Betty Sandlin Riggs

Published 12:04 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Betty Sandlin Riggs, 89, who passed away at home surrounded by her family on Jan. 29. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen. The Rev. Zachary Smith officiated.

The daughter of the late Uel Curtis Sandlin and Lillian Autie Bishop Sandlin, Mrs. Riggs was born on April 21, 1929, in Winfield. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and served him faithfully for 89 years.

Mrs. Riggs was united in marriage to Richard Hilburn Riggs in October 1956. This union was blessed with three children. Those three children, Richard Hilburn Riggs Jr. (Keith Waldrep), Suzzanne Riggs Skipper (Sam Skipper) and Peggy Riggs Gentry (David Gentry), will forever cherish the memory of their sweet and beautiful mother.

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Her husband, Hilburn, preceded Mrs. Riggs in death on June 21, 2007. She was one of nine children, seven of whom preceded her in death including, JT Sandlin, Morris Sandlin, Linnie Sandlin Schneider, Eileen Sandlin Styles, Lou Sandlin Weeks Carter, Holli Sandlin and Harold Sandlin. Her youngest sister, Shirley Sandlin Williams, lives in Pleasant Grove.

She was beloved by all who knew her, especially her grandchildren, Rachel Smith McCurdy, Zachary Smith, Anna Smith, Brian Gentry, Michael Gentry and Liz Skipper. She was also blessed with four great grandchildren, Everette McCurdy, Lillian Smith, Evelyn Smith and Amelia McCurdy.

Mrs. Riggs was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Sylacauga and later in Evergreen. She served in the community of Sylacauga as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, dental hygienist, Sunday school teacher, gracious hostess and member of the Sylacauga Board of Education from 1971-78.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Big Oak Ranch Home for Children, P.O. Box 507, Springville, AL. 35146 or phone the ranch at (205) 467-6226.

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Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directed.