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“Dear friends,I want to share my sympathy in George's death, and my appreciation for his life and ministry. He was a wonderful and creative pastor...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Miller - Groton, MA

“Dear Dottie and family:Natalie told us about George passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. Rita (from painting class) ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Rita Smolinsky - Waltham, MA

“It saddens me to hear the news of Rev. Waggoner's passing. As a 25+ year member of Myrtle Baptist Church in West Newton, I have very fond memories...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Pennye Williams - Framingham, MA

“truly a gentle man who saw only the positive side of every person or situation he encountered. I was blessed to share time with George this past...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: charles mccullough - Mattapoisett, MA

“I'm sorry to see of George' passing. I worked with him at Baystate Computer Center in the late 1960s through 1972. He also officiated the wedding...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Wayne Gebhardt - Lawrence, MA

“My deep sympathies to the Waggoner family. I am grateful for the years we were in ministry together in MA. I will miss George's gentle presence. May...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Rev. Sandra Dorsainvil - PA

“Dotty, I'm so sorry to hear about George passing he will be greatly missed Phyllis and Florence55 ”
7 of 28 | Posted by: Phyllis Cain - Family Friend

“My deepest condolences to Rev. Waggoner's family!His smile will be in my memory for ever.George is our dearest pastor in LPBC. I like his preaching...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Yanzhi Wang - West Roxbury, MA

“To Dorothy and family ~ We had looked forward to having Rev. Waggoner preach at Beth Eden this past September, but it was not to be. We are...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Ellie Lyman - Waltham, MA

“I will surely see you again, Pastor George Waggoner, my mentor at Lincoln Park Baptist Church, one of the most gentle-spirited saint I have met....Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Yaliang Zhao - Andover, MA

“Even though we've been told Pastor George's illness for a while, and recently knew he was dismissed by hospital, still I have been hoping that some...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: yun shen - West Roxbury, MA

“Our deepest sympathy and love to you Dear cousin and family.George had a gleam that most people only carry a glimpse of. He will be deeply missed...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Lorraine Hughes - Northborough, MA

“I will miss George not only as a Saengerfest singing brother but for the fact of his smile somehow always creating a palpable good feeling, even as...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Matthew Gold - Andover, MA

“His service as a Pastor to the Chinese community in the past 12 years will always be remembered. Deepest condolences to Pastor George's family.Sophie ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Sophie Song Du - Wayland, MA

“My deepest condolences to Rev. Waggoner's family! His leaving is also such a huge loss for the LPBC family! But his legacy will live on forever in...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Shuxia Zhao - Boston - Friend

“Your smile will be in my memory for ever. You lived your life with the joy and peace in Christ. We'll miss you! ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: Mindy Duan Zhao - Sharon, MA

“He was such a presence no matter where he was. Such a fine man. God bless all his loved ones left behind with so many wonderful memories. George,...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Carolyn Dunwell - Winnabow, NC

“He was such a presence no matter where he was. Such a fine man. God bless all his loved ones left behind with si many winderful memiries. Geirge,...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Carolyn Dunwell - Winnabow, NC

“We all love you..... ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Xiaoyan Zhao - Newton, MA

“Dearest George is our dearest pastor and it is our blessings to have him in our church and our lives. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Ying Huo - Newton, MA - Friend

“My deepest sympathy to Dotty and family. George will always be there with you all. Remember all the good times and you will smile again. ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Martha Hodgens - Milford, MA

“May his memory be a blessing. ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Lila Feingold - Waltham, MA

“Kim,My deepest condolences to you and your family. I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad-he seemed like such a wonderful man-I am sure you...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Karin Price - Windsor, CT

“We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Kim's father. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that the sorrow you now feel in your...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Albert Washicko - Southbury, CT

“My deepest sympathies to Mr Waggoner's family and friends. I had the privilege of knowing George through Crissy and Darren, and he was such a lovely...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Stefanie Ozga - Middletown, CT

“My deepest sympathies to the Waggoner Family. ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Michael Lally - Lunenburg, MA

“Darren and family. Im so very very sorry for you all. In the brief time we met he was always so kind and always a smile.He was an amazing man and my...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Michele Mogan - Marlborough, MA

“Darren and Crissy I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know your family is in my prayers. ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Needham - NL


Surrounded by his loving family, the Reverend George Jamison Waggoner died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. He was 88.

