OBITUARY

Bill Ridge

January 27, 1950March 24, 2019
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Bill Ridge, age 69 of Knoxville, passed away March 24, 2019.Bill was a loving husband, father and Papa. He was an avid hunter and out doors man. Bill was a photographer for 19 years with Creative Images of East Tennessee. Survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cheryl Ridge; son Jeremy (Jennifer) Ridge; daughter, Kristen (Jason) Harding; grandchildren, Eli and Jordan Harding, Walker and Elliot Ridge; mother, Jean Ridge; brother, Mickey Ridge, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Weaver Funeral Home Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 pm. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday at the funeral home, then proceed to Lynch Bethel Cemetery for interment. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bill's Go Fund Me Account or to the Prostrate Cancer Foundation, www.pcf.org.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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Rick Mathis

March 26, 2019

Saw Bill at the high school reunion. Was great to share a few minutes with him. Had
not seen him in many years, but always remember how a kind person he was during high schoool. I wish Cheryl and the family the comfort GOD can help give you during this difficult time.

Johnny Cunnyngham

March 25, 2019

It has been said, "You really don't know someone until you work with them." I had the honor to know
Bill thru work and outside the office . Bill's personality never changed . Always with a smile on his face, especially when he talked about his family. He was kind, generous, and always thinking of others. My
favorite memory of Bill is "The guy you loved to be around." His departure is sad, but temporary, because Bill had a key to Heaven. My pastor said, "God gives us memories so we can always have a good day." My memories of Bill are now treasures. To Cheryl and their wonderful children, You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dennis Livesay

March 25, 2019

Just learned of Bill's passing. He and I made many pictures together in Grainger County schools. Bill was a treasured friend, and one I learned much from. We have had many good times photographing school sports, proms, and many other activities. He will be much missed. Prayers and thoughts to all the family.

Dennis L. Livesay
Retired Grainger County School System.

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Biography

      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Bill Ridge. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Bill was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

       He was the son of Paul J. Ridge and Betty Jean Brown. Bill was raised in Lookout Valley in Chattanooga, Tennessee During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Bill was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Bill's personality throughout his life.

       Bill was raised with two siblings. He had two brothers, Mickey Ridge and Ken Ridge. Bill and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Bill was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Bill was always tactful. One thing Bill will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Bill had a number of interests and was an active child. Bill took part in football. In his spare time he liked hunting, fishing and camping.

      For Bill, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Bill was also adept at details. Bill was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He graduated from Chattanooga Central High School in 1968. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was shop class. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Coach Farmer. Bill attended Sheet Metal School.

      There was one thing that all of Bill's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Bill was such a popular person throughout his life. But Bill was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Bill was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Bill was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Bill was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Bill was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Bill made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Jim Long, Freeman Medley, Charlie Rogers and Richard Thornton. He became best friends with Freeman Medley and Jeremy Ridge.

      Bill was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call him sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around him. Bill cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On June 15, 1973 Bill married Cheryl Ann Reed at the home of his uncle, Terrell Brown in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Compassionate and devoted, Bill worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Bill and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Bill was blessed with two children, a son, Jeremy and a daughter, Kristen. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Eli, Jordan, Walker and Elliot. Bill was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Bill was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Bill would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Bill, and he expected the same from those around him. Bill was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Bill was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Bill handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was photography. He was employed for several years with the police, fire and EMT at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee and then was employed as a photographer/manager with Olan Mills and later was self-employed. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      A methodical man, Bill enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were hunting and fishing.

      Bill was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Bill was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Bill played football. Bill also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football and basketball.

     His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Bill to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, Bill did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. In high school, Bill was a member of the Key Club, C Club and Swing Band. Throughout his later years, Bill was an active member of the Karns Little League Sports.

      Bill was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. He was appreciated and respected. He could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about his own values and beliefs. So it’s little wonder that he was active and highly valued by those in his community, serving on committees for the Karns Boosters. Politically, Bill was a member of the Republican party.

     His high moral standards and traditional values served Bill well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. He was a member of Parkwest Church for eight years. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

      Not only did Bill enjoy traveling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included Carolina and Wrightsville Beach.

      Bill was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Two of his favorites were Tag, a Collie and Sky, a Golden Retriever, who were his best friends for 12 and 14 years. His family was rounded out by lots of dogs.

      Bill passed away on March 24, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by wife, Cheryl; son, Jeremy (Jennifer) Ridge; daughter, Kristen (Jason) Harding; brother, Mickey Ridge; Mom, Betty Jean Ridge; grandchildren, Eli and Jordan Harding, Walker and Elliot Ridge. Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville,Tennessee. Bill was laid to rest in Lynch Bethel Cemetery in Knoxville.

      Bill was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Bill was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Bill Ridge.