College benefactor dies

13 Feb , 2013  

A longtime college supporter and the first woman to serve on what is now the UVa-Wise College Board died Feb. 2.

Eliza Sutton “Posey” Rigg died in St. Augustine, Fla., from causes that were not released. She was 83.

Rigg first served on the Clinch Valley College Advisory Council for nearly a decade starting in 1969, and later from 1991 to 2009. When Clinch Valley College changed its name to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise–something Rigg advocated for –that council became the UVa-Wise College Board.

Rigg and her family, owners of Kennedy’s Piggly Wiggly Stores, Inc., provided trucks to travel back and forth to Richmond to bring furniture for the college’s first class rooms in Crockett Hall.

Later, as chairman of the board of the company, Rigg established an eponymous scholarship at the school.

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