Anthony "Tony" Kent Rigsbee

July 14, 1972 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 49)



Anthony “Tony” Kent Rigsbee 49, of Smithfield, NC died peacefully in his home on Friday, January 7, 2022, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Wake County on July 14, 1972, to his parents, Jerry Lee Sr. and Shirley Kent Rigsbee. Tony graduated from Apex High School and worked in the career force as a Service Technician in the Refrigeration and HVAC industries. Tony loved the outdoors and camping with his children. Tony was preceded in death by a son, Grayson Kent Rigsbee; his maternal grandparents, Gladstone Herman and Sarah Clifton Kent and his paternal grandparents, Huey Estes and Mary Louisiana Rigsbee. 

In addition to his parents, Tony is survived his fiancé, Cindy Hayes; his six children Carter, Bryce, Brody, Nathan, Matthew and Anthony; his two stepchildren, Barrett and Sydney Sullivan; his brother, Jerry Lee Jr. (Crystal); his beloved companion Comet and extended family and friends.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. at the Benson Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Mark Fields officiating. The church is located at 8991 NC Hwy 27 Benson, NC 27504. Tony’s love for the outdoors and fall colors led to his request that those in attendance to celebrate his life feel free to dress in such fashion if they wish to do so.


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