Mr. Harold Floyd Ridley, Sr.

February 13, 1927March 31, 2021

Mr. Harold Floyd Ridley, Sr., 94 of Locust Grove, Georgia passed away March 31, 2021. He was born in Lindale, Georgia to the late Floyd and Frances Ridley on February 13, 1927. Harold was also preceded in death by his brother, Donald Ridley, sisters, Emma Abernathy, Mary Harris and Cornelia Meeks and his daughter, Selina Ridley. He graduated from Rome High School and attended GA Tech for 2 1/2 years. He was in the Navy during the Korean war and served for 2 1/2 years and the reserves for 12 years. Harold worked for General Motors for 38 years as a supervisor and was involved in the GM Salary Retirement Club. Harold enjoyed fishing, traveling in his motorhome and was a member of the GA Fun Seekers RV Club. He was a president of the Senior Golf Association of Atlanta and a president of the GM Bowling League. Mr. Ridley is survived by his wife, Shelby Jean Ridley, son Harold F. Ridley, Jr., of Columbia, TN, grandchildren, Greg Skowronski of Decatur, GA , Drew Floyd Whitehead of Newnan, GA and Richard Chlebowski of NC, Kim Mulder of Apex, NC, Lauren Skowronki of Boise, ID seven great grandchildren, and sisters, Sarah Elizabeth (Bill) Horsley, Melinda Wynette Gaddis and Joan Kay Harwell all of Rome, GA. Also, numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation at 12:00pm on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Henderson and Son North Chapel in Rome, GA. The family will also receive friends at 10:00am on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough, GA with a funeral service following at 11:00am. Interment will be held at Eastlawn Memorial Park also in McDonough.


  • Visitation - Henderson and Son North Chapel, Rome, Georgia

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

  • Visitation - Bethany Baptist Church

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service - Bethany Baptist Church

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Entombment - Eastlawn Memorial Park

    Monday, April 5, 2021


Mr. Harold Floyd Ridley, Sr.

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Cassidy Pruitt

April 2, 2021

Words cannot describe how much this man meant to me and my family! Especially to my daughter Layla (or as Harold would say “lay-lay”). They had a special bond from the moment they met. He loved his Lay-lay and believe me... she loved him too! The memory that stands out the most for me is him saying “bump bump Lay-lay” as we drove over the speed humps on the golf cart at Unicoi. It has stuck with my whole family and we still say it every time we go over that bump even without Harold around. We love you Harold and we are going to miss you so much!!❤️💔

Jessica Whitehead

April 1, 2021

I came to know Grandad Ridley over 8 years ago when I met and married his grandson, Floyd Drew Whitehead. I liked Grandad right away! I've cherished every visit with him and sweet Shelby when we have visited them in Helen and in their home in Locust Grove. Hours and hours spent listening of him traveling the United States in his RV, always kept me entertained. Even if I had heard the story many times before, I would ask to hear it as if it was the first time. When we had our 1st son, Abel Solomon, Grandad was over the moon with joy! Boy did he love his Abel and he was proud to have another boy, Elijah Floyd on the way. He would joke and say "I don't know where that name Floyd came from".
Goodbyes always took a long time leaving Grandad's home and I'm thankful for that. When you left, you know that you were loved and he meant it.
Last week while visiting with him and Shelby, he told us about a beautiful voice singing him a song that he loved but the voice had not finished the song. I know now that Grandad has indeed heard the rest of that beautiful song.
We love you Grandad and will see you again one day!