2 Timothy 4: 7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Sis. Juanita Rowes Wiggins was born on February 14, 1962 to the late Mrs. Martha Brown Scriven and the late Mr. Malachi Riles, and raised by the late Mr. James Scriven Sr. in Walterboro, SC. Sis. Wiggins attended and graduated from Colleton County High School. In 1994, Juanita married the late Mr. Willie Fred Wiggins and they were blessed to raise 6 children.
Juanita was employed with the Colleton County School district serving as a custodian at Walterboro High School, as well as the district office. Juanita always had a heart of gold and loved caring for people, especially those in need, therefore she furthered her education at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie in Walterboro, where she majored in nursing. Juanita cared for many families for many years, and transported patients to and from appointments out of the kindness of her heart thus giving her the opportunity to work for Owl Transportation continuing to do what she loved caring for others. Juanita worked in the healthcare field for many years up until her health failed. Juanita was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars International Masons Abigail No. 8 of Smoaks, SC, as well as served on her high school alumni committee as the assistant treasurer.
As a young child Juanita accepted Christ as her Savior and became a member of Rock of Ages C.M.E church in Walterboro, SC and later moved her membership to the United House of Prayer for All People, becoming the General Secretary at the young age of 15. Sis. Wiggins served in the capacity of General Secretary for 43 years.
There are so many ways to describe Juanita. She was loving, caring, the rock of her family, a pilar in her community, and a virtuous woman. When it came to auxiliaries in the House of Prayer Juanita was not only the general secretary, she was also a true Queen. No other auxiliary fit her better, she walked like a queen, spoke like a queen, dressed like a queen, and was a highly respected and resilient woman. These qualities were not only displayed with her church but also in the community, leading Juanita to feed the hungry, open her doors to those in need, and lend a helping hand to those who were sick. Juanita was so kind she made sure that those she cared for up until her passing still had meals even if she went without.
Along with Juanita’s parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and husband, she is also preceded in death by her great-grand daughter angel Da’Riyah Rowes.
John 13: 34
A New Commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
On Saturday December 26, 2020 Juanita Rowes Wiggins accepted the final call of her assignment on this side.
Juanita leaves to cherish her loving memories her children Charlene (Eld. Elvin) Parks, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Jermaine (S’Arellar) Rowes, Columbia, SC; Keivy Rowes, Walterboro, SC; Keion Rowes, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Reginald Middleton, Walterboro, SC; and Chadwick Wiggins, Atlanta, GA. Juanita also cared for and raised a special niece, Whitney (Terence) Stephens, Walterboro, SC as well as Alfred Ferguson Jr., Marietta, GA, and LaShonda (Willie) Williams, Covington, GA. Her beloved grandchildren whom were dear to her heart: Dar’rell Rowes, Jaa’Vonte Garden, Ja’Mani Rowes, Danita Rowes, Sha’Myrah Rowes, and Ja’Kayla Rowes. She also had a special grandchild, Jace Smith. Three sisters: Annette Brown, and Vera Ford of Walterboro, SC and Waliyyah Smith, Stone Mountain, GA. Two brothers: Johnny Pauls, Atlanta, GA and James Scriven Jr. Walterboro, SC. Eight aunts: Janie Vandyke, Mary Robertson, Betty Brown, Pearl Salley, Rebecca Kelly, Lorraine Brown, Edith Green all of Walterboro, SC and Elaine Govan of Brooklyn, NY. Three sisters-in-law: Henrietta Young, Walterboro, SC, Bernadette (George) Smith, Rochester, NY and Valerie Hamilton of Fort Myers, FL; Juanita’s beloved Godsons: Preston Brown, Sean McMillian, DeAndre Brown, Marchale Walker Jr., Kalip Stevens, and Denzel Stevens;
A special daughter Pamela Garvin, Hampton, SC, two special caregivers: Mrs. Jeanette Smith and Mrs. Renee Jenkins. To also cherish her memories are several nieces, nephews and close friends.
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