JEFFERSON - Arthur W. "Ham" Riddle, 95, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013.
He was born in Greenville, S.C. on November 3, 1917, the son of the late Luther Miles and Pauline Burton Riddle. Mr. Riddle and his wife, the late Catherine Stafford Riddle, moved to Jefferson in 1957 and began his career by owning and operating Riddle Contractors, Inc. for over 25 years. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, a lifetime member of the Lions Club, a member of the Free and Accepted Masons where he was a member of the Recovery Lodge #31 for more than 65 years, a member of the Board of Directors for First National Bank of Jefferson, and, along with his wife, was active in the Meals on Wheels program in Jackson County. Mr. Riddle was preceded in death by sisters, Ruby Riddle Rogers, Helen Riddle King; and brothers, Ray Riddle and James Riddle.
Survivors include daughters, Sara R. (J. Robert Jr.) Snypp, Anderson, S.C., Rebecca (Herbert) Jones, Anderson, S.C.; sons, Burton (Brenda) Riddle, Liburn, Ga., and Thomas Riddle, Jefferson; grandchildren, Renee Snypp, Sabra Snypp, J. (DeAnn) Snypp III, Steve (Arlette) Jones, Paige (David) Rhodes, Joel Riddle, Tommy (April) Riddle Jr., Misty Binkley (Brad Williams), Molly (Martin) Hartsfield, Parris (Jeff) Halley, and Catherine (Philip) Daughtery; great-grandchildren, Shannon (Dusty) Morgan, Josh Rhodes, Jake (Alex) Rhodes, Jordan Binkley, Jesse Rhodes, Sadie Binkley, J. Snypp IV, Miles Hartsfield, Walker Snypp, Tucker Hartsfield, Ella Riddle, Posey Ann Halley, and Banks Hartsfield; great-great-grandchildren, Landon Rhodes and Caylee Morgan; brother, Tom Riddle, Piedmont, S.C.; and a number of other relatives.
The family would also like to thank the Jefferson Fire Department, the Cranes and Shirley Wood, for their "watchful eye" on their father. And a special "Thank You" to Kay, Claudine and Debra from the family.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 9, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, with Michael Helms officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens with grandsons and great-grandsons honored as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Monday July 8, at Evans Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, P.O. Box 395, Jefferson, GA 30549, or Jefferson Lions Club, P.O. Box 361, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com