John B. Ridley IV

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John B. Ridley IV, 92, passed away peacefully at Moultrie Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in St. Augustine, Fla., on July 26, 2013.

John was born in Franklin, Tenn., on June 25, 1921. He graduated from Battle Ground Academy in 1939 and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was an avid UT fan until the day he died.

With war clouds gathering, he left UT and went to work for the Remington Arms Co., at the Lake City Ordnance plant in Kansas City, Mo., making defense munitions. In 1942 he entered the Army, serving in several branches. In 1944, while a member of the 76th Infantry, he served in the European Theatre of Operations under Gen. George Patton in the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the Rhine River and Siegfried Line campaigns. He was wounded in Zeitz, Germany, near the Czechoslovakian border.

After the war, he returned to Nashville and worked in the building industry. For 14 years, he served on the Nashville Homebuilders Association Council, of which he was president and Man of the Year in 1974.

John loved his family, was deeply loved by them, and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his children: twin daughters, Nancy Stavropulos (Tim) and Virginia Marciano (Larry). He has seven grandchildren: Michele Slater, Alicia Schultheis (John), Sheri Gibson (Bill), Larry Marciano (Alicia), Anthony Marciano (Kristina), John Marciano (Charlene), and Virginia Finley (Dan); his 11 great-grandchildren Include: Maia, Ella and Noah Schultheis; Max and Ridley Gibson; Celia and Olivia Marciano; Hudson and Nicholas Marciano; and Michael and Emily Marciano.

He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth Ridley and his parents, Joseph Lee and Virginia Terrell Ridley.

Funeral service and burial will be held in Franklin, Tenn., with Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. ( A memorial service will be held in St. Augustine at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John"s memory may be made to the veteran"s : Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Moultrie Creek for their loving care of John.

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Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services
3009 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 794-2289
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Published in St. Augustine Record on July 30, 2013
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