Louise Riggan Temple

Published 4:47 pm Friday, October 23, 2020

Louise Riggan Temple, 100, of Germantown, Tenn, went to be with our Lord Jesus on Oct. 19, 2020. She is greatly missed by all who love and know her. After college she was very active serving Jesus as a pastor’s wife in Norfolk; Huntington, W.Va.; Memphis, Tenn.; and again, in Norfolk, raising her seven children, teaching school, and later babysitting with the many children she loved in Suffolk. Louise was preceded in death by her husbands, Dr. J. Gordon Riggan Sr. and Mr. Robert R. Temple; her parents, Harold and Louise Wells; her sister, Molly Tyson; her brothers, Rev. Harold Wells and Mr. Robert Wells; and her grandson, Mark Lenderman.

Left to cherish Louise’s memory are her children, Mary Lou Exley and husband Pat of Germantown, Tenn., Betty Kelly and husband Lee of Jacksonville, Fla., Jimmy Riggan and wife Linda of Waxhaw, N.C., David Riggan of Norfolk, Peggy Lenderman and husband Richard of Kernersville, N.C., Nancy Cross of Chesapeake, Harold Riggan of Chesapeake, and her step-daughter, Connie Thornton of Colonial Heights, Va. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Richard Exley and wife Elizabeth, David Exley and wife Jeannie, Karen Miller and husband David, Amy Stump and husband Jeff, Matt Riggan and wife Dena, Rebekah Bowman and husband Jon, Susanna McCaskill and husband Mike, Paul Lenderman and wife Heather, Mrs. Tracy Lenderman the widow of Mark Lenderman, Tim Cross, and Andrew Cross and wife Cindy. Louise has numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren who also miss her.

Giving all of the glory to Jesus the Messiah, Louise’s life and homegoing affirms Proverbs 31:28 and Psalm 116:15 in God’s Word, “Her children rise up and call her blessed. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”


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In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to missions at the church of your choice. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 26, at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, 3488 Godwin Blvd., with Rev. Ruffin Alphin officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Holly Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.