He was a Charter member of the Donelson American Legion Post 88. In 1970, he furnished his team of mules to be used in the ground breaking ceremony to build Opryland. In 1985, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Poland China Assn. Also in 1985, he was named "Mid South Fair-Farmer of the Year". In 1996, he was named the Wilson County Fair's "Old Timer." In 2000, the Tennessee State Fair honored him as their first honoree for the Distinguished Service Award for exhibiting Poland China hogs for 51 Consecutive years.
In 2008, Mr. Ligon was inducted into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. The family would like to express their appreciation to the employees of Masters Health Care Center, Algood for the excellent care of their father for the last four years.
Services were conducted by Rev. Mike Reese. Interment followed in Ligon-Cloyd Family Cemetery. Survivors include: children Bill (Cheryl) Ligon of Old Hickory, Jim (Gail) Ligon of Cookeville and Suzy Davis of Oklahoma City, OK; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and sister Lanova McCluskey of Old Hickory.
He is preceded in death by: parents James Duncan & Gladys Ware Ligon; first wife Wydell Lott Ligon; second wife of 57 years Lillie Eller Ligon; daughter Herschel Elaine Anding and grandchildren Jason Ligon & Julie Thomas.
Pallbearers: Josh Ligon, Jack Ligon, Andy Ligon, Lance Davis, Mike Foust, Grant Jackson, Darin Jackson & Lynn McCulloch. Hermitage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.