Former longtime Holly Hill mayor Don Wiggins dies at 80; services held Wednesday

HOLLY HILL -- Bellman Donald Wiggins, Holly Hill's former longtime mayor who held the post during parts of three decades, died Saturday with family members at his bedside at Oceanside Hospice Care Center in Ormond Beach, losing a longtime battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.

Services were held Wednesday at The Lighthouse Church of Christ in Holly Hill. Wiggins is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons, four brothers, two sisters and six grandchildren. 

The Georgia native, who went by Don Wiggins, moved here in 1950, and later managed the A&P grocery store before launching his own chain. He was first elected to the city commission in 1966 and then mayor in 1970 for two terms before gaining the top post again in 1981 and serving another 10 years.

When he lost a re-election bid in 1991, Wiggins didn't give up; instead moving up politically by winning election for the dist. 4 Volusia County Council seat where her served a full term.

When he lost a re-election bid in 1991, Wiggins didn't give up; instead moving up politically by winning election for the dist. 4 Volusia County Council seat where her served a full term.

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