Earl Riggins

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God in His infinite wisdom and compassion called to rest Mr. Earl Riggins on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at John Randolph Medical Center, Hopewell, Va.

Earl was the only child born to the late John Riggins and Leatha Martin on March 11, 1927, in rural Augusta, Ark.

Earl's first union was to Shirley B. Keys; from this union they were blessed with two daughters, Brenda J. Jones and Vergie A. Strafford.

On Feb. 10, 1951, Earl Riggins was later united in holy matrimony to the late Mellie Ann Riggins, who was called home to rest on June 29, 2007; from this union they were blessed with two children, Debra Ann Vasquez and the late Rita Earlene Walker, who was called home to rest on Oct. 4, 2007. Earl was a man who touched many hearts with his contagious smile and his big personality. Earl was a family man who loved, cared and provided for this wife, daughters and grandchildren.

Earl was a very hard worker who believed in family first. Earl came from very humble beginnings which taught him to appreciate the things that matter the most, and that was to make sure that he worked hard enough to support making a home for his family, clothes on their backs and food in their bellies. Earl did this by working as a truck driver for 30 years. Earl retired from the truck driving industry in 1996. Earl and his wife, Mille, moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Virginia to be closer to their younger daughter, Debra, and family.

In 2003, Earl was stricken with a series of strokes that left him paralyzed and unfortunately unable to continue to care for his family or himself. He was later cared for by the men and women at Hopewell Convalescent Care Center; where he lived until he was called home to be with the Lord, his wife and daughter.

Earl leaves behind to cherish memories, his three daughters, Brenda Jones, Vergie Strafford and Debra Vasquez; four grandchildren, Quovardis Earlene Lawrence, Lawrence Edward Rankin, Craig Jeffery Sargeant and Dominique Deborah Vasquez; three great-grandchildren, Kie Jayan Lawrence, Isaiah Sargeant and Brie-Azsa Kayla Lawrence; as well as a host of other family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va.; the Rev. Herbert Holly II, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Va., officiating. The interment to follow at Southlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at 13625 Laketree Drive, Chester, Va.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Riggins online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com where you may view a video tribute online or at the establishment.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of the J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4, 2010
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