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  • ID: I144048
  • Name: Myrtle Elizabeth Rigney
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 22 MAR 1923 in Pittsylvania Co., VA
  • Death: 18 JUL 2016 in Martinsville City, VA
  • Reference Number: 144048
  • Note:
    2016, Martinsville City, VA, Obituary
    Martinsville Bulletin (VA) - July 19, 2016
    Myrtle Elizabeth Rigney Donavant, 93, of Dyer Store Rd., Martinsville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 18, 2016. She was born on March 22, 1923 in Pittsylvania County to the late Claude Swanson Rigney and Nannie Kate Maxey Rigney.
    She was a member of Fontaine Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Parker Donavant; son, Garland Lee Donavant; sisters, Clara Lucado, Stella Blankenship, and Irene Fralin; brothers, Swanson Rigney, Dudley Rigney, and William "Junior' Rigney.
    She is survived by her sons, Billy Donavant (Cecelia) and Roy Donavant (Judy) both of Martinsville, Va.; daughters, Diann D. Price, Eva Donavant-Weaver (Randolph), Shelby Haynes (David), Barbara Worrell (Danny) all of Martinsville, Va., Hazel Pickurel (Randy) of Ridgeway, Va. and Martha Reid (Roy Lee) of Madison, N.C. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; sister, Betty Jean Hall (Junior) of Rocky Mount, Va.; brother, Paul Rigney of Penhook, Va. and sister-in-law, Mildred Rigney of Penhook, Va.
    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel with Minister Dean Ashby and Billy Donavant, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow the service at Roselawn Burial Park. Pall Bearers for Mrs. Donavant's service will be her grandsons, Billy Donavant, Jr., Troy Donavant, James Donavant, Roy Donavant, Jr., Ryan Donavant, Robert Donavant, Allen Bell, Christopher Bell, Tony Griffith and Shane Reid.
    From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)

    Father: Claude Swanson Rigney
    Mother: Nannie Kate Maxey
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