November 28, 1988 ~ February 10, 2021

Born in: Queens, NY
Resided in: Dacula, GA

ORDER OF CELEBRATION

Presiding….……………………………………………..Vonetta Steward
Prayer……………….……………………………………Vonetta Steward
Selection……………………I Will Trust In the Lord (congregation)
Scripture Reading
Old Testament…. ……………………………..Anthony Devon White
New Testament… ………………………………………..Marlene Linen
Solo…………………………………………..Evelyn Steward Vazquez
Obituary Reading
Words of Comfort/Benediction….… Deacon Roscoe Steward

Always full of life, laughter, and love, our beloved sweet prince, Maurice “Reese” Roscoe Wiggins, was called to a greater calling on February 10, 2021.

Known to his immediate family as “Reese”, Maurice was born in LaGuardia Hospital in Queens, NY on November 28, 1988. Reese earned his nickname as Reese’s Peanut Butter cups were the main thing his mother craved during her pregnancy. Adjusting to the new dynamic of a new child who bore the name of his father and giddy over how his family would differentiate between the two, Reese seemed the perfect nickname for Maurice. Maurice was an inquisitive and loving child. From an early age Maurice began to express his inquisitiveness through drawing. He would practice drawing his muse, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, over and over. He even decorated the dining room walls, unexpectedly one evening with as many mermaids his small arms could create. Even at a tender age Maurice sought to share everything he found joy in with those around him.

Maurice immediately became the little brother, nephew, or best friend to everyone he would meet. Everyone who ever met Maurice was struck with his effervescence and contagious laughter. His first “job” was at a video store near his grade school at St. Aquinas in Brooklyn, NY. They would let him sit in their store and “pay” him in video games and DVDs to watch and return. An avid movie fan and gamer, Maurice loved the experience.

Consistently practicing his craft, Maurice took his love of drawing and developed it into design. His aspirations drove him to FIT College where he graduated with a Bachelors in Women’s Wear.

Growing up Maurice realized that he wanted to be fit and healthy. After a doctor told him that he needed to change his diet he went all in and never looked backed. From that grew his appreciation of fitness. Though he was passionate about design, Maurice’s next calling led him to become a personal trainer. Maurice wanted to share his passion, and helped people achieve their goals when he worked at Blink Fitness and David Barton Gym. Soon he began to train and compete in fitness competitions to show off his gains.

Never to be pegged as having a singular mindset, Maurice also wondered about the world and travel. Though fitness competitions bought him into a new arena of sport and camaraderie, Maurice saw a bigger picture that would bring him to his ultimate drive to travel and explore the world. Seeking to see and experience as much as possible, Maurice became a flight attendant for Skywest Airlines and moved to Minneapolis, MN. Through his job he was able to visit far flung places in the United States and impress us with his travels to Ireland, England, Barcelona, and Amsterdam to name a few.

As the tide began to turn during the height of Covid and the BLM protest, Maurice took to the streets to protest against social injustice and lend his voice to the unrest in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered. Even when Maurice didn’t protest, he would hand out water and other provisions.

Maurice always sought to be a better version of himself. He always encouraged people to do the same and recognize the power of intent and hard work. He recently acquired the car and apartment of his dreams with his partner, Will, that he met through his endeavors flying for Delta Airlines. He cared deeply for his family and visited his grandparents a little over ten 10 days before he returned to Minneapolis for a respite.

Proceeded in death by his Aunt Vernette White.

Maurice is survived by his partner Will Russell Weeks, his sister Diamond Wiggins, parents Tanya and Maurice Wiggins, grandparents Roscoe and Veronica Steward, grandmother Janice Walker, aunt Vonetta Steward, uncle’s Leslie Bradbury and Lenny Walker, cousins Devon Anthony White and Ebonii Grice, and a host of extended family, friends, and loved ones who are forever touched by his joy and wit.

Maurice Wiggins Celebration of Life Live Stream from Essence of Life Video on Vimeo.

Services

Visitation: February 19, 2021 12:00 pm - February 19, 2021 3:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

770-277-4550

Graveside Service: February 19, 2021 3:30 pm - February 19, 2021 4:00 pm

Gwinnett Memorial Park
925 US Highway 29 S
Lawrenceville, AG 30046

770-962-7630
www.gwinnettcemetery.com/

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  1. You lit up ur moms life You were everything to her she always told of ur life and was so proud of you. Sleep with the angels love

  2. To Tanya and family. May the peace of God be your portion during your time of sorrow. Praying that God comfort and keep you’ll in His divine care. Love you much My Sister In Blue

  3. Tanya, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this time of sorrow Sis. May God comfort and guide you all as you celebrate Maurice’s life and hold each memory in your hearts. For there he will live forever
    Love you Girl🥰🥰🙏🏾🙏🏾

  4. CandleImagePlease accept our deepest condolences and may the love of all those surrounding you bring some comfort for your sorrows.

