Kathy Marie Riggins Howard

Kathy Marie Riggins Howard, 62, of Valdosta, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019. 

She was born July 9, 1956 in Blackshear to Mary Riggins Griner Burkhalter and the late Alvin Riggins. She was a registered nurse and worked in this capacity at the University Hospital of Augusta, and at her husband’s family practice in Douglas for 20 years. She was active in church life wherever she lived, singing in choirs and teaching Sunday school. She was a member of First Christian Church in Valdosta where she was program director for senior adults and also served as a deacon. She enjoyed spending time with family and her eight grandchildren. She had a great passion and gift for storytelling and was frequently in demand to share this gift with audiences around South Georgia. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Riggins and her step-father, Virlon Griner. 

Survivors include her husband, Leonard F. Howard, Valdosta; two daughters, Mandy (J.C.) Jacobs,, Fairhope, AL, and Misty (Paul) Watkins, Valdosta; one son, Dustin (Lindsay) Howard, Atlanta; eight grandchildren, Jake Jacobs, Mary Kathryn Jacobs, Griffin Jacobs, Bennett Watkins, Kade Watkins, Hallie Watkins, Hudson Howard and  Asher Howard; one brother Larry (Gwen) Riggins, Fitzgerald; one sister Karen (Tip) Lee, Alma; one step-brother, Kip (Michelle) Griner, Houston, TX; one step-sister, Ann Bonds, Atlanta; her mother, Mary Griner, Blackshear and her beloved dog, Lilly. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, from the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Howard and the Rev. George Bennett officiating. 

Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the funeral home. 

Condolences may be conveyed to the family online at www.mclanecares.com.

Carson McLane Funeral Home of Valdosta is in charge of the arrangements.

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