James F. Riggs, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012. He was 85.
James was born on Olean, New York, but grew up in St. Mary’s, West Virginia. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and worked for Johns-Manville Corp. as a physical distribution manager until his retirement.
He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, and a member of the Woodburn Circle Society of West Virginia University. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Athens.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Fred W. Riggs and Pauline S. Riggs, as well as his first wife, Helen Scott Riggs of St. Mary’s, his second wife, Emily H. Riggs of Thomaston, Georgia;,daughter, Susan Riggs Garrett, and step-daughter, Nina Davison Brese.
He is survived by his son, Randy Riggs and wife Patti Riggs of Austin, Texas; step-daughter Emily D. Oxford and husband Larry Oxford of Thomaston, Georgia; step-son James D. Davison and wife Doreen Davison of Londonberry, New Hampshire; grandchildren Adam Riggs and Katy Riggs of Austin, Texas; eight step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Highland Hills Village, with Rev. Martha Aenchbacher officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Lord and Stephens West, Bogart, GA, in charge of arrangements.