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Dr. John D. Rigsby

September 11, 1930 ~ October 10, 2017 (age 87)
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John David Rigsby entered into eternal rest on October 10, 2017. He was born on September 11, 1930 to John and Minnie Rigsby in Forest, Mississippi. 

He was a graduate of Scott County Training School in Forest, MS, where he was class valedictorian. He matriculated at Alcorn State University where he served as Class President and President of the Student Government Association. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. He received his Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University and earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson where he served as a Deacon, Chairman of the Trustee Board, Church Treasurer, Church Clerk and Sunday School Superintendent.

He proudly served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged. He was a distinguished educator. He served as a Science teacher in the Leflore County, Rankin County and Jackson Public School District. He served as an administrator in the Jackson Public Schools as an Assistant Principal, Principal, Personnel Director, Assistant Superintendent of Junior High Schools and Assistant Superintendent of General Services. 

He served as President of the Alcorn State University National Alumni Association, He was a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was also a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of Phi Delta Kappa Education organizations. He served as a mentor to numerous students and teachers.

John is survived by his wife, the former Esther C. Martin, and four sons Reginald Rigsby, M.d. of Jackson, MS, Delbert K. Rigsby, Esq., of Mitchellville, MD, Dr. Mark D. Rigsby, of Knoxville, TN, and Kenneth W. Rigsby of Nashville, Tennessee.

Visitation hours will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Peoples Funeral Home Chapel, between the hours of 12-5 p.m. Family and Friends hour will start at 6:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, located at 5102 Watkins Dr. Jackson, MS 39206.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church located at 5102 Watkins Dr. Jackson, MS 39206

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 Service Information

October 12, 2017

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Peoples Funeral Home Chapel
886 North Farish Street
Jackson, MS 39202

October 12, 2017

6:00 PM
New HopeMissionary Baptist Church
Hwy 469
Pearl, MS 39208

Funeral Service
October 13, 2017

12:00 PM
New HopeMissionary Baptist Church
Hwy 469
Pearl, MS 39208

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