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Johnnye Faye Riggs

Johnnye Faye Farley-Riggs, 88, of Fayetteville, Arkansas passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Avenir Memory Care in Fayetteville.

Johnnye was born July 9, 1931 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas to Ollie Glenn Farley and Edna Miles Farley Gatherer. She attended school at Siloam Springs, Arkansas where she achieved the All-State Basketball award in 1948; she would go on to play four seasons of professional basketball for the All American Red Heads from 1948 through 1952. On June 29, 1952, she married Howard N. Riggs in Siloam Springs and shared many loving years and memories together. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Summa Cum Laude at John Brown University in 1961 and then, she would attend University of Arkansas to receive her Master’s Degree in Education in 1968. She would go on to teach 6th grade education at Bates Elementary in Fayetteville from 1961 to 1981. She was of Baptist faith and loved her family.

She is survived by her husband, Howard N. Riggs of Fayetteville, AR; 3 children, Steven Wayne Riggs and wife, Leanna of Rogers, AR, Carol Ann Riggs of Fayetteville, AR, and Paul Nathan Riggs of Springdale, AR; 1 sister, Dr. Lily Ann Hanes of Golden Eagle, IL; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A private burial will be held at a later date in the Fayetteville National Cemetery.

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The family of Shirley Anne Dowdy Hastings would like to send our deepest condolences to the family of Johnny Faye Farley-Riggs. We have heard so many stories about her from Shirley, from their friendship at Siloam Springs High School to their time spent together on the basketball court as teammates at Siloam Springs High.
Sadly, we lost Shirley on March 11 (2020). I know that these two friends and basketball buddies are meeting in Heaven sharing memories of the good old days with each other.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. One day we all will be together again.

Wanda M Hastings Apr 6 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to Mr. Riggs, Paul, Carol Ann and Steve. I have such fond memories of Mrs. Riggs as a teacher and growing up with her there to keep me and Paul out of trouble...

Kent McAllister Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies for Mr. Riggs, Paul, Carol Ann and Steve. Mrs. Riggs was a wonderful 6th grade teacher and second mother as Paul and I were playing in the creek, riding motorcycles and being boys. I have such fond memories of her as a teacher and mom. My prayers with the family in this difficult time.

Kent McAllister

sekod@yahoo.com Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

Heartfelt sympathy and many prayers from our family to your.
Harold and Helen McKinney

Helen McKinney Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

I can still see Mrs. Riggs with her strand of pearls! She was always so caring and compassionate. So sorry for your loss.

Mary Broyles Watkins Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM