William F. Rigby, 86, of Southern Pines, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020 at FirstHealth Hospice House.

He was born July 30, 1933, in Suffolk County Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Phillip and Anne Rigby.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. You may contact the family for more information.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Renate, his son David, his sisters Ellen and Joan, and his brother John.

William is survived by his daughter Donna Rigby-Groff of Southern Pines, his brother Philip Rigby of Oak Hill, Florida, his grandson Derek Baumgartner of New Caney, Texas, his three granddaughters, Danielle Baumgartner, Dejonna Groff, and Dannah Groff of Southern Pines, and two great grandchildren.

Online condolences may be offered at www.pinesfunerals.com

Memories Timeline


  1. Dearest Bill. All of my sympathy to your lovely family. You were so special as a cousin and friend Our whole family grieves. RIP Love. Geoff

  2. Donna and family, I am so very sorry hear about your loss. All of you are in my thoughts. May you find peace and comfort through this time time of loss. Donna, if you need anything, please let me know.

  3. My condolences, to the family. All of you guys are in my thoughts as you go through this hard time. Please let me know if I can do anything for you guys.

  4. Our favorite Uncle Bill is remembered as the generous and open minded spirit he was in life. He is already greatly missed. But he is probably laughing as he holds Aunt Renate’s hand.

  5. Bill was a role model and mentor to me, as he was to many. He was a candle that made the world a little brighter. He will be sorely missed. Heartfelt condolences to Phill, Donna, his grandchildren, and all that loved him, who are many. We will all safe keep part of him with us as we carry on.

  6. Cousin Billy was a very special, exceptional man, loved and admired by my entire family. I will cherish all the memories with Billy. My sincere condolences to Donna, Phil and the grandchildren.

  7. Cousin Billy was one of the kindest and warmest people I’ve ever known. Greatly loved and respected by the entire Gordon family–Billy often spoke from the heart and his heart was big.
    My deepest condolences to Donna, Phil, and all the family.

  8. Uncle Billy, thank you for all of your love, support and guidance through the years. We love you and are going to miss you.

  9. A loss of a family member leaves an emptiness inside. Know that your father is in a better place without pain and happiness all around him !!!
    Blessings to Donna and Madisyn the ones that I adore and may ALL the family have peace and support one another !!! – Me

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