Thomas Coleman Riddles (1939 - 2019)

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Service Information
Memorial service
Thursday, Jul. 18, 2019
2:00 PM
Mims Hill Church
2497 State Hwy 85
Geneva, AL
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Obituary

Thomas Coleman Riddles, died June 22, 2019 at his home in Apalachicola, FL. He was 79. He was born Sept. 2, 1939 in New Hope community in Holmes County, FL, and lived much of his life in Geneva County, AL, and Birmingham, AL. Tom was a country-western singer and guitar performer. In his early years he and his band played at lounges, festivals, reunions, political speeches, and honkytonks up and down the Gulf Coast and throughout the Wiregrass area. He had several stints in Nashville as backup to some famous and some not so well-known musicians, wrote songs on napkins and backs of envelopes for others and had a record cut by Staircase Records in Nashville with two songs he wrote for himself, "Raiford Line" and "Soon I'll be Gone." He was often publicized as "Tommy Riddle and his talking guitar."

He is survived by his sister Sue Riddle Cronkite, son T. Michael Riddle and daughter Lisa Riddle Dunkley; grandchildren, Michael and Danielle Smith, Brianna Riddle, Amber and Angel Henning, great-granddaughter Azalea Judith Riddle and two of his remaining Mims aunts, Wavene Mims Brackin of Geneva, AL and Dorothy Mims Jackson of Hartford, AL. He has many cousins, extended family, and friends in Holmes and Geneva counties and throughout the Wiregrass.

Tom was preceded in death by his brother Andrew B. Riddles, parents Simon B. and Dora Mims Riddles, grandparents Andrew B. and Viola Collins Riddles, ex-wife Judith Irene Daniels Riddle, 10 of his 12 Mims aunts, and 9 Riddles aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. July 18, 2019 at Mims Hill Church, 2497 State Hwy 85, Geneva, AL 36340.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on July 17, 2019
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