Coach Pigg was born Dec. 2, 1935, in Pulaski. His athletic career began in 1947 in junior high and continued to Giles County High School where he played under Coaches Jack Deere and Sonny Cone. After graduating from Giles County High, he spent his freshman year at Middle Tennessee State University and then transferred to Martin College for his sophomore year. He graduated from David Lipscomb University in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree and started his career at the junior high level at the old West Hill High School. He spent the next three summers earning a master’s degree at Peabody College. He served over 40 years as a Giles County teacher and coach where he achieved three girl’s softball state championships and two girl’s basketball state championships. As teacher, coach and friend, he impacted the lives of many players, students, parents and peers spanning from West Hill High School, Bridgeforth Middle School and Giles County High School. He led by setting an example of loyalty and caring for his students and athletes. His leadership and presence was felt in T-Ball, Pop Warner Football and at junior high and high school levels where his legacy of honesty and commitment lives on. He was also instrumental in the success of the Richland Girls Softball Park. In the early days, he volunteered his time and attention to maintaining the fields, coaching and successfully helping the park to expand and grow. Counting his playing years, his presence on the sports fields of Giles County spanned 54 years. He also served as an East Hill Church of Christ deacon for many years. He is preceded in death by wife Faydean Landreth Pigg; parents, William Bryan and Essie White Pigg Sr.; brother James Alton Pigg; sister Jennie Jo Vise.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday) at Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) at the funeral home with Jonathan Burns officiating. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Survivors include son Phil Pigg and wife Terri of Smyrna; daughter Beverly Pigg of Pulaski; grandson Will Pigg of Smyrna; sister-in-laws, Judy Landreth, Pam Pigg, both of Pulaski; nieces, Patti Abernathy and husband Fred, Dottie Liles and husband Rob Liles, all of Pulaski, Allison Landreth of Nashville; great-nieces, Mary Catherine Abernathy of Franklin, Margaret Liles of Knoxville; great-nephew Sam Abernathy of Brentwood; and granddog Sharkey Pigg of Smyrna.