Billie Joyce Rigsby

July 26, 1929June 19, 2013
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1929 - 2013

Billie Joyce Rigsby passed away peacefully Wednesday June 19, 2013 at the West Florida Hospital Covenant Hospice Care Center. She was a beloved friend, mentor and teacher to many in our community. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved the Lord and her family. Mrs. Rigsby was born in Mobile Alabama to Shelton and Quina Furr who raised her in a Christian home and in the church. Much of her young life was centered around church activities which she loved. Mrs. Rigsby graduated from Murphy High School and later attended the University of Montevallo earning her degree in Social Work. She married the love of her life Paul Rigsby and lived in Bay Minette Alabama for a short time before moving to Pensacola. Mr. and Mrs. Rigsby joined Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church and became youth directors. It was evident early on that Mrs. Rigsby had a calling and a passion to work with young people. She became Pensacola’s Romper Room Lady (Miss. Joyce) with live broadcasts from the WEAR TV studios.

She later entered the teaching profession starting with second graders at Bellview Elementary and taught there for 7 years. Continuing her calling, she taught seniors at Escambia High School from 1968 until her retirement in 1995. During those years she thoroughly enjoyed serving as the senior class sponsor. Countless young lives were impacted by her love and compassion for them as students and friends. She had many dedicated and loyal friends in the teaching profession and she enjoyed her involvement with ADK during her retirement years. Teaching was her passion and it gave her great joy and fulfillment for nearly 35 years. During her retirement She centered her activities around the church. She loved the Barlow Sunday School Class and was a member for over 55 years. The midweek Bible Study ‘Whatever Class” also gave her great joy. She is preceded in death by her husband Paul Rigsby. She is survived by her son Randy (Gloria ) Rigsby, granddaughter Mandy (James) Conner and great granddaughter Lainey Conner.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be at Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013 with funeral services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Riley Richardson officiating. Burial will be at Pensacola Memorial Gardens following the service. Pallbearers will be Nix Daniel, Dr. Herb Gannon, J. T. Young, Dr. Ed Daniel, Ron Jackson and Sandy Sansing.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the men of the Barlow Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church or Covenant Hospice. The family would like to especially thank Dr. Herb Gannon, Ingrid Carlson, and Kellye Lee as well as all the Covenant nurses and professionals who participated in her care.

OAK LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 619 New Warrington Road is entrusted with arrangements.

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  • Visitation Saturday, June 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 22, 2013

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"Laurie" Balyeat Morrison

September 16, 2013

I never saw Mrs. Rigsby discouraged or stressed. Her joy of teaching was evident and her faith in God was also. May we smile, as she did so much, when we remember her. My prayers are with those of you family members. She was born in the same year as my mother who has survived a stroke and is still with us.

Garry Shafovaloff

July 10, 2013

What a wonderful, inspiring, always positive, always encouraging, loving, "I believe in you" person. Her attitude and daily example influenced thousands of us ... and will live on through all of us. Thanks for teaching all of us Shafovaloff kids. Thanks for being a friend to my mom in the Barlow Class at Myrtle Grove Methodist. Church. I know you are wanting us to now do for others what you did for us. A grateful thanks.

Cathy Wilson

July 4, 2013

What can be said of a life that made such a difference. I graduated with Randy in 1971. I can still hear Mrs. Rigsby say "I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the class of 1971 is the best that has ever walked the halls of Escambia High School." Wonder how many classes she said that to? (laughing) She continues to live in the hearts of her family and all the many lives that are better because of her. May God bless her family as they learn to live without her.

Tommy Gorman

June 30, 2013

Farewell Mrs. Risby-- we love you and will miss you.

EHS 1972

June 30, 2013

Escambia High School Class of 1972, of which Mrs. Rigsby was the class sponsor, extends their sincere condolences on her loss. She was a wonderful lady and great friend, and will be sorely missed.

LaDonna Spencer Milstid

June 29, 2013

I only had ms. Rigsby for homeroom, but she was a sweet lady who always greeted everyone with a smile..

Kristine Weaver

June 28, 2013

You were one of my favorite teachers. You even loved your troubled students like I was. I will never forget you and will see you soon in heaven. Class of 1983!

June 28, 2013

I too never had Mrs. Rigsby as a teacher but surly remember that encouraging smile that would light up a room! My deepest condolences to Randy, Gloria and Mandy. Her spirit will live on the hearts of many forever.
Much love,
Betty Weber

Denise Douglas Bennett

June 27, 2013

Although I never had the honor of having Mrs Rigsby as a teacher at EHS, I recall seeing her in the hallways or standing by her classroom door. She was always smiling and made a positive difference in so many lives. My condolences to her family. Class of 73

Bryant Smith

June 26, 2013

I loved having her as a teacher. She was such a caring person and dedicated so much of her time to her seniors. Quick to smile and laugh at the antics we would perform in her sociology class. She was the first teacher I sought out after I graduated boot camp, and she gave me a hug I can still feel, 20 years later. I will never forget her.

c/o 1994