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James Wm "Bill" Waggener

October 2, 1937 ~ March 21, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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James Waggener Obituary

James Wm. Waggener Sr. passed away peacefully at his home in Manchester, KY on March 21, 2023. Born October 2, 1937 in Burgin, Kentucky, he was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Ford Waggener and was the son of the late Wm. Howard and Ruth Green Waggener. Bill was also preceded in death by a sister Francis (Othniel) Alsop and a brother Guilford (Nancy) Waggener. He was a graduate of Burgin Independent School District and a lifetime member of the Burgin Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, trustee, treasurer, Sunday School teacher and pulpit committee member. He made multiple mission trips both spiritual and disaster relief.

Bill was a cattle and crop farmer, builder, woodworker and craftsman. His service to the community included being a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard in Harrodsburg,  a former member of the Selective Service Board, Mercer County Planning and Zoning Board, Mercer County Fiscal Court Magistrate, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Habitat for Humanity, Central Kentucky Agriculture Credit Board, Gideons International, Future Farmers of America and the Mercer County 4-H Council. His greatest gifts to those of us temporarily left behind are his love of the Lord and family, kind heart, attitude and humility.

Survivors include two children James (Anita) Waggener Jr. of Simpsonville, KY and Sarah (Stanley) Bowling of Manchester, KY; four grandchildren Mark Waggener, Adam Waggener, Sondra (Rex) Bray and Steven (Crystal) Bowling; four great-grandchildren Stephanie (Darrell) Goins, Rex Bray III, Skylar (Tyler) Ferrell and Emaleigh (Trevor) Sams; two great-great grandchildren Brooklyn Goins and Kanan Goins and a host of devoted nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral services with military honors will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at the Springhill Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Carl McCray, pastor of the Burgin Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the time of services at the Pavilion with a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Samaritans Purse, POB 3000, Boone, NC 28607, to Gideons International, POB 176 Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330, or Mercer County Habitat for Humanity, POB 66, Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330-0066.

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April 1, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Springhill Cemetery Pavilion
529 North Greenville Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Funeral Service
April 1, 2023

2:00 PM
Springhill Cemetery Pavilion
529 North Greenville Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Private Committal

Spring Hill Cemetery
529 North Greenville Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330


Samaritans Purse
POB 3000, Boone NC 28607
Tel: 1-828-262-1980

Gideon's International
Post Office Box 176, Harrodsburg KY 40330

Mercer County Habitat for Humanity
POB 66, Harrodsburg KY 40330-0066


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