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Dorothy “Dot” Allen Rigsbee

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 31, 2017 @ 12:11 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 7 Comments

Dot went home to be with the Lord on August 30th after a period of declining health at the age of 79.
She was born on March 31, 1938 to James Noah Allen and Keturah Windham Allen in Pitt County, NC. They preceded her in death, her father in 1954 and her mother in 2000, her husband Thomas “Tom” Rigsbee in 2008, as well as her older sister, Sylvia Allen Fisher in 2005.
Dot retired from General Telephone Company in Durham after 25 years of service. After retirement, she worked in temporary jobs including the “SEEP Program” at EPA and most recently at Triangle Orthopedics as a medical records clerk. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, the Ladies Bible Class and the Trail Blazers.
Surviving are her sisters; Christine Allen Taylor (d. Tull) of Farmville, NC and Linda Allen Skarzynski (Chris) of Lewisville, NC; her daughter Tommi Rigsbee Teasley and a daughter not by birth but by love Marty Rigsbee of Oxford, NC., grandchildren; Julia Keturah Teasley of Durham, Kevin Briggs of Dallas TX, and Kyle Roberson of Maryland, and Melissa J. Matties of Charlotte, NC; great-granddaughter Everly Matties of Charlotte, NC and many special nephews and nieces.
Funeral services for Dot will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11 am at Hall-Wynne Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Derek Ketner of Liberty Baptist Church of Durham and the Rev. Ed Denton of Durham Memorial Baptist officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Burial will follow after the funeral service at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham, NC.
Dot personally expressed in writing her gratitude for the prayers, encouragement, care, and concerns that have been given to her and her family during this journey from family, neighbors, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, and her doctors…thank you. “Victory in Jesus!”
The Rigsbee family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com, select obituaries.

Condolences for the family of “Dorothy “Dot” Allen Rigsbee”

Condolence from Rhonda Johnson on August 31st, 2017 2:22 pm

Tommy and Julia. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you. Dot was pretty awesome and now she’s in a place she can move and talk as much as she wants. My love to all of your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Bill Tilley on September 1st, 2017 12:20 am

Tommi Lynn so sorry for you and your family loss. Dot wasd such a great lady
and I have so many great memories of the times our parents shared with us.

I know she is resting in beautiful place with her” LORD”

Go withe GOD

Bill Tilley

Condolence from Janet E. Carter on September 1st, 2017 7:06 am

Dot was my coworker for many years at General Telephone and one of the first people to befriend me when I moved here from Kentucky in 1983. I will miss her smiling face and cheerful demeanor but especially her endless optimism regardless of the circumstances. She was the first to explain to me why North Carolinians “carry” people and cars, “mash” elevator buttons, put groceries in a “poke”, drink sweet tea for breakfast, lunch and dinner, only use Duke’s mayonnaise but never put mustard and relish on a hot dog like the “northerners” do and why “southerners” say “Bless his or her heart” after saying something mean about someone.
I will miss her.
With love, Jan

Condolence from Buck Johnson on September 1st, 2017 8:12 am

Sorry to hear the news about Dot. I will keep you all in my prayers. She is in a better place with Tom now. Love you all!!

Condolence from Ann Goss on September 1st, 2017 3:35 pm

Tommi Lynn….. I am so sorry to hear this….you are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Carol DuPont on September 3rd, 2017 12:35 am

This poem reminds me of the Dot I know:

Afterglow the way

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Author Unknown

Condolence from Juanita Woods on September 5th, 2017 12:01 am

So sorry to hear of Ms Dot ‘s passing! She was a sweet lady and a trooper! You are in my heart a nd prayers dear family!
juanita Woods

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