Shooting The Breeze with Marsha Ann: Chatting with Watermelon King Jesse Wiggins


You might be wondering why I titled Jesse James Wiggins as Watermelon King. It mainly because if you look at his credentials, he is watermelon 100%! From being President of the National Watermelon Promotions Board to working on his multi-generational ran watermelon farm, Jesse eats. lives, and breathes watermelons. Jesse was raised in Center, Texas by his loving parent, Darren and Kerri Lee Wiggins. He has one sibling, Jared who is married to Ashlyn, and is uncle to one beautiful little girl, Zayne Claire. Jesse is a natural entertainer who brings so much joy to so many with his happiest or happy smiles. He is deeply devoted to his church, Center First United Pentecostal, and is deeply devoted to his family and friends.

Question 1: If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?

I would teach them how to work hard, how to be able to endure through the tough times to get to the times where you can enjoy the rewards of your hard labor.

Question 2: What would be the most amazing adventure you could go on?

The most amazing adventure would have to be a trip around the world to see the different people and cultures that I have never experienced, and let’s be honest, eat the food! (Me too Jesse! Me too!)

Question 3: Who had the most influence on you growing up and how did they influence you?

The list of people that have influenced me is way longer than I can begin to list. I have received the most influence from my family. They have taught me everything that has made me the person I am today. Some lessons were easy, and some were hard, but each one left an imprint on my life, and they will continue to leave imprints! All thanks to the big man upstairs!


I love that Jesse is so blessed to have so many positive influences in his life. Even before he mentioned having a long line of folks who influenced him, I knew he came from a very strong foundation. It is evident through his work and commitment to Shelby County and family. Jesse is most definitely one of a kind! Support local and love thy neighbor. Support our commUNITY!