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Obituary: John B. Ridley, IV

John B. Ridley, 92, of St. Augustine, Florida, died July 26th, 2013. Mr. Ridley was born in Franklin, Tenn. on June 25, 1921 and graduated from Battle Ground Academy in 1939. Mr. Ridley attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Mr. Ridley was an avid University of Tennessee fan until the day he died.
With war clouds gathering, he left the university and went to work for the Remington Arms Company at the Lake City Ordnance plant in Kansas City, Mo., making defense munitions. 

In 1942, Mr. Ridley entered the army, serving in several branches. In 1944, while a member of the 76th Infantry, Mr. Ridley served in the European Theatre of Operations under General George Patton in the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the Rhine River and Siegfried Line campaigns. He was wounded in Zeitz, Germany, near the Czechoslovakian border.

Mr. Ridley returned to Nashville after the war and worked in the building industry. For 14 years, he served on the Nashville Homebuilders Association Council, of which he was President and Man of the Year in 1974

Mr. Ridley loved his family, was deeply loved by them, and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his children, twin daughters, Nancy Stavropulos (Tim) and Virginia Marciano (Larry). He has seven grandchildren: Michele Slater, Alicia Schultheis (John), Sheri Gibson (Bill), Larry Marciano (Alicia), Anthony Marciano (Kristina), John Marciano (Charlene), and Virginia Finley (Dan). His eleven great grandchildren include: Maia, Ella, and Noah Schultheis; Max and Ridley Gibson; Celia and Olivia Marciano; Hudson and Nicholas Marciano; and Michael and Emily Marciano. He is preceded by his wife Elizabeth Ridley and his parents, Joseph Lee and Virginia Terrell Ridley. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Jim Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held in St. Augustine, Fla. at a later date. Memorials may be made to the veteran’s charity of your choice: Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, or the Wounded Warrior Project. The family wishes to thank the staff at Moultrie Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in St. Augustine, Fla. for their loving care of Mr.Ridley. Arrangements are by Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Service at Franklin.

Posted on: 7/31/2013


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