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In loving memory of
Carl Elmo Riggs
  • September 23, 1928
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  • November 03, 2022

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Carl Elmo (Possum) Riggs, passed away peacefully at his home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on November 3, 2022.

Carl was born on September 23, 1928, in McVeigh, Kentucky to parents W.M. Bill and Sybil (Davis) Riggs. On June 26, 1949, Carl married his wife Louise J. (Bucci) Riggs in Williamson, West Virginia, together they had three children Bob, David, and Greg.

Carl is survived by his three children Bob (Judy), David (Jayne) and Greg (Debra); grandchildren; Lindsey Riggs and Louie Carr; brother’s Dr. Leon and W.M. Bill Riggs, Jr., and sister’s Maebell and Donna Jean. He is predeceased by his parent’s W.M. Bill and Sybil (Davis) Riggs; his wife Louise J. (Bucci) Riggs; his sister Mildred and his brother’s Paul and Jay.

Before Carl served and retired as a postmaster for the United States Postal service in Huntington, West Virginia, he served for the United States Navy in the Communications Corp during the Korean War. He was also a previous postmaster in Delbarton, W.V, Williamson, W.V. and Barboursville, W.V. He was very active in his community as a coach, scoutmaster and civic leader. He was the president of the WHS Booster, the National League of Postmasters, Kentucky Colonel, Knights of Columbus and many more.

Private services will be held in the near future.


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  1. Sherry Crose says:
    21 Nov 2022
    On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Riggs.

    Sherry Crose, Executive Director
    Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

  2. Jane Lambert says:
    13 Nov 2022
    Both Carl and Louise Riggs were active in the Huntington WV NARFE chapter for many years. Carl was a tremendous support to me in the NARFE activities and leading the Huntington Chapter. So blessed to have known him.

    V. Jane Lambert

  3. William Montgomery says:
    13 Nov 2022
    Bobby, David and Greg,

    I thought so much of Possum. He lived such a long, full life. He was such a presence in my childhood (as was your mother). My most sincere condolences.

  4. Patty Edwards says:
    08 Nov 2022
    Your Dad worked with my mother in law for several years at the Delbarton Post Office..I always enjoyed talking with him..he was a dear friend of our family..our thoughts and prayers are with all of you

    Patty Edwards

  5. Janice Stepp Coburn says:
    08 Nov 2022
    Bob and family, my deep sympathy on the passing of your wonderful Father. I am very thankful for the close friendship my Mother and your parents shared all their lives, and I will always hold them in high regard. How blessed you are! 4

  6. Judy Chericozzi says:
    08 Nov 2022
    So sorry for your loss. I loved Carl and Louise very much.

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