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Robert Carroll Riggs

September 24, 1937 ~ July 30, 2022 (age 84)

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A faithful and devoted servant of Christ, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Robert “Bob” Carroll Riggs departed this life Saturday, July 30, 2022, he was 84 years old. Bob, born in Goldsboro, N.C. September 24, 1937, is survived by his soulmate and wife of 58 years, Gwendolyn Foy Riggs, of Richlands, N.C., formerly of Richmond, Va.  

A funeral service will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2 PM at Jones Funeral Home of Richlands with Brian Young officiating. The family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service from 12PM to 2PM. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.

Bob is preceded in death by his father Roy C. Riggs, his mother Bela Mae Carmack Riggs and his sister Jean Barnette Riggs.

Bob is survived by his son, Robert Scott Riggs his wife, Michele Lindsey Riggs of Jacksonville, N.C., his daughter, Traci Riggs Yates her husband, Anthony Yates of Jacksonville, N.C., and his son, John Mark Riggs and his wife, Cassie Edwards-Riggs of Charlotte, N.C.

Bob is survived by his granddaughter Hannah Baysden Adkins and her husband Cody Adkins of Lexington, N.C., Darby Grace Baysden and her fiancée Ryan Cayson of Raleigh, N.C., grandson Derek Anthony Yates and his wife Ariel Yates of Jacksonville, N.C., granddaughter Harley Amber Yates of Jacksonville, N.C., grandson Robert Lindsey Riggs of Wilmington, N.C., granddaughter Sarah Michele Riggs of Jacksonville, N.C., granddaughters Emerson Jane Riggs, Ashlin Rose Cahill, and grandson Harris McCormick Riggs all of Charlotte, N.C.; Additionally, Bob is survived by three great-grandchildren, Olive Grace Adkins of Lexington, N.C., Lainey Yates and Luke Yates of Jacksonville, N.C.   

Professionally, Bob worked for First Citizens Bank for 36 years in Morehead City, Richlands, New Bern and Pink Hill, N.C. Prior, Bob served in the United States Air Force as a medic.

Bob was also an accomplished college athlete lettering and earning all-conference in two sports at two different colleges, Chowan University and Guilford College, respectively. He was the Male Athlete of the Year at Goldsboro High School in 1956 as an all-conference and All-East selection in both baseball and basketball.

Bob met his bride at Chowan University and was married in Wendell, N.C. in 1964. Soon after he began his career with FCB and started adding branches to a family tree that will ultimately be his true legacy.

Bob was a doting father and mentor. He gave all he had to give. His time, his effort, his love, his wisdom and his integrity. He was a natural teacher and coach. He showed his love for Scott, Traci and Mark with endless hours of teaching the finer points and fundamentals of basketball, baseball, softball and football. He was a major supporter of Richlands High School athletics working tireless hours on the baseball field, donating electric scoreboards to the football and baseball stadiums, painting championship banners for the gym, etc., all so his “three” would have “nice places to play.”

He was a founding member of Praise Tabernacle Church of Richlands, and his constant compass was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with whom he rests for ever more. Finally, Bob was also known for his poignant, clever and insightful “Bob-isms,” one of which was “It will feel better when it quits hurting.”

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August 4, 2022

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home - Richlands
137 Ervintown Road
Richlands, NC 28574

Funeral Service
August 4, 2022

2:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home - Richlands
137 Ervintown Road
Richlands, NC 28574

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