SHERMAN - James Albert Riggs, 79, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 25, 2014 at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, WNJ.|
James was born April 16, 1934, at Duplex, Texas, the son of Albert and Viola (Knight) Riggs. On October 15, 1988, he married Lois Marie Mullins in Sherman, Texas.
James was a talented musician, playing lead guitar with numerous noteable bands. He loved family and church gatherings where he was able to play with other musicians, sometimes for several hours. He wrote songs, one of which, "The Little Brown Clock on the Wall," was recorded in 1999, on Hollywood Gold California. Locally, he joined with other members of the Billie Mosse Lodge where he was a 32nd Degree Mason, entertaining for benefit programs and holiday parades.
He had worked in construction, mostly as a painter, farming and truck driving.
Jame is survived by his devoted wife of 25 years, Lois; three sons, James Jr., Ronnie and Robert Riggs; three stepdaughters, Kim Starrett and husband, Steve, Mitzi Bailiff and husband, Tom, Kerry Robinson and husband, Phil; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters; sister-in-law Marvelle and husband, Fred Hudson; brother-in-law, James Ray Mullins and wife, Theresa; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
James was a member of the Three Crosses Cowboy Church, Sadler, where a memorial, or dedication, service will be held at a later date with Pastor Sam Moore officiating.
Final resting place for James will be the Preston Bend Cemetery in Pottsboro, Texas.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2014