First Posted: 1/31/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN Mrs. Nina Flippin Riggins, 83, of Pilot Mountain, passed away on Saturday Jan. 31, 2009, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born in Surry County on Oct. 12, 1925, to the late Coy Bonson and Beulah Reid Flippin. She graduated from Shoals High School and attended Draughn Business College. Mrs. Riggins worked as a secretary first at Flippin Trucking and for another business in Pilot Mountain. Nina was a charter member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pilot Mountain. She loved being a member of its wonderful congregation. She served as church treasurer for 32 years, taught Sunday School and was a member of the choir. Mrs. Riggins was also a charter member and active participant of the Presbyterian Women for as long as her health allowed, and was presently serving as an elder. She held the distinction of being the first woman deacon in the Winston-Salem Presbytery where she served for 20 years. Mrs. Riggins was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, infant Bobby Ray Flippin and Clayton B. Flippin, one sister; Mildred F. Marion and a foster brother, Julius Watson. She lost the love of her life, her husband of 60 years, Mr. Howard E. Riggins, in 2005, who also passed away on Jan. 31. Nina was the matriarch of the Flippin family. She was always ready to help in whatever way possible in word and deed. She is survived by one sister; Hollie F. Draughn and her husband, Raymond, of Matthews; one brother, Gilmer L. Flippin, Sr. and wife Geraldine (Judy) of Winston-Salem and one sister-in-law, Frances F. Harmel of Pfafftown. Also surviving are several loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews who will always be grateful for her presence in their lives. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Drs. Peter Cullen and Patricia Zekan and the staff at Winston-Salem Health Care for their many years of excellent care. They also thank her church, members and her exceptional friends and neighbors for their loyal support over the years. May God bless you for taking such good care of Nina. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1209, Pilot Mountain, NC, the Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad; P.O. box 743, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 or Hospice of the donors choice. Memorial services will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Cox-Needham Chapel with the Rev. Kristi Rolison conducting the service. The family received friends on January 31, 2009, at Cox-Needham Funeral Home. Cox-Needham funeral home of Pilot Mountain is assisting the Riggins family.