Susan Blair Riggs
Susan Blair Riggs, 63, of Huntington, WV, passed away on June 11, 2019, at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Susan was born in Huntington on February 6, 1956, the daughter of the late Bert and Janice Blair.
Susan graduated from Vinson High School, a member of the Class of 1974. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Concord College in Athens, WV, graduating summa cum laude.
During her career as a music teacher, she directed choir and band grades elementary through high school in Talcott, Sandstone, Hinton, Smoot, and Rainelle, WV. She also directed choirs at Big Clear Creek Baptist Church in Rupert, WV, and First Baptist Church in Hinton, WV.
A classically trained soprano, Susan was a frequent soloist for churches, schools, and community events. She was dedicated to training young musicians and taught piano and voice lessons from her longtime home in Rupert, WV.
Susan retired from teaching in 1994 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Susan loved to quilt, crochet, and knit for her grandchildren, and she was an outstanding baker.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Riggs of Huntington, WV; children Benjamin Riggs (John Dwyer), Jonathan Riggs (Amy), Nicole Riggs McIlvaine (Ian), and Jesse Riggs; nine grandchildren, Brody Riggs (Dawn Marie), Brier Riggs (Tiffany), Wheaton Riggs, Annyston Riggs, Sophia McIlvaine, Finnegan McIlvaine, Anabella McIlvaine, Fletcher Riggs, and Madge Riggs; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Ben Blair (Adele) of Seattle, WA, niece Christa Blair May (Scot), and nephew Brandon Blair (Allison).
The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary 328 6th Ave., Huntington, WV 25701. Burial will follow in Spring Valley Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Published on June 13, 2019


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