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A Mass of Christian Burial for Arthur Bee Bee "Bud" Ridgley, age 83, of Jacksonville, is scheduled for 10 o'clock in the morning, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church with Father Patrick Hartnett, Father Hank Lanik and Father Mark Kusmirek officiating. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mr. Ridgley went to be with his Lord Friday, February 19, 2016, in Tyler.
He was born July 17, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Herbert and Lois Ridgley.
Bud was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, a Christian man that in his an apostolic ministry was a light for all to see! In this life he was constantly ministering in nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, and during his everyday walk of life. His smile was as radiant as his heart. One of his greatest attribute was his soft touch in allowing his heart to transpose lessons learned! His uncanny ability/gift to "show" you wisdom in ways that could sooth the worst situations. His titles of love were, pops, e-paw, poppy, budgie, dad, daddy, & simply BUD! He is the man that held hope to the extreme and lived to live the dream!
He lived in life - he was so hopeful that the smile of this man radiated as the gospel! His crosses clinked like coins behind him and his smile never wavered! He was such a inspiration to be around his confidence beamed fort like light of God! His gifts were many and used them to touch the people in his life! His life was lived for all and in all of years anger peered in a hand full of times! He was more than a man's man!
He lived to love and loved to live - this is the Legacy of Buddy Ridgley; THE WAY HE LOVED! His greatest gift from our creator was this! His soul poured out to every single person I ever saw him touch. He rarely forgot a name because - little things matter most and people are most important!
During this life - his work that allowed him to "see" people as most important! He fulfilled his life of vocations that included incinerator business from coast to coast and aviation career that has put East Texas aviation on the map! This vocation of his life was lived just as all the rest; but to put it simply, life is more than your efforts and no need to mention more than we could write! He loved to live and lived to love! Peace be with you pops and our ladybug!
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Fran Ridgley; son, Michael Joseph Ridgley; and brother, Herb Ridgley.
Survivors include his children, Kathy Tackett and husband Gary of Fort Worth; Susan Langley Payne and husband Michael of Arlington, Lori Dudley and husband Frank of Huntsville, Vickie Lough and husband Rodney of Jacksonville, Brian Ridgley and wife Laurissa of Tyler; brother, Robert Ridgley and wife Susie of Fl; sister, Jean Buechele and husband Rev. Tom of OR, 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by the aviation community worldwide, and many other loving friends in his hospital, prison and apocalyptic ministries.
Pallbearers will be his sons-in-law, Gary Tackett, Michael Payne, Frank Dudley, Rodney Lough, and dear friends Don Gregg, and Jerry Matlock.
Honorary pallbearers will be Moe Wiebe, Jim Murray, Frank Primeaux, Charles Williams and Walter Volz.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 6 o'clock until 8 o'clock in the evening with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:30 at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nursing staff of Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler for the extra special care and compassion.
Rather than customary condolences, donations in Bud's memory may be made to the Building Fund at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church 1023 Corinth Rd., Jacksonville, Texas 75766.
Published on February 24, 2016
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