Mr. George Mills Biggers, 90, of Charlotte, NC passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in the Harris Hospice Unit of Presbyterian Hospital.
Mr. Biggers was the son of the late James Mills Biggers and Geneva Orr Biggers. He is preceded in death by his wife Genie Ginn Biggers and brother Jimmy Biggers. He is survived by his four daughters Carolyn (Ralph) Coffey, Cathy (Rick) Haupt, Gene (David) Conder, and Gen Biggers; grandchildren George (Jody) Coffey, Helen (Richard) Phillips, Katie (Jimmy) Wakeford; Carrie (Jeremiah) Jones; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Ralph Biggers and Alan Biggers, as well as many nieces and nephews.
George served his country in the US Marine Corps during the last days of WWII. He was also a member of the US Naval Reserve and the NC Civil Air Patrol. In 1998, after retiring from his position as manager of Cotswold Mall, he joined the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff and bailiff.
One of his favorite pastimes was building motorcycles, and he continued to ride them well into his 80’s. He loved to watch Bob Ross on TV and do oil painting. At the age of 70, he went back to school to get his GED. He also loved to chew tobacco, much to the chagrin of all his daughters.
He was an avid gun enthusiast who achieved a Masters rating in firearms. In 1981, while serving as a Charlotte Police Reserve Officer, he freed a hostage who had been abducted from a bar on South Tryon Street by shooting the gun out of the captor’s hand using a 12-gauge shotgun. He taught police officers (and many others) the correct use of firearms and could shoot more accurately than officers half his age. During his life, he participated in numerous firearm competitions and won so many trophies and awards that our Mom refused to dust them, so they were packed away. He continued to shoot and teach others the proper way to handle guns until the last week of his life.
He was affectionately known as “Grumpy” by his great-grandchildren, and he will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, November 9, at 2:00 pm in the Chapel at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC. Family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 pm at the Church. He will be laid to rest in the Church Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mecklenburg County Council Boy Scouts of America, 1410 East 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204; Saint Thomas Lutheran Church, 4013 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215; Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control, 8315 Byrum Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217, or the donor’s favorite charity.
Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center (www.carolinafuneral.com) is entrusted with the arrangements.
Charitable donations may be made to:
Mecklenburg County Council Boy Scouts of America
1410 East 7th Street, charlotte NC 28204
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
4013 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte NC 28215