or I stopped by Engineering he always had a mischievous smile and a quick retort. He will be missed. Say hi to Barney and Condon in Heaven Wayne! Rest in Peace and prayers for his family.

Florence Fenderson

March 15, 2020

Will be truly missed. Was always so cheerful. He was my buddy, always called me "meanness". Praying for his family.

Deon Cabbage

March 14, 2020

Wayne was a great co-worker, gentleman and friend. Prayers of comfort for his family. He will be missed. He will see his many St. Mary’s family and friends in Heaven!🙏🏻

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