A great gentleman here in Madison Parish was recently laid to rest over this past summer. A God-fearing man, a family man, an awesome educator and a fellow who could sing with the best of them are the titles which can be attributed this great man. I’m talking about the late, great William “Bilbo” Riggs.
Always a distinguished gentleman for as long as I can remember, William Riggs has stood out as a great role model for brothers of my generation (and those to come) to pattern behind.
I was amazed to learn that William Riggs served in one of the U.S. Armed Forces in his youth. I’m quite sure that he served this land well, as he did other things. As a founder of our city’s gospel group – the Tallulah Angelic Voices of Praise (TAVOP). I was so blessed to hear him sing as angels sing in Heaven above (just like I did next door to me at my neighbor’s New Morning Star, as well as at the Ms. Wright Elementary School pageants!). As a lover of basketball, another fond member which stands out to me was when I was at McCall Jr. High.
Williams Riggs presented a most memorable documentary on his outstanding brother, Coach Mitchell Riggs, with the Reuben McCall High School Basketball boys team in 1992. He gave his brother and his athletes the love and respect which they truly deserved. Thank you, Mr. Riggs, for being a real example of manhood among people. Thank you for the awesome way you taught so many people of my generation in classrooms (both here in Madison Parish and in California!) and continue to rest in peace!
- Karl Thomas