Alvin Riggs

Alvin Richard Riggs, 85, passed away October 10, 2016, at his residence in Salisbury, NC.

A memorial service will be held at a later date with his final resting place being in Motley.

Arrangements were with Carolina Cremation, Salisbury. 

Al was born June 7, 1931 to Raymond and Clara (Hanson) Riggs in Motley. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in the South Pacific. Al received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware,and his Masters and Ph. D in History from Yale University. Al married Barbara Lennington on June 17, 1962. Al was a Fulbright Scholar and studied in Edinburgh, Scotland and taught U.S. History at McGill University in Montreal, Canada for 37 years. He enjoyed being a member of the Motley American Legion and traveling back home to Motley to visit with family and friends. Al enjoyed fly fishing, floating down the Smith River in Montana, reading and gardening - he was a farmer at heart.  

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Amy (Mark) Wimmer of Salisbury; daughter-in-law, Rose Riggs of Salisbury; one sister, Donna Bakula of Chincoteague Island, VA; one brother Stan Riggs (Rosemary) of Southern California; four grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

He was preceded in death by one son, James “Jim” Riggs and one sister, Myrt Riggs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion #124 Motley P.O. Box 145 Motley, MN  56466. 

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