William Lee "Buddy" Riggs Jr.
William Lee "Buddy" Riggs, Jr. CHARLESTON - William Lee (Buddy) Riggs, Jr. peacefully slipped out of this life and onto heaven's shores early Sunday afternoon, January 23, 2011. He was surrounded by loved ones at home, assured that he would not "have to cross Jordan alone." Buddy was born May 18, 1925, in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of William Lee (Bill) and Sadie Riggs, Sr. As a child, he moved with his family to Charleston. He was an Eagle Scout and troop leader. A Clemson freshman who enlisted in the Navy during WWII, he was sent to USC in the ROTC program, where he excelled in several sports, played tight end in the first Gator Bowl, earned a math degree, and married Betty Knowles. He was a partner in Riggs and Son Construction Company, a skilled tennis player, and a computer systems analyst at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. More important, he was a loving, gentle family man who blessed anyone with whom he came in contact. He was a life-time deacon at Citadel Square Baptist Church, where for many years he led young people to know the Lord, using his one week of vacation time to take hundreds of teenagers to Camp Forest in Cheraw, SC, for memorable experiences that changed many lives. He and Betty hosted Sunday night fellowships for young people (of all ages) after church for years. Ham and cheese biscuits, home-churned ice cream, ping pong, laughter and love were always abundant. Buddy was always quick to answer enthusiastically, "I'd love to!" when called on to serve in any capacity. Buddy and Betty truly loved people and served Christ as He taught in Matthew 25:40, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me." To get a hug from Buddy accompanied by his patent "Riggs pat" on the back was to feel love, warmth, and comfort for any hurt. Buddy is survived by his sister Dolores Reuter of Charleston, his brother-in-law Tommy Woods of Little Rock, Arkansas, and his children and grandchildren of Charleston: Lynn Reese, her husband G. David (Rock) Reese and their son David Russell Reese; Sharon Harper; and William Bryan Riggs, his wife Pam Hodges Riggs, and their daughters Breanne Nicole, Kelsey Elizabeth, and Chandler Sadilee Riggs. He is predeceased by his wife of sixty-three years, Betty Knowles Riggs, his son Richard (Ricky) Scott Riggs, and his grandson, William (Will) Lee Harper. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Sanctuary Renovation Fund at Citadel Square Baptist Church, 328 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Visitation will be at J. Henry Stuhr, West Ashley Chapel on Wednesday, January 26, 5 to 7 pm. The funeral service will be held in the chapel at Citadel Square Baptist Church on Thursday, January 27, at 2 pm. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/ deaths

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Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2011.
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I wanted to offer my condolescenes to the family of Mr. Riggs. I only had the pleasure of taking care of him for a short time but he was kind and pleasant. I was touched by the love and the advocacy of the family until GOD called him home. He is now in the arms of GOD in HIS Kingdom and we will all meet again one day.
Sharon Kubischke RN
January 27, 2011
I worked with Buddy at the Shipyard in Data Processing Department for a number of years. He was a fine gentleman, very knowledgeable, highly respected, and much revered by his co-workers. I knew Betty too, and they were a wonderful couple, who led many to Christ, at the same time showing how a couple can succeed in business while rearing a family. I know you will miss him, as you miss your Mother. I pray for God's Holy Spirit to fill and surround you with comfort and peace.
Terry Stone
January 26, 2011
Lynn, Sharon, and Bryan,
I was so saddened to learn of your father's passing. I know I speak for all my family, Bobby, Cal, Diane, and myself, to relay that we all have wonderful memories of you and your family. Your father and mother led such wonderful and inspiring lives, and touched so many hearts. Time does have a way of healing us and with God's hand we will each come to terms in our own way. God bless all of you, and may your friends and family and wonderful memories of his long life sustain you.
Nell (Carpenter) Stuckey,
Nell (Carpenter) Stuckey
January 25, 2011
Our prayers for your comfort will continue past this trying time for you.
Buddy was the most important figure in
the lives of so many who came to enjoy
the fellowship at Citadel Square Baptist. His example of caring for all
and giving of his effort and time to see that many found Christ will be rewarded. Thank you Buddy Riggs. You
truly are a pillar in the history of Citadel Square Baptist Church.

Love to the Riggs Family,
Herbert M. Blitch, Jr. Columbia
January 25, 2011
Buddy and Betty Jean's Family, Herb Goldberg emailed me the notice of Buddy's death and I will pass along to our Class of 43 group who were in high school with Betty. We now have 229 in this Class who are known deceased. When Buddy attended our functions with Betty he always appeared to enjoy those occasions. They both loved Charleston, SC. In life we are never ready to lose our loved ones and only our Faith in the Sovereignty of God and the manifested concern of caring friends sustains us. We are thinking of you and will hold you in our prayers. Joe and Zunita Clark
Joe Clark
January 25, 2011
There are no words to soothe the pain or fill the gap left by a man so much larger than life. His unending generosity, open heart and kind spirit made all of us feel safe whenever we were fortunate enough to be in the presence of God's gentle bear.

I expect God greeted him saying, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant....Now, give me a hand with Betty and David!"

Uncle Buddy will have a very special place in my heart forever, right next to my Dad.

Love,

Carole Cuttino
Carole Cuttino
January 25, 2011
Lynn, Sharon & Bryan, I am so sorry to read of Mr. Riggs death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I certainly know and feel your pain as we lost our mother in December. If there is anything we can do for the family, please let us know. May his memory be eternal. A long life to all of you Love Happy, Dianne & Pete Lempesis
January 25, 2011
Delores I'm not sure you will remember me. I think we both lived close to Hampton Park many years ago when we were friends. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.
January 25, 2011
Bryan and family, I was so sorry to hear
about Mr. Buddy. My parents and Buddy & Betty go way back. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love,Bill & Debbie Fennell
Debbie Owens Fennell
January 25, 2011
Buddy and Betty Riggs were an important influence on my life. They were possibly, the most gracious persons whom I have ever encountered. Space prevents the experiences which we shared both at Citadel Square and in their home, especially at Christmas Time. Would that there would be more persons who invest themselves in others.
Gleaton F. Rickenbaker
January 24, 2011