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James Riddick Sr.

FRANKLIN — Elder James Riddick Sr. of Chestnut Street, Franklin, transitioned from his earthly life to claim his eternal rest and peace on Nov. 3, 2020, in Sentara Obici Hospital.

James Riddick Sr.

His life began on Nov. 4, 1951, in Como, North Carolina, born to James and Lucille Hill Riddick.

James, also known as “Duck,” attended the Franklin City Public Schools where he was a 1971 graduate of Franklin High School. Upon high school graduation, he served in the United States Army. After his stint in the military, he furthered his education and graduated from Paul D. Camp Community College, and later he received a bachelor of arts degree in theology from The International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida.

James was a member of Pleasant Shade Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as an associate minister, a member of the Men’s Ministry and a Bible School teacher until his health declined.

He was preceded in death by his parents and oldest sister, Emily.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Hattie Riddick of Franklin; his son, James Jr. and his wife, Miai; one brother, Tom (Irma); five sisters, Mona (Dennis), Julia (Clarence), Almeta (Frank), Regina and Charlene (Milton); three grandchildren, Jaylen, Micaiah and Jalai; a goddaughter, Felicia, who stood by him till the end. He also leaves to cherish his loving memory, three aunts, Ida Mae, Ann and Pat; two sisters-in-love, Marie (Paul), Pat (Steve); two brothers-in-love, Robert (Kathleen) and James as well as a host of cousins, godchildren, nieces, nephews, adoptive sons and daughters and friends.

The service for Elder Riddick is private; however, a public viewing will be held in the funeral home on Monday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 7 p.m.

A service with dignity will be conducted by Wm. M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Inc., 224 S. Main St.

Please share your condolences with the family at wmjohnsonandsons.com

Due to COVID-19, by request of the family, temperatures will be taken and please wear a mask to enter.