Shane Lamont Kee-Riggins

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The Hidden Secret

By divine design there were two hearts with the same beat, in their Mother’s womb did she safely keep, awesome was the surprise the twins revealed I must say to announce that not one but two were born that day

On Thursday, March 16, 1972, SHANE LAMONT RIGGINS along with his brother Shawn Lamar, surprised their parents, Jennese Kee and the late Wallace (Judge) Riggins. SHANE kept the secret hidden by sharing the same heartbeat with his little brother Shawn for 9 months.

Shane attended the Columbus City Schools, including Cedarwood and Koebel elementary, Southmoor Middle School, and he graduated from Independence High School.

A Life of Faithful Servitude

As a young child SHANE loved being in the presence of the Lord. He attended services at God’s House of Prayer with his paternal grandmother and Greater 12th Avenue Baptist Church with his maternal grandmother where his uncle, Rev. Cleophus Kee formally served as Pastor. SHANE confessed Christ at the age of 8 and connected with the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. He was active in the children’s choir, Boy’s Scouts and most of all, he loved praying and learning bible verses.

Later, he and Shawn served respectively as National Superintendents of the Sunday School department and were members of the choir while attending Greater Grace Temple AOH. Subsequently, he was led to work in ministry at Metropolitan Baptist Church, now New Faith Baptist Church of Christ, under the leadership of his cousin, Rev. Dr. Jefferey P. Kee. At New Faith, he served as a Sunday school teacher, taught Bible study; was a member of the ministerial team, served as director of the drama ministry, and he was instrumental in developing the “955 in Gospel” ministry for youth and young adults.

As an employee of Columbus City Center Mall, Central Benefits, and Nationwide Insurance respectively, SHANE also extended personal time and talent for many years as a mentor with the Amenci Program.

Twinsational Love

Shane and Shawn were virtually inseparable. They even shared one another’s pain. They tricked teachers, bosses, co-workers, friends, and even family. Not even the city of Columbus could tell them apart, always mixing one twins information up with the other! When asked if they were twins, they were quick to respond, “No we’re first cousins.”

The two enjoyed every moment of their journey called, “twinship”. For years, the twins expanded their friendship in Twinsburg, Ohio at the Twin Days Festival by connecting with other twins. This expansion led to many opportunities for the twins such as featured articles in the Columbus Dispatch, New Yorker magazine, and a couple books dedicated to photography. The symmetry of their looks landed them on display in a New York studio and in a documentary video at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Love of His Life

One Saturday at a fashion show Shane pulled the ponytail of a beautiful young girl by the name of Alice Mitchell, and in return, she hit him. There was no doubt that it was love at first sight. On Saturday, May 8, 1993, Shane and Alice sealed their love in holy matrimony and demonstrated that what they shared was much more than a childhood crush.

Through their own commitment of love to one another, Shane and Alice shared their experiences of marriage and ministry by offering marriage counseling to couples. To this union Alice welcomed Shane’s daughter Keiairra Morris and in 1995 they welcomed a son, Joshua Shane Riggins. In 2005, they opened their hearts and home by adopting four of Shane’s cousins shortly after the loss of their mother.

The Triumphant Departure

On Friday, September 16, 2016 SHANE left his earthly body and is now resting in the arms of our God for everything he was commanded to do he completed with excellence and fervor!

Preceded in Transition

He is preceded in death by his father Wallace Riggins; grandparents, Herbert and Daisy Riggins; uncles, Herbert Riggins Jr., and Clifford Riggins; and grandfather, Adam Kee, Sr.

Leaves to Cherish His Memories

He will be eternally honored by memories and affections of his devoted and beloved wife, Alice; children, Keiairra Morris, Joshua Riggins,Michael, Cache, Zaire and Zy’shonne Ward; and loving mother Jennese (Otis Sowell) Kee; father Leroy Rueben Boykin; siblings: Kevin Watson, Shawn (Devon) Riggins, Aisha Boykin, Abasi Boykin, Awad Tatum, Christopher King, Marche Randall, and Michelle Solomon (Karda) Addo; grandmother, Ollie Mae Kee; grandchildren, Quincy Morris and Laiyah Riggins; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. “If you remember anything about me remember, that I worshipped God through it all. My faith was unwavering and through worship I won every battle!”

10:00am – 12 noon and Home Going Celebration at 12 noon, Tuesday September 20, 2016 at New Faith Baptist Church of Christ 955 Oak St. Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE 2500 Cleveland Ave. To order flowers and to offer condolences to The KEE/RIGGINS Family, visit

Condolence Messages

  1. There are some loves that words can’t express and that is the love I have for my cousin, minister and friend Shane Riggins. Always supportive no matter what, always full of love no matter what, always smiling no matter what. A true gift to the world! My heartfelt prayers go out to my cousins Alice, Josh, Keiairra, Jennese, Shawn, Aisha and the rest of my family. I will continue to pray for you all. I love you always! Bev Lawler

  2. Michael Craighead

    September 19, 2016

    To The Riggins & Kee Family so sorry to hear of Shane passing May God Be With You During This Diffcult Time I Know Shane Will Be Greatly Missed By All Who Knew Him. Shane Was Like A Son To Me And Will Never Be Forgotten.”Rest In Heaven My Son & I Will See You When I Get There!!–Michael Craighead
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  3. Pastor Linda Harris-Cosby

    What does one say to dear friends when their loss feels like a dagger in your gut as well? I can offer condolences, but as a pastor I feel I should domore. I will always remember Shane as one who was ready to give a hug at any time. Sometimes if we ran into each other at Central Benefits, we would forget we were at work. The Christian love that poured from him was amazing. To my dear sister Neesee, I love you and am only a phone call away. Shawn and Aisha, you are so precious in the sight of the Lord. Continue to do you. All my love.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Death was not a part of God’s original plan and he plans on eliminating death, sickness and pain forever, Revelations chapter 21 verses 3 and 4. Very soon we will be able to welcome back to earth our love ones in the resurrection that Jesus spoke of in John chapter 5 verses 28 and 29. And finally enjoy God’s original purpose for us to live forever on a paradise earth. Psalms 37 verse 29. I hope these scriptures bring you comfort, encouragement and hope.

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