David F. Ridgway

May 16, 1942August 9, 2017

David Frank Ridgway, 75, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Visitation will be Sunday, August 13th from 5pm-7pm at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South, in Abilene, Texas. The funeral will be at 11am on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the same location. David was born May 16, 1942 to Herman and Mildred Ridgway in Vernon, Texas. The parents moved the family to Abilene, Texas in 1955. He had 2 siblings Caroline Jamba and Shirley Caronna. He graduated from Abilene Independent School. David enlisted in the United States Navy in June of 1961 and served our country for 10 years. He married Patricia Blackburn in December, 1977. He had 3 step children from this union-Karen Hinde, Jerry Rainwater and Marian McKay. Patricia passed away July 1995.He began his civilian life working for the State of Texas and the Department of Criminal Justice in 1987 as a Correctional Officer. After 30 of service, he retired June, 2017 David married Gloria Bell on October 6, 1997. He had 1 step child from this union-Lawanda Richmond. He was an advid motorcycle rider and active member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) Chapter 23-12 and the West Texas Harley Owners Group(H.O.G.) David was preceded in death by his father, Herman (1982); mother, Mildred (2009); sister, Shirley (1991); and previous wife, Patricia (1995). He is survived by his wife, Gloria; sister, Caroline; stepchildren, LaWanda, Karen, Jerry, and Marian; and grandchildren, Christian, Cameron, Paige, Jeremy, Reanna, Raymond, Desiree, Tania, Gerrie, Monique, Tosha and Anna. He also has great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and many friends. The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at Hendrick Medical Center and Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. Please leave condolences for the family at


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 14, 2017


David F. Ridgway

have a memory or condolence to add?

Delma Collingsworth

August 16, 2017

Gloria my prayers are with you as you start this new chapter in life. I know how much you loved David and he loved you. Just know that he is only a memory away and one day God will reunite you in Heaven. We send our love.


August 14, 2017

Rest in peace my brother in gray. I pray for you and your family. May God send his angels to the Ridgway family for comfort during this difficult time.

Kathy Gonzales

August 14, 2017

Sorry for your loss from Texas sport and spine

De'Andrea Priddy

August 13, 2017

Gloria, Jerry and I are sending all our ((hugs)) to you. I never got the pleasure of working with David since I was on B card 2nd shift, but I did switch out with him many many times during the years at shift change in one of the 3 towers and roving patrol. I always enjoyed chatting with him during these times. I missed those chats when he retired and now even more. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts, De'Andrea~~

James Smith

August 13, 2017

Gloria, love you and so sad Davids gone. I know he and Lisa are smiling in heaven. Just remember all the great times and know God has blessed you. That God loves you His daughter and will comfort and see you through. I am truly blessed to have spent time with you and David. David always had good word and positive view. His smile could light up a room.
Love you Gloria

Nancy Freeman

August 13, 2017

Dear Gloria and family.So sorry to hear of David's passing. He was a very kind and gentle man. I was one of your nurses at Dr Striegler's office. My prayers and deep sympathy are with you. God give you comfort and peace. Sincerely..Nancy Freeman


August 13, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain you during this difficult time. (Isaiah 61:1,2). My prayers are with your family.

Patty Dodson

August 11, 2017

Ridgeway was one of a kind! Working with him we at the RB Unit was never a dull moment. I always enjoyed working with him. When he met Gloria that was a match made in heaven. She brought back the love and spark in his eyes! Ridgeway was her king and Gloria was his Queen. Ridgeway I love you and will miss you. Rest in peace my friend . Your Gloria's Special angel now!!. We love you Gloria.