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Johnnie Matthew Riggan Sr.


Johnnie Matthew Riggan Sr., 93, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Sunday. May 24, 2020 at his home.

A native of Granville County, he was the son of the late Richard James Riggan and Lucy Mae Hobgood. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Butner and was a retired Chief Warrant “CW4” officer with the North Carolina National Guard.

A private graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 29th 2020 at South Granville Memorial Gardens in Stem. You may access the funeral service by clicking on the following link:
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Surviving are his wife of eight years, Brenda White of the home, five sons, two daughters, seventeen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Butner: Post Office Box 44, Butner, NC 27509.


  • ZEBULON R SANDERS Posted May 26, 2020 12:00 pm

    My Deepest Sympathy go out to Brenda and the entire family in losing Johnnie. CW4 Johnnie Riggan was my first supervisor at the Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS) 13 in Butner. Even though we did not always agree, we gained a mutual respect for each other. In later years, we became good friends, and when ever possible would do my best to visit Johnnie and Brenda over the past nine years even though I had retired and moved to Colorado. Johnnie loved to go crappie fishing on Kerr Lake, and I believe that was one of his ways to get away from the everyday life in the military and just have fun and relax. i and many others in the military family will truly miss him. My Heart and Prayers go out to Brenda and the Family as you go through this difficult time.

  • Bob & Arlene Williford Posted May 26, 2020 2:41 pm

    Our sympathy to the family. Bob has has many good memories of Johnnie over the past years when we served in the NCNG together.

  • Tilden Martin Posted May 26, 2020 4:26 pm

    Jay, Wayne and Jody, sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a friend of my parents and my city league basketball coach when I was in the 7th and 8th grades. I’ve always appreciated and respected the way the treated all of his players the same way, fairly and in a supportive manner.

  • Karen Lynn Carden Posted May 27, 2020 1:26 am

    Sorry for your loss Mr Riggan Was very nice man. We were in the National Guard together he will be miss

  • Elizabeth Moore Posted May 27, 2020 7:19 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

  • Lenny and Deborah Rogers Posted May 28, 2020 10:31 pm

    Johnnie was without a doubt one of the finest Christian men I have ever had the privilege and honor to call a friend. His love and devotion to family was an example for all to emulate. Our prayers are for peace and strength for those who knee and loved him.

  • Heather Trent Posted May 30, 2020 6:46 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family, I pray God gives you strength to get through such a sad time such as this.

  • Nancy Rogers Posted May 31, 2020 2:33 pm

    Brenda, Jay, Wayne, Jody and family,you have our deepest sympathy during this time of loss. Johnnie was a dedicated Christian man and a good friend! We will surely miss him too! We pray that God will ease your pain and forever wrap His loving arms around you all.

  • Carol Martin Posted June 2, 2020 9:20 pm

    Brenda, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this
    difficult time.

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