William "Paul" Riggs, 88, husband of Eva Carmel Riggs, died on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at his home.

Born in North Carolina, he was a son of the late William Thomas and Julia Elwood Weatherton Riggs. Mr. Riggs was a member of New Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and was the former owner and operator of Riggs Tree Farm for more than 20 years. He was also a retired industrial engineer at Square D. He was a Mason.

Surviving are his wife of Sumter; three sons, Thomas Eugene Riggs (Marsha), Stephen William Riggs (Beverly) and Donald Paul Riggs (Eleanor), all of Sumter; one sister, Ruby Riggs Archer of Jacksonville, North Carolina; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at New Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. David Richardson officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday at New Calvary Baptist Church and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1795, Sumter, SC 29151.

Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.