Bill Joe Riggs

July 16, 1927April 14, 2014

Bill Joe Riggs, 86, of Granite Falls, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at his residence.

Mr. Riggs was born in Caldwell County to the late John Henry Riggs and Charlotte Flowers Riggs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Ned, Z.O. and Bass Riggs.

A proud WWII veteran he was stationed in Germany and France. Bill was a retired service manager at local automobile dealerships for over 40 years. As a second career, he retired after 22 years as a bank courier. A lifelong charter member of North Catawba Fire and Rescue, he served actively in the role of fireman and on the Board of Directors for 56 years.

In 2013, Bill received the honor of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the governor of North Carolina.

He was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church in the Baton community.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lois Greene Riggs, of the home; his daughters, Sheila Riggs Taylor and husband, Roger, of Conover and Sherry Riggs Modlin and husband, Monte, and a grandson, Rhyne Modlin, all of Hickory; a brother John Riggs and wife, Peggy, of Lenoir; his sisters, Gwyn Frye, Sabra Melton, Peggy Jean Wilson and husband, Bob, all of Lenoir; and Mary Gay Hickman of Hickory.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Mountain Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Clifton Black and Reverend Jeff Burkheimer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to North Catawba Fire and Rescue, 2064 Connelly Springs Road, Lenoir, NC 28645 or Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Riggs family.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Jim Davis

August 23, 2014

Sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful person. May God be with the Riggs family.

Becky Bryant Linn

April 16, 2014

Sheila, Sherry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

April 16, 2014

Good friends are like rare jewels hard to find and impossible to replace, you can't be replaced, and you will be remembered. Thought and prayers with Lois and the girls.
Stanley and Bernice Edwards

Lydia Walters

April 16, 2014

Sheila and Family,
One of the highlights of my days at Bank of Granite was talking to your sweet Daddy--- what a fine man he was. Your family is in my prayers.

April 16, 2014

Our thoughts are with all of you at this sad time and in the days ahead. A very fine man..... Mr. Bill Riggs, many happy memories of him.
Love and prayers,
Flaxen Brookshire-Reid
Lena Brookshire

Jo Wagoner

April 16, 2014

Sheila and family, you have my sympathy and prayers.

Angie Reid

April 16, 2014

Sheila, I am so sorry to hear about your daddy. He was the sweetest man! I will always remember him being our Bank of Granite courier who always had a smile & kind word. Bill was the "best of the best". I wish I could be there to give you a hug. Just know that I will keep you & your family in my thoughts & prayers.

April 15, 2014

Shelia, Just a word from us to tell you that we are thinking about you and your family. We know that this a diffcult time but the great memories will win out in time. We know...
Ron and Ann Young