Blake Lee Riddle

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Asheville - Blake Lee Riddle, 91, of 7 Broadview Avenue, died Monday, March 4, 2002 in a local health care facility.

A native of the Cane River section of Yancey County, he was the son of the late John Robert and Cora Lee Bailey Riddle. He was also preceded in death by his wives, Ruth Hallman Riddle, who died in 1949 and Elva Lance Austin Riddle, who died in 1993; a son, William Cecil Riddle; a stepson, Harold E. Austin and three brothers, Clifton, Earl and Troy Riddle.

Mr. Riddle was a former auto parts salesman with Motor Parts of Asheville and a longtime member and usher at Biltmore Baptist Church. He loved working in his yard, gardening and tending his roses.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Blake Riddle of Myrtle Beach, SC, Larry Dean Riddle of Atlanta, GA; a stepson, Ruel H. Austin of Asheville; a brother, Bernie Riddle of Arden; ten grandchildren, Doris Lee Clemmons, Wendy Dawn Narramore, David and Brian Riddle, Blake Lee Riddle, Hal Austin, Mark Sorrells, Rudy Austin, Claudia DuBose and Jim Austin; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Thursday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian conducted by the Rev. Dr. Ian Walker and the Rev. Harold Savell. Interment will follow in Calvary Churchyard.

His family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 Wednesday at the funeral home on Long Shoals Road and at other times will be at the home of Ruel Austin, 93 St. Dunstans Circle, Asheville.

Memorials may be made to Biltmore Baptist Church Building Fund, 35 Clayton Road, Arden, NC 28704.

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  1. To the Riddle family:

    Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Blake was a true servant of God and he had a servants heart.

    He is gone and he will be missed by many, many people.

    He was true to his faith.

    God bless all of you.

    Tommy and Jessie Koontz

  2. To the Riddle Family:
    Your family has been such a huge part of my life. Both Riddle and Blake taught me how to ‘love.’ And, Blake knew he could ‘beard’ me when I was naughty. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing a part of your family with me.
    I will always have a space in my heart for the two of them.
    God Bless You.
    With much love,

  3. What a wonderful friend and neighbor he was while we were on Bristol Place. We will always remember him caring for his lawn and yard.

  4. To the Riddle Family.

    Blake will be missed by us all, but we know we will see him again one day. Please be assured you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    In Christ,
    R.V. Witherspoon <><

  5. I know you will miss Blake and my prayers are with you at this time. I will miss seeing him. I so enjoyed seeing him on Monday mornings when he came to Biltmore Baptist. I always enjoyed giving him a hug and talking with him. God bless you all

  6. We will miss granddaddy so much. He was like my grandfather after Kermit passed away. We pray that God will be with you during this time…

  7. We will miss Grand-daddy Blake. He was a very special part of our lives and will remain a special part of our memories until we see him again in Heaven with our Lord and Savior. We are sorry that we cannot be with you tonight. But our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. To the Riddle Family:

    With Deepest Sympathy to everyone in the Riddle family.

    Margie Britt and Family

  9. At this time of loss and sadness, we wish to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. To the Riddle Family –

    Blake & Elva were both so very special having helped raise me and all of my siblings.
    Their loving care and guidance were very important parts of my childhood and the fond memories will be with me always. God bless all of you, as we are all very fortunate to have shared our lives with Blake & Elva.
    Christopher Cecil

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