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Camden dentist drowns in Lake Wateree

Posted: July 3, 2014 12:50 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

William J. Biggins, 61, a Camden dentist for more than 30 years, drowned Wednesday afternoon in Lake Wateree. According to S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokesperson Capt. Robert McCullough, Biggins drowned while swimming in the lake sometime between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

DNR’s law enforcement division has jurisdiction in cases on South Carolina’s lakes, including Lake Wateree.

“The indication we have is that he was swimming when he just went down,” McCullough said, deferring to the Kershaw County Coroner’s office in positively identifying Biggins.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Marvin Brown confirmed that the coroner’s office did identify the victim as Biggins. Brown also confirmed that Biggins drowned near his lake home on Mallard Lane off Lakeshore Road.

“He was working in his yard and then went swimming,” he said. “He went out about 30 or 40 yards and then went under. We’re not exactly sure what happened.”

Brown said the coroner’s office performed an autopsy, officially concluding Biggins drowned.

According to his dental practice’s website, Biggins was past president of the S.C. Academy of General Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association and Kershaw County Dental groups.

A memorial service to celebrate Biggins’ life will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Kornegay Funeral Home’s Camden Chapel. He was born in Akron, Ohio. According to an obituary, he is survived by his parents, William Wade and Georgene Biggins; “beloved sweetheart” of 10 years Kathy Dickson; sons, James Thomas “Jim” Biggins of Richmond, Va., and Grayson Wade of Lake Wylie; daughter, Lee Biggins Weiland of Savanna, Ga.; and three grandchildren.

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