Nellie Sawyer Riggs, age 86, of Camden, NC died Thursday, February 14, 2019. Born in Camden County, NC on August 2, 1932 to the late Wilson C. and Gertie Nash Sawyer, she was the widow of John Riggs. She was a former member of Pentecostal Holiness Church of South Mills.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Temple Perry (Donnie) of Camden, NC and Peggy Riggs Beales (John) of Elizabeth City, NC; two sisters, Jean Sawyer of South Mills, NC, and Lauvenia “Fuzz” Eason of Camden, NC; four grandchildren, Tina Perry, Brad Perry (Amy), Johnny Beales (Lauryen), and T. J. Beales; seven great grandchildren, Brittany Hill, John Leary, Seth Leary, Milanka Bogdanovic, Mason Perry, Madison Perry, and Johnathon Beales; and a special niece, Peggy Eason. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Elaine Riggs, a son, James “Jimmy” Temple, Jr., a sister, Gertie Mae Small, and brothers, Coen Sawyer and Hubert Sawyer.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Twiford Memorial Chapel with Pastor Mike Henley and the Rev. Boyce Porter officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5:00 ~ 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home, following the service in the funeral home lobby, and all other times at the residence of Linda and Donnie Perry, 101 Holland Dr., Camden, NC. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Riggs family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at https://www.twifordfh.com.