Charles Ridener

July 10, 1931August 25, 2014
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Charles Walter Ridener, 83 of Greenwood, Arkansas was born July 10, 1931. The Lord took him home Monday, August 25, 2014. He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was of the Assembly of God faith. Charlie will be remembered as a God loving Christian, who showed his love for God, family and friends through his words, actions and deeds. He was a 32 degree Mason, a machinist, founder of Circle R Manufacturing in Fort Smith, rancher, trainer of livestock dogs, musician and country and gospel singer.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Viewing will be Wednesday from 1 – 8 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, where the family will visit with friends from 6 – 8 p.m.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Debbie Ridener; two sons, Terry Ridener of Hackett and Kent Ridener of Greenwood; three daughters, Debbie Jones of Fort Smith, Cindy Pickle and husband, Terry of Mansfield and Karen Shawgo and husband, Fred of Clyde, North Carolina; his sister, Helen and husband, Claud Spain of Fort Smith; he raised three step-sons as his own, Carl Horton, Mark Horton and wife, Marli and Tim Horton and wife, Vaughn all of Van Buren; twenty grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Vina Ridener; his brother, Harold West and sister, Vivian Simck.

Pallbearers will be Tim, Carl and Mark Horton, Tristan Andreas, Evan Horton and Austin Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Kavan, Chuck Ballegeer, Jack Glasier, Ricky Robbins and Ellis Draeger.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Humane Society of Fort Smith.

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Stephanie Summers

October 29, 2014

Though I never met Charlie in person, we had many nice talks on the phone the last few years. He made me feel more than a customer, even though we had Border collies in common, he was a cattle man, and I a sheep man. We talked trialing and how it has changed over the years. I will miss him deeply.
Stephanie Summers
Operation Sheepdog Herding

September 5, 2014

I have never met Charles but I have sent him many E Mails. I have the greatest respect for for his ideals. Martha , my wife, and I will miss him.

Jerry& Barbara Hansbrough

September 2, 2014

Ellis told us about Charlie's passing. Jerry & I were so sorry to hear that. We are so thankful, however, that he passed peacefully in his sleep and did not suffer. Debbie, we are praying for you and all your family for God to give you that strength, peace, and comfort to get you through the next days and weeks and even years. Glad we got to know both of you and visit your beautiful place. May God bless all of you and just keep holding on to God's hand, he will see you through.
Jerry & Barbara Hansbrough

Mark Davies

September 1, 2014

How fitting for memorials to be sent to the Humane Society and Wounded Warrior Project . I'm sure Charlie is good with that!

Keith Sanders

August 31, 2014

Charlie introduced me to Border Collies which have been a real joy to me. He and Debbie became my friends and I enjoyed my time on Boulder Bluff with both of them and playing with the dogs. No doubt Charlie is in a good place today.
Keith Sanders

Jerry Boulware

August 29, 2014

Debbie you and Charlie mean so much to Karen and me, you both are very special people. We love you and we will miss Charlie very much,He was a great special kind of friend and minter to me, I know he is in Heaven now with tall green grass,slick fat cattle and sheep and some dogs that will be awesome workers and he will be having a big smile and looking down on us all.

Mike Ferguson

August 28, 2014

Debbie,It was an honor to have known Charlie for the few years I knew him, he was coming along very well in his apprentice beekeeping course. I wish now I had come in and visited the day I brought the honey by. My wife and I pray that the Lord give you strength and resolve to take care of the things you need to do. May the peace of Christ overwhelm you with His Love. Peace always Mike Ferguson

Charlie Bledsoe

August 28, 2014

Debbie, I'm so glad to have been Charlie's friend and yours.

Allison Phelps

August 28, 2014

Debbie and family,
It is never easy to lose someone like Mr. Ridener. You both were always so much fun to be around. I want you to know that I am keeping you in my prayers and I know you will all miss him terribly. May God give you strength through this.
Love and Prayers,
Allison Phelps

Karen Shawgo

August 27, 2014

Debby... "So glad you and Dad had so many great years together and I know he is having a great time in heaven with our Lord Jesus." He was exceptional at everything he did. Nothing was going to beat him. He would keep at it until he mastered it. I was so fortunate to have some quality time with him this last spring that I will treasure forever. I will always love him. I know he understands I can't be there due to my grand baby being born any minute.