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Richard Edward Riggins
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“Dear Frankie and Family, We at House of Disciples would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Dr. Riggins. We just received a...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: House of Disciples - Longview, TX

“Dear Frankie and family, we are so sorry to hear about Richard's passing. He was a wonderful guy and Harry and I, both, enjoyed visiting with him at...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Harry and Vicki Crabtree - AR

“Dr. Riggins was truly a wonderful man and will be missed, it was an honor to work for him . I will never forget how good he was to me and my family....Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Jennifer White - Gladewater, TX

“Frankie my deepest prayers and thoughts are with you and the family, words won't make it better but know that you are not alone. ”
4 of 30 | Posted by: Sherri Ungerer - Hot Springs, AR

“I will really miss seeing Richard at the Schuler house in Austin. He was always so upbeat and fun to be around. Many thoughts and prayers to you. ”
5 of 30 | Posted by: jean schuler - austin, TX

“Dear Frankie and family, My family was probably the first of many friends Richard had in Longview. My father (Pee Wee Possoit) was instrumental...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Alice & Joe Poore - Overland Park, KS

“Dr. Riggins was my dentist as a child and teenager. He was also my brother's, mother's, and grandmother's dentist. We all adored Dr. Riggins. He...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Leslie Wilhelm - Longview, TX

“Frankie, My sincere condolences to you and Richard's family. He was a real gentleman and always seemed to know what to say to others to make them...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Sue Strasser - Joplin, MO

“Our prayers are with the family. Dr. Riggins was a great caring dentist and will be missed. ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Keith and Linda Stone - Longview, TX

“Frankie -- Everyone at Longview Mall inlcuding many retailers you worked with over the years -- too many to mention here along with your staff wants...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Julie Rigby - Longview, TX

“Just wanted you all to know I am thinking of you today. I did not know Dr. Riggins but I do know he was loved by all of you and will be missed. ...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Dana Blair - Longview, TX

“Frankie: I was so saddened to learn of Richard's passing. Please know that you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: Jackie Tomme - Justin, TX

“Frankie, We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family. The Jenkins Family ”
13 of 30 | Posted by: Sandy Jenkins - Longview, TX

“Dr. Riggins was our family dentist for many years. He was always kind, warm, and considerate. A very pleasant and happy man. We will miss him...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Wayne and Carolyn Hearron - TX

“Frankie, You have my heartfelt condolences for Your loss, although I only saw him once or twice, I know He will be missed by a great many. There is...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Gary W Foster - Gilmer, TX

“richard was our neighbor at lake cherokee in 1962 to 1965.we came to know and love the entire family,he will be missed. ”
16 of 30 | Posted by: Don & Elaine Pinkerton - TX

“Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Sincerely Monique,James,Chris and Steph. ”
17 of 30 | Posted by: Monique LeBlanc - Austin, TX

“Fankie, please know that I have you and your family in my prayers. I remember seeing Richard at Luby's almost every time I was there. Remember the...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Jan Maynard - Odessa, TX

“Frankie, I'm sorry for your loss. Big Rich was a kind-hearted man who always made me feel welcome when visiting. He is and will be missed and will...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Josh Allen - Austin, TX

“Dear Frankie and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sherry Moore-Molpus ”
20 of 30 | Posted by: Sherry Moore-Molpus - Longview, TX

“To the Riggins Family: Dr. Riggins was always a very good friend to my family, my wife Kathy and my sister Brenda of Longview. I have such good...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Michael A. Campbell - Midland, TX

“I will miss you Uncle Richard. I cherish our time together while my parents, Margaret and Bob Riggins were ill and all of your special stories about...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Linda Riggins Murphy - Palmyra, VA

“I am really going to miss Dr. Riggins. I learned so much from him and the way he interacted with his patients and his staff. It was an honor to have...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Jackie and Pat Muehlstein - TX

“To the family and particularly to Frankie, You have my heart fealt condolenses for the loss of a truly great man, loving husband and father, and a...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Randy Bannister - Longview, TX

“Frankie, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Jo and Ronnie Lee ”
25 of 30 | Posted by: Jo and Ronnie Lee - Longview, TX

“A wonderful friend and dentist. I will miss you so much. ”
26 of 30 | Posted by: Avil Murphy - Kilgore, TX

“Dr. Riggins was a true gentleman. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: Barbara Hunter - Longview, TX

“Frankie, I am truly sorry for your loss. Know that you are being thought of. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Elaine ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: Elaine Reynolds - Longview, TX

“Frankie, I am so sorry for your loss of Richard. I learned of his passing today at our East TX Dental Society meeting. We were all reminded of how...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Don O'Neal - Longview, TX

“Richard had the gift of making everyone around him feel special. Somehow he always kept the conversation about them. He was what I call a "man's...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Bill Bussey - Longview, TX


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Graveside services for Doctor Richard Edward Riggins, 81, of Longview will be held at 11 AM Monday, March 26th at Rosewood Park Mausoleum Chapel. Family visitation will be Sunday, March 25th from 5-7 pm at Rader Funeral Home of Longview. Doctor Riggins went to be with his heavenly father Thursday, March 22, 2012 after a heroic battle with lung cancer and complications. Richard was born October 11, 1930 to Claude and Willie Mae Riggins in their home in Stamps, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Quinton Riggins and Bobby Riggins. Doctor Riggins is a Christian and chose to worship his Lord Jesus and his heavenly Father at the Longview First Baptist Church, where he was a member. He was also a member of the Precepts Bible Study Class. Along the road toward his DDS degree, Dr. Riggins graduated from Tyler HIgh School in 1948, where he was nominated "Most Handsome Boy", attended Tyler Junior College, North Texas State at Denton, Syracuse University in New York where he became fluent in written and spoken Russian, the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, received a BA degree, and finally the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston where he received his DDS degree in 1960. Dr. Riggins opened his dental practice in Longview in 1960 and retired in 2000. He always considered it an honor and a priviledge to be a member of the dental profession. He was a retired life member of the East Texas Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association where he served many years on the Executive Board, and the American Dental Association. He was also a member of the International College of Dentists. His staff and his patients were cherished members of his family. Dr. Riggins served his country in the USAF Security Service during the Korean War based in Japan decoding Russian communications. He was a Master Mason in Pine Tree Masonic Lodge #1396, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Knight Templar York Rite Mason and a member of Sharon Shrine Temple. Dr. Riggins is survived by his wife, Frankie(Ketchum) Parson-Riggins of Longview, and two daughters, Rebecca Riggins of Longview and Rachel Riggins Schuler of Austin, a son-in-law John Schuler, and three granddaughters, Lauren Schuler, Jennifer Schuler, and Michelle Schuler, all of Austin. Joyce House Riggins, the mother of his children. Frankie's children, David Parson of Austin and his son, Noah, and Tracey Parson Welborn, her husband Dayne and their children Brooks and Miranda of Longview. Richard enjoyed Longhorn football, fishing with his friends, learning to fly, and spending time with his family. The family would like to thank Dr. Riggins' team of doctors and the ICU nursing staff of Good Shepherd Medical Center for all their compassionate care during his stay. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000; Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or the House of Disciples, P. O. Box 1207, Longview, TX 75606

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