THOMAS RICHARD WAGGONER was born on November 9, 1943, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the age of three, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay area. Tom graduated from Hayward High School (California) in 1961.
At the age of 16, he surrendered his life completely to Jesus and gave up the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing professional baseball to follow God's call in full-time ministry. He traveled to Springfield, Missouri, to attend Central Bible College where he met and married Helen Miller of Farmington, Missouri, in 1963.
After graduation from college in 1966, they pastored churches in Holden, Slater, and Spanish Lake, Missouri. The majority of Tom's ministry was traveling from church to church and state to state for revival crusades. From 1991 to 2000 Tom took a break from traveling and worked at the Assemblies of God National Offices in Springfield.
Tom traveled to Canada, South America, Philippines, and India preaching and teaching the gospel message.
Tom fought a long battle with Parkinson's Disease before departing for heaven on April 19, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Ruby Waggoner. He is survived by the mother of their children, Helen, and their three children-Sheila (Dave) Bowering, Todd (Kayla) Waggoner, and Sharla Waggoner, all of Springfield, Missouri; six grandchildren-Ryan (Allie) and Kyle Bowering, Tyler, Matthew, and Sarah Waggoner, and Kendra Waggoner. He is also survived by his two sisters, Marilyn Waggoner of Frisco, Texas, and Norina (Clint) Hogue of Vacaville, California, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Evangel University's CBC Center of Vocational Ministry, 1111 N. Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802.
Arrangements are under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.
There will be a celebration of life visitation on Thursday, July 9th from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Central Assembly's Chapel, 1301 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO. Additionally, family and friends are welcome to attend the graveside service on Friday, July 10th at 10:00 AM at North Greenlawn Cemetery.