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John Thomas “Tom” Riddle, 82, of Little Mountain, died Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Lexington Medical Center.

Born on March 11, 1938 in Little Mountain, he was the son of the late John Carroll “Jake” and Thelma Inez Shealy Riddle. Mr. Riddle was a lifelong member of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church where he served on church council and the cemetery committee for a number of years. He was a member of the Little Mountain Masonic Lodge 281 and was a Master Mason for 59 years. He was a retired dairy farmer and later retired from Achelpohl Roofing. He owned and operated a saw mill for a number of years and served in the South Carolina National Guard. He loved fishing and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Harriett Lindler Riddle; daughters, Sandra (Kevin) Wessinger of Little Mountain and Molly (Garrett) Lominack of Little Mountain; sons, Johnny (Amanda) Riddle of Little Mountain and Jody (Teresa) Riddle of Little Mountain; a sister, Carolyn (Richard) Shealy; grandchildren, Courtney Swafford, Jennifer (Benji) Bickley, Michelle (Dillon) Amick, Laken (Chandlor) Williams, Jacob Adam Riddle, and Kassidy Lominack; great-grandchildren, Madison Swafford, Sydney Swafford, Robert Swafford, Levi Amick, and Noah Bickley; and a life-long brother, Wayne Achepohl.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3:00 PM Friday, December 11, 2020 in the Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church Cemetery by the Rev. Rich Johnston. Those attending are asked to remain in their cars and listen to the service on 87.9 FM. There will be a drive by visitation following the service. Friends are invited to come by the funeral home to view and sign the guest register on Thursday from 9:00 AM until 5:30PM.  Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Active pallbearers will be Dean Shealy, Neil Huffstetler, Danny Rish, Nelson Riddle, Mark Kibler, and Charles Everett Frick.



#40 Boyd E Fulmer 2020-12-13 14:28
Heart felt sympathy to the family but I learned a lot in the short time I knew him Boyd Fulmer
#39 Jenny Braswell 2020-12-11 09:25
Johnny & Family, Jimmy and I are so sorry for your loss of Mr. Tom. May the wonderful memories of him keep you close as a family and bring you many smiles in the years to come.
#38 Shirley Metts 2020-12-10 22:08
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. I remember so well the days that Mr. Tom would spend plowing the fields around Mama and Daddy’s house. And the nights when the menfolk would get together to play set-back and the wives would sit and visit and all of us kids would play together. Those were truly the good ole days! Our prayers for strength and comfort.
Love, Shirley Metts and Charles Lindler.
#37 Russell W Shealy 2020-12-10 14:23
Harriett, Sandra, Johnny, Jody and Molly,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. He will surely be missed, but take comfort that there is a better place for us all. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Russell, Edna & Gwendolyn Shealy
#36 Warren & Karen Davis 2020-12-10 11:53
We are so sorry for your loss of Mr. Tom. We will surely miss him, especially on Sunday mornings at church sitting on “his” pew. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We pray that your memories will bring you comfort and peace.
#35 Rhonda Lindler 2020-12-10 10:04
I'm so sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed at Mt. Tabor. Praying for comfort and peace.
Billy, Rhonda, Jonathan, and Brett
#34 JC FRICK 2020-12-10 09:43
So sorry for the loss of Mr. Tom. Prayers lifted for the family and know that he is at peace with our Lord and will provide peace and comfort during this difficult time. JC
#33 The Baggotts 2020-12-10 08:12
Uncle Tom will surely be missed, such a great man! Thoughts and prayers for comfort and healing.
#32 Lynn Shealy 2020-12-09 23:32
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Mr. Tom was a good friend and will be missed. We will certainly miss seeing him at church every Sunday morning. Treasure all those special memories. God's blessings to all of you. Paul & Lynn Shealy
#31 Kevin Livingston 2020-12-09 16:43
To the entire Riddle family, so sorry to hear about Mr Tom. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr Tom was a great family man with a work ethic second to none. He worked me over several times at the sawmill while thinking I could out do him. I was so wrong!
Kevin and Missy Livingston
#30 Marlene McCormack 2020-12-09 14:26
I am so sorry for your loss. I'll miss seeing him at church every Sunday. You are all in my prayers.
#29 Harold Fulmer 2020-12-09 13:02
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the family. We pray our Loving Heavenly Father will comfort you at this time and the days ahead and give you peace. He was loved by everyone that knew him!
With love & sympathy,
Harold & Ola Mae Fulmer
#28 Cindy & Steve Lindle 2020-12-09 11:10
Harriett and family, we are saddened by the loss of Tom. Such a sweet guy. All those years of marriage was quite an accomplishment! I know he will be missed. So glad you have a close family to lift each other during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#27 Etta Linen 2020-12-09 11:01
I only met Mr. Riddle a couple of times and he struck me as a quiet and thoughtful man. Sandra and the Riddle Family, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you continuous Godspeed during this difficult time. I know that God will keep you in his loving care.
#26 Lynn Wessinger 2020-12-09 09:05
We are so sorry to hear about your dad and granddad. We didn't know him personally, but we know he was a special part of your lives. Our prayer for you is one of hope and comfort as you move forward without his physical presence, knowing he is still in your hearts forever.
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#25 Teres Frick-Portwood 2020-12-09 08:55
Riddle Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. HE always treated me with kindness and respect and meant so much to my father and mother. You all welcomed us into your home many times. I trust you will all support and take care of one another always.
