September 17, 1942 - May 28, 2015
Emmanuel Riggins, 72, of 913 Granite Street, Youngstown, departed this life Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:18 a.m. at the Cleveland Clinic, following complications of an extended illness.
He was born September 17, 1942 in Yazoo City, MS, the son of Elder George Herbert and Mary Thomas Riggins, residing in the area for 1 year, coming from Warren, OH.
Mr. Riggins was the organist for New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church for five years, before retiring in 2012. He was a recording artist playing with the Grant Green Band, the Emmanuel Riggins Trio and the Adam Band. He also was the organist for Second Baptist Church and the Daycare driver for 10 years and a Welder for Levi Steel for three years. He was also a member of the Musicians Union Local 86-242.
He was a member of New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed music, building model airplanes, horseback riding, yoga and fishing.
He was a 1961 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, received an Associate’s Degree in Music from Youngstown State University, attended Wayne State University and Control Data Institute, where he studied Computer Technology.
Mr. Riggins served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict in the Army Band, receiving the National Defense Service Medal.
He leaves to mourn one son, Emmanuel Karriem Riggins of Santa Clarita, CA; one daughter, Ms. Tanisha D. Riggins of Southfield, MI; one brother, Ernest Riggins of Youngstown; two grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Rosetta Butler and Nathaliah Carver.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church. Calling Hours will be held one hour prior to service (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
Family will receive friends at 2200 Grissom Circle, N.E., Warren.
Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.