OBITUARY

Betty Jo Riggs

April 21, 1929January 30, 2019
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Mrs. Betty Sandlin Riggs, daughter of the late Uel Curtis Sandlin and Lillian Autie Bishop Sandlin was born on April 21, 1929 in Winfield, Alabama. She passed away at home surrounded by her family on January 29, 2019. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and served him faithfully for 89 years.

She was united in marriage to Richard Hilburn Riggs in October, 1956. This union was blessed with three children. Those three children, Richard Hilburn Riggs, Jr (Keith Waldrep), Suzzanne Riggs Skipper (Sam Skipper), Peggy Riggs Gentry (David Gentry), will forever cherish the memory of their sweet, beautiful mother. She was beloved by all who knew her, especially her grandchildren, Rachel Smith McCurdy, Zachary Smith, Anna Smith, Brian Gentry, Michael Gentry, and Liz Skipper. She also was blessed with four great-grandchildren, Everette McCurdy, Lillian Smith, Evelyn Smith, and Amelia McCurdy. Hilburn preceded her in death on June 21, 2007. She was one of nine children, eight of whom preceded her in death; JT Sandlin, Morris Sandlin, Linnie Sandlin Schneider, Eileen Sandlin Styles, Lou Sandlin Weeks Carter, Holli Sandlin, and Harold Sandlin. Her youngest sister, Shirley Sandlin Williams lives in Pleasant Grove, Alabama.

Mrs. Riggs was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Sylacauga, Alabama and later in Evergreen, Alabama. She served in the community of Sylacauga as Brownie and Girl Scout leader, as a dental hygienist, as a Sunday School teacher, gracious hostess, and as a Sylacauga Board of Education member 1971 - 1978. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Big Oak Ranch home for children, P.O. Box 507, Springville, Alabama 35146, phone 205-467-6226.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Zachary Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery, Evergreen, Alabama. Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana, AL directing arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.johnsongeorgiana.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Suzzanne (Sam Skipper) Skipper, Daughter
  • Peggy Riggs (David Gentry) Gentry, Daughter
  • Richard Hilburn (Keith Waldrep) Riggs Jr., Son
  • Shirley Sandlin Williams, Sister
  • Rachel Smith McCurdy, Grandchild
  • Zachary Smith, Grandchild
  • Anna Smith, Grandchild
  • Brian Gentry, Grandchild
  • Michael Gentry, Grandchild
  • Liz Skipper, Grandchild
  • Everette McCurdy, Great Grandchild
  • Lillian Smith, Great Grandchild
  • Evelyn Smith, Great Grandchild
  • Amelia McCurdy, Great Grandchild
  • DONATIONS

  • Big Oak Ranch

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 1, 2019
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Biography

Mrs. Betty Sandlin Riggs, daughter of the late Uel Curtis Sandlin and Lillian Autie Bishop Sandlin was born on April 21, 1929 in Winfield, Alabama. She passed away at home surrounded by her family on January 29, 2019. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and served him faithfully for 89 years.

She was united in marriage to Richard Hilburn Riggs in October, 1956. This union was blessed with three children. Those three children, Richard Hilburn Riggs, Jr (Keith Waldrep), Suzzanne Riggs Skipper (Sam Skipper), Peggy Riggs Gentry (David Gentry), will forever cherish the memory of their sweet, beautiful mother. She was beloved by all who knew her, especially her grandchildren, Rachel Smith McCurdy, Zachary Smith, Anna Smith, Brian Gentry, Michael Gentry, and Liz Skipper. She also was blessed with four great-grandchildren, Everette McCurdy, Lillian Smith, Evelyn Smith, and Amelia McCurdy. Hilburn preceded her in death on June 21, 2007. She was one of nine children, eight of whom preceded her in death; JT Sandlin, Morris Sandlin, Linnie Sandlin Schneider, Eileen Sandlin Styles, Lou Sandlin Weeks Carter, Holli Sandlin, and Harold Sandlin. Her youngest sister, Shirley Sandlin Williams lives in Pleasant Grove, Alabama.

Mrs. Riggs was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Sylacauga, Alabama and later in Evergreen, Alabama. She served in the community of Sylacauga as Brownie and Girl Scout leader, as a dental hygienist, as a Sunday School teacher, gracious hostess, and as a Sylacauga Board of Education member 1971 - 1978.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Big Oak Ranch home for children, P.O. Box 507, Springville, Alabama 35146, phone 205-467-6226.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Zachary Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery, Evergreen, Alabama. Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana, AL directing arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.johnsongeorgiana.com.