OBITUARY

Martin Wayne Sigler

September 9, 1955February 11, 2021

Martin Wayne Sigler went home to the arms of Christ on the night of February 11, 2021 at the age of 65 years old. He leaves behind his beloved wife Terri, his three children Taryn, Caleb, and Joshua, their spouses Carlton, Casey, and Hannah whom he always loved as his own, and his five grandchildren Josiah, Lydia Jayne, Gwendolyn, Evangeline, and Marigold who called him Pops. He is also survived by his two brothers Rev. Ralph Sigler and Rev. Mike Sigler as well as his mother-in-law Dottie Schwartz. Wayne was born in Hattiesburg, MS, and raised by the late Rev. Richard and Naomi Sigler. He was exposed to a faith in Jesus Christ at an early age. His father’s ministry meant that he grew up moving all over the Southeast. His mother instilled in him a love for music at an early age and he began to direct choirs for the first time when he was just a teenager. A fervent lover of learning, he studied at Asbury College, received a BA at the University of Kentucky in Theatre Arts, a BA in Music at Southern Mississippi University, and a Masters in Music from the Conservatory at the University of Cincinnati. He began his ministry at Lakeshore Methodist in Jacksonville, Florida, and continued on to serve as minister of music at St. Giles Presbyterian in Richmond, Virginia, Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN, and for the past 12 years has served at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL. On June 21, 1986, he married Terri and was an incredible example of how to lead a Christ-centered loving marriage for 34 years.

Wayne’s greatest pride outside of his faith was his family. Those who knew him even for a short time became well aware that his love for his wife Terri was unique. Their marriage was one filled with deep laughter, joy, and affection for each other. That love spread into his kids, and their kids, and to anyone who was nearby at any time. To them he was their hero, and he lived that out every day of his life. Wayne was “Pops” to not only his family, but countless neighbors and friends of his children. He loved to read to children, and even volunteered his time at local schools to read and sing to children in Montgomery. Wayne loved to laugh. He could fill a room with smiles with his laugh. It was contagious and God honoring. Wayne’s gifts, talents, and creativity seemed to have no limits. An avid gardener, his homes were always thickly surrounded with roses, hydrangeas, and flowers of every color. He talked about Heaven often. He would well up with joyful tears talking about “being there” in the great garden, surrounded by his family, at the feast of Jesus.

After more than a month at Baptist East Hospital, he was moved to Noland Hospital where he ultimately died due to complications from COVID-19. Terri considered it a great blessing that the immediate family was able to be with him in the hospital in the days leading up to his death. On the day of his passing he was surrounded by his wife and three children as they prayed and sang hymns over him. A memorial service celebrating his life will take place at Frazer Church on Monday February 15 at 3:30pm and will be streamed live at: Frazer.church/live

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Music Department at Frazer Church.

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Betty Featherston

February 22, 2021

It was a joy working with Wayne at St. Giles' Church in Richmond. His adult and childrens' musicals were highlights of our church year . He was a wonderful and fun teacher and worship leader in our Bible Schools and every Sunday we were blessed by the worship he led.

And what a blessing to share such a special time in Wayne and Terri 's life together - watching Taryn grow and seeing Caleb and Josh from birth . My prayers are with you all as we mourn the loss of this very special man of God. I count it a privilege to have known him.
Betty Featherston

Yvonne Smith

February 16, 2021

Wally and I have had the privilege of knowing and developing a friendship with Wayne, Terri and their children during their time at St. Giles, in Richmond, Virginia!
Singing in the choir and wonderful musicals, led and directed by Wayne, were a time of excitement for us!
Most of all, were the times we were able to have dinners at each other’s homes and the friendship that developed, not only between us, but our children when they were young.
I’m so glad that this is not the end of a friendship with Wayne, because it will continue as we get to be together in that Glorious Place!

Steve Mandell

February 15, 2021

Wayne was one of my favorite brothers, from our first 2 years living together in college to watching him develop his acting talents, to our weddings, the short stay in Virginia, and the rare but wonderful touches which ensued over the years. His gifting of music which moved my heart to Jesus, the frequent belly laughs, to the honest spiritual discussions we would have, Wayne was always so encouraging and easy to fellowship with. It indeed was an honor to have known him so long so to witness the man of God he became, spiritual leader, the wonderful husband , fun father and the delight of being a grandfather. His spiritual legacy will follow his offspring,& his offspring...Isaiah 59:21
May our God of all comfort so fill the void left by Wayne’s premature departure, and be your peace, Terri and family. Love to all!

Jim and Diane Snider

February 15, 2021

Diane and I remember Wayne and his family from St. Giles in Richmond. Diane loved singing in his choir and just doing life with he and Terri. He was a great friend and a great man, mentor, and musician. When we left Richmond we lost touch with the Siglers but they made a mark on our life and we are grateful to have spent time with them in Virginia. Our prayers will continue for Terri and the family and we know Jesus will give you a special grace as you move ahead continuing to impact people for the kingdom. Blessings, Jim and Diane.

Judy Burkett

February 15, 2021

Wayne's father was our pastor at the Georgiana Methodist Church for a number of years and lived across the street from our home.
We got to know Wayne and his brother Mike growing up and had many a good time together.
Wayne was always a kind and enjoyable person to be around.
His mother Ms Naomi played the piano for all the kids in the neighborhood and we loved it.
Prayers are with the family at this time of sorrow .

Barry Carpenter

February 15, 2021

Wayne is an outstanding example of a Christian gentleman. He exhibits the fruit of being filled with the Holy Spirit. It was my honor to share ministry with him a short while and I am most grateful to God. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ Wayne lives forever also. May Terri and all the family know the comfort of the Holy Spirit and take joy in the experience of a live well lived.
Sola Deo Gloria,
Barry K. Carpenter Sr.

Kathy Pierce

February 15, 2021

Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the ministry and witness of the Sigler family. Wayne sang the song he wrote for Terri at their wedding at OUR wedding for us, and we have always treasured that! His ministry at St. Giles in Richmond touched our lives in countless ways from the music he wrote or led or shared to the prayers he and Terri prayed for us and St. Giles to his powerful example! Our deepest sympathies go to Terri and all the family! Our hearts are with you!
Love,
Mark and Kathy Pierce, Stephen, Josiah, and families

Samantha Ammeter

February 14, 2021

I’ll never forget the times that I got to spend singing around the piano with Mr. Wayne, and playing in his orchestra. He gave a small 8th grader who needed some practice the chance to serve God through her passion in music. His voice leading a congregation or a massive choir still gives me tingles, even though I’ll only be able to hear it in videos now. Such a talented man with such a kind heart. He will be greatly missed.

MICHAEL PRINCE

February 14, 2021

Wayne was a good friend and eventhough I wasn’t formally trained he allowed me me to sing in the choir and I was very glad to have learned everything I could from Wayne. Bless you Wayne, I’ll never forget you.
In GODS LOVE, thank you
Michael

Charles Shepherd

February 14, 2021

When I was a young man Wayne,s father became my minister at First United Methodist Church in Georgiana, Al---at that time this family became and has been a part of my family's life...lately during this period that we had no services--my wife and I went to Frizer site each Sunday---As was said today answers will come forth in the future---I as so glad that the Sigler family and I crossed paths---Wayne keep singing and someday we will meet again---With Christ's love--Charles Shepherd & family....

FROM THE FAMILY