Jessie Mae Wigfall

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Jessie Mae Wigfall was born October 18, 1929. She and her sister Juanita were born to the union of B.F. and Wilma Little of Sumrall, Mississippi. Jessie was very young when she lost her Father. Her Mother, Wilma, relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she met and married Walter D. Jackson, Sr., and had four sons. Jessie was the oldest of the six children. Jessie was proceeded in death by her Father, Step-Father, who she called Dad, Mother, Sister and her loving husband, Frank Wigfall Sr. On March 3, 2020 this thoughtful, strong-willed, faithful and God fearing spirit of our dear sister went home to be with her Savior.

Jessie M. Little married Frank Wigfall, Sr. September 10, 1949 and to this union were born two daughters, Terry R. and Susan M. Wigfall and one son Frank Wigfall, Jr. Jessie and Frank Wigfall shared their lives together sixty-four years. Jessie was an energetic and generous person, with a very strong personality and incredible sense of humor. Jessie was a very protective Mother who raised her family to believe in God and understand the importance of strong family values. Jessie loved to travel and had a love for classical music which she shared with her family by ensuring that all of her children and many grandchildren learned to play the piano. One of Jessie’s philosophies was, “you are never too old to learn”. She went back to school, was an avid reader, loved to write poetry and studied piano for many years at Capital University. Over the years, she participated in numerous piano recitals that were sponsored by her teachers at Capital. She loved to share what she learned with others and taught free piano lessons to adults and children who expressed interest. Jessie retired from Franklin County MRDD with over 30 years of service driving large passenger school buses for special needs children and adults. Besides music, Jessie also loved to cook. From time to time she would cater events such as weddings. You were never going to be hungry in her presence. She was an amazing chef, known for preparing the most delicious spreads of food, and often times bringing those dishes to the MRDD staff, who looked forward to her Hungarian cabbage rolls. Jessie had a special connection to children and loved to talk and work with them in church. Jessie was passionate and vocal about politics. She was proud of the opportunity to witness the first African American President and actively championed for his election. She did so by taking close family members to the polls and standing in the long lines to ensure they would be able to cast the ballots that would make history. She also loved her community, was active in block watch activities, police advocacy and loved Buckeye football.

Sister Wigfall loved the Lord and was a devoted member of the Wayne Avenue Church of God congregation for over 55 years where she was considered one of the Matriarchs. She was faithful in many capacities down through the years including, singing in the choir, teaching children in Sunday and Vacation Bible schools, helping in the kitchen and serving as a Deaconess. She loved to share her writings with the church in both song and verse. Jessie loved to share with others her message about what God had done for her and was instrumental in helping lead others to him. She attended Sunday school and church services until recently, when her health no longer permitted her to do so.

Jessie will be greatly missed by her family members and many friends. Her encouraging words, positive attitude and her love of church and family will remain in our hearts forever as a guiding light for the principals that she taught and lived by. Celebrating Jessie’s life and legacy and cherishing her memory are her children; daughter Terry R. Wigfall (Arlington, Texas), Susan M. Wigfall (Columbus, Ohio) and Frank Wigfall Jr. (Columbus, Ohio). Four Brothers: Walter D. (Mary) Jackson, Jr. (Huber Heights, Ohio), James N. Jackson (San Jose, California), Levester R. Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) and Reginald A. (Nancy) Jackson, Sr. (Columbus, Ohio). Jessie also leaves to cherish her memory six Grand Children, eight Great Grand Children, nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Church of God, 116 S. Wayne Ave.

Interment at Sunset Cemetery

Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to the family. In times of distress we need comfort that soothes our hearts. May the peace of God guard your hearts. With caring thoughts.

  2. Markette (Holmes) Hatch

    Dear Frank, Terry and Susan:

    We will truly miss, Mrs. Wigfall, our long time family friend and neighbor. Her faithful service to God and to her immediate and church family, will always be remembered. Her rose garden, her music and her love of teaching others about the truths of God’s word, the Bible, will also be remembered. There is so much that I can say about our dear family friend.
    May your hearts be comforted by the many fond memories that she has left with you, her precious children.

    • Thank You To the Holmes family, for the kind words, for being great neighbors for many years.
      Mom thought very highly of your family.It touched me when i saw your mom and mine hugging .
      Each other I miss her voice and everything about her ,there is a void in my heart like i lost
      a part of me,

  3. Cathy Rodriguez

    Deepest condolences to Frank, Terry, Susan and the entire Jackson and Wigfall family. Mom Jessie is 90 years young, in heaven now with our Lord Jesus. Such a kind, loving, gracious Mom, bible scholar, and friend. Also a very talented pianist who played her last annual recital in Aug 2019. I always enjoyed our Long talks about Gods goodness then her prayers and hopes for her family to know, love, and serve our Lord. Mom Jessie I await our heavenly reunion. Rest in Abba Fathers loving arms.

  4. Condolences to Frank, Terry and Susan from Jeff and Kathy Corbin. Although we moved away over fifty years ago, our families remained friends. God bless you in the days ahead.

  5. Jerome Gaines

    Our prayers are with the family during this trying time.

    With love, your great great nephew and extended family in South Carolina.

  6. Ferishteh Vaughn

    My condolences to the family. She was first introduced to me as Mrs. Wigfall and as I got to know her, she then became my Sister. It was a great honor to have meet her, I will truily will miss her.

  7. Cathy Rodriguez

    Mom Jessie it has been a year now that you have been in heaven with our Lord and Dad and Grandmom and now Frank Jr has come to join you all. You all have left an imprint on my heart that blossoms like a flower as I remember our talks and praying together. I Will meet you there, when Father God calls me home. Until then know that You are missed, remembered, and loved.

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