Sgt Maj Wilbur Thomas Duggins

Sgt Maj Wilbur Thomas Duggins

Carlisle, Lonoke County, Arkansas, USA
Death 15 Apr 2011 (aged 75)
Lebanon Junction, Bullitt County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Radcliff, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 68416377 · View Source
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Wilbur Thomas Duggins, 75, of Lebanon Junction, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at his home.

He is survived by his divorced spouse, Gloria Jane Duggins of Radcliff; two sons, Johnny Edward Duggins (Lori) of Greenville, S.C., and Michael Wane Duggins of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Cynthia Ann Chappell and Carolyn Jane Duggins, both of Elizabethtown; five grandsons, Timothy Chappell (Jackie), Craig Chappell, David Chappell, Blake Rouse and Weston Rouse; a granddaughter, Anna Davenport; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Peggy Walker of North Little Rock, Ark.; several nephews and nieces in Arkansas and Arizona; and a close friend and companion the last several years of his life, Susan Crady.

He is predeceased by his father, John Clarence Duggins; his mother, Lillian Nichols; a brother, Charles Duggins; a sister, Faye "Sissy" Barker; and his stepfather, Clarence "Gus" Nichols.

Born the son of a sharecropper in Carlisle, Ark., on April 17, 1935, he dropped out of high school after two years to join the U.S. Army at age 14. He had a brilliant military career, having been stationed in Fort Kobbe, Panama Canal Zone, multiple military locations in Germany, Fort Knox and serving two tours in Cu Chi, Vietnam with the 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary. He was one of the Army's youngest Sergeant Majors at age 30 and he was heavily decorated. While in Vietnam, he received numerous medals including Silver and Bronze stars and Purple Hearts for his bravery and commitment to being an outstanding soldier. He cared deeply for his commanding officers and the men he was responsible for. After 20 years of service, he retired in January 1970 to go on to successful careers in real estate and forming his own construction company in Radcliff. He was a Radcliff City councilman for two years, and he helped establish the Lincoln Trail Homebuilders Association, where he served as president.

Wilbur was an avid fisherman, and he owned a place on Barren River. He oftentimes took family members with him on fishing trips and he usually ended up catching the most fish. Of course, he was in charge of the trolling motor, so he did tend to guide the boat into the fishing hole first with two baited hooks ready to catch the first fish, while the others toward the back of the boat were waiting to get closer to the action. One of his best days was at Lake Conway in Arkansas when he took his older sister and oldest son fishing. Within two hours, the group caught more than 100 crappie. Filleting crappie and having a fish fry was one of his life's best moments.

Wilbur will always be known as a man with very modest roots, strong values and discipline, outgoing demeanor and being a good provider and loving father. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and those who served with him in the U.S. Army.

The funeral is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the chapel of Coffey & Chism Funeral Home in Vine Grove. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 68416377
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Maj Wilbur Thomas Duggins (17 Apr 1935–15 Apr 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 68416377, citing Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Gina Reardon-Gaddis (contributor 46772796) .