Stone County

Retired Wiggins city employee dies after car hits tree

A Wiggins man was killed Friday after his car left the road and struck a tree.

Stone County Coroner Wayne Flurry said Mike Gill, 61, died from injuries suffered in the accident. Gill crashed about 2 p.m. on South McGregor Street just off Central Avenue in Wiggins.

Flurry said in a press release witnesses said Gill was northbound on Highway 26 and his vehicle swerved off the road twice, hitting the tree the second time.

Gill, a retired Wiggins Water Department employee, died at Stone County Hospital.

Wiggins City Clerk Johnette Cook said Gill had worked for the city for more than 15 years.

Gill is survived by his son, Jeffrey Gill of Wiggins; his daughter, Deidra Gill of Wiggins; his mother, Earline Counts of Wiggins; his sister, Theresa Burge of Lumberton; his brothers, James “Jimmy” Gill of Wiggins, Richard Stringer of Wiggins and Billy Denson of Pensacola, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mike Gill was buried Tuesday.

In an unrelated incident, Flurry said a man, found dead in his pickup New Year’s Eve morning, had died of natural causes.

Robert Lee Sweeny, 66, of Perkinston, died during a hunting trip with his son. Flurry said Sweeny had killed a deer and had called his son to help him retrieve it.