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Walter Ridley, 63, Bridge City

 

Last updated 9/29/2020 at 4:08pm

Walter Day Ridley, age 63, of Bridge City, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020, surrounded by those he loved most, his children and his best friend. Walter was born January 2, 1957 in Beaumont, Texas to Hal and Lavergne Ridley.

Walter grew up in Beaumont before moving to Bridge city as a young boy with his family. He graduated from Bridge City High School in 1975. Upon graduation he held various positions such as a merchant marine, a stagehand as a member of the IATSE International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and a pipefitter/ boilermaker for Conex and Wyatt Field Services.

Walter was an avid golfer, extensive reader, and enjoyed playing his guitar in addition to being an unwavering fan of the Houston