“Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
John 14: 1-3
Albert Lee Regan, Sr. (Big Al) as he was affectionately known, was born to the late Roger Riggans and the late Alene Ellis Riggans on August 17, 1950 in Bladen County (ElizabethTown), N.C.
Albert left ElizabethTown, N.C. and moved to Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 8 years old along with his brother Glenn Roger Riggins (who preceded him in death). He attended Baltimore City Public School System. Albert married his sweetheart Linda P. McLain (Tina) and from that unit came daughter Tamala K. Regan and son Albert Lee Regan, Jr. (Bert/ Squeaks/Bing) (who proceeds him in death).
Albert enlisted in the United States Army in 1968. He received the following medals: National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendations Medal w/v device, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Medal, and 2 O/S Bars. He received an Honorable discharge in 1970.
In 1990 Albert went under the care of Mrs. Joyce Cooper where he resided for the last 40years and they became his 2nd family. He was more than just a tenant , he was their buddy and Uncle Al they could depend on. He also met his best friend Gordon. He took great pleasure in driving around Baltimore with his own clients as if he was Mr. Uber and Lyft himself. He enjoyed attending service at First
Corinthians Baptist Church for over 30+years under their “Watch Care Program”. He was so dedicated to the church, members thought he was a member. He told Rev. Henry Turner that he did not want to join because he already has a home church in ElizabethTown. Everyone that came in contact with Big Al had an encounter like no other. He was a gentle giant with a big heart, fun-loving and a lasting impression on all, who knew him. To know him was to love him with his smile. He had a caring spirit and gave his time unselfishly, especially with his best friend Gordon who preceded him in death August 30, 2020. No one could beat Big Al in cards, which was his best time with his family taking their money and eating at Red Lobster. He really enjoyed his 70th birthday gathering even with the pandemic at Red Lobster and everyone came out for Big Al’s day.
Albert leaves to cherish his loving memories; two daughters Tamala Regan (Pixie) and Denise Lipsomb, one sister Ellen Ann Riggin, one brother Robert Branch (Peter-Gunn), one sister-n-law Wanda Branch, one nephew Donovan Colvin, one niece Melynie Squire; special family Troy Smith, Lakeshia Paige, Toran Felder , and a host of close relatives and friends from Baltimore and ElizabethTown,N.C. He will truly be missed.
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