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Wayne County Music & History Leader, Babe Staggs, passes away.

I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Mr. Floyd Staggs, Jr., or as many knew him, Babe. On my first trip to Wayne County, after I started working for SCTTA, Christine Chapman was eager to introduce me to Babe. I recall some scheduling issues, but we killed some time and ensured I had the opportunity to meet this legend.

Babe's excitement to take me through the Wayne County Museum was truly contagious. Quickly I realized that this man's love of music history was only matched by his love of Wayne County. Babe shared his ambitions with me about the Walk of Fame, and his ideas to grow the impact of the museum.

It was truly a pleasure to work with Babe when designing the Wayne County Walk of Fame digital tour, and branding. It was amazing to watch the ceremonies of the new inductees this past year and to see the pride that emanated from Babe and other community members as they honored the greats.

I wanted to thank Babe’s family for sharing this great man with us all. My thoughts and prayers are with Babe’s family and the entire Wayne County community.


Obituary for Floyd (Babe) Staggs, Jr., Waynesboro, TN

Floyd (Babe) Staggs, Jr., Waynesboro, TN was born July 6, 1942 in Collinwood, TN, the son of the late Floyd, Sr. and Inavey Brewer Staggs. He married the former Melba Jean Irwin, February 20, 1965. Mr. Staggs worked for the Army Core of Engineers, was owner of Babe's Shop-Rite, a member of the Green River Baptist Church, Waynesboro, TN, a Gideon and chairman of the Wayne County Museum. He departed this life, Friday, September 9, 2022 at TriStar Centennial, Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 80 years, 2 months, 3 days. Survivors, his wife, Melba Jean Irwin Staggs, Waynesboro, TN; sons, Burton Scott Staggs and Brad Allison Staggs both of Waynesboro, TN, Barton Smith Staggs, wife, Amy, Savannah, TN and Blake Townson Staggs, wife, Katelyn, Lawrenceburg, TN; sisters, Wanda Thompson, husband, Joe, Collinwood, TN and Anita Ann Staggs, Tullahoma, TN; grandchildren, Chace, Kennedy, Allison, McKenzie, Taylor, Breanna, Aaron, Riley and Nile; great-grandchildren, Soulyn, Wilder, Remedy, Andrew and Hudson; nephews, George Blasingame, Keith and Kevin Scott and nieces, Amy and Desiree Blasingame. Besides his parents, Mr. Staggs is preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Scott. A celebration of life will be held, Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 3:00 pm at Green River Baptist Church, Waynesboro, TN, with Kerry Franks and Dion Pulley officiating. Burial will follow in the Memorial Gardens at Collinwood, TN with Shackelford Funeral Directors, Wayne County assisting the family. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 12, 2022 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Waynesboro, TN and on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm, service time at Green River Baptist Church in Waynesboro, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Wayne County Museum, 104 South Public Square, Waynesboro, TN 38485.

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