J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home

811 Finley Dr, Albion, MI


Charles Thomas-Lavelle Ridley

June 22, 1968April 29, 2020

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”(Luke 6:45KJV)On Wednesday, April 29, 2020 just before noon, Spanky aka Catfish aka Scales crossed his finish line as Charles Thomas Lavelle Ridley with no pain. He was 51. Weighing in at 10lbs. 2oz. and twenty-one inches long on June 22, 1968 to Kathryn Ridley and John Lindsey, this smooth, chocolate bubbly baby boy smiled big even before he had teeth. Doctors warned of a difficult childhood due to his having the Sickle Cell Anemia Disease but he rushed through milestones mischievously on his own terms and usually with a wiggle of a dance. As a proud Bearcat, he played linebacker on the Varsity football team. It was also at Battle Creek Central High School that he found his career niche in the world of printing and graphics. Thru his senior year, he headed the program for printing projects then secured employment with Battle Creek Health System in their printing department until his health complicated his ability to work steadily. He was blessed to share his expertise most recently with youth enrolled in the New Level Sports program thru their print shop. Charles became an active member of the “Christianship Connection” as a teen and sang tenor in the Young Adult Choir at Open Door Community Church of God in Christ (now New Level Ministries) where his membership remained. On Sweetest Day, 17 years ago, he married Cindy “Lynn” after a five year courtship. Charles was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William T. Ridley Sr., and Anna F. (Eddie) Robinson and his paternal grandparents, John D. Lindsey Sr. and Lorrain Pointer, his loving and devoted stepdad, Fred G. Perry; his uncles: Cephus Welch, Andy Lindsey, Emanuel Pointer, Jr., James Christopher Ridley, Anthony Ridley, Gregory Ridley, Sr. and a sister, Sabrina Lindsey Spencer. He leaves to cherish his memory and remember his smile; his wife whom he adored, Cynthia Ridley, his stepchildren, Nathan and Audrey Calery, Both parents: Kathryn (Ridley) Wheeler and John (Cassie) Lindsey, Brothers: Andre’ Ridley and Idrissa Perry, Stepbrothers: Gregory Craig and Steven (DeAnna) Craig, Sisters: NiChole (Paris) Milton, and Ericka (Lazarick) Chatman. Charles shared special family relationships with cousins: Zaundra Perry, Rashiek Perry, and Huriya Tanner. He will be greatly missed by a host of Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, many nieces and nephews along with childhood friends who fit like family. Due to pandemic restrictions, a memorial service has been scheduled with J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home (811 Finley Drive) in Albion, MI on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 1pm. His family would like to express thanks for the show of condolences while we grieve the loss and celebrate his transition. To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 9, 2020


Charles Thomas-Lavelle Ridley

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Bobbie Hanson

May 27, 2020

Hey spank
You were always very kind n funny. Rest easy tip there bro.

Dawanna Randall

May 9, 2020

I extend my deepest sympathies to the wife and family. May the soul of your love one be at peace with our Heavenly Father. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.

Terí Pete

May 9, 2020

They say your cousins are your first friends and this is a very true statement being that we were the first set of Ridley Grands.
I thank God for blessing us with you 39 years more than the doctors thought...they said you wouldn’t live past 12...you showed them!
Through all your sickness and all your pain you kept a smile on your face and in your voice... I remember speaking with you on NYE, you were in the hospital but you were in such high spirits no one would’ve known you were there.
I can still hear you saying, “Hey Cuz...Love you Cuz!” in that cool Spank drawl. Well I love you Cuz and know you are in EXCELLENT company up there with Granny, Gramps, Maw, Uncles: Christy, Gregory and Amp!
Continued prayers for my Aunt Kat and Cousins: Skip, Nikki and Drissa, and Cindy, his beloved wife and family.

Kathryn Wheeler

May 8, 2020


MAY 09, 2020

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Comfort is one of those things we struggle to find in times of sorrow. The words of friends and loved ones tend to sooth our pain – and for that we praise the Lord. However, real comfort comes through our Father in heaven through His son Jesus Christ. The Bible declares:

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2Corinthians 1:3,4).

It is during times like these that we learn how to ‘make our request known to God’ in order to experience the peace that passes all human understanding (Philippians 4:7).

The Elders, and Ministers, and House Gathering Hosts, and members of New Life Ministries International (Ekklesia) express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Charles T.L. “Spanky” Ridley. Brother Ridley has finished his course, and we believe with you that a crown of righteousness is laid up for him which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give [him]: and not [him] only, but [to] all them also that love his appearing (2Timothy 4:8).

Finally, we commend you to God, and the Word of His Grace which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32). He promises to keep you in perfect peace as you keep your mind on Him (Isaiah 26:3).

We are praying for you and your family.

In Christ,

The Ministry Team
New Life Ministries International (Ekklesia)

Riche’ Ridley

May 8, 2020

To my Uncle Sam, I can’t even remember the story on how we started calling you that, but that’s all I ever knew lol. I miss you already and I’m so happy to have shared so many memories with you- from the time you took me and my sisters to get burgers at the bar, watching scary movies at you & Cindy’s apartment, to having you puppy sit my little yorkie when me, mom & nini ran out to the mall. I’ll miss your embrace and smile when I visit Michigan, but rest easy, you fought a long one. We’ll take care of Nini and “Nik”. Love you uncle sam

Andrea-Niecy Cook

May 8, 2020

Cousin John, dear friend Kat, loving Wife and families, my heart goes out to you all during this time. May you find comfort in your many beautiful memories! Cousin Spanky, your smile would brighten any room. You and the wife were always a joy to be around.
Rest in heaven peacefully!

Bug Armstrong

May 7, 2020

Spanky you began the generation of the grandchildren of Anna and William Ridley. You were always smiling and never complained. I miss you so much but God knew your pain and wanted you to be free. You are a true definition of Soldier in Gods Army. Love you Spank and until we meet again. #Ridleybloodline
Prayers for my Aunt Kat, Andre, Nikki and Dris ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Sabrina Smith

May 7, 2020

So many happy memories with my cousin! Everytime I seen him, he made sure whoever was around knew I was his cousin. Spanky, I loved the fact that you loved life!

Monica Galvan

May 7, 2020

I haven't seen Catfish/Spanky in years, and I will miss the chance to see him again. His care and concern, but most of all kindness will surely be missed along with his compassion for others. He was always a gentleman and had a great smile.Many good talks and laughs on Wood St. Kat, Skip, Nikki, and Dris, and family, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, and you find peace in knowing he is now in the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ. Rest easy my friend/brother. Love you family.

Debbie Hayes

May 7, 2020

I remember the day that Spanky came home from the hospital. He was a beautiful baby and his Mom was so proud of him. Kat, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. Love to you all.


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