Thomas Harold Riggs, age 91, died on July 29, 2013.
He was a longtime resident of North Little Rock and then Little Rock. He was a World War II veteran, serving in Iran with the Army Persian Gulf Command. He was a decades long member of Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock, where he taught Royal Ambassadors in Park Hill’s early years and Sunday School classes, and served as a Deacon. He also taught Sunday School in nursing homes and faithfully visited home-bound church members. In later years he was a member of the Tele-Bible group of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. After his retirement as owner of Riggs Glass and Mirror Co., Wonder State Glass, and as an employee at AP&L, he volunteered countless hours at the North Little Rock Baptist Hospital, even well into his 80’s. He also performed Cajun comedy routines for various parties, events, nursing homes, and reunions under the name Pierre Boudreaux. He was a lifetime member of the North Little Rock Lion’s Club, serving in numerous capacities including President, and a lifetime member of the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge. He was born on October 15, 1921 to Ernest & Frankie Riggs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Daniel Riggs; son,Thomas Riggs, Jr.; daughter, Dana Riggs Hudspeth; parents; brothers, Thurman Riggs, Bill Riggs, and Doyan C. Stokes.
Survivors iclude children, Steve Riggs and Deby Riggs Wood; daughters-in-law, Stella Riggs and Janinne Riggs; sons-in-law, Johnny Hudspeth and Neal Wood; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Riggs and Rilma Riggs; brother- and sister-in law, Royce and Edwana Daniel; grandchildren, Kelly Riggs Hollowell, Steve Riggs, Rennie Riggs, J.D. Hudspeth, Heath Hudspeth, Stephanie Hudspeth Parker, Kerry Wood, T.J. Wood, and Krissie Wood Talley; and 19 great-grandchildren.
A celebration to honor his life will be held at 2 p.m. today at Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., before the service at the church. Cremation interment will be at a later date at Stoney Point Cemetery in Beebe. There will be no formal graveside service.
The family requests memorials be made to Park Hill Baptist Church Cancer Fighters Support Group or Immanuel Baptist Church Tele-Bible.
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