John Edmund “Eddie” Carrigan, 71, of West Main Street, Wilkesboro, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.
A graveside funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Steve Snipes. The service will be held at Mountain Park Cemetery on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Steve Snipes officiating. The family will receive from 10-11 a.m., at the graveside. The service will be open to all family and friends of Mr. Carrigan. The family asks attendees to follow current safety precautions set by local, state, and federal governments.
John Edmund “Eddie” Carrigan was born July 6, 1950, to John Edmund Carrigan Sr. and Callie Lee Yale Carrigan in Wilkes County. Upon his parents passing, Mr. Carrigan was raised by his Aunt Louise Carrigan Spruill and her husband Edward R. Spruill. Mr. Carrigan graduated from Appalachian University with a bachelor’s degree and began his professional career in substance abuse counseling. On May 31, 1980, Mr. Carrigan married Myra McCachren at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church. In 1992 Mr. Carrigan and his wife adopted sisters Roseann Carrigan and Jennifer Carrigan and began family life. He and Myra raised their daughters in Wilkes County in the following years, spending his time with his family on trips to Sunset Beach, NC, and Montreat, NC.
After 25 years as a licensed counselor and director of New River Mental Health’s substance abuse program, Mr. Carrigan founded with his wife Carrigan and Associates Counseling. Later, Mr. Carrigan would create Main Street Station, a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program for adults with mental illness in the local community. Mr. Carrigan was a member of North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church. He served his church throughout the years as usher, Sunday school teacher, and youth group volunteer.
Mr. Carrigan was preceded in death by his wife Myra O’Neil McCachren, his daughter Jennifer Carrigan, his mother Callie Lee Yale Carrigan, his father John Edmund Carrigan Sr, his Aunt Louise Carrigan Spruill, and his Uncle Edward R. Spruill.
Mr. Carrigan is survived by his daughter Roseann Dixon and her husband Keith of Hamptonville, NC. His granddaughters Alexis Blevins and Lilian Blevins of Moravian Falls. His sister Sylvia Pipes and her husband John of Moravian Falls. His niece Leia Walker and her husband Craig of Moravian Falls, his nephew John W. Pipes and his wife, Bretta Pipes. His great-nieces Callie Stone, her husband Dakoda, and daughters Lilly and Sadie Mae and Caroline Walker, her fiancée Caleb and great-nephews Isaac and Micah Pipes, along with numerous cousins.
Instead of graveside flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made in Mr. Carrigan’s name to Wilkes Recovery Revolution, Inc. PO Box 893 North Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Mr. Carrigan spent his professional career working with substance abuse and his community. The family would like to see Mr. Carrigan’s memory continue to make a difference in the community he loved.