  5. CandleImageMy heart shatters at the thought of all of this. I remember Reese as the most adorable little boy who grew to be A handsome no nonsense young man who lived life to the fullest. I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the family. RIP young king💙💙

  6. CandleImageI am blessed to have had so many years of friendship with such a beautiful, hilarious, talented, and caring powerhouse of a person. From our days in the gym, to preparing for competitions; from dreaming about our futures to making homes for ourselves, Maurice’s loyalty and humor has supported me through the many ups and downs of life. I’m honored to know that if he had a son, Maurice wanted to name him Alexander. I am forever changed by every inside joke, outrageous dance, and heartfelt conversation that we’ve shared. I know you’re still singing to me, “hello from the other side” and I’ll always feel your laughter bright within my heart.
    Maurice I will love you forever ❤️

  7. CandleImageGOD has called upon another Angel to help with HIS work. To be absent from the body but not from our Hearts until we all meet again. I watched you grow up took care of you and Devon to and from school for a short period I can still hear that silly laugh of yours and forever questioning most things but it was an HONOR to have known and being a part of your life. REST IN PEACE REESE until we meet again in HEAVEN. LOVE YOU

  8. I had the honour to cross path with such a beautiful human being, even from the other side of the pond, Maurice made me feel the genuine love and support that he naturally had. His legacy of kindness, love and respect will continue upon the ones who truly got to know him.
    His contagious laugh, dance routines while cooking and so many more memories that I will never be able to forget.
    My love and support to his family and loved ones during this time.
    Until we meet again Maurice, rest in power ❤️

  9. CandleImageIt is with the deepest feelings of compassion and heartfelt condolences to family and friends of my dearest friend and colleague Maurice.
    He is in my memory forever, and may have left us all for now, but will never be forgotten.
    Maurice was always caring with a positive influence , I will miss him dearly.
    Love is the matter that binds the soul of the world together.

    • CandleImageMy heart breaks for you all because of this uncomfortable seat that the parents, a sibling, grandparents, a partner and family is sitting on. Our prayers, hugs and kisses are with you all. 😔
      Deepest condolences
      Ralph and chamaine and the Jones family

  10. CandleImageMaurice was one on my first real friends in New York City. I love to dance and he was always the first one to ask me where we were going dancing on the weekends. He also used to send me songs all the time that he knew I would like. His smile was so bright and Maurice always had the loudest laugh in the room. I will miss hearing that laugh and I will miss tearing up the dance floor together. My heart goes out to his family at this time. Just know he was loved so so much by his friends in New York I can attest to that. He will be deeply missed by all of us.

  11. CandleImageTruly an angel on earth , I will always remember your laugh and all our memories together . I will miss you friend but I know we will see each other again one day. Love you Reesy

  12. CandleImageMy Sincerest Condolences during this difficult time .May the Lord keep and hold you all with strength and love .

  13. Mo and Tanya,
    My Heartfelt Condolences to you and your
    Family.I am so sorry for your lost. Your family
    Is in my 🙏🏾 Prayers

    Kim Walker

  14. Maurice was a beautiful human with a vibrant spirit. I appreciate him and will relive his life through memories. From his witty comments to his bright smile, Maurice captured those around him. ♡

  15. CandleImageIt’s hard to imagine that you’re gone and we won’t be able to have the dinner party we had talked about. We love you Maurice, we will always remember you.
    Knowing you is a blessing.

  16. CandleImageMay you Rest In Peace man. Haven’t seen you since we were kids. My condolences to your family. May they remain strong.

  17. CandleImageGod bless you my friend! You are one more angel taking care of the rest of us ! I had the pleasure to call you my friend . You always pushed me to be better . I will miss you

  18. CandleImageTonya
    My prayers go out to you and your family. May God bless and breathe on you and your family forever 🙏❤

  19. CandleImageMaurice i am gonna truly miss you friend! It was such a pleasure meeting you that day on the plane ✈️. You’re smile and spirit will forever be loved. Rest peacefully friend love Greg ❤️

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