Pfc. Antonio G. Stiggins supported Operation New Dawn when he died April 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in an IED blast while in an engagement with insurgents in Numaniyah, Iraq.
He was assigned to F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Hood, Texas. He was born in Roswell, and had enlisted in January 2010 in Rio Rancho, his residence at that time. Stiggins received his basic training at Ft. Knox, Ky., as a Cavalry Scout.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (posthumous), Purple Heart (posthumous), Army Good Conduct Medal (posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Expert Marksmanship (Rifle). The funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 2 p.m.
The memorial services will be held at Christ Church, 2200 N. Sycamore Ave., with military graveside services to follow at South Park Cemetery, where his family will be presented the Blue to Gold Star Banner and a memorial Bible from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A dinner for family and friends is being held at the Roswell Civic Center following the services. Stiggins was born in Roswell on July 3, 1985, to Angel and Luke Stiggins.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his parents Angel Mayes and husband Don, and Luke Stiggins and wife Debra Cole-Stiggins; uncles, Jim Weiss and wife Christi, Dirk Stiggins and wife Susan, Mark Stiggins and wife Peggy; stepbrothers, Chance Blackwell and Chris Chavez; stepsister Mariah Chavez; grandfather Robert Whiteis; cousins Barbara and Tom Gregga; and numerous cousins and extended family. Stiggins was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clementine Whiteis, Alvera Joseph and Katherine Stiggins; great-grandparents Antonio Chariantano and wife Angela Salazzo Chariantano; uncle Fran Chariantano and wife Colleen.
The families wish to extend their gratitude and sincerest thanks for the support of the United States Army, the Patriot Riders, family and friends, and the Roswell community for their generous outpouring of love and support during our time of sorrow and mourning.
In lieu of flowers, the families request that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, the Fisher House Project, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Blue to Gold Star Foundation or the American USO. Information for these organizations may be obtained through Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Funeral arrangements provided by Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
In lieu of flowers and in honor of Antonio G. Stiggins, please donate to the: Wounded Warriors Project, WWP National Processing Center, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS, 6675-8516, 904-296-7350, checks should be made payable to Wounded Warrior Project, or go to woundedwarriorproject. com. Fisher House Foundation, fisherhouse.org. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Roswell Chapter, 575-623- 6831.