OBITUARY

Burton Rigsby

October 3, 1927June 17, 2020

Burton Lloyd Rigsby, 92, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at his residence. Burton will be lovingly remembered by Ruth (nee Pruitt), his wife of 66 years, and his children, Christopher Rigsby, Michael (Rhonda) Rigsby, Cheryl (Barry) Pohle, Melinda (Robert) Helton, and Cary (Avery) Rigsby. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer (John) Cantrell, Jessica (Matt) Spears, Daniel Rigsby, William (Vickie) Duchene, Nathan Irwin, Nick (Giselle) Helton, Ashley (Evan) Montgomery, Bess Helton, and Makynna (Jered) Luke. After serving in the Merchant Marines and stationed in both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during World War II, Burton worked as an electrician in the Chattanooga area. Burton loved his grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He spent many hours pushing swings and teaching life’s lessons over a checkerboard. Never one to shy away from a piece of chocolate or a game of solitaire, he knew how to enjoy a good joke and valued time spent with his family. Burton was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd Ray Rigsby and Fannie Mae (nee Kester) Rigsby, daughter-in-law Terry (nee Houston) Rigsby, and granddaughter Emily Ruth Helton. A private funeral service will be conducted at 11 AM, Tuesday, June 23, at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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Julie Donohue

June 22, 2020

We are neighbors to the Rigsbys. A couple of years ago, we were outside and saw Burton and Ruth. We went next door for a visit. Burton was feeling light headed. None of us were sure that he was feeling well enough to make it up the stairs and into the house. I have had blackouts myself, and when he described what he was feeling, I suggested that he lay down and put his feet up. So he did. On the driveway. Ruth got him something soft to put under his head. I got down on the driveway with him and visited with him until he was feeling better.
Our daughter Abigail has had a special love for the Rigsbys from day one. I think the feelings were mutual. When she was about 4 years old, we went to visit and Burton asked her if she wanted to swing with him. She said yes, climbed up onto his lap and the biggest smile spread all over his face!
He was always quick to dig change out of his pockets, offer a sweet treat and try to find something that she would enjoy doing. Always smiling when he saw us and waving hello. One day he brought us a little bird house on a metal stake that goes in a plant. We treasure this gift and think of him with a smile every time we see it.
We would laugh every time we saw Burton out in the yard and asked him how he was doing. His answer was invariably the same, "Tard!" (Tired). What a blessing that he's tired no more and sleeps in Jesus! We greatly look forward to being neighbors in our heavenly home. We pray that all of his family will be ready for that reunion as well! Until then, our friend, rest in peace.

Julie Donohue

June 22, 2020

We are neighbors to the Rigsbys. A few years ago, we were outside and saw Burton and Ruth. We went next door for a visit. Burton was feeling light headed. None of us were sure that he was feeling well enough to make it up the stairs and into the house. I have had blackouts myself, and when he described what he was feeling, I suggested that he lay down and put his feet up. So he did. On the driveway. Ruth got him something soft to put under his head. I got down on the driveway with him and visited with him until he was feeling better.
Our daughter Abigail has had a special love for the Rigsbys from day one. I think the feelings were mutual. When she was about 4 years old, we went to visit and Burton asked her if she wanted to swing with him. She said yes, climbed up onto his lap and the biggest smile spread all over his face!
He was always quick to dig change out of his pockets, offer a sweet treat and try to find something that she would enjoy doing. Always smiling when he saw us and waving hello. One day he brought us a little bird house on a metal stake that goes in a plant. He had made it. We treasure this gift and think of him with a smile every time we see it.
We would laugh every time we saw Burton out in the yard and asked him how he was doing. His answer was invariably the same, "Tard!" (Tired). What a blessing that he's tired no more and sleeps in Jesus! We greatly look forward to being neighbors in our heavenly home. We pray that all of his family will be ready for that reunion as well! Until then, our friend, rest in peace.

Joan Barnes

June 19, 2020

I have many wonderful memories of our children playing together and time spent with your family.. all of you are in my thoughts and prayers..
Sending Love ,
Joan Barnes

Gail Marshall

June 19, 2020

Burton was a favorite because he was always fun and always in a good mood. He was kind and a very loving husband, father and grandfather.
He will be missed. I am so very sorry. I pray for God's comfort and His special care for you during this sad and painful time. Love you!

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