COL John A. Whigham, 79, of Dublin, Georgia died Thursday 5th of December at his home in Laurens County surrounded by his family members.
Visitation and Memorial Service will be held Saturday 14 December at 1:00 PM at Townsend Brothers Funeral Home in Dublin with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating. Burial will be private at the Chattanooga National Military Cemetery.
COL Whigham was a thirty year Army combat veteran. He earned his commission through the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School. He was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College and held an MBA from Central Michigan University. He was a Master Parachutist. COL Whigham served two combat tours in Vietnam, supported other military operations in Central America and was assigned to duty throughout the United States and Europe. He retired in 1988 after serving as the 15 Signal Brigade Commander at Fort Gordon, GA. He and his wife, Dr. Rebecca Kincaid Whigham, moved to Dublin in 1989 where he established Whigham Construction Company and other business interests. John was a former Rotarian, both a Paul Harris and Will Watt Fellow. He was a member of the Dublin Country Club, the Elks Club and the Moose Lodge.
COL Whigham was a Patriot who loved and fiercely defended his country. He treasured freedom and knew well its cost. He loved God. He was dedicated to his family; a true and loyal friend to many. He was a generous man.
John was an avid reader, a student of history and a world traveler. He was passionate about preserving and improving his historic Laurens County property “Springfield”.
COL Whigham was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Otis R. Whigham of Eastman, Georgia. He is survived by his wife Dr. Rebecca Kincaid Whigham and his sons Scott Whigham (Heather) of Nashville, TN and Jeff Whigham (Joanie) of Brunswick, GA, his grandsons Jeffery Whigham, Brighton Whigham and Quinn Whigham. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Mescher (Mike) of Athens, GA and brothers Mick Whigham of Atlanta and Dr. Charles Whigham (Cheryl) of Cumming, brother in law LTC James R Kincaid (Sheila) of Chattanooga, TN and sister in law Nancy Bettis Kincaid of Rockwood, TN as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,TN 38105 or The Salvation Army, 2378 US 80, Dublin, GA 31021.
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