OBITUARY

Harold Edward Riddle

January 3, 1924June 5, 2018

Harold E. Riddle, 94, of Kingsport went to his heavenly home Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He was born in McClure, VA, to the late Bud and Lucinda (Lucy) McClain Riddle. He was a World War II veteran and very proud of his service to his country. He was a member of Bloomingdale Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for many years. Harold was a man who never met a stranger and lived life to the fullest. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Beulah Scott; six brothers, Albert Riddle, Karl Riddle, Herman Riddle, Tommy Riddle, and one who was an infant; son-in-law, Willie Jones.

Harold is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 70 years, Minnie Lieu (Branham) Riddle, two daughters Nina Jones and Anne Eva Thurman and husband Tommy; son Harold Riddle, Jr. and wife Karen; grandchildren, Jeff Jones, Ragan Riddle, Andrew Thurman and Amanda Thurman Karalia; four great-grandchildren and he was looking forward to the birth of another in August; sister Mae Dellinger of Vansant, VA and brother Roy Riddle of Castlewood, VA.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at East Lawn Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow at 2:00 with Dr. Tim Perry officiating. Graveside services will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of the Well with Military Rites by the American Legion Post 3/265.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff of the ICU at Indian Path Medical Center for their care of Harold. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Harold’s honor to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692, www.americanheart.org.

Online condolences may be made to the Riddle family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Minnie Lieu (Branham) Riddle, His Loving Wife of 70 Years
  • Nina Jones, Anne Eva Thurman & husband Tommy, Two Daughters
  • Willie Jones, Son-in-Law - deceased
  • Harold Riddle, Jr. & wife Karen, Son
  • Jeff Jones, Ragan Riddle, Andrew Thurman, Amanda Thurman Karalia, Four Grandchildren
  • Four Great-Grandchildren and One Due In August, Great-Grandchildren
  • Bud & Lucinda "Lucy" McClain Riddle, Parents - deceased
  • Mae Dellinger, Sister
  • Beulah Scott, Sister - deceased
  • Roy Riddle, Brother
  • Albert Riddle, Karl Riddle, Herman Riddle, Tommy Riddle, & Infant Brother, Five Brothers - deceased

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Interment Following Thursday, June 7, 2018
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Retha Stone

June 8, 2018

Minnie , Nina , Anna , Harold Jr . We are so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing . We loved when we got to visit or run into Harold and Minnie Lou and Nina was always with them .Harold was a wonderful man and we loved talking with him . He will surely be missed . Sorry we did not find out about the funeral arrangements until late this afternoon . We would have done our best to be at his service and are so sorry we missed it . Love and prayers to all the family and may GOD comfort you all .

Karen Baker

June 7, 2018

Anne, Tommy, Amanda and Andrew,
I am so sorry for the passing of your loved one. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate through these next days and weeks. I pray that God will comfort you, and cause you to remember him with love and warm memories.

Michelle Gillenwater

June 7, 2018

My heart goes out to the family. Harold was a very good man and I am blessed to have known him and the family for many years. My husband, Roger, and I will not be able to attend the services with it being during the day but the family is in our prayers.

Darryl Branham

June 7, 2018

Sherry and I want to send our condolences regarding Harold’s passing to all of the Riddle family.

We will always be thankful for his visits to Minnesota and Phoenix to spend time with us as well as his monthly phone calls to make sure our family was well.

Harold was a kind and gentle man who cared deeply about family. We have lost a wonderful man.

Warmest Regards,
Daryl and Sherry Branham

Donna Wolfe Federico

June 6, 2018

Your family was a part of my church family my whole life . My parents (Odell and Bea Wolfe) thought a lot of Mr.Riddle. I always admired Nina . I used to see her at Wal-Mart where I work. I cannot come to visitation, but All of you will be in my prayers. You are a good family because he was a good husband and father. His legacy was strong and something to be proud of.

Terry Coffey

June 6, 2018

Nina and Anne, so sorry to read of your father's passing. May God give you comfort and peace.

Bob and Kay Grimes

June 6, 2018

Love and prayers in the loss of your loved one!

Tommy & Cathy Dean

June 6, 2018

Dear Riddle Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead.
It seems I've known Mr. and Mrs. Riddle my whole life. Mrs. Riddle did hair for most of the ladies in my family . I have fond memories of sitting in her shop while she worked on my mom's hair. And when we ran into Mr. Riddle, he was always smiling and welcoming. He will be sorely missed by those whose path he crossed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Harold Edward Riddle was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Harold always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Harold was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       His parents were Bud and Lucinda "Lucy" McClain Riddle. Harold was born and raised in McClure, Virginia. Always able to express himself well, Harold possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Harold was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Harold was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Harold was raised with eight siblings: four older brothers, Albert, Karl, Herman, and one who died as an infant; two younger brothers, Tommy and Roy; and two older sisters, Beulah and Mae. Harold had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Harold was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He attended Ervinton High School but was unable to graduate because he was drafted into the US Army and served in World War II.

Harold was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was in the 717th Tank Battalion, which was formed on September 10, 1943 at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He then moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky on April 6, 1944. Harold saw action for two years during World War II and sailed for European Theater of Operations aboard the SS Cristobal on December 26, 1944. He fired his first shot in combat at 0200, March 24, 1945 at Rhine River, Germany. He achieved the rank of Specialist, Fourth Class. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so. Harold ended combat on V-E Day, May 8, 1945 at Bottrop, Germany and then sailed for the United States aboard The Marine Dragon on June 27, 1945.

       Harold married Minnie Lieu Branham on March 12, 1948 in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Harold was attentive to Minnie Lieu (daddy used both names) and he charmed Minnie Lieu and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Harold was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

       Harold and Minnie Lieu were blessed with three children: two daughters, Nina and Anne Eva and one son, Harold, Jr. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Ragan, Andrew, and Amanda. Very much like a kid himself, Harold identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills.

      Harold was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Harold’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Harold was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Harold could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was millwright/maintenance. He was employed for 35 years at Mead Paper Company.

      Because he liked to take risks, Harold was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Harold was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were basketball. He was a referee in his younger years.

      Harold was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Harold worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. He served on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Federal Community Credit Union and was a member of the Disabled Veterans of America.

      Harold held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of Bloomingdale Baptist Church for 49 years and Stateline Baptist prior to that. During that time, he was a Deacon for many years and served on various committees which included running audio controls for worship services.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Harold truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included many camping trips to Myrtle Beach, SC; attending Army Reunions that were held in different locations each year across the country; several trips to the west coast and Florida, as well as a trip to Canada.

      Harold’s retirement came in 1989 and he remained in Kingsport. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, he found new pleasure in spending time with grandchildren and traveling.

      Harold passed away on June 5, 2018 at Indian Path Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee. Harold died of heart failure due to complications following a broken hip. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 70 years, Minnie Lieu; his children Nina, Anne Eva, Harold, Jr.; his grandchildren Jeff, Ragan, Andrew, and Amanda; 5 great-grandchildren; his sister Mae and brother Roy. Services were held at East Lawn Funeral Home. Harold was laid to rest in East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of the Well with Military Rites by the American Legion Post 3/265 in Kingsport, Tennessee.

      Harold was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Harold had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it.

Harold Edward Riddle was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Harold will be remembered as a very exceptional person. Simply stated, Harold was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Harold leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Harold Edward Riddle.