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James Sigmon, Nesmith

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2013

James Andrew Sigmon, 84, died Friday, November 1, 2013, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital of Kingstree. Funeral services were held Sunday November 3, 2013, at Williamsburg Baptist Church.  Entombment was held Tuesday, November 5, 2013, in Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory, North Carolina. Mr. Sigmon was born October 9, 1929 in Newton, North Carolina, the son of the late Andrew and Edna Moritz Sigmon.  Three brothers, Daniel Edward Sigmon, Charles Ernest Sigmon and Harold Alfred Sigmon, preceded him in death. He was the owner and operator of various coal companies in the states of Kentucky and Virginia for over 50 years, employing over 5,000 people. He was the owner of Sigmon Enterprises, LLC, Harrogate, Tennessee, the bookkeeping center for various Sigmon Entities and Hobcaw Plantation (Hobcaw Properties, LLC), Nesmith, a hunting club and wildlife preserve consisting of several thousand acres, dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and controlled hunting. He was the president of Sigmon Coal Co., Keokee, Virginia and Jericol Mining, Inc., Holmes Mill, Kentucky, a major stockholder and a Director and Co-Vice Chairman of Commercial Bank in Harrogate, Tennessee. He was past President of Hobcaw Coal Co., Inc. and Hobcaw Coal Sales, Inc., both in Jonesville, Virginia; past President of New River Fuel Co., Cincinnati, Ohio; past President of Tri-County Tractor Co., Kingstree, and Twin-States Tractor Co., Loris; past Director of Flying Diamond Oil Co., Denver, Colorado; past President of Kentucky Reclamation Association, Middlesboro, Kentucky, and past President Coca Cola Bottling Co., Middlesboro, Kentucky. He was past member of the Board of Directors Commercial Bank, Middlesboro, KY and of Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, where he received an honorary doctorate. He was past Chairman of South Carolina Sporting Dogs and Field Trials, Nesmith. He was a member and Elder of First Christian Church, Middlesboro, Kentucky and of Williamsburg Baptist Church, Kingstree. He was a benefactor to various organizations and individuals. Survivors are: his wife, Virginia Hoke Sigmon of Hobcaw Plantation and Harrogate, Tennessee; three daughters, Jill Sigmon West (Julian), Andra Sigmon Ostergard (Craig) and Martha Sigmon Spurlock (Kenny); one sister, Louise Hunter (Edwin); nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Williamsburg Baptist Church, 8378 Hemingway Highway, Kingstree, SC 29556; Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or Pcf.org.; or James A. and Virginia H. Sigmon Family Foundation, 549 Londonderry Road, Harrogate, TN 37752.

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