Karen E Wigfall

June 26, 1957 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old

Karen E Wigfall Obituary

Karen Jones-Wigfall is an original resident of Allen Street in Cayce. She grew up in the house of her grandfather, Hampton Riley of Swansea, SC. She spent two years in Brooklyn, NY as a young girl with her brothers, Thomas Jr. and Lorenzo. After returning to Cayce, she attended Ida A Bull elementary school, Claude A. Taylor middle school, Airport High School, and graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School in 1975. In 1979 she worked with Rev. Julius Felder and became a member of the NAACP,.

She was a Chairperson for the Cayce-West Columbia NAACP chapter. She had a son named Dwight in 1977. She went on to work in other organizations to better the community and the Midlands. Her husband, Clarence Wigfall is from Pawley's Island. They have a daughter named Sammarra.

Karen became involved in the Claude A Taylor PTA in 2000 and worked with the Julius Felder Coalition for Change. Karen also worked in Voters Registration for 31 years, working election polls for Precinct 31 along with her daughter. She was instrumental in getting Council Member Skip Jenkins and Mayor Elise Partin elected in their first runs for City Council. After years of hard work in the community, Karen became ill in 2006, and it slowed her down. But she never gave up politics and activism, getting Sammarra involved in both. Currently, she is helping as a "villager" in Cayce to keep her neighborhood strong. She believes "it takes a village."

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