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Obituary - Alicia Nicole Wiggins
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Alicia Nicole Wiggins
METTER, Ga. -- Alicia Nicole Wiggins, age 49, tragically lost her long-term battle with addiction while in her home on Wednesday, April 07, 2021.
    “Nikki,” as everyone knew her, was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, Granny, niece, cousin and friend.
    Alicia was born in Chatham County on July 15, 1971, and raised in Bulloch County, Ga., for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Lewis Lander Wiggins of Twin City and Mary Fay Bradley of Statesboro.
    She is survived by her daughters, Amber Law (Brett Law) of Statesboro, Ga.; Amanda Small (Matthew McLean) of Manlius, N.Y.; Ashley Morgado of Claxton, Ga.; Tina Morgan (Adam Morgan) of Crossville, Tenn.; Tammy Small (EJ Morgan) of Cookeville, Tenn.; nieces, Christina Edwards (Carl Edwards) of Ellabell; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a beloved dog, Pistol.
    She is preceded in death by her brother, Lewis Allen Wiggins; grandson, Jesus Guadalupe Ruiz Rosado Small; and grandson, Ethan Dominic Peterson.
    In her sober years, Alicia found great joy and fulfillment in attending church at Macedonia Baptist Church, assisting as a “shampoo girl” at her mother’s hair salon, taking family trips to visit with her Granny Wiggins, singing to the top of her lungs and dancing around the house with her five daughters, making spontaneous and unplanned trips to swim in the Ogeechee River and spending countless girls' days at her mama’s filled with cooking, fixing hair and doing makeup.
    In her all too short life, she held a series of jobs, which ranged from homemaker, cashier, waitress and healthcare worker, but found her calling when she became a certified nursing assistant.
    Her disease never clouded her love and devotion towards helping others!
    In 2000, Alicia received her greatest achievement when the Lord promoted her from mama to granny. Despite her many challenges, through this blessing, she discovered a new purpose in life through her grandchildren and never desired for them to go a day without her alongside them.
    While many of her greatest traits remained present and celebrated until the bitter end, much of who she was became diminished over time as she was gripped by addiction at the young age of 25. Consequently, the last several years of her life marked a painstaking, heartbreaking and harrowing journey as she and her family battled her disease.
    In an attempt to bring meaning to her life, our family shares her honest testimony and hopes to save another life and allow her journey to have not been in vain.
    Visitation will be Sunday, April 11, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro, with a service beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the chapel. Interment will be private.
    Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, April 10, 2021
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