Miriam "Gaybok" Burns Riggs, 87, passed away, Sept. 19, 2013, at her residence with her family by her side.
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Miriam was an Effingham County native, but lived in Port Wentworth until 1969 when she and her husband moved to Rincon to work at Leslie A. Thompson Funeral Home. Miriam was a member of Faith Baptist Church, was employed at Walt's TV and Appliances for over 20 years, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 209 Springfield, and worked at Riggs Funeral Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy (J.Z.) Riggs; daughter, Janice Riggs; and granddaughter, Angie Hodges.
Survivors include her son, Merrill Riggs (Kim) of Guyton, and adopted son, Rev. Stanley Tyson (Valerie); one sister, Eva Belle Pevey of Springfield; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a number of great –great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many adopted children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also had a loving and faithful caregiver, Carol Gibbons.
Visitation was held Friday, Sept. 20 at Riggs Funeral Home.
Funeral services, officiated by Rev. Robert Boswell of the Georgia Baptist Convention, were Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Ben Wages Chapel of Riggs Funeral Home with interment following at Effingham Memorial Gardens in Springfield. The services were led by funeral director Ralph Wilson, assisted by Ed Thompson and Johnny Reinhart. Acting as pallbearers were Bob Boswell, Brian Burns, David Exley, Doug Morgan, Ric Pevey and Billy Rahn. The casket was escorted from the chapel by nephews Allen Gnann and David Gnann.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Riggs requested that contributions be made to Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1022, Springfield, GA 31329.
Published in Effingham Herald from Oct. 12 to Nov. 11, 2013