Carol Bonita Cook Wiggins
Nov. 16, 1958 – Feb. 15, 2021
Carol Bonita Cook Wiggins, was born on November 16, 1958 to John and Ella Mae Cook. She fell asleep suddenly and unexpectedly in death on Monday, February 15, 2021.
She is survived by her four children, Brittani (Jameel) Staten, Bryson Botts, Bethani (Davon) Jones, and Benjamin Botts; mother, Ella Cook; sisters, Gwendolyne (James) Pace and Betty Cook; brother John Kenneth (Lauren) Cook; three grandsons, Boston Kilgore, Mason and Princeton Jones; nieces, Tarie Pace and Jasmine Cook; nephews, Tierre J. Pace, Tamond (Danielle) Pace, Timothy (Corlette) Pace and John (Erin) Cook; great nephews, Tierre P. Pace, Tamond Pace Jr., Trevor Pace; great nieces, Kiersten Pace, NyEisha and TyEisha Moon, Summer Pace and Nia Rose Cook; one uncle, Charlie (Bari-Ellen) Ross; aunts, Shirley Chambliss, Odell Jones, Regenia (Jerone) Vessels, Geneva Powell, Ella Cook, Virginia Pair, Dorothy Pair and Mary Ruffin. Carol leaves behind many other relatives and close friends who loved her dearly and for whom she had a special fondness. She was preceded in death by her father, John T. Cook, Sr. and her husband, Calvin Wiggins.
Carol had a deep interest in spiritual things growing up. On March 17, 1973, she symbolized her personal dedication to God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She found great joy in her relationship with Jehovah God and took tremendous satisfaction in sharing the things she learned from the Bible with others. Her love for Jehovah and her desire to help others learn the marvelous truths from the Bible moved her to devote herself as a full-time Pioneer and volunteer Bible teacher in September 2010. She did this faithfully up until her death. She was also a LDC volunteer at the Richmond Virginia Assembly Hall where she enjoyed working in the Cleaning Department and making many friends. Her greatest joy was in seeing her children serving Jehovah and trusting in his promises. She loved her family immensely and made sure to spend quality time with her children, her mother, siblings and her grandchildren. In addition she created a space to love and cherish friends, congregation members, co-workers and those who appeared to be in need of an embrace; so to know Carol was to love Carol. Carol will also be remembered for her love of music, her beautiful singing voice, her sewing skills, her love of nature and plants, and for being hospitable. Carol loved to travel with her family and friends especially on their annual trips to Myrtle Beach and Disney World.
Carol will be greatly missed by all who knew her! We look forward to embracing her very soon in the paradise on earth (Psalms 37:11) when Jesus fulfills his promise at John 5:28,29, “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out … to a resurrection of life.”
Our Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, and Friend
You left us beautiful memories, your love will always be our guide,
We patiently await the day when you will be by our side.
Brittani, Bryson, Bethani, Benjamin
Boston, Princeton, Mason
Ella, Gwendolyne, John, and Betty
The family of Carol Cook Wiggins wish to thank all who provided prayers, cards, flowers, acts of kindness, comfort, phone calls, and assistance. We are grateful for your continued help as we navigate through the waves of emotions from the loss of our dear Carol.
We also offer a sincere thank you to
Affinity Funeral Service
2720 Enterprise Parkway
Richmond, VA 23294
To aunt Carol I can’t even express in words so much how much you meant to me my family my kids, we loved you sooooo much!!! I can’t wait to hug and embrace you in paradise!!! You are so right aunt carol as you always told me on our phone conversations we aren’t around the corner we are on the corner we will remember that, we are almost there!!!! So to the family from the chew family we love you all like family keep your heads up and know Jehovah has you and is holding your hand always. Joshua 1:9. Revelation 21:3,4.
Our hearts is full of love for our second family! From childhood to raising our own families, our friendship came full circle. Ella, Bet, Kenny and Doll, so much love we can’t express. Yes, we will see the day that we will never see our love ones leave us. Brittani, Bryson , Benjamin and Bethani, just a little while longer we wait for His fulfillment .
