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Rev. Ruben Vance Riggins

November 18, 2019
Reverend Ruben Vance Riggins, age 69, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Oct. 26, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

His life is celebrated by his wife, Vicky Melton Riggins, and their children, Reuben Grady Riggins (and Ashley Sears), Jonathan Ross Riggins, and Mary Hannah Riggins Samples (and Justin Samples), and grandson, Benjamin Samples.

Vance was in the first graduating class of Flint River Academy in 1968. He graduated from Auburn University in 1973 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. In 1986, he experienced a call to the ministry that led him to Asbury Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1989.

He served as a United Methodist Minister for 29 years and was a member of the South Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Prior to ministry, Vance followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a peach farmer and raising cattle. He also owned and operated a propane gas company and worked in other agricultural pursuits.

He was raised in Woodbury, Ga. by his late parents, Grady and Doris Riggins, along with siblings Valeta Riggins Mills (Mike Mills), Valton Riggins (Pam Riggins), and Vicki Riggins Anglyn (Derry Anglyn). He was an uncle to several nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

Vance loved God, his family, Auburn football, music, television, peaches, and ice cream.

Services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Cason officiating.

Interment followed at New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, PO Box 511, Statesboro, GA 30459.

Friends may sign the online register book at

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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