Mr. Gerald Downing “JR” Riggins, Jr., 53 of Folkston, passed away Sunday morning, January 10, 2021, in Folkston following a sudden illness.
Born in Jacksonville, FL on May 9, 1967, he was raised in Jacksonville before moving to Waycross in the late 80’s and lived there until moving to Folkston a little over a year ago. Mr. Riggins had worked in the roofing business for a short time prior to working with All-Safe Fire Protection and Asplundh Tree Service. For the past 2 years he had worked for D.M. Forestry as a log truck driver and was mighty proud of his candy apple red Peterbilt. A true outdoorsman, he loved fishing, hunting, and working in the woods with his job. He also enjoyed cooking – especially on the grill – and loved the Florida Gators. Mr. Riggins was a loving father and grandfather. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was a son of the late Gerald Downing Riggins and Lorene Elizabeth Crawley Thompson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Lee Riggins.
Survivors include his children, Jessica (Luke) Wolfe and Jacob (Angel) Riggins all of Blackshear; three sisters, Sherri (Ronald) Jackson of Jacksonville, Victoria “Vicki” Telesky of New York, NY, and Wendy Pickett of Yulee; three brothers, Jason Riggins of Jacksonville, Danny (Carol) Riggins of Middleburg, FL, and Collon Telesky of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Matthew Wolfe and Bentley Downing Riggins; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Graveside services for Mr. Riggins will be held Friday morning, January 15, 2021, at 11:00 o’clock at the Jordan Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the cemetery one hour prior to the service.
Due to COVID-19, social distancing guidelines and the wearing of facemasks are mandatory.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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