Friends and family hold awareness event for missing Newton man

Staff Writer

"By Edward Thompson
O-N-E Contributor
People flooded Little Pigs in Newton on Saturday afternoon – all to not let their family member and friend be forgotten. Andy Scott Sigmon went missing on April 4, 2016 after leaving his work at Renwood Mills around 11 p.m. Sigmon was seen once again on Tuesday April 5, 2016 in Davie County on the side of Highway 64 East when a Davie County Sheriff's Deputy stopped to take a look at a Jeep parked on the side of the highway. When the deputy stopped, Sigmon came out of the woods, seemed OK and told the officer he was leaving, so the Deputy left the scene. The next day officers relieved a call in regards to a man walking in the woods with no shirt or shoes on, acting a little incoherent – that was the last time anyone saw Sigmon. Along with the AWARE Foundation, friends and family gathered Saturday to keep raising awareness for their missing loved one. Kenny Jarels, with the AWARE Fountdation, drove down from Virginia to help draw attention to Sigmon’s case. Jarels has been helping now for well over a year to put out information on social media. After that much time with the Sigmon family he feels like they’re part of his family. Andy's former boss at Little Pigs, Ruth Stancil, said that Sigmon was like a son to her. He started working at the restaurant as a Sophomore in high school. Sigmon and Stancil had been planning a garden at the rear of the restaurant and never got around to it, but now she has a little garden area and picnic tables there and anyone is welcome to come by, plant flowers, pray or just for some quiet time.
Sigmon was your son, my son, our grandson who had a passion for dirt bikes, Ford Mustangs and video games. His Mom, Gail, said he loved her mashed potatoes. Every meal he never failed to say “thank you.” Buddy, Sigmon’s dog, misses him every day. The two were inseparable, playing at the lake together – anywhere Sigmon went, Buddy was along for the ride. His Mamaw Heavner has Buddy now along with the Mustang Sigmob had been fixing up with his Papaw and Daddy, she baked his favorite cake for the bake sale today – Lemon. Sigmon even had his own bedroom there, often staying with his Mamaw. Sigmon and his dad enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening together. Sigmon also had a very strong bond with his little sister, Paige. This family needs the community’s help in getting some closure in their lives. They all are pulling together and keeping their faith in God, and ask for our prayers and for anyone that may know anything to please step forward and help this family get over this tragic nig