Jesse R. (JR) Rigby

Jesse R. (JR) Rigby passed away peacefully Dec. 29, 2021 at the age of 80. He was born Dec. 13, 1941 to Jesse D. Rigby Jr. and Lorene Stockton Rigby in Raymondville.

He was a student at Calhoun High School and played football for the Calhoun Sandcrabs. He left high school and joined the U.S Air Force, where he served as an aircraft mechanic for 22 years. The Air Force began his love for traveling. He loved fishing, hunting and sitting on the porch with his dogs (and there were a lot of them over the years).

Jesse is survived by his wife, Patricia (Trish), of Columbus; daughters, Jamie Grasse (TJ), of Point Comfort, and Karen Hahn (Scott), of Marion, and also Deena Taylor (Bill), of Columbus; grandchildren: Christopher, Cassandra (Billy), Sean (Tara), Charlene (Taylor), Amber (Sam) Vickie, Zack, Sarah and Gracie; 11 great-grandchildren: Jordan, Clayton, Taylor, Gannon, Braxton, Easton, Chloe, Grayson, Bailey, Harper and Zoe; sister, Marsha Frederick; and brothers, Bill Rigby, Ralph Rigby (Bettie) and Jerry Rigby (Sissy); and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him. He is also survived by his loving fur companion, Wednesday, who lay beside him until the end.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Donations can be made to Freedom Service Dogs of America at They provide service dogs to veterans with PTSD, children and teens with autism and other neurocognitive disabilities, and individuals with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injury.

A military remembrance ceremony will be held at a later date.

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