As a matter of fact, you’d probably think she’s crazy.
Who am I talking about? None other than Trigg County’s one and only Ladonna Diggs.
If you already know Ladonna, you’ve received a blessing. If you haven’t met her yet, please let me introduce her and explain why she is everything but crazy. She is one of the most caring and genuine people you’ll ever come across.
Ladonna Diggs may very simply be the most energetic person in the world. At the age of 55, she attends nearly every Trigg County High School football and basketball game, and for years, she has been Trigg County’s No. 1 cheerleader. She constantly bounces around the gym, doing cartwheel after cartwheel and jumping jacks as she cheers on her beloved Wildcats.
She attends nearly every funeral held in Cadiz, as well as a lot of weddings. The important thing to note here, however, is that Ladonna is 100 percent genuine. Ladonna said she attends so many funerals because she always knows somebody in the family, even if she didn’t know the deceased real well. She said, “I grieve for the family when they grieve. I want to help them so badly in some way to deal with their loss.”
Let’s take a look back at her roots and see how she developed this unbelievably vibrant personality.
Ladonna Diggs was born in 1956 to Zepherina and Charles “Buck” Diggs. Ladonna grew up in downtown Wallonia with her eight siblings. The Diggs children consisted of, in chronological order, Lucy, Charles Ralph, Camelia, Carnelia, Ronnie, Ladonna, Ricky, Rosine and Maxine.
Ladonna grew up in a simpler time without all the modern electronic gadgets kids grow up with today. She grew up working around the house – gathering coal, drawing water from the cistern and doing daily chores.
Ladonna also grew up learning about Jesus Christ. She was saved at such an early age that she can’t remember exactly how old she was. She gives a lot of credit to her grandmother, Georgia Dunning. Ladonna has been a member of Rocky Ridge Missionary Baptist Church practically all her life. She has also made it her life’s mission to show the love of Jesus to others.
I asked Ladonna, What is your goal in life? She replied, “My goal is to help all people know God’s son Jesus in a personal way. I want to show the love that God has shown me and share that with the people of the world. I have my ups and downs, but I know that they are just momentary, for as the old song goes, ‘Joy will cometh in the morning.’”
I got quotes from two Trigg Countians on Ladonna Diggs. One was George Radford. George said, “There is not enough words, paper or ink to describe what a special person Ladonna Diggs is. Ladonna exudes enthusiasm for life and Christ. She works to support everybody. She is the ultimate cheerleader for people in general. She wants everybody to be happy and successful.”
Ladonna ran track for Coach Jim Wallace, who said, “Ladonna is the most energetic athlete I’ve ever coached. She gets totally involved in anything she does. She led us to two state track championships and won five first-place medals herself by being a key part of our relay teams.”
Wallace said “Ladonna, who graduated in 1975, had the most school spirit of anybody I’d ever seen. She has an unbelievably big heart.”
I must close with this one story. I asked Ladonna, “How come you’ve never married?”
She replied, “Well, one time there was this man who was trying to propose to me, and he said, ‘Ladonna, I think God is telling me that you should be my wife.’ I replied, ‘Well, that’s fine and dandy, but the problem is, God not telling me that you should be my husband.’”
Hopefully now, you know a little better who this wildly enthusiastic Trigg County woman named Ladonna Diggs is. She is a woman who loves people, loves Trigg County and loves her Lord. Enough said.
OT: By the way, the canoe trip will just not end. Upon further evaluation, my wrist is broken.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.