Marion Berton Ridley,MD

November 14, 1956July 1, 2018

Dr. Marion Berton Ridley, 61 of Tampa, departed this life on Sunday July 1, 2018 at the Moffitt Cancer Center after a sudden and brief illness. Dr. Ridley was raised in Jasper, TN where he graduated Valedictorian from Marion County H.S. in 1974. He attended UT Chattanooga where he was the youngest student member of the UT Board of Trustees, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and a member of the Singing Mocs. In 1978 he began his studies of medicine at UT Memphis where he also completed his surgery residency. In 1984 Dr. Ridley was accepted into the Johns Hopkins ENT residency program in Baltimore. After his ENT residency he completed a Facial Plastics fellowship at U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1989 he began his career at USF in Tampa where he became a Professor of Otolaryngology and the Chief of ENT at the James Haley VA. He remained there until his death. In addition to medicine Dr. Ridley had a life-long passion of music. He sang in the choir at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, the Men and Boys choir of Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore, and the Men and Boys choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa. He had the honor to sing at The White House on two occasions. His greatest passion was opera. His ENT specialty was in the treatment of vocal disorders. Dr. Ridley is preceded in death by his parents Bonnie Lynn Cagle Ridley and Billy Joe Ridley. He was the devoted, loving husband of Mark Lee Lundy, beloved brother of Lynn Ridley Woodall (Ed Woodall), cherished uncle of William Joseph Woodall, Benjamin Marion Woodall, Stevee Nicole Pentecost and Aiden Cole Walker and dearest son-in-law of Norma Jean and Robert Paul Lundy. He also leaves behind numerous beloved cousins and his beloved Andrien family in Verdun, France. The funeral will be held at 11:30AM Thursday July 5th at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 906 S. Orleans; Tampa, FL. Burial-side service will be held at 10AM Saturday July 7th at Pine Grove Cemetery, Jasper TN. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, Foundation, in memory of Marion Ridley, 12902 Magnolia Drive MBC-FOUND, Tampa, Florida 33612 or


  • Dr. Ridley is preceded in death by his parents Bonnie Lynn Cagle Ridley and Billy Joe Ridley. He was the devoted, loving husband of Mark Lee Lundy, beloved brother of Lynn Ridley Woodall (Ed Woodall), cherished uncle of William Joseph Woodall, Benjamin Marion Woodall, Stevee Nicole Pentecost and Aiden Cole Walker and dearest son-in-law of Norma Jean and Robert Paul Lundy. He also leaves behind numerous beloved cousins and his beloved Andrien family in Verdun, France.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 5, 2018

Marion Berton Ridley,MD

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Sister Anne Dougherty

November 2, 2018

Dr. Marion Ridely,
Was a friend, and a extraordinary person and outstanding doctor.

Kimberly Jackimowicz

July 14, 2018

I have been a patient of Dr Ridley for 12 years. I just learned that he has passed on and it saddens my heart. If it wasn’t for his expertise in treating Oromandibular dystonia, I don’t know what condition I would be in today. From the very first time I met him, he always had such a kindness about him and a gentle, caring way. He had the ability to know exactly where to give me the injections I needed. I know that he was able to take care of many others and we will all feel his loss. May you rest now in peace.

Deanna Hunt

July 13, 2018

To the family and Friends of this Wonderful Man,
I look to Dr. Ridley as a Hero. I was diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia years ago and had really given up hope that I would ever find a treatment for this horrible condition. I went to Dr. Ridley very discouraged as I had been to so many resources and through so many tests with no positive results. This condition caused me so much discouragement and depression. I remember meeting Dr. Ridley, He listened to me and understood how extremely frustrated I was. He explained to me that the procedure he was going to perform on me had very good results and he was confident that he was able to help me. For the first time in a very long time, I had hope. The procedure worked and He absolutely gave me my life back. I will be forever thankful to this wonderful man for the huge blessing he has been to my life and those around me. It saddens me that I will not see him again here on earth, I will look forward to our reunion in Heaven. Rest in Peace Dr. Ridley

Cary Puma

July 10, 2018

I heard of Marion’s passing on Saturday evening from a friend, who was a patient of his, and now lives in Hawaii.
Having seen the two of you recently,
Gil and I were beyond shocked and saddened to hear of his death. Although we knew Marion professionally, we also thought of him as a friend.
Mark, please accept our sincere condolences at this sorrowful time.

