Mr. J. Hugh Riddle, age 95, went to be with the Lord from his home in Moody, Alabama on Friday, May 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 70 years, Lena McDaniel Riddle. He was a lifelong member of Low Gap Methodist, a church founded by his grandfather with other friends over a century ago. The church was built on donated Riddle land which was settled and claimed through land granted to his grandfather in the mid-1800's. During his life of nearly a century, along with his faith in God and his love for his wife and family, his work ethic was prominent. He worked from a young boy until early adulthood as a farmer, then with his marriage in 1940 came work in the mines. When the mines closed, he worked for brick masons, carpenters, and U.S. Steele. In the mid-1950's he was hired at the Leeds Cement Plant, employment for which he was always thankful and praised God, and was a faithful employee until retirement. After retirement, his love of home could be seen by all passing by his blooming flower gardens and carefully groomed 3 acre lawn. Friends often mentioned having seen Mr. Riddle out working in his yard. He loved his vegetable garden and was looking forward to enjoying his tomatoes this year. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved and lived by God's Word and, when he could no longer drive to church, would not miss his daily Bible study. He was a humble man who lived in thanksgiving for God's blessings. Precious memories are cherished by his three daughters, Rose Katherine (Kathy) Riddle Roberts Harding, Janice Ilene Riddle Myers, and Grace Amelia Riddle Kelly. Grandchildren include: Bethany Roberts Blevins, Christian Roberts Holt, Constance Myers Seymour, McDaniel Coupland Myers, John Matthew Myers, Leanna Kelly Morrow, Cynthia Kelly Eubanks, and Marilee Kelly Daniel. He is survived by 18 great-grandchildren and a sister, Virginia Riddle. The Funeral was on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds, with a graveside service at Low Gap Methodist Church cemetery immediately following. Though he will be missed greatly by all who knew him, his family and friends rejoice in knowing that their father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and good neighbor is out of pain and in Heaven with his Lord and his dearly beloved wife, Lena. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Low Gap Cemetery Fund, C/O Janice Myers 110 Myers Circle, Odenville, AL. 35120 Visit online at www.kilgroefuneralhome.com Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds directed.
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Published in St. Clair Times on May 21, 2014