Apr. 22, 1916 Eagan Claiborne County Tennessee, USA
Mar. 14, 2004 Oak Ridge Anderson County Tennessee, USA
Curtis William Ridings Retired from Y-12 Plant
The Oak Ridger Newspaper March 15, 2004
Curtis William Ridings, 87, of Oak Ridge and Anderson County, died Sunday, March 14, 2004. Born April 22, 1916, in Ramey (sp Remy), he was the son of Doc James Ridings and Celia Goins. Mr. Ridings attended grade school in Egan (sp Eagan) and Coal Creek. He was one of eight children, Virgil, Boyd, Laura Smith-Leach, Lois Ridings Walden, Claude, Beaties (Beatrice) Hill-Devor, and an un-named brother who died at birth. He was a life-long member of Egan Baptist Church, where at the age of 10 he was baptized in a creek behind the church, the same creek his mother washed their clothes in. In Oak Ridge, he attended Cumberland Presbyterian Church. As a young boy, he worked a short time for the Blue Diamond Coal Co. in Egan, removing the coal pillars that supported the mine chambers. He worked in his father's business crushing rock that was used for the roads in Lake City (TN). Mr. Ridings opened the first special delivery mail service in Oak Ridge. He then worked in Clinton at Clinton Hosiery Mill and played softball for the company team. His family said he was an avid sports enthusiast, participating in baseball, softball, bowling, and golf programs throughout Anderson County. He operated a furniture moving company, Ridings Transfer, for many years. He worked in quality control and retired from the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant at the age of 64, after 28 years of service. He was a mason and had been a member of Clinton Masonic Lodge, No. 376, since 1956. Mr. Ridings is survived by his first wife of 49 years, Irene Foust Ridings; his daughter,, Connie Jean Ridings; his son, Mickey J. Ridings and wife, Teresa; two grandchilden, John G. Ridings and M. Rhett Ridings; two stepgrandchildren, LeeAnna J. Henry and Brooke N. Henry; two great-grandchildren, Emily Kate Ridings and Henry Matthew Ridings; and by his second wife of over 10 years, Lois Stallions and her family. The funeral will be at 2 P.M., Tuesday, March 16, 2004, in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Vernon Sansom officiating. Burial will follow at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.