Fred Junior Rigsby, 86, a Rock Island resident and Warren County native, was born Aug. 26, 1928 and died Sept. 9 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was a retired employee of Powermatic, and along with his wife, Jewell, owned Rigsby Nursery & Landscaping. He was a member of Fall City Baptist Church and son of the late Elbert and Willie Pauline Hutchins Rigsby.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Jeannie Diann Rigsby; sisters, Wilma Stevens and Linda Rigsby; and brothers, Ray Fisher, Paul, Charles and Bobby Rigsby.
He was married to Jewell Lovitt Hicks Rigsby, who survives. He is also survived by children, Jimmy (Carol) Rigsby of Morrison, Jeffery (Robin) Rigsby, Patsy (Gary) Surber and Bob (Kathy) Hicks, all of Rock Island; grandchildren, Shonda Jacobs of McMinnville, Joshua Hathcock, Shannan Earls and Amber Brackley of Rock Island, Tabitha Oakley of Yelm, Wash., Brandy Rigsby of Murfreesboro and Ashley Watson of Knoxville; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Ted (Lois) Rigsby of McMinnville, Earl (Eva) Rigsby of Campaign; sisters-in-law, Wanda Rigsby of McMinnville and Loretta Rigsby of Muncie, Ind. Several nieces and nephews survive along with special friend, Sue Jones.
Mr. Rigsby loved life and enjoyed helping people. He enjoyed raising a garden and sharing it with friends and family, especially his great-granddaughter, Emma, who loves tomatoes.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in High’s Chapel with Joey Spicer and Eddie “Buddy” Reed to officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in White County. Visitation will be 11 a.m. Saturday until time of service at High’s. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations made to Fall City Baptist Church, c/o Shannon Slaughter, 259 John Clark Road, Rock Island, TN 38581.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 12, 2014