Margaret Robinson, Kat Robinson Beale, Celestine Robinson Lee and Wayne Robinson family.
Our hearts are heavy with sadness now. But we look forward to the reuniting of your wonderful family. To see all of you serving Jehovah for eternity is a promise from our God. We send you all our deep love.
Carol was like a second mother to my sister and I. Her smile and laugh will never be forgotten. My heart and thoughts are with the Cook/Botts/Pace family.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of my “sissy” Carol Wiggins. Our hearts are heavy. Carol will be deeply missed and will be forever remembered for her zeal in the ministry, singing , wholesome gatherings and making our family a part of hers! Carols love for Jehovah was undeniable and we look forward to seeing her very soon when our God Jehovah will bring her back to life! We love you. Revelation 21: 3, 4
A large whole of sadness with much pain and sorrow is within me . The sad new of Carol’s passing is a deep hurt, Carol and I enjoyed time together in the ministry and had the pleasure of drawing close to one another. I will miss her greatly but know I will see her again soon in the Beautiful Paradise that awaits us all
My heart weighs heavy at the loss of my spiritual sister and loving friend. Carol was always hospitable to all those she met. I will miss her dance moves, her cooking and friendship. I look forward to seeing her in the new world soon to come. My condolences and love goes out to her children and the rest of the entire family.
I had the privilege of knowing Carol and her family since the mid 1970″s. Being in the same congregation for many years afforded us the joy of sharing time with a wonderful person and Cook family. May our prayers, thoughts, and deeds of kindness continue to embrace the family at this most difficult time. All of us have memories but the most important is Jehovah’s because he has set a time to reunite Carol again with her immediate and Christian family. WE all welcome that joyous time.
With a heavy heart I write this message. I will truly miss my spiritual sister and a beautiful wonderful friend. Her hospitality, our times in the ministry and the one on one talks. It won’t be long now as this system near its end. Our condolences to the family. May Jehovah comfort each one of you. We send our love and prayers to the family.
Cecil and Michelle
My condolences goes out to Carol’s family, especially to her children and grandchildren. I send out prayers and my love to them all. We will soon see her and others just around the corner. May Jehovah give them all strength to get through this. I will miss her and her contagious smile.
My heart hurt when I heard the news of Carol passing. I send my condolences to her family. May the wonderful memories you all created with Carol bring you comfort during this time. Her beautiful smile and kind words will be missed. We all wait for the day when Jehovah destroys sickness and death. Revelation 21:3-4
Barbara and I were sorry to hear about Sister Wiggins. We remember her. One of the vivid memories was her faithful field service activity
May the family know that you are in our thoughts and prayers
All who knew Carol are experiencing tremendous sadness at this time of loss. From the many weekends I spent at her home, I fondly remember her being so involved with what we were doing, helping us with dance routines, providing homemade pizza to get us fed and happy. I saw firsthand how much she loved being a mom; she truly cherished her beautiful children. In 2016 I had the privilege of attending Pioneer School with Carol. As passionate as she was about being a mother she was just as passionate about her ministry.
The entire family is in my thoughts and prayers, but especially Brittani, Bryson, Bethani, Ben, and her precious grandchildren. We all look forward to the backyard parties we’ll have in the New World to come. Just a little while longer, we’ll dance, and bake pizza, and enjoy her infectious laugh for an eternity. ❤️🙏🏾
It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I have known the Cook family since the late 70s. I was living in Tucson when I got the truth. On trips home to visit my relatives,I Iearned of a Kingdom Hall nearby (Ellwood and Thompson).
It is there that I met my spiritual family, the Cooks. Carol and I hit it off from the beginning. We attended assemblies together. We had children around the same ages. And, recently, before the pandemic, we were “walking buddies.”
