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Bill Ray Riddle

November 6, 1931 ~ January 11, 2020 (age 88)

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Bill R. Riddle, 88, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully, Saturday, January 11, 2020, at his home following a lengthy illness.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Oliver and Nora Ray Riddle.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Frances Riddle McClure and husband, Jim.  He was a US Navy Veteran, owner/operator of Riddle Oil Company, a director of French Broad EMC and also served on many other Boards in the community.  Bill was a member of Burnsville Masonic Lodge # 717 AF & AM and a Shriner. He was a lifelong member of Bolens Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed attending Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years:  Judy Phillips Riddle;  a daughter:  Sonya Vess and husband, Eric, all of Burnsville; grandsons:  Logan Riddle Vess and wife, Samantha, of Cleveland, OH and Dillon Riddle Vess and wife, Cassie, of Chicago, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Dr. Rev. John Fowler and Claude Vess will officiate.  Private family burial will be in the McClurd Cemetery on Bolens Creek.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7 PM Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Hospice of the Blue Ridge and all friends and family that helped in their time of need.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, P O Box 85, Burnsville, NC 28714

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January 13, 2020

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
501 East Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714

Funeral Service
January 13, 2020

7:00 PM
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
501 East Main Street
Burnsville, NC 28714


Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge
236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine NC 28777
Tel: 1-828-765-5677

Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church
P. O. Box 85, Burnsville NC 28714
Tel: 1-828-682-2835

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