Ted Riddle, 79, died Saturday, September 27, 2008, at Burke Hospice following an extended period of declining health. He was born in Yancey County on March 25, 1929 and was a son of the late James Ed Riddle and Sally Edwards Riddle. Mr. Riddle was a veteran of the U. S. Army, where he had served as a sharpshooter instructor at West Point, and was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. A barber by trade, Ted loved his job and the clients he served.Surviving are his wife, Barbara Duncan Riddle, of the home; children, Stan Riddle of Claremont, Elaine Hiers and her husband, Alvin, of Ehrhardt, SC, Teresa Layden and her husband, Sidney, of Bamberg, SC, and Joseph Riddle and his wife, Michelle, of Conover; grandchildren, Josh Riddle, Christopher Riddle, Kyle Hiers, Allison Hiers Bessinger, Seth Layden, Tara Layden, and Ashton Dollar; 5 great grandchildren; and brothers, Ben Riddle of Morganton and Glenn Riddle of Marion.In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Dewey Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 29890.

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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