William H. Riddick II

Published 2:10 pm Sunday, September 6, 2015

FRANKLIN — William Henry “Bill” Riddick II died on Sept. 5, 2015, at his home after a lengthy illness.

William H. Riddick II

William H. Riddick II

A son of the late Dr. John D. Riddick and Rebie Whitfield Riddick, he was born in Danville and spent his youth in Roanoke. He attended Blackstone College where his father served as president and graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1953.

Mr. Riddick retired from the Accounting Department of Union-Camp Corporation, and enjoyed many years of traveling with his wife, Gaynelle, who conducted group tours around the world for thousands of loyal clients.

In 1973, he and his wife, his twin brother, Bob, and his wife, Judy, founded The Peanut Patch in Courtland, and through the years remained a loyal fan.

He was a devoted member of High Street United Methodist Church in Franklin.

Survivors include his wife, Gaynelle Edwards Riddick, two sons: William Henry Riddick III and wife, Nancy, of Smithfield, Virginia; and Thomas Duncan Riddick and wife, Denise, of Newsoms, Virginia. He was so very proud of his six grandchildren: Daniel Thomas Riddick (Mary), Anne Stuart Riddick, John Currie Riddick, William Henry Riddick IV, Joshua Wayne Riddick and Thomas Whitfield Riddick. Other survivors include his twin brother’s wife, Judy Riddick, and their daughters, Jane Riddick Fries (Ted) and Alice Riddick Shaffer (Paul), and their children, Noah and Erika Shaffer. He was very proud to be a part of the greater Edwards family numbering 60! He was predeceased by an elder brother, John D. Riddick Jr. and his twin brother, Robert Whitfield Riddick.

His funeral service will be on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. in High Street United Methodist Church on Camp Parkway, just west of Franklin, conducted by the Rev. Nathan Decker, minister. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Courtland.

The reception will be in the Frankfort Memorial Fellowship Hall at the church. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 6:30- 8 p.m. in Wright Funeral Home, and at other times at the residence, 109 Irving St.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to High Street United Methodist Church or to your favorite charity.