Mr. Raymond Nelson Biggs, age 82, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012, following a long illness.
Born in Cecilton, MD, on October 24, 1929, Nelson was the son of the late Raymond and Emily Biggs. He was a graduate of Cecilton High School.
Nelson retired from the E.I. DuPont Company in 1999 after more than 40 years of service and worked part-time with Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home until 2003.
Nelson was a longtime member of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge. He served as the Worshipful Master from 1979 to 1980 and also served as the Secretary and Chaplain of St. John’s. He was the Grand High Priest of Delta Chapter #6 and served as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons from 2001 to 2002.
He was a 50-year member of the Asbury United Methodist Church. Nelson was a wonderful singer and greatly enjoyed singing old Methodist hymns at Asbury and in his hometown of Cecilton, MD.
In his later years, Nelson enjoyed spending time at the New Castle Senior Center playing pinochle. He will always be remembered for his friendly smile and mischievous wit.
In addition to his parents, Nelson was preceded in death by his sister, Dottie Long, son, Douglas Hart Biggs, and daughter, Kimberly Biggs-Keil. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Hart Biggs of New Castle, DE; sister, Virginia Dunbar of Jim Thorpe, PA; and sons, David N. Biggs and wife, Julie, of Atlanta, GA, Timothy J. Biggs and wife, Kimberly, of Middletown, MD, and Jeffrey R. Biggs and wife, Jennifer, of Middletown, DE. “Poppy” will be missed by his five grandchildren, Sarah J. Biggs, Rachel L. Biggs, Louisa V. Keil, Travis S. Keil, and Garrett D. Biggs.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the wonderful staff at Arbors Nursing Home in New Castle, DE.
Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 pm. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, January 27, 2012, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Zion M.E. Cemetery, Cecilton, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Nelson’s late daughter’s charitable scholarship fund, The Kimberly Biggs-Keil Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1900 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Township, PA 18702.