Howard Dee Wigley, Jr., formerly of Mexia, passed away April 21, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 72. A graveside service, with Military Honors, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 25, 2021 in the Forest Glade Cemetery with Pastors Elijah and Takiya Arevalo officiating. Brandon Walton, Scottie Clark, Jerry Gross, Eddie McQuaide, Ryan Ross, Sharrae Warneke, Curtis Reed, and Robin Dabney will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Hayden McQuaide and Ascension DeLeon.
Howard was born January 23, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Howard Dee and Mary Evelyn (Henry) Wigley. After graduating high school, Howard served his country, during the Vietnam War, as a U.S. Marine from September 14, 1967 until June 21, 1971.
Howard worked as a truck driver for several years, prior to going to work at the Mexia State School, and, also, working part time at the Mexia Daily News at the same time. While working at the MSS, he learned to crochet, after accepting the challenge of being told he could not do it. He learned to do it very well and could crochet most anything anyone wanted.
As a young man, Howard was interested in guns and motorcycles; he especially liked the Harley motorcycle. He always had a good sense of humor. He also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, working puzzle books, playing solitaire and other card games on the computer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Mary Wigley; wife, Judy Wigley; and daughter, Leeanna Sneed.
Howard is survived by his daughter, Shashanna Warneke and husband Michael; son, Shane Wigley; grandchildren, Sharrae Warneke and fiancé, Curtis Reed, Michala Warneke, Melianna Melody Marie Wigley, and Montgomery Deean Brewer; sister, Mary Lee, aunt, Alma Stapp; nephew, Scottie Clark; and nieces, Cheleen McQuaide and Jennifer Clark.