|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1847|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1929|
Friday January 25, 1929, Blytheville Ark Courier News
Oliver Sanford Wigley Long a Resident of Community Died Monday
Bassett, Ark., Oliver Sanford Wigley, Confederate veteran known and loved by everyone in and around Bassett, is dead. His strength lessened by advancing age, he was unable to withstand an attack of influenza, and died early Monday morning following a brief illness.
Mr. Wigley died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.M. Bell of Bassett, with whom he had made his home in recent years.
Born at Savannah, Ga., August 27, 1848, Mr. Wigley came to northeast Arkansas with his father at an early age and made his home here ever since. He served with the Confederate army during the civil war and could recall clearly many incidents of the struggle. His mental faculties were considered unusually active for a person of his advanced age, and remained so up until his death.
Mr Wigley first married a Miss Bennett, daughter of Capt. Bennett. Three daughters of this marriage survive, Mrs. C.M. Bell and Mrs. P.G. Noack of Bassett and Mrs E.N. Swepston, Memphis.
In later years he married Miss Ella Ashburn. Two sons, Oliver Jr., Memphis and Jesse of Bassett were born of this union. Besides the five children Mr. Wigley is survived by eight grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren
The old soldier was greatly beloved by the little children of the community among who he had a wide acquaintance.
Funeral services and burial were held from the church he joined in early manhood, Louise Chapel at Bardstown, and were conducted by the Rev. E.K. Sewell of the Marion Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Weaver of the Joiner Methodist church. Sam Cable, undertaker at Osceola, had charge of the arrangements. Active pallbearers were A.L. Suitt, Joe Miller, Calvin Williams, Brynn Barkett, Lee Long, Hilliard Smith and John Orr Kelly.
Savannah Bennett Wigley (1850 - 1877)
Florida Ann Wigley Bell (1870 - 1937)*
Mamie F. Wigley Swepston (1870 - 1931)*
Georgia F. Wigley Noack (1875 - 1955)*
Louise Chapel Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 35.52442, -90.1581
Created by: Jan Wigley
Record added: Mar 22, 2010
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