Maurice Oliver Diggs (Bookie) Germantown, MD, was taken from this earth on March 17, 2021 at the age of 87 due to COVID and respiratory problems. He was born on June 18, 1933, the son of the late David Diggs and Jessie (Bell) Diggs. He was preceded in death by daughter, Gloria Nadine (Diggs) King; grandson, William Powell; brother William Diggs; and sister Jessie Webster.
Maurice was and always will be the loving husband of Beulah (Cooper) Diggs. Through this union he become DADDY to Judy Seegers, Maudella (Babydoll) Harrison, Maurice Diggs, Dianne Carroll, Jessie (Linda) Clayton, Wayne Diggs, Pamela (Tinny) Lyles, Joan King, Shanica Brown, Anthony Ward, and Barbara Lee Ray, whom he saw as a daughter. He is the father-in-law of Desi Harrison, Elaine Diggs, Xyonne Ward, and James Brown. He is the grandfather of 12 granddaughters, 20 grandsons, 22 great granddaughters, 21 great grandsons, 8 great great granddaughters, and 9 great great grandsons. He is further survived by his brother, Wendell Diggs (Claudette); sister, Delores Robinson (Francis); and cousins, Grethna Turner, Lee and Idea Mae Coleman, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Maurice was born in Washington, DC, but spent most of his life in the Maryland area. He enjoyed the great outdoors and worked most of his life as a landscaper until retiring as a warehouse manager. He came from humble beginnings and became a great man. Not through financial gains, but through his actions and his beliefs. He taught his family the true meaning of the words “LOVE” and “MAN.” Two words few people genuinely understand. He loved his family above all else. Love is something that he taught never give up on and will withstand time. Love has no boundaries, love forgives, love understands, love strengthens the weak, and love balances the strong. Love is what makes a man whole. A man is the protector of his wife, the provider for his children, the strength for his family when the world gets in the way. A man is the lifeline of his loved ones. A man guides his family. A man treasures his family above all.
Maurice devoted his life to his wife, Beulah, of 68 years and spent his entire life loving and providing for her and their children. To be in his presence, one felt a sense of love and manliness. He was a joy to be around. His jokes and keen sense of humor will live on within his family and everyone he encountered. He never mixed words. He said what he meant and meant what he said.
He said he loved his family and knew his family loved him. He said he loved his wife too much and could not live without her. He said he wanted to die before he needed help to live. He said he loved his grandchildren and enjoyed his time with them. He said he was thankful to see his sons grow into men. He said he was grateful for his daughters and proud of the women they became. He said he would see us again and to take care of our mother.
~Daddy, we will.
Order of Service: Friday, April 09, 2021
Music Selection It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
Scripture Reading Vanessa Beavers:
New Testament John 14: 1–3
Old Testament Psalm 23: 1–6
Music Selection Pass Me Not
Cards of Condolences Officiant
Tributes Open to Floor
Music Selection Rough Side of the Mountain
Obituary reading Officiant
Eulogy Rev. Skip Little
Benediction Rev. Skip Little
Music Selection Walk Around Heaven
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