#24 Rebecca Chapman 2020-12-09 08:32
My prayers are with all of you. Fond memories of Tom during school days and basketball games. The grandchildren enjoyed walking through his pastures on their creek walks with Wayne each summer. He was always busy with his farm and was always good to see him plowing and raking hay. Love and prayers for each of you today and the days ahead.
#23 BEVERLY S MCLEOD 2020-12-09 08:28
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I was Mr. Tom's feed rep for Spartan Grain until he closed the dairy. He was a pleasure to work with and I appreciated his love of farming. Mr. Tom was one of those rare customers who seldom complained about anything. He just took everything in stride. I don't remember all of my customers, but Mr. Tom was one of those I never forgot. Beverly McLeod
#22 Sharon Graham 2020-12-09 06:37
Timmy and I are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Tom’s passing. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
#21 Allen Williams 2020-12-09 06:21
So sorry to hear this. He was a great man and mentor. I learned so much from him, not just technical things, but life's lessons as well. He was like a second father to me in my childhood, and I will forever cherish my memories of him. Rest easy, Mr. Tom.
#20 Sabrine Amick 2020-12-08 23:20
Mr. Tom was a wonderful man loved by all .we will all miss him his great grandchildren will surely miss out on a great mentor!
#19 Beth Gibson 2020-12-08 22:54
My thoughts and prayers are with you all today and the days ahead. May the wonderful memories bring you comfort and peace.
#18 Deborah H Taylor 2020-12-08 21:29
Please accept my sympathies on the passing of Tom. He was such a good friend to so many, including my borther, Jerry Koon. I heard many "Tom" stories over the years. God bless him and may he rest in peace.
Deborah Koon Taylor
#17 Jackie Haltiwanger 2020-12-08 21:26
Mrs. Harriett and Families,
Our community has definitely loss a great neighbor. He will truly be missed by all. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
#16 Donald & Eloise Coun 2020-12-08 21:08
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family at this most difficult time. Tom was a gentle and kind soul. We will certainly miss him!
#15 Dan and Ann Pitts 2020-12-08 20:54
So sorry for y’all’s loss. Mr. Tom was a great man and will be miss. Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers.
#14 Jake and Linda Frick 2020-12-08 20:36
We are so sorry to hear about Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#13 PHYLLIS McKay 2020-12-08 20:35
So very sorry to hear about Mr. Tom. Prayers for all the families.
#12 Jessica Gosnell 2020-12-08 20:06
Mrs. Harriet and family,
I am so sorry for your loss! Pa was truly a great man. I am going to miss seeing his smiling face at church and will always cherish the many childhood memories I have of him. He was like a second grand father to me growing up. I ll never forget riding around on his land in the gator, butchering on Saturday’s ,going to the saw mill, fishing in the pond on Sunday’s , watching him sew up his finger with cow supplies and saying “ oh it will be alright”, and his famous words of “ get out of here” to bandit the dog, I will be keeping y’all in my prayers. Heaven sure did gain a great angel to watch over you all. Love you all.
#11 Charlotte Koon Ehney 2020-12-08 19:58
I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all and sending prayers for comfort & peace.
#10 Kevin & Wendy Shealy 2020-12-08 19:53
So sorry for your loss. He was a great man and someone I personally respected and looked up to. May God keep you in his grace and comfort during this rough time.
#9 Deborah W Graham 2020-12-08 19:41
Harriet and family, may you all find peace and comfort knowing Tom is in the arms of Jesus. We are praying for you. Mike and Debbie.
#8 Nat & Jennifer Biroc 2020-12-08 18:55
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.....
#7 Cindy &Mark Gosnell 2020-12-08 18:49
Heaven gained a great angel. We will miss seeing his smiling face sitting behind us in church. Won’t be the same. Praying that his family will always find comfort and peace in their many family memories made.
#6 Michaela Williams 2020-12-08 18:41
Praying for y'all during this difficult time. I'll cherish the memories I have of him. He was such as sweet man, and I'll miss him dearly.
Let me know if you need anything.
Love always,
Michaela Williams
#5 Jamie Wise 2020-12-08 18:08
I am sorry for the loss of Uncle Tom. He will be missed by all that knew him!! What a wonderful man!!
#4 Jackie Wise 2020-12-08 17:20
Many thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come. May peace and comfort be yours as you face the coming days and may your memories be sweet and bring you smiles where you thought no more existed. Jackie and McKayla Wise
#3 Sheriff Lee Foster 2020-12-08 16:38
Our hearts and prayers are extended to your family on the passing of Mr. Tom. He certainly was a fine man. There is no question that he loved his family. May the memories of a life well lived offer you comfort during a difficult time. Our prayers are with your family. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#2 Lisa Baker 2020-12-08 16:20
Keeping each of you in our prayers at the time. May God comfort you and bless you.
In sympathy the family of the late George E. and Louise S. Amick
#1 Kim Mitchell 2020-12-08 16:20
Mrs Harriett, Sandra, Johnny, Jody and Molly-
I am very sadden to hear about Mr Tom's passing. I have such fond memories of him having spent a lot of time at his house when I was growing up. Most memorable to me was watching him milk the cows and us playing hide and seek in the cow pastures. You are all in my prayers. You all are like family to us! May your hearts and minds be filled with lasting memories!