A community in mourning after the passing of Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles
Businessman, mayor, husband, father, friend, public servant, Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles was known and loved by many in his various roles in life.
Today, family and the community are mourning the passing of Mayor Joel Miles.
“Words can’t even explain what the city of Wiggins is feeling today.”
“It’s been a shock to all of us since he first was hospitalized. It’s been constant prayers, ups and downs. Everybody loved the mayor. This is devastating to all of us.”
An overcast day as flags fly at half-mast Monday, two days after Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles lost his life due to COVID complications. Gone, but certainly not forgotten. Wiggins Police Chief Jeff Thomas said, “He was a kind person. He cared about everybody else. He was a very humble person.”
Wiggins City Attorney Jenny Tyler Baker said, “He wasn’t mayor to boost his own ego. He was mayor because he loved the citizens. He loved the city. He wanted to do whatever he could do in his capacity to improve the city, and in turn the city loved him.(As evidenced by how he lived his life day by day?) Absolutely. His door was always open to anyone who wanted to come talk to him about a change in the city, and idea they had, again, to just keep Wiggins growing and getting better day by day.”
Joel Miles was elected mayor back in 2013, with 75-percent of the vote. Since then, the city has seen a number of projects and developments completed including a building which was unveiled in 2019 and has since housed the city’s Police Department and City Court. “He was part of this whole process of getting us back in this building, and helping us along the way with that. He helped support our police department when we were in temporary housing.”
Joel Miles leaves behind his wife Mary, two sons, two stepsons, a stepdaughter, and grandchildren. “Just please keep the family in your prayers. This is a very hard time for them. It’s Christmas. It’s never easy. He has a very sweet family. Please pray for them.”
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Ward 1 Alderman Darryl Berry will continue to serve as mayor pro temp for the time being.