Shelton Piggee Jr., a former Ponca City Resident, earned his heavenly wings, when his tender heart stopped beating and made his transition on Jan. 15, 2018. He was born on Nov. 14, 1945 to the parentage of Shelton “Shelly” Piggee Sr. and Elnora Vick Piggee in Fort Smith, Ark. He was the fourth child of seven and the eldest son. Shelton had a heart of gold, he was a provider for his family and was always willing to help where needed.
He received his education in the Pocola Public Schools, Job Corps in Pleasanton, Calif. and Northern Oklahoma Jr. College, Tonkawa.
In 1975 he was married to Nancy Ruth Cochran and they established their home in Ponca City. He was employed as the District Gauger, Northern Oklahoma for Continental Pipeline Company. He united with the St. John Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Campbell and later served many years under the pastorage of the Rev. Levi Smith, as president of the Usher Board and Counsel for the Junior Ushers. This stewardship was close to his heart and his dedication was quite evident. He served as Worshipful Master of Webber Lodge #26 Prince Hall Grand Lodge F&AM Jurisdiction of Oklahoma Inc. and as Worthy Patron of Elizabeth T. Smith #40 Queen Bathsheba Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Oklahoma Jurisdiction Prince Hall Affiliate in Ponca City.
Shelton was an active participant in his daughters’ sports activities, particularly the family favorite of softball. He served as coach and assistant coach of Kid’s Inc Softball Program in Ponca City as well as Conoco volunteer activities. He was well known for serving his teams his secret recipe (from his dad) of smoked brisket.
Upon the family transferring to Lake Charles, La., in 1993, the family united with Christian Baptist Church where he continued his faithful service as an usher and as a counsellor to the Junior Ushers. He would be found at the door meritoriously until his health began to fail.
He continued his involvement in Softball as assistant coach with the College Oaks and Henry Heights Softball Programs and booster of the LaGrange Softball and LaGrange Band Programs. He was employed by Century Papers/ Georgia Pacific in Lake Charles and eventually owned and operated SP Delivery Service with a major contract with Sears until his retirement. During retirement, he was active with the Gulfgate Neighborhood Watch program and leisurely playing dominoes/cards with the neighbors and friends. He opened a special transport/delivery service for his grandchildren, Karis, Karson and Karlyn to school, after school activities, sports practices and was the biggest spectator at their games and activities
He loved travelling, particularly by automobile, around the country visiting friends, family and making new adventures. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, one son, three sisters, one niece, one nephew and his father-in-law.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Nancy; four daughters, Shannon Neifer (Mike), of Henderson, Nev., Pilar Piggee, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kris Piggee, Coppell, Texas; Kanela Piggee Graham, of Lake Charles; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Piggee, of Des Moines, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Bettye Cochran Fry, of Oklahoma City; one sister-in-law, Mattie C. Piggee, of Pocola; five nephews, eight nieces and a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.
He never met a stranger and he will be remembered for his extroverted personality operating in the Four “Fs” — Faith in God, Family, Friends and Food.
A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 26, from 5-8 p.m. at Combre Funeral Home in Lake Charles, La. Visitation will continue Saturday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Christian Baptist Church, 202 North Franklin, Lake Charles with Edward Alexander, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Consolota Cemetery, Lake Charles. Words of comfort may be shared at www.combrefuneralhome.com.