Louis Ernest Ridgway, Jr.
Louis Ernest Ridgway, Jr., 82, passed away on May 2, 2014. He died of heart failure in the arms of his wife of 43 years, Helen Ridgway, in their Kerrville, Texas home. Louis was born to Louis "Preacher" Ridgway and Leona Mosal Ridgway on March 11th, 1932, in Jackson, MS, where he attended Poindexter Elementary and Central High School. A veteran of the Korean War, Louis left college to join the Army and fight for his country. He returned to his alma mater, Ole Miss, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and graduated with a degree in Geology in 1957. He later attended night school at the Jackson School of Law while working for Deposit Guaranty Corporation, the bank founded by his grandfather. Though he never practiced law, Louis proudly maintained his Bar Membership until his death.
Along with his brother Julius "Bro" Ridgway, Louis built his family's company, Ridgway Energy, into a successful oil and gas exploration company that was eventually acquired by Denbury in 2004. He loved 1960's Mustangs, conservative politics, dancing with his wife, and flying his airplane, which he flew until well into his seventies. Louis was a man of extreme humility who was most proud of his 'Friendship with Bill W' and was most at home in his blue jeans, working on his Texas ranch, restoring one of his beloved classic cars, or simply having coffee with friends.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister, Missie Ridgway York and is survived by his wife Helen, his children Louis Ridgway, III, and wife, Leah of Mission Hills, KS, Carolyn Ridgway of Jackson, MS, Jack Ridgway and his wife, Cameron of Madison, MS, Lucy Ridgway Arney and her husband, Rick of Piedmont, CA, and his brother, Julius "Bro" Ridgway and his wife Mary Jane of Jackson, MS. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and one great grandson, born just three weeks ago, as well as his friend and first wife, Barbara Kroeze.
A memorial service was held in Kerrville, TX, and one will be held in Jackson at Northminster Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 14 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9:30 at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Foundations for Laity Renewal, 719 Earl Garrett St , Kerrville, TX 78028, or Northminster Baptist Church, Jackson, MS.
Condolences may be sent at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Grimes Funeral Chapels
728 Jefferson Street Kerrville, TX 78028
Published in Clarion Ledger on May 11, 2014