Virgil L. Riddle
1953 - 2021
BORN
May 12, 1953
DIED
January 4, 2021
Virgil Riddle, father, grandfather, coach, educator and friend, 67, died Monday, January 4, 2021, Altamonte Springs, FL. His family announced his passing.

"Virg" was born Virgil Lee Riddle on May 12, 1953 in Orlando, to his father Elzie and mother Margarett. He graduated from Evans High School in 1971 & Grand Valley State University in 1977 with a degree in Physical Education. He was a 4-year letterman as a Linebacker for the GVSU football team. He later completed a Masters from Nova Southeastern University. Coach Riddle served for 30+ years at Apopka Schools as a beloved dean, coach and teacher. He was a committed leader as the Apopka HS girl's softball head coach and as an assistant football coach. His softball teams perennially made it to the playoffs, including a final four appearance and those football teams enjoyed similar success. "Coach" made many lifelong friends, both students, parents and peers, during this tenure at Apopka schools and was deeply proud of his many students/athletes went on to compete in college athletics and in life. Whether it be competitive softball, riding Harleys or fellowship at Northland Church, the common theme in Virg's life is found on the infinite list of people whom he knew and so many he considered friends.

He is survived by his many friends, his children: daughter Corrie, daughter Kaala and son-in-law Jamie, son Jamie and daughter-in-law Natalie and five beautiful grandchildren. His brother Edward Riddle passed away in 2015.

Viewing, January 16, 10:00 to 11:45am followed by a 12:00 graveside service at Highland Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 3329 East Semoran Blvd, Apopka, FL.

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Published by Orlando Sentinel from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jan
16
Viewing
10:00a.m. - 11:45a.m.
Highland Funeral Home and Memory Gardens
3329 E. Semoran Boulevard, Apopka, FL 32703
Jan
16
Graveside service
12:00p.m.
Highland Funeral Home and Memory Gardens
3329 E. Semoran Boulevard, Apopka, FL 32703
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Robby and June Hurd
January 14, 2021
Diane Gehrman O'Halloran
January 13, 2021
Coach, you were just that from 95-98 at AMMS. I'd often see you on a ball field and enjoyed it. Usually kids don't look forward to seeing a teacher outside of school but you were always a great guy. Recently, I tried looking for you just to say hi but no luck. Now it's to late. I never forgot you in my journey of life. May you rest in peace.
Michael Sowell
January 11, 2021
What a wonderful man you were and friend. You will be dearly missed by all. Condolences to the family and all his many friends.
Debbie Gorton
January 11, 2021
Played many softball games with and against Virg during the 1970's and 80's. I'll always remember that friendly smile and firm hand shack every time we saw each other. A really good man who will be greatly missed. My prayers to his family and friends. RIP my friend.
John McGraw
January 11, 2021
Mary Wright
January 11, 2021
Mary Wright
January 11, 2021
I rememeber your smiles abd great sense of humor. Great teacher and friend.
Martha Gilbert
January 10, 2021
When I was SB Coach at West Orange we had many great games. Good Coach and a great guy.
Bill Chambers
January 10, 2021
You were my coach at apopka jr. High. You were a friend to my mom when she worked in the cafeteria. You were an awesome guy all together. You will always be missed. Sending prayers to all your family and friends and coworkers in your lifetime. Say hi to my mama up there and keep her company. You are in good company by many great people.
Trish Palmer
January 10, 2021
Free now! You will be missed by so many. Love you!
Terry & John Cravey
January 10, 2021
My condolences to the family. I remember Virgil from the class of '71 at MEHS; always a smile, always a kind word. Rest in peace, my friend.
Ed Lawson
January 10, 2021
Great classmate, teammate and most of all friend!! I always felt like I was back in high school whenever we got together later in life. Going to miss you bro! Rest in peace.
Steve Wiedenbeck
January 10, 2021
Rest in peace Virgil, you will be missed.
Brenda Yarema AmRhein
January 9, 2021