Bob Mellerup

July 8, 2018

When we first met Marion twenty five years ago, we were drawn to his intellect, wit and caring manner. And his commitment to, and involvement in equal rights, when it was not very easy to do so. Then we met Mark and immediately realized how they completed each other. They were a perfect pair, actually , together they were one. Their mutual love, respect and caring was always present. We will miss you Marion.
Much love,
Bob Mellerup and Rick Glance

Jan Boger

July 7, 2018

When I think of Marion Ridley, I smile! I think of this gentle man, a man who treated everyone with respect & dignity! He was a mentor to me at USF offering advice whenever I asked & sometimes when I didn't! I met him 23 years ago when I was hired as the Director of Audiology providing care together for many of our hearing impaired patients. I met his sweet parents, Miss Bonnie & Mr. Billy Joe who beamed every time they talked about their Marion. I smile & think of this witty guy who always reminded me that I was older than he was! I said, that's ok Marion, I'll get to retire before you! And I did, I retired May 31st. But....I missed seeing Marion at my retirement reception which was so unlike him not to come. And as all who knew Dr. Ridley, you would always expect him to come to something like that, just to show his respect to me & my career. Of course now I know why he couldn't come! Mark, I can only reiterate what everyone else has said, I am a better person for having known Marion, a sweet, compassionate soul. I know we are supposed to celebrate that he was called home to be with the Lord, but I am just a bit selfish, I will miss him so! Those of us who worked with him were lucky, we were touched by an angel! We have been blessed. Please accept my condolences, & give my condolences to your parents, Miss Norma & Mr. Paul. Remember the measure of a man is in the lives he has touched!

nannette decker

July 6, 2018

Mark there are no words to express how I feel about Marion's passing except that we have lost a dear and devoted friend, an absolutely wonderful physician and his love for life, music, you and Thai food. Marion and I met approximately 28 years ago when we both worked in the Surgical Service at the James A Haley VA Hospital, we became INSTANT kindred spirits, we confided in each other items that bothered both of us, as well as, shared what was going on in our lives. He always made me laugh when he would tell me he wanted to be the next Chief of Surgery so he could terminate the Federal Employee that was causing everyone so much grief. He never got the chance, someone else did that for him....... but we always had a great time discussing it. I was a notary and I notarized so many documents for Marion that we would tease - AGAIN, MORE, I was happy to be of any assistance to him. Peter J Fabri, MD told me that he was a gentleman and a scholar, I believe there are no truer words that could ever describe Marion, I shared that with Steve Rakita, MD at the service and he totally agreed and said they are perfect words of description for Marion because they are so true. My life has been enriched knowing and working with Marion, I was able to call upon his medical talents when Thai Poppa was in bad shape and Marion worked with the other USF Physicians to give him back his life just one year ago. I am forever grateful for that, as well. Thai Momma and Poppa were so appreciative that she would cook both of you many dishes of Thai food. You have my unconditional and loving support more now than in the past, please do not forget that. I would tell Marion that if you feel something heavy on your shoulder, not to worry that is only my fat --- sitting on your shoulder supporting and pushing you forward. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time - Nannette ()_()

Debbie Everett

July 6, 2018

I was a patient of Dr. Ridley's for the last 10 years and saw him every three months. I was stunned at my appointment yesterday to learn of his death! I knew he must be ill to miss or reschedule an appointment, but I never expected this.
Dr. Ridley was such a blessing to me from my first visit to him when he fought with the insurance company on my behalf so that I wouldn't have to make a second trip across the state to get my injection, to an appt where my husband asked a question and he stopped (with the needle in my neck) to explain how and why he did the procedure that way ( he loved to teach!!), to my last visit with him when we talked about ongoing research.
I am originally from Chattanooga, so we always talked about our trips back there, the possibility of knowing each other's relatives in northern Alabama, and all of our travels.
He always called me his "easiest" patient, but was always there for me when I had a question and never failed to respond to my emails.
I will miss his caring manner, his perfectionism, his sense of humor and his friendship until we meet again.

Steve Rakita

July 6, 2018

Marion was a truly great man who left an indelible mark on me during my medical school training. He was brilliant, passionate, and a consummate professional. I don’t know if he realized what an impact he had on me and I wish I had had the opportunity to tell him. I was fortunate enough to work at the same hospital as he did the past 13 years and interacted with him frequently in my role the past 7 years. He was an icon there and the pillar of ENT in the facility. Our vets and our staff were so fortunate to have him there. Hiss loss is felt by all who knew him there but especially his patients. I, as well as our patients and staff, will forever be in debt to him and will cherish his memory forever.

Irmary Betancourt

July 6, 2018

I am one of Dr. Ridley’s nurses at USF, I can genuinely say that he was one of the most loving, compassionate, beautiful souls I’ve ever met. As a physician he was completely brilliant, he became so intuitive with his patients that he knew exactly what was going on with them, he just knew love, and with love anything is possible, he treated everyone like family. I remember one morning he came in and I heard him coughing so I immediately went to find him mints, and I placed them on his key board like a smiley face. After he saw his patient he walked back to his desk saw the mints came out and looked at me and just said thank you ma’am with the biggest smile ever. Ever since then I would always get him mints, and he’d always say thank you ma’am like it was the first time I did it. One thing is certain; From speaking to him two weeks ago just before my birthday, to Getting the news Monday, which felt like time stopped then everything slowed down after, like a bad dream, to Yesterday morning seeing how much he was loved at the memorial service just made me realize how blessed I was to have met such an incredible human being. He taught me so much, and watching him made me change for the better. I’m grateful that I was able to meet Mark, and some of his family, and I will continue praying over his loved ones.

You will be missed tremendously Dr. Ridley.
Irmary Betancourt