James D. Riddick, III

Published 3:07 pm Monday, September 14, 2020

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COMO – The Honorable Judge James Dillard Riddick, III, 70, passed away September 12, 2020.  Born in Franklin, VA on July 18, 1950, he was a son of the late James Dillard Riddick, Jr. and Marjorie Griffin Riddick.  He was also predeceased by his brother, William Hugh Riddick.

Judge Riddick was a Navy Veteran and served on the USS Constitution and the USS Mount Whitney. He received a degree in Journalism and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of North Carolina and was the first Morehead Scholar from Murfreesboro, NC. Judge Riddick was a retired District Court Judge for District 6B and former appeals referee for the state of North Carolina Employment Commission.

He was a longtime member of the Como Ruritan Club and held every office on the local level. Judge Riddick was an assistant Girl Scout Leader for Troop #763 in Murfreesboro and a member of New Hope United Methodist Church. \ He was an avid sailor and lover of cats and enjoyed tent camping and going to the Florida Keys.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 38 years, Connie Grizzard Riddick; a daughter, Melundy Vandiford; a son, Robert Edwards; three grandchildren, Bridgette Sawyer (Eric), Brittany Vandiford, and Jonathan Edwards; and two great grandchildren, Brooklynn and Kohlton Sawyer.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Poplar Spring Cemetery in Franklin with Rev. Hoyle Green and Rev. Bob Deacon officiating. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Como Volunteer Fire Department.