Dr. Bobby F. Ridge Sr., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at the age of 94, in Hickory, North Carolina.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Betsy Ridge; and a daughter, Toni E Ridge, at birth.
He is survived by his son, Bobby F. Ridge Jr., and wife Kathy; grandchildren Toni South and Chris Ridge and wife Nicole; adopted granddaughter Rebecca Arrowood; and great-grandchildren Kylie South, Caitlin, Connor, Braylon and Eliana Ridge.
Bobby was the pastor at Davidson Memorial Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina for 34 years. He also pastored at Buffalo Baptist Tabernacle Church in Buffalo Junction and a few other churches in North Carolina. He was a member of Freedom Baptist in Hiddenite, North Carolina.
Bobby served in the Navy for six years, during WWII. Over his lifetime, he was a devoted servant of God and a wonderful influence to everyone he met. We will miss this special father, papa, pastor and friend.
Viewing was held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home. The family was not present during this time.
A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, at Buffalo Baptist Tabernacle Church in Buffalo Junction, with the Rev. Robert Ohlmann and Dr. Sam Valini officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home and Aquamation Center, Shelby.
Online condolences may be sent to www.claybarnette.com.