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Oxford mourns Ms. Wyoneen's passing

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By Brenda Locklear

Wyoneen Dugger was well known in Oxford - if it wasn't for her generous nature or her $400 pecan pie, it might have been for her first ride on a motorcycle at age 95.

A little over a week ago, at 97, Ms. Wyoneen died on Sunday, March 18.

"She was the finest Christian lady I've ever known in my life. She was  a great witness and testimony," said Oxford resident Brenda Shrewsbury, who was influenced by Wyoneen Dugger throughout her life.

"She was always helping others. If anyone had a need or was sick in the community or in the church," Ms. Wyoneen would make certain that a meal was taken to them. She made phone calls and visits to shut-ins at church and "she alwsys did a pecan pie for the fall festival," said Shrewsbury.

"That was her thing. I remember the first year, it brought like $100, then the next year it brought $200," Shrewsbury, who coordinates the Oxford Fall Festival, said.

The last year they had the festival, "It went for $400. It was the fact that she had made that pie and everybody wanted it. It was Ms. Wyoneen's pie," Shrewsbury said.

"I can remember (the price it fetched) because I thought she was going to fall out of her chair when it went for that much."

"She loved helping with the festival. She dedicated her whole life to serving others and serving the lord."

And Ms. Wyoneen loved marbles ... or breakfast ... or maybe both.

It could be that she just loved her friends, because every week, she and about 30 other local residents got together for breakfast. And then, every other Tuesday, they'd follow breakfast with games of marbles.

"I call them the Yaya sisters -  they were going everywhere - you couldnt keep them down," Shrewsbury said of Ms. Wyoneen and a small group of her friends. She pointed out they'd take off for the beach, the Florida Keys or visiting family in Nebraska.

She helped with getting information about to her class for the Wildwood class reunions ( hers was the oldest class) .

"At 95, she rode to church on the back of a motorcycle - it was something she always wanted to do," said Shrewsbury.

"She had a friend who's son had a motorcycle and he offered to give her a ride."

"And she always, if she had a time where she could witness, she would always witness. That was just Ms. Wyoneen," Shrewsbury said.

"I don't know anybody that's ever said a bad word about Wyoneen Dugger - I'm just going  to tell you. She was just an amazing lady."

She said Ms. Wyoneen fell in the fall and damaged her ankles not too long ago, but ended up coming back and playing the organ again.

"That's the kind of lady she was. She was a strong lady, always putting others ahead of herself."

Wyoneen Dugger was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford and served as their organist for decades. She served on many of the committees in her home church.

She was born June 18, 1920 in Oxford to John Henry and Laura (Griggs) Perry.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth and Wilma Dugger of Jacksonville and Karen Johnson of Wildwood, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marcus and all of her siblings.

There was a celebration of life held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the First Baptist Church of Oxford.

Ms. Wyoneen's daughter shared their pastor's words, regarding her mother:
Many scripture verses could be used to describe Wyoneen. Ann and I

would like to suggest one scripture verse as a tribute to Wyoneen and

as a challenge to all of us today, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be 

steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. 

Knowing that your labor is not in vain."