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John Ervin Riggins

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FLETCHER – John Ervin Riggins, 95, of Fletcher, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at his residence.
A native of Easley, SC, he was a son of the late John Melvick and Vinnie Perry Riggins. He was also preceded in death by his first wife (of 58 years), Ruth Frady Riggins; two brothers, Arthur and Clifton Riggins and one infant sister, Inez Riggins.
John proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from Southern Bell as a plant manager following 37 years of service. He was a longtime member of Biltmore Baptist Church and the Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Goode-Riggins; his only child, Jim Riggins (Barbara); two sisters, Lila Greene and Lou Ellen Cole; one brother, Marshall Riggins, as well as three step-children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to St Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org).
A memorial register is available online at grocefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Times-News from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2015
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