Thomas Cavneas Riddle, (Tommy Riddle to Country Music fans) 82, of the
4800 block of Wycliff Road, died Friday, January 15, 2010 in his residence.
He was a native of Fayetteville, N.C.; he was a retired crane operator for Tarmac.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church.
Mr. Riddle was a lifetime member of the Virginia Country Music Association
and the recipient of the Pioneer Award.
He was also a member of the Nansemond Indian Tribe.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Lewis Riddle; two daughters,
Tommie Jo Jean of Smithfield and Robin R. Knox and husband Allen
of Chesapeake; a son, Rodney T. Riddle of Portsmouth; a brother,
Robert Eugene Riddle of Edenton, N.C.; seven grandchildren,
Melissa Brown, Christopher, Brett and Nicholas Kemp, Brittany Knox,
Ryan and Brandon Riddle; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Kemp.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in Sturtevant Funeral Home,
Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. Tom Potter. Burial will follow in
Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends at
the funeral home Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or
to Pinecrest Baptist Church.
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