Ralph Earl Ethridge Sr.

Passed away on March 16, 2014

Ralph Earl Ethridge, Sr. passed away peacefully Sunday, March 16, 2014. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he reached the rank of Master Sergeant. Mr. Ethridge was a dedicated member of the United Methodist Church, worshiping at Walnut Grove in Midfield and most recently at Mountain Chapel in Vestavia Hills. He retired from Pullman Standard and The Birmingham Water Works.

Mr. Ethridge was preceded in death by his parents William I. Ethridge, Sr. and Verna B. Ethridge; his sister Jane Ethridge and his brothers William Ethridge and Curtis Ethridge. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife Gloria A. Ethridge ; daughters Patsy Vacarella, Glenda Nagrodzki (Paul) and Gloria Whisenhunt (Jim); sons: Alex Ethridge and Ralph Ethridge(Beth) and by his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at Highland Memorial Gardens in Bessemer at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Services are under the direction of Ridout’s Valley Chapel.

Arrangements under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel, Homewood, AL.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ralph Earl Ethridge Sr.

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September 28, 2014

Gloria and family..I am so sorry about Ralph and that I didn't know..we have lost touch and I see that William and Curtis have passed too....didn't know..would love to get in touch with you but do not have your number or address or number is 601-936-9997 in Pearl, Ms, Bertha Ethridge Dossett

Gary Edwards

March 19, 2014

Sorry about the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family.

March 19, 2014

Ralph was my Sunday School teacher when I was in high school. He was a strong, patient example for me. Alex and I graduated from Hueytown together and our families were good friends.
Mac Buttram

March 19, 2014

We will be praying for you and your family today and the coming days. Your dad will be missed but he is celebrating today with the LORD!!!!! We love you all.
Ronnie and Rita Wright 1 Corth 13: 12-13

Jane Edwards

March 18, 2014

I'm so sorry for y'alls loss. You all will be in my prayers!!! God Bless you all!!! Jane Edwards

Judy and Rick Abbott

March 18, 2014

What a happy photo of Mr. Ethridge. Thoughts and prayers to the family.


March 18, 2014

May the family rely on the Hearer of prayer. Psalms 65:2

D Anderson

March 18, 2014

I am deeply sorry for your loss. "Draw close to God and he will draw close to you". James 4:8