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Educator, World War II veteran Bill Rigney, 85

William "Bill" Rigney, 85, 205 S. Reed Street, Columbia, KY, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2003, at 12:56 p.m., at Summit Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Rigney was a member of the Beulah Chapel Brethren in Christ Church. He had retired from the Adair County School System after 30 years service as a teacher and administrator. He was a past president of the local retired School Teacher Association. Mr. Rigney served in World War II and was a member of the local VFW post.

THe funeral service is Wednesday, December 10, 2003, at 1:00 p.m., at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Bro. Clifton Bennett officiating.

Mr. Rigney was the son of the late John M. and Mattie Grant Rigney.

He is survived by his wife, Margie Rigney, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Two sons and two daughters-in-law, Billy Rigney and Kathy Rigney, Hazard, KY; and David Rigney and Eva Rigney, Columbia.
  • One daughter, Mary Alisa Rigney, Elizabethtown, KY
  • Two brothers, John D. Rigney, Columbia, KY, and Edward Rigney, Elizabethton, Tn
  • Two sisters, Mary Fernandes and Virginia Crouse, both of Jacksonville, IL
  • Seven grandchildren, Bill Rigney III, David Rigney, Jr.; Benjamin Rigney, Josh Rigney, John Rigney, Jennifer Rigney and Katelynn Rigney
  • One step grandchild, two great grandchildren, three step great granchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
Interment will be in Haven Hill Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 6097.

The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Gideon Bibles.

Visitation is after 4:30 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2003 at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, Columbia.

This obituary was made possible through the support of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, established in 1922, located at 210 Greensburg Street in Columbia. To reach Louis and Brenda McQueary and Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, phone 270-384-2145, or call our 24-hour community obituary information line, 384-6999. E-mail: you trust, caring for people you love.

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