Rodney Lee Riggs

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mr. Rodney Lee Riggs, 51 of Manila, passed from this life Monday, May 7, 2012, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science Medical Center in Little Rock following a courageous battle with leukemia. Born in Blytheville, he was the great-great-grandson of Manila pioneer Flenord Riggs and had been a lifelong Manila resident. Rodney was a 1980 graduate of Manila High School and was employed for nearly 30 years as a machine specialist for American Greetings Company in Osceola. Rodney was a longtime member of the Community Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Griggs Riggs of the home;

His parents, Ronald and Betty Daniel Riggs of Manila;

One brother, Alan Riggs of Manila;

One step-son, Kelly Stewart of Manila;

One step-daughter, Angel Hembrey of Manila; and

Two step-grandsons, Michael and Gaige Edwards of Manila.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with the Rev. Jerry Pentecost officiating. Burial will follow in Manila Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Thursday from noon until service time at the funeral home. Guests may register at