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First Baptist Church, Kingsport
Saturday June 25th, 2022

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Walter Wayne Riggins

Walter Riggins, 76, of Kingsport passed away Sunday afternoon, May 29, 2022, following a period of declining health. He was born in Greenville, SC and came to Kingsport in 1967 to work at Eastman, where he retired. Walter was involved in the early days of KYSA as a referee and coach. In addition, he was active in his church, having served as a deacon. He loved his church, DB football and soccer. Most of all, Walter was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He also loved his extended family and friends.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Harlon and Laurie Riggins; his son, Stefin Riggins; his brother, Willson Riggins. Surviving is his wife, Linda Riggins; his children, Chad Riggins and wife Lori of Lebanon, TN and Ryan Riggins and wife Kristi of Knoxville, TN; his daughter-in-law, Denise Riggins of Mt. Juliet, TN; his grandchildren, Dylan, Madison, Brady, Benton, Brystol, Mason and McLayne; his sister, Sarah Williams of Simpsonville, SC; his sister-in-law, Linda Ruth Riggins; and four very special nieces and a nephew.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Shelton Hager, Dr. Adam Coe and Dr. Kanakiriya and the doctors and nurses at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on June 25, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Kingsport with Dr. Marvin Cameron officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service, in the church atrium.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 W. Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Dobyns-Bennett High School Football Program, 1 Tribe Way, Kingsport, TN 37664.

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Our sympathy and prayers in your loss. God bless each of you!

Bob and Kay Grimes Jun 25 2022 8:12 PM

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Walter and I graduated together in the Class of 1964 at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Sadly, over the many years since then, we lost all contact, but, you never forget your classmates….especially someone like Walter. He was fun to be around, a friend to all and always a gentleman! I know that he came to at least one, maybe two, of our earliest class reunions, and it was great seeing him and recalling some great memories of our youth. Pictures of those reunions are among my treasures. Know that all the family will be in my prayers and thoughts in the days and weeks ahead.

Judy West Ramsay Jun 22 2022 1:14 AM

Linda, you and the boys are in my prayers. Walter was such a kind, funny, Christian fellow who will be greatly missed.

Kathy Grills Jun 19 2022 6:42 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about Walter and Stefin's passing, Linda. I didn't know they were sick. It's sad that old neighbors/friends grow so far apart after we move. You, Chad. Ryan and the entire family are in my prayers. God Bless you in this time of sorrow.

John and Carol Hampton Jun 3 2022 11:01 PM

Deepest sympathy to all the family! Love to you from all the Sproles . You are very special to us and we remember all the years growing up with our children. Precious memories to our dear friends.

Charles Sproles Jun 3 2022 12:35 PM

Linda, I was surprised to see Walt's obit. I worked around him at Eastman in IT-related activities.
I always enjoyed our interaction and his gentle manner.
I saw him last at FBC but I don't remember why I was there. I was in D-B with Judy Bowery. She described Walt perfectly.
Grace and Peace

Lynn Sorrell Jun 1 2022 10:04 PM

Linda I am so sorry about the death of Walter. You and he were one of my favorite couples I ever went to church with. He had such a sense of humor. I will be thinking about you and the boys and their families. Jo Ann Stafford

JO ANN STAFFORD Jun 1 2022 5:24 PM

we are so sorry for your loss . Walter ws truly an honorable man who loved his family dearly. Peace be with you.
Carol Redmond/Bob Scales

Carol Redmond Jun 1 2022 12:46 PM

Ryan, Debi and I heard of your father's passing today. We send our prayers to support you and your family.
Love from Daryl and Debi Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell Jun 1 2022 12:21 PM

Linda and family, I am so sorry to hear about Walter's passing, we will keep you in our prayers.

ken mcdermitt Jun 1 2022 11:33 AM

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