Millard "Sarge" Garland Rigdon
Millard "Sarge" Garland Rigdon
December 4, 1929 - August 3, 2018


SFC Millard Garland Rigdon, (Ret.), Florida National Guard, 88, of Palatka passed away Friday, August 3, 2018 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following a brief illness.
Sgt. Rigdon was born in Pine Castle, Florida and had been a lifelong resident of Palatka. He was a 1948 graduate of Putnam High School in Palatka. He retired from the Florida National Guard as a Sergeant First Class after 35 years of service. He had served as AST (Administrative Supply Technician) of Battery A, 1st Battalion, 265th ADA in Palatka. On weekends when the Guard was activated, he served as Mess Sergeant as well as when the retirees would meet. He was the founder and curator of the SFC Millard G. Rigdon Military Museum at the National Guard Armory in Palatka. He was a member of Victory Christian Fellowship in East Palatka where he supported the food pantry and was a former member of First Assembly of God in Palatka where he served on the Board. He enjoyed woodworking and had crafted many items, including pulpits and pews, which can be found all over our town. He hosted a Bible study at his home for 16 years. He was a compassionate and Godly man who enjoyed helping people with random acts of kindness, including supporting our troops overseas and helping a local waitress receive a college education.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Dorothy F. Duck Rigdon; four sisters, Betty Williams, Audrey Lovelace, Kathleen Feagin and Shirley Stevens; a brother, Mark Rigdon; and a grandson, Steven Marrs.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Mike Algaier, and Joy and Kevin Tracey, all of Palatka; two sisters, Sylvia Pacetti of Melbourne and Caroline Mayberry of Okeechobee; a brother, David Rigdon of Palatka; two grandchildren, Jennifer Marrs of Jacksonville and Justin Marrs of Palatka; three great grandchildren, Ashlyn Marrs, David Marrs and Logan Lee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 7th at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 8th at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor Ben Tippett and Pastor Mark Chumney officiating. Burial will follow in Palatka Memorial Gardens with full military honors bestowed by Florida National Guard.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177. Friends may sign the online guestbook at
Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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