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MSgt James Franklin Riggs, United States Marine Corps (Ret.), 77, of Beaufort, South Carolina, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Florida.

A graveside service will be held at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, March 30, 2019, in Beaufort Memorial Gardens with United States Marine Corps honors.

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  1. charles e ledford says:

    Rest in peace, my Brother.
    Semper Fidelis, Sergeant Major Charlie Ledford, Retired

  2. ROBERT BARBER says:

    Quiet but proud and damn proud of his family and his country and his Marines.

  3. Bryan Eubanks says:

    Thoughts and prayers…thank you sir for your sacrifices to our great raised a fine daughter too…RIP…prayers.

  4. Stacey Nelson says:

    My sincere condolences to Michelle and Robert.

  5. Bryan and Ashley Dunlap says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. God bless our veterans and the sacrifices they make for our great country.

  6. Marta Karpan Mattox says:

    I was so sorry to learn you lost your dearest Dad.
    I’ve heard what a very fine man he was.
    Thank you, sir, for your service to the country.
    Michelle, the love & outstanding care that surrounded him in his final years is something you can always be very proud to have done for him. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers. With love, Marta

  7. Chistina Olson. RN.MSN says:

    Jim, you were my friend, neighbor, and patient but not always all at once! You taught me how to be a sharpshooter and how to feel safe and secure. You’re taught me a lot about life and Dungeness garlic crabs from Savannah and ] milkshakes. You’re passing has been painful for so many of us but I take comfort knowing that you can breathe and not have to work so hard. You are a shining star and I’m so happy that Michelle and Robert opened their home for you because they gave you your freedom back. Riding your 4-wheeler from your house to the mailbox and then to my house honking your horn and asking me what are you doing? I had to laugh every time and repeat the same thing laundry taking care of dogs and doing what I did yesterday LOL you always had a plan to break up the monotony. My neighbors have the all said to me I guess we won’t be seeing you running up the street in your pajamas anymore early in the morning LOL I never realized I was being watched but I wouldn’t have cared I’d do it all over again if I could just have the chance to have said goodbye. Rest in peace my friend. Now you can breathe and being a guardian angel for your family. You were loved my many people and thank you for your service and for your love of your country.

  8. Robert & Julie Rosen says:

    We are so sorry about the loss of Michelle’s Dad. May the wonderful memories of him help heal your hearts ♥️ Our deepest condolences to you both.

  9. The Kent Family says:

    We are so very sorry for your family’s loss. God bless your dad for his service to our country.
    The Kent Family
    Dunnellon, FL

  10. Karrie Robert's says:

    Jim you are truly going to be missed but I’m glad knowing you can breathe and are with Ruth your wife. I will cherish the memories of these last few months, going to miss the morning hellos and you saying I’m alive. Most of all the sleep overs where I didn’t babysit you but was there if you needed anything lol. I will do my best to look after your daughter but we both know that’s not easy after all she’s just like her dad. I’m glad I got to call you my friend. Thank you for your service. James Franklin Riggs At Ease Sir.

  11. Susie Longenecker says:

    My thoughts and prayers to you, Michelle, and all of your family. May he Rest In Peace.

  12. Patti Hawkesworth says:

    This wonderful man has taken his bright light home to heaven. He was only loaned to us, but what a huge impact he made in so many lives while he was here. To his family, he was their rock and a blessing. To his friends, he was large as life. To his country, he was an able servant and a Patriot. To me, he was my buddy. You will be missed so much, Jim, but you will never be forgotten. Thank you for being a part of my life.

  13. Jamie Hunt says:

    Dear Jim you served your Country Family & Friends Honorably. I am proud to have known you . You were definitely 1 of a kind & a kind gentleman. May you rest in Peace.

  14. Bob Tasker says:

    Jimmy my Man. Will miss you bunches and will cherish the memories. Thank you for sharing yourself and your wonderful family with me and my family these past 40 plus years. Rest easy buddy – you earned it!

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