Billy N. Riggins (Sign Guestbook)

Billy Newell Riggins died suddenly on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Born on April 30, 1937 in Hazard, Kentucky to Alma Allen Riggins and Newell Grady Riggins, M.D. The family moved to Knoxville where his father established his medical practice in Burlington.

Bill graduated from Knoxville East High School in 1955. He was president of the choir, member of the National Honor Society, Student Council treasurer, class treasurer, captain of the basketball team and received the Danforth Award for leadership. He received his amateur radio (ham) license at age 14 and won several competitions in trap shooting in his age group.

Bill graduated from U.T. Medical School in 1962, served an internship at UT Hospital (Knoxville) and joined his father in his practice in 1963. He was drafted during the Vietnam conflict and spent two years as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Army. He was deployed in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam as the chief medical officer in Pleiku. After his military service, he continued to practice medicine in Burlington for 50 years.

Bill had received his pilot’s license, was a certified scuba diver, bare boat captain, extra class HAM operator and liked to farm. He contributed to the community through his church and the Love Kitchen. He was a devoted Christian, husband, father and grandfather who could fix anything from your plumbing and electricity to a cut or a broken bone.

He was a member and deacon at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and had been a Sunday School teacher and officer at Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by parents and brother, Bob Allen Riggins.

Survived by wife of 59 years Patricia; sons, Grady (Becca), Patrick and Martin of Knoxville; daughter, Rebecca ( Justin) Ault of New Market; grandchildren Spencer Riggins, Matthew Riggins, Joshua Riggins, Hunter Riggins, Laura Ault, Nathan Ault, Jacob Ault, Aaron Ault, Drake Parker and Dylan Parker; sister Joanne (Dr.Jay) Mounger; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Vernon; niece, Mary Honey; nephews, Allen Riggins, Daniel Mounger, Stephen Mounger and John Mounger; many beloved cousins in Knoxville and middle Tennessee.

The family will receive friends at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel on Sunday, October 1st from 2-4pm. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers make a donation to your favorite charity or The Love Kitchen, PO Box 6839, Knoxville, TN 37914. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Riggins family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook below.


6 guestbook entries for “Billy N. Riggins”:

  1. Misty Lifford says:

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy at the loss of Dr. Bill. He has taken care of generations of our family for the past 50 years. The love and care he has demonstrated for my parents not only all these years in good health but most recently in their time of critical health has been unmatched by anyone. The compassion he showed my mother only two months ago in her passing will never be forgotten. Our prayers are with the family left behind with the hope and faith that one day soon we’ll all be reunited in Heaven. For Martin…I’ll make sure that Dad eats his vegetables and drinks more water…Dr. Bill’s orders.

    With Love….the Lifford Family (Bill and Misty)

  2. Ron ad Norma Mikels says:

    We are so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Our sympathy to his family.

  3. Al Gill says:

    I am so sorry to learn of Dr. Riggins passing. My sympathy to his family. Al Gill

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  5. Gerard Hendrickson says:

    We are saddened for your loss and too recently know of your pain and sadness our selves. Your family have been a part of our family for years and we have many wonderful memories to cherish.

    this is from myself Gerard Hendrickson, son of Ulyess Galyon and my sister Stacia Grindstaff

  6. Cindy France says:

    He was my grannies doctor. She thought he was the best physician. Your family will be in my prayers.

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