Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Odes Elbert Dwiggins, Jr., of Stuttgart, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021, surrounded by family. He was 86 years young.
Odes was born on September 1, 1934, in Rector, Arkansas to Odes and Mary Viola Dwiggins. He and his family soon moved to Amity, Arkansas where he spent his youth.
When Odes was 14 years old, he was saved and has been a faithful servant of the Lord ever since. He always pointed his family and his friends to Jesus. His favorite scripture was, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7). His family rests assured in this promise, and knows that Thursday evening the Lord told Odes, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
He attended Ouachita Baptist University, before proudly serving our country for eight years; two years in the Army, four years in the National Guard and two years in the Army Reserve. He also is retired from a long career with Equifax.
In 1955, he met the love of his life, Nancy Jo Ridgdill. They were married in 1956 and were inseparable for their 65 years of marriage.
Odes was a dedicated husband first and foremost. His wife, Nancy, was the greatest treasure of his life. He adored his children and made sure to lead them all through their lives. He especially loved his role as Pappaw and embraced every moment he got to spend with his grandchildren. He had a contagious smile, wonderful personality and always made the people around him laugh. He could (and did) make friends everywhere he went.
He was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Stuttgart where he served as a deacon and fulfilled his greatest ministry of being a Sunday school teacher for over 40 years.
He is preceded in death by parents, Odes Elbert Dwiggins and Mary Viola Dwiggins; and brother, Jimmy Dwiggins.
Odes is survived by loving wife, Nancy Ridgdell Dwiggins; children, Stephen Dwiggins (Beth) of Fort Smith, Sharon House (Troy) of Stuttgart and Richard Dwiggins (April) of Little Rock; grandchildren, Lucas House (Cody) of Gould, Tori Raab (David) of Stuttgart, Christopher Dwiggins of Fort Smith, Becca, and Leslie Dixon of Little Rock; brothers Gerald Dwiggins and Terry Dwiggins, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends who all loved him very much.
There will be a visitation Monday, June 14, 2021, at 1:00 pm and funeral promptly after at 2:00 at First Baptist Church Stuttgart. Memorials to be made to First Baptist Church Stuttgart and Pass on Joy in Stuttgart.