Longtime Gadsden doctor Dr. Murray Riggins, proprietor of Medical Aesthetic Pores and skin Care, died July 1 following a quick sickness. He was 67.
Born in Albany, Georgia, Riggins was raised in Cincinnati. After graduating from Walnut Hills Excessive College there in 1973, he attended Morehouse Faculty in Atlanta, the place he majored in physics and graduated in 1977 with honors.
He obtained a medical diploma in 1981 from Meharry Medical Faculty, and moved again to Cincinnati, the place he labored as medical director of the West Finish Medical Heart and likewise operated a personal follow in household drugs for a few years.
Riggins moved to Anniston in 1990 and have become the medical director on the federal jail in Talladega, the place in 1991 he efficiently negotiated throughout a hostage takeover for the discharge of his colleagues and received an award for bravery on the Nationwide Medical Administrators’ Convention.
He married Dr. Rovenia “Ro” Brock-Riggins, Riggins’s spouse in 2002, and after opening the MASC in 2010, they relocated to Anniston in 2011 so he might construct and function his follow in Gadsden.
“For the primary 10 years of our marriage, he would drive for 2 hours to the Atlanta airport and get on a airplane to D.C. each single week,” Brock-Riggins mentioned.
She mentioned Riggins’s follow “modified lots of lives,” noting that his work allowed many households to remain collectively by way of his medical aesthetic practices.
“He did what he wanted to take action that his sufferers might feel and look good about themselves,” she mentioned.
With a twin residence in Washington, D.C., and Anniston, Riggins continued working at Alabama hospitals in emergency drugs. He additionally labored at Hormone Well being in Birmingham and Restore Clinic in Gadsden, serving to substance abusers throughout their restoration.
Riggins additionally was an completed singer, songwriter and musician, enjoying piano and bass guitar. He launched a number of information, together with “Extremely/Sound” with the IgG band from Meharry Medical Faculty, the place he was a founding member. The “Extremely/Sound” album is now a collector’s merchandise in Japan and was re-released on vinyl in 2021. He additionally launched “Dancin’ Prancin” along with his brother.
“He was a jokester,” Brock-Riggins mentioned. “If laughter was the perfect drugs, he was the remedy. He introduced a lot pleasure and lightweight to each scenario.”
Preceded in demise by his mother and father, Murray Riggins, Sr. and Pearline Riggins Singletary, he’s survived by his spouse; one brother, Michael Jerome Riggins (Margie Corridor); his 5 youngsters, twins Kymberly and Kisha, Nicole, Murray III (Joey) and Matthew; 9 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and uncles, aunts, cousins and different relations and shut mates.
“This has been essentially the most devastating occasion in my grownup life,” Brock-Riggins mentioned. “However it’s his legacy that retains me going. My purpose from right here on is to dwell as much as that and honor him in the whole lot I do.”
His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Better Grateful Missionary Baptist Church, 3025 W. 14th St. in Anniston. Visitation is at 10 a.m.