Deacon Louis Alexander Ligon
Louis Alexander Ligon was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 18, 1934 to Thomas Ligon (Toledo, OH) and Esther Figg (Huntington, WV). He attended Libbey High School and later graduated from Springfield High School in 1952. While at SHS he read the morning school announcements and played on the basketball team. He was one of the few students who cast a vote to change the school name from the Holland Blue Zippers to the Holland Blue Devils, which later became the Springfield Blue Devils.
Uncle Sunny, as his family from WV affectionately called him, washed dishes at Jim’s Grille & Spaghetti House where he also baked pies and ham. He ran errands, cleaned and did chores at Mrs. W.D. Glick’s house. He joined the United States Airforce where he served as a radio operator since he knew Morse code. He worked in a factory where he stacked pipes in Toledo, OH. He also worked many other odd jobs until he finally found a place of employment that would have his loyalty and dedication for nearly 50 years. That place of business is Toledo Express Airport/National Flight Services. He loved his work as a Line Service Tech./Mechanic so much that he never dreamed of retirement or even mentioning it until about a month before his passing.
In mid-life Louis, made the decision to fully give his life to Christ. So, he decided to get baptized for the third and final time because this time he really meant it. He became a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Swanton, OH. There he served on the Deacon Board, taught Sunday School and Bible Study. Deacon Ligon also received continuing education from the Union Baptist Seminary, Inc. where he received multiple degrees: Bachelor and Master of Religious Education; Bachelor and Master of Theology. In 2010, Deacon Ligon received The Good Shepherd Emblem for distinguished service leading the spiritual, physical, mental and moral development of youth. Deacon Ligon was also very involved with Boy Scouts of America where he served as Chaplin for Boy Scout Troop 208, Swan Creek District.
In his younger days “Big Lou” was an excellent roller-skater, he loved to play basketball, he liked driving fast and on occasions he would hit a few golf balls. He was a good cook and he really knew how to BBQ and make delicious root beer floats! He loved to read, and he would often study after midnight. He watched Star Trek faithfully. Louis loved music, taking road trips while eating snacks on the way and going on cruises with his wife. Apple pie, ice cream, cookies and later in life Pepsi was his thing! He said he loved living in the country. He had an amazing energy, positive attitude and an impeccable memory. Deacon Ligon loved his work, church and all four of his girls: The love of his life Willa Mae was his main priority and he had great adoration for his Princesses (Amanda, Karmann and Zuri). Above all he was FBI (A Firm Believer in Jesus).
He was preceded in death by his mother Esther Figg; brother, Kermit Leondhi Figg; nephew, Kermit Figg, Jr.; daughter, Edwina Louise Ligon; aunt, Mattie Odessa Minor; aunt, Hannah Powell; and cousin, Mary Elizabeth Minor.
Deacon Louis A. Ligon is survived by his wife Willa Mae Ligon; son Kevin Sutton (Terri Sutton); daughter Amanda Herron (Jaye Herron); son Todd Foster; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.