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Joan M. Riddick

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Joan M. Riddick CHESAPEAKE - Joan M. Riddick, 64, passed away Jan. 23, 2009, in Newark, N.J. Joan was born Aug. 18, 1944, to the late Austin E. and Sarah James Riddick in Chesapeake. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Linwood Roberts (Dora), Austin E. Riddick Jr., James H. Riddick, Preston R. Riddick and Danny E. Riddick and one sister, Diane Riddick. Joan graduated from Crestwood High School in 1962 and attended Elizabeth City State College in North Carolina. She worked for Keystone Camera Co., in Patterson, N.J., after which she went on to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Rutgers University. She became a director of Integrity House where she was the first African-American director to serve as a member of the executive board. Joan is survived by two daughters, Joann Riddick of Chesapeake, Simone Malonga (Caesar) of East Stroussburg, Pa.; and one son, Dion Downey of Neptune, N.J. She also leaves three brothers, Augustus Riddick (Brenda), Dennis Riddick of Chesapeake and Micheal Riddick of Ventura, Calif.; three sisters, Betty Robinson (Isaiah) of Virginia Beach, Brenda Thomas (Gregory) of Portsmouth and Kathy Andrews (Larry) of Chesapeake; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two aunts, Dorothy Gantz of Virginia Beach and Helen Langford of Portsmouth; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Homegoing services were held Jan. 31, 2009, in Saint Luke AME Church, Newark, N.J., by Bishop Edward D. Roberts. Interment service was at the Hollywood Cemetery, Union, N.J.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 3, 2009
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