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Douglas Riddle

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Services for Douglas Riddle, 65, from Mineola, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 PM at Beaty Funeral Home Chapel in Mineola with David Gibson and Danny Buster officiating.


Mr. Riddle lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, December 13, 2008 in Tyler.

He was born October 16, 1943 in Tyler. He was the son of Raymond and Arlene Riddle.

He was a resident of Wood County, Redland Community for the past 20 years, and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Riddle attended numerous schools including Mineola and graduated from Commerce High School in Commerce, Texas. He also attended East Texas State University in Commerce.

Starting work at age 14, he worked at a variety of odd jobs. In later years he worked for Frito-Lay, Haliburton, and Industrial Towel Co. before becoming a long-distance truck driver. Upon retirement he spent many hours doing his favorite things: woodworking, gardening, and visiting friends and family. He was an avid fisherman and has his trophy bass displayed over his mantle.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, T.F. (Frank) and Dora Riddle of Mineola, his father, Raymond F. Riddle and one sister, Maurine Riddle Ansley.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Melba Riddle of Mineola; mother and step-father, Arlene and Lloyd Wilkins of Commerce, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Danna Riddle; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Clay Hartsell of Longview, Texas; step-daughter and husband, Paula and Tim Jenkins of Yantis, Texas; step-daughter and husband, Melinda and Bryan Nephew of Galveston, Texas; step-daughter and husband, Jennifer and Brent Cotten of Royce City, Texas; step-daughter, Jamie Linker of Garland, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Chuck Houghton of Golden, Texas; brother-in-law, Charles Ansley of Royce City, Texas; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and David Talley of Sulphur Springs, Texas; sister-in-law, Clara McKinney of Yoakum, Texas; step-brother and wife, Gary and Toopie Wilkins of Blossum, Texas; step-sister and husband, Betty and James Hardman of Dublin, Ohio; 4 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 step-great-grandchild; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of East Texas Homeplace in Tyler, Texas.

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