Born on July 17, 1931 in Jacksonville, Florida he was a son of the late George and Stella (Milan) Waggoner. He lived most of his life in Waltham, Massachusetts.

He was the beloved husband of Dorothy O'Neill Waggoner. George's fondest memory of Dorothy was 'when she brought forth our three children.'

He was the brother of the late Dr. James Waggoner, married to Margaret Waggoner, and the late Stella (Bunny) Waggoner Hunter, married to Reverend Robert Hunter.

George was the devoted father of Kim Patrice Washisko, married to David Washisko, Scott Jamison Waggoner and Darren George Waggoner, married to Crissy Lynn Waggoner. He is the grandfather of Darren and Crissy's nine-year-old son, Jamison Waggoner. Jamison, who called him "Opah," was George's "pride and joy," and George spent many hours sharing stories about Jamison's triumphs playing Little League Baseball.

In addition to his immediate family, George leaves a large extended family including in-laws, Margaret Waggoner, Robert Hunter, Peggy O'Neill and Julie O'Neill and many dear friends.

George graduated from Julia Landon High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from Temple College in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and his graduate level Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree after completing studies at Northern Baptist Seminary in Chicago, Illinois and Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts.

George worked for several different companies over the years, primarily in the field of marketing. These included Newton-Waltham Bank, where he met Dorothy, Data General Corporation and Hanscom Federal Credit Union. To celebrate his retirement from Hanscom, they held a large banquet in his honor, a rare occurrence in the modern world.

George also served as the pastor at the Lincoln Park Baptist Church in West Newton, Massachusetts for over forty years. He recently said that his "legacy" was his work over the past decade mentoring a small group of Chinese men and women as they grew their small church into a large and thriving congregation at Lincoln Park Baptist Church.

George was a gifted public speaker, having delivered thousands of sermons and other speeches in his lifetime. He never used notes, and had a knack for speaking clearly, concisely and compellingly. George enjoyed writing, and was the author of many articles and stories, including a published children's book entitled "A Child's Book of Christmas: A Read-Aloud Book in English and Chinese for Children of All Ages." George also loved to sing. In his younger days, he was a member of a Barbershop Quartet. More recently, he was a member of Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus, performing both locally, including concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall and at Boston's Symphony Hall, as well as internationally, including concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall.

His love of the arts extended to classical music, literature and poetry. When he wasn't singing (or whistling!), we could find him listening to music, Debussy was his favorite, reading a book, or having deep and meaningful discussions on a wide range of subjects with his family and friends. He also enjoyed cooking, photography and skiing. He looked forward to his daily crossword puzzle and sudoku, and was unbeatable at trivia. George was also an ardent fan of both the Red Sox and the Patriots, even during the many years when they never made the play-offs. He was particularly fond of Thanksgiving, likely because it included some of his favorite things – football, food and of course family.

George was an avid traveler. His favorite destinations included Hawaii, Spain and, more recently, Ireland. He always enjoyed trying out the local cuisine. His most treasured trips, however, were to Jekyll Island, Georgia, where he and his immediate and extended family vacationed many times over the years. He was particularly fond of the time he and his brother, Jim, spent together while on the island.

The only thing on George's "bucket list" that he did not achieve was "Cooperstown with Jamison." But Jamison will go someday soon, and he will bring Opah with him in his heart.

George is now with his Father in Heaven. He will be missed by many.

Family and friends will honor and remember George's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, October 15th from 5 to 8 p.m. His funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday in The Lincoln Park Baptist Church, 1450 Washington Street, West Newton at 10 a.m. The Rev. Michael Harvey will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorials in his name may be made to The Lincoln Park Baptist Church, 1450 Washington Street, West Newton, MA 02465.

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