Stanley R. Riggins

December 23, 2019

CHARLOTTE - Stanley R. Riggins, 69, died peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, December 23, 2019.  Stanley was born March 17, 1950 in Greenville, SC, the first son of Wallace Roy Riggins and Barbara Letlow Riggins. He was raised in Gaffney, SC, graduated from Gaffney High School, and attended Limestone College and his beloved Clemson University.

Stanley was one of a kind.  And that’s what made him special to so many people.  Everyone who knew him has at least one entertaining “Stanley” story, and he will be best remembered for his full life – a life he lived in full color. 

Stanley was smart, hard-working, ambitious, and determined.  He invested in his family and building life-long friendships.  If you were Stanley’s friend, you were his friend for life.  He was a person of integrity who had the courage to be himself.  He loved good wine, Clemson football, a competitive game of golf, and a great shot of bourbon.  Stanley also had a soft spot in his heart for his special four-legged companion, Riggsby.  

Wherever Stanley appeared, laughter and love were guaranteed. We were so blessed to learn many valuable lessons from him.  He had the special gift of addressing life’s challenges head on, and  we loved the simpleness of his human heart.

Stanley had an irreverent sense of humor… not always politically correct, but open and honest. He touched many people with unsolicited acts of kindness, and his proudest achievement was his family who he loved unconditionally, and who supported him in all his glory. 

Stanley moved to Charlotte in 1972, where he met his dear wife, Robin and spent all of his adult life.  He started his career in the medical field with IVAC Corp.  He then went to work with Guidant in the cardiovascular division, which was later acquired by Abbott where he spent the remainder of his career. Stanley was passionate about his work and well respected by his colleagues.

Stanley was a proud member of Christ Episcopal Church for 35 years where each of his children were baptized and confirmed. He also recently celebrated the wedding of his son Tyler, and the christening of his granddaughter, Corinne. He volunteered with the church and was an avid supporter of the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.

A longtime member at Myers Park Country Club, Stanley enjoyed many days playing golf, celebrating the holidays, and spending time with friends as an active member of the wine society.

He and Robin enjoyed traveling and spending summer vacations at Grandfather Golf & Country Club with family as well as countless days spent along the South Carolina coast.

He was most passionate about Clemson University, especially the football program, and was an honorary member of the Coaches Club. He was very active with IPTAY and various alumni associations.  It is hard to imagine Clemson football, baseball and basketball without Stanley, and the many tailgates he hosted over the years for family and friends, old and young.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Robin; three sons, Ryan Riggins, Tyler Riggins and his wife, Meredith, and their daughter, Corinne, and Cameron Riggins. He is also survived by his mother, Barbara Riggins, and his brother, David Riggins and wife, Hope, and his nephew Bob Riggins all of Charlotte. He is preceded in death by his father Wallace Riggins, and his brother Stephen Riggins of Gaffney, SC

The service celebrating Stanley’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Christ Episcopal Church.   The family will receive friend following the service in All Saints Hall.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Christ Episcopal Church,  Crossnore School in Crossnore, NC. or The American Heart Association of North Carolina -

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Steve and Jima

    I was shocked when hearing of Stanleys' passing. We were teammates on the 1965 Gaffney High School State Champion Football Team. Bonds that teams form endure a lifetime and it was always good to see and talk to Stanley when he would visit Gaffney. He always had a smile and story to tell. Stanley was the 79th of Coach Prevattes' players we have lost, but Coach always refers to each a one of his "Boys" no matter their age. Jima and I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family.

    Steve and Jima Sparks Gaffney, SC

  • Libby Holman

    I am so sorry to learn of Stanley’s passing. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  • Jean Spangler

    There was only one Stanley. He was never a loss for words and always made life fun for all. He will be missed by many. Holding the family in prayer. Go Tigers!

  • Eric Sprouse

    Saddened to hear of Stanley’s passing. We were neighbors in ‘75. Always loved his humor & quick wit.
    Sincere condolences to Robin, David & Hope and the Riggins family. RIP Stanley!
    Eric Sprouse

  • Lori Downey

    So sorry to hear about your loss! Prayers for you and your family in the days ahead!

  • Michael Haley

    Unfortunately, I only met Stanley once. I know David well and can only say their parents did a wonderful job with these boys. Raising children and grandchildren is the biggest challenge in life. To Mr and Mrs Riggins I say job well done.

    Lynn and my thoughts and prayers are with the Riggins family tonight.

    Mike and Lynn Haley

  • Dale Hursey

    So shocked to hear this about Stanley. I always loved to kid with him when we were there working for him. Sure are going to miss him for sure. Prayers and Blessings go out to Robin and the family at such a time of this. RIP Stanley I will never forget you.

    Dale Hursey
    Lawns by Dale

  • Langley Perry

    Our family send our condolences to the entire Riggins family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Langley and Carol Perry and Family

  • Jerry Ruppe

    Stanley was a role model to my brother Jack and myself. I will miss his good nature and big smile. Our sincere sympathy to his mother and his brother David. Jack and myself count David a good friend

    Jerry and Kim Ruppe

  • Tommy Martin

    We are shocked and so saddened to hear of Stanley's passing. A former neighbor of ours in Gaffney, S.C., Stanley was a good friend and came from a wonderful, caring family. Our sincere condolences to his sweet mother Barbara and dear friend, brother David. We love you both! - Tommy and Ann Martin, Gaffney

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