I will miss her smile, that infectious laugh and her sense of humor. On one of our walks through Maymont, we came upon a deer in the woods that started to follow us! Before I knew it, Carol had not only passed me, but was steadily pulling away! Later when we felt safe, we both had a good laugh and decided on a different route.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family members. I love you all and wait eagerly for Jehovah’s promise at John 5: 28, 29 to be fulfilled.
Mrs Cook and Family, sending condolences, and I pray God/Jehovah will grant you and your family peace and understanding during this difficult time.
With a heavy heart. She will be greatly missed 😢.
My heart grieves for the family. Death has a powerful sting but not strong enough to keep Jehovah from overcoming it. I miss Carol’s smile, laugh and giving spirit. I will also miss our weekly telephone witnessing together. Soon we all will be able to reunite with Carol and tell her how Jehovah brought the end to this old system and embrace her endlessly. Until then May Jehovah strengthen you all to endure the difficult days ahead. Psalms 34:19
Our condolences to all the family. In the few short years we knew Carol she made a lasting impact on our family. Like with many others she opened her home and welcomed us on many occasions. Always doing something for others and making sure you left happy and with a full tummy. Her smile, love for others, love for Jehovah, positive attitude, and kindness will be dearly missed. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May Jehovah give you the strength to endure these most challenging times.
The Bryant Family
How thankful I am for Jehovah’s promise to see and hug Carol again. When we moved to VA, 1994, we learned we shared common interests sewing, cooking, decorating, shared tips that drew us close. 16 years later we started pioneering and were early morning preaching partners. We shared many experiences and laughs together. She had an infectious laugh and sense of humor I look forward to hearing soon. We extend our condolences to the family and look forward to seeing your Mom, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Niece again, when ‘no resident will say, I am sick’ (Isaiah 33:24)
Carol will be missed for so many reasons. We all have benefited from her fine example as a Mother, Sister and Daughter. Her hospitality and warm smile. We all hurt for the family, yet we still have a measure of joy in our hearts knowing that Carol is resting now and will soon awaken to a much better world. Brittani, Bryson , Benjamin and Bethani, be assured you will see your mother again soon. I know it feels like the pain is too much at times, but trust me, if you rely on Jehovah for strength, you will feel better as time passes by. Please be assured of our Love and prayers for your whole family. Rev 21:3,4. Conn
It is with aching hearts that we looked back on fond memories of Carol. I have known her and the family since she was a little girl. Had the joy of seeing her immediate family grow up.
She loved the ministry and trained her children to do the same, demonstrating their love for Jehovah.
I recalled working with her one time and she had one of the children in a baby carriage going from door to door. She was not going to pass up the privilege of service to her God Jehovah.
We love her and will miss her. My Jehovah comfort the family. Looking forward to seeing her again soon.
We don’t know how to start. 😪Everyone has expressed such beautiful words that sound just like Carol . Jimmy and Shirley have known her a lot longer than I . Every story sounds like the beautiful sentiments of the dear friends. Quiet, ministry loving, wonderful mother, sister,aunt, daughter, grandmother etc. When I met Carol , we were assigned to the ministry together. She said , it was nice to work with you . I normally work with my family. She loved her family. We talked about our children. We both LOVE! our children. Carol was elegant,
stylish, attractive and down right Sharp!! I believe she had a dress coat for every out fit. More importantly she was a spriutal woman . Never missing from the meetings, Professional at telephone wittnessing in our group on Saturday . We loved her. We will miss her turn talking on the phone. We will miss her getting her coffee during our groups ” Wawa Break” She generously fixed me a feast when I was sick recently. Her corn pudding was , well I can get a little wordy. ” Delicious ” I spoke with Carol when she came home from the hospital ” De’Vonne she said , it feels so good to be in my bed. Shortly she will get up and feel so rested. And yes I plan on getting my corn pudding again. Jimmy , Shirley & I sincerely pray for each one of you by name . Pray that Jehovah will provide you all with more strength. Sincerely The Thomas Family.
Carol was extremely beautiful inside and out. Her infectious smile was contagious, her sense of humor was unique. No one could make things as funny as Carol could. Her last text to me was “ I feel so loved by the many calls and texts I have received “.Soon Carol will be back in the loving care of her family and friends. May Jehovah God comfort her children,Mother,sisters and brother and friends. 2 Thessalonians 3:16.
Our condolences to the family. To know Carol was to love her. She had so many beautiful, endearing qualities. At the top of the list was her abundant love for Jehovah and her family and her zeal for the ministry. What a wonderful example she set for us. We know all too well the sting that the death of a loved one causes. As mentioned in previous comments, it hurts and it hurts deeply. But Jehovah will sustain you and comfort your aching heart. Continue to lean on him and trust that he WILL fulfill his promise to reunite us with our loved ones by means of the resurrection. Until that time comes, may Jehovah safeguard you and grant you the peace and strength that you need to endure this difficult time. Much love.
Carol was very special. She was uplifting and I always enjoyed working in the ministry with her. She was kind and hospitable. She took 3 John 8 to heart in showing hospitality to her sisters and brothers. She will be dearly missed, but not for long. We will see her as well as all our love ones that have fallen asleep soon. John 11:11. May Jehovah continue to strengthen and bless her dear family.
Gale Hudson & Family
To the Cook Family ,The Botts Family, The Pace Family, The Vessels and Chambliss Family and so many others, we are sadden to lose such a vibrant and sweet soul,but Jehovah’s promise of the resurrection helps to soothe our heavy hearts. May Jehovah the God of Comfort provide needed comfort at this time… Her loyalty to Jehovah and our fond memories of Carol over the years will not be forgotten..
To the Cook, Pace, Botts, Staten, and Jones families, I am so deeply sorry and grieved by your loss. Carol always had a kind word and a warm smile when she greeted people. I will always remember her love of timeless fashion and her love of vintage hats. She will be missed. Rest my sweet sister.
What a blessing it was to have had Carol as my spiritual sister and friend. She just made it so easy to love her.
I have many wonderful memories of her, but the most memorable ones were the spiritual ones. She loved Jehovah and the ministry.
I remember Pre-Covid days working in service with Carol and Brittani, and our driver Al. We sisters would be be eating our snacks (rabbit food) as Al called it. Carol would offer Al a snack, but he would smile and say no thank you. So Carol figured out how to get Al to stay out longer and even continue driving for us. She would say ok if you stay out with us we’ll stop and get you a “Wawa” sandwich, and somehow it always worked. She even knew which one he liked!
Carol had a great sense of humor, enjoyed doing whatever she could for the friends and loved spending time with her family.
To Sis Cook, her children, siblings, grandchildren and the rest of her family, we know you feel pain and sadness at the loss of Carol, but
May Jehovah comfort you until she wakes up again with her beautiful smile, and then we can all welcome her back.
Rosanne & Al
My condolences to the family.
Sending my love and prayer to Carol’s children and family. My heart is so heavy losing a dear friend. Carol and I loved talking about Jevoah. She loved her family dearly. She was truly a woman of God and a special friends. I will miss our bible study , laughs and conversations. I will never forget you were there for me during my illness praying for me , encouraging with Jevoah words. My dearest friend you were like a sister to me. We will see each other again you are only sleeping now until Jevoah wakes you up. Carol your memories will remain with me.
Such sad and stunning news!! We send our heartfelt sympathies to all Carol’s loved ones. Please know that we are thinking of you all and hope you treasure the special memories of beloved Carol. She will be dearly missed!
With our love and prayers,
Grace, Guy, Jaret & Tammy
(2 Corinthians 1:2 – 4)
Our prayers and condolences to the Botts, Cook, & Pace Family . Carol will be deeply missed . Carol was talented in so many areas : sewing , gardening , decorating , and cooking . I loved attending her social gatherings and engaging in conversations about her gardening and flowers . She was such a gentle and easy person to talk to . She was also an excellent seamstress. I complimented her on a coat and suit that she was wearing and inquired if she purchased the attire from Nordstrom ; Carol informed me that she sewed the outfit /coat herself and I almost dropped to the floor . The outfit was meticulously made . She was also the best hostess that made sure that you did not leave her home without an additional plate for the next day .My daughter was especially fond of cooking and would eagerly asked if Carol had prepared her spaghetti salad . In my daughter’s eyes “ no one could prepare spaghetti salad like Carol. Carol loved Jehovah and her family immensely . This was so evident by the tender care that she provided to her children, grandchildren , siblings , family members, and to her spiritual brothers and sisters . It made me smile to see how she would wrapped her grandchildren in her arms and rock them to sleep . I am so so grateful to the Pace , Cook, and Botts family for sharing Carol with my family and I . I look forward to seeing Carol again and her beautiful smile .
Felicia & Family
We send our Love and Sympathy to the whole family on this difficult time and we pray to Jehovah for comfort for all of you. When we met Carol we immediately felt like we knew her for a very long time. She was always loving and warm and keeping the young ones in mind, they felt her love for sure. Her smile and laugh was so contagious. Her love for Jehovah and the ministry was always very encouraging and she was such an amazing example to all who knew her. I remember how much she liked my food and Cuban coffee and wanted to cook my rice and beans for Boston because he liked it so much. We’ll keep our memories with her like a treasure. Looking forward to have some Cuban coffee soon when all this pain and sorrow will be erased by Jehovah in the new system.
To the Cook, Pace, Botts, Staten, and Jones families, I am so deeply sorry and grieved by your loss. Carol always had a kind word and a warm smile when she greeted people. I will always remember her love of timeless fashion and her love of vintage hats. She will be missed. Rest my sweet sister. My prayers go to Jehovah for each family member. He will be your strength.
To the family of Carol Wiggins…my sympathy and loving thoughts are with you as you endure this distressing time. I was shocked and saddened to hear that Carol died suddenly. I did not know her well but on every visit to Richmond I had the opportunity to speak with her and on several occasions share in the ministry with her. I look forward to getting to knew her well in the coming New World when we will all share many happy days. My prayers are with the family that Jehovah with continue to comfort and support you until that time.
Monica /Jasmine Willis & Chisolm Family
We moved from Richmond back in 1996 but I’ve kept up with Carol’s dear sister, Gwen, who gave me the heartbreaking news. On the positive, Carol continued to “glow” of love, kindness, hospitality and spirituality. Not only will she remain in our individual memories, but most importantly, Carol will be in Jehovah’s memory. Only Jehovah can mend our broken hearts forever when He ushers in The New System. Then we will happily welcome back our loved ones. What a time that will be! Our tears of pain will become tears of joy. Imagine…it won’t be long, family…it’s just around the corner…!
Our heartfelt prayers go out to the Cook/Botts/Pace Family
With Love, The Willis & Chisolm Family
What can I say? I am so deeply saddened to hear of Carols passing. As it has been said, to know Carol was to love her. How true that is! When I was about 19 years old in the West Congregation…I would work with Carol in service in the heat of summer. I genuinely had so much fun with her…very easy to talk to…I immediately felt comfortable. She was one of the people who really influenced me to get out there and give Jehovah my best . Her zeal for the ministry was so evident in the way she lived ❤️❤️. To the family: Until that grand day when you and all who love her are reunited again (which is coming very soon) ..you all are truly in my waking thoughts and prayers. Love to each and everyone of you ❤️
To the Family of Carol Wiggins and Family our prayers are with you
My condolences to her family and Ms Gwen I’m going to truly miss seeing that smile and she was a wonderful and kind person I can’t wait to see you again in paradise
Love you always my dear friend💗💗💗💗
I moved to Richmond in 2012 and was drawn to Carol’s infectious smile and warm personality. Although, we were in different congregations, we greeted each other before field service in mornings and after meeting when our paths crossed. I had an opportunity to join her in the ministry one afternoon. She had a way of making you a friend. I will miss her. My heart felt sympathy goes out to her children, her mother and the rest of her family. Jehovah’s promise of the resurrection of our love ones is just around the corner. Can’t wait for her warm embrace!
I once asked Jehovah, WHY, after so many years of dealing with death we STILL have a hard time accepting it? Ecclesiastes 3:11, gave me the answer. In part it says, “he has put eternity in our hearts.” We were not created to die, so we are not designed to accept death, it just isn’t part of our makeup. So as the tears rolled down my face when I heard about Carol, and is rolling down my face now, I THANK Jehovah for blessing me with the opportunity of getting to know her. Jehovah has gradually been replacing my grief and pain with my BEAUTIFUL memories. Memories of just the two of us hanging out at her house, of our shopping, eatting, relaxing at Myrtle Beach together, our deep conversations in the ministry, and the many secrets we shared, etc. We found times to laugh, times to vent, and then times to laugh some more. Those times may be in the past, but those memories will forever be with me. May we all cherish and embrace our individual memories of Carol.
To ALL of Carol’s family, PLEASE know, our heart is with you and our prayers for you.
Carol and Willis Jones
Carol was a truly beautiful friend, who loved Jehovah and the ministry. I will miss her so much. Till we see her again, I will cherish fond memories of her.
To the family of Carol, I am so deeply grieved by the lost of
My dear friend. We text each other up until 4:52 on Sunday
February 14, 2021. I had no idea that would be our last for
Now. I love her so much. We could talk about anything. But
I will say this, I eagerly await you resurrection. We created a lot
Of beautiful memories.
To the Cook and Pace families: my heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with you and your family. I know you join me in looking forward to the fulfillment of 1 Corinthians, chapter 15, especially verse 54 when “Death is swallowed up forever.”
Our hearts go out to the family of Carol. We are very close to the time when all in Jehovah’s memory will be brought back in the resurrection. Rejoice in that Carol served Jehovah to the end. Draw close to each other and to Jehovah.
Carol was a wonderful person, with a sweet loving personality. I have known her since we were young children. I have never known her to be anything else but kind. Carol loved Jehovah, her family and her friends with My her heart. She was passionate about teaching others the truth from God’s Word and she lived by those Truths. My last conversation with her just days before her passing are etched in my mind. Her text message ended with “Love you, Mary.” She played a vital part in so many lives and will be truly missed; but only for a short while. Jehovah will surely reward someone who loved Him and others so much with the gift of everlasting life. We all long for that day.
To the Family of Carol Wiggins May Jehovah give you strength to endure all things. We serve a GOD who keeps his promises. We must have Faith that we will soon see our dear sister again soon. Hold on Family to his hand and his promises . It won’t be long.
To the family of Carol Wiggins, Carol and I was into Roosters at one time, we had them in our kitchen and we had so much fun talking about our Roosters, she even made me a Rooster Apron. I am going to miss her. Hold on to Jehovah’s right hand. You are in my heart and prayers.
To the family of Carol.
Please accept my condolences for all of you. I pray our God Jehovah will bring you comfort in this most difficult time. Carol was like a sister to me. Back in our Medicare days we walked every day. There were so many, laughs,talks of our families and precioustime we spenttogether. She was very special to me in so many ways. May Carol rest in peace with all the angels. I love you my friend.
We just learned of Carol’s passing yesterday when speaking with her beautiful Mother, Mrs. Cook and Betty, Carol’s sister. Carol was a sweet, kind, unassuming soul who loved our Creator and her family. May she rest in God’s arms forever. Blessings and prayers for the Cook family, especially her awesome children, beautiful Mother and siblings. So very sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. Bless you all.
Memories are never forgotten. Carol has her name in the book of life and she is always in God’s memory.
Rocky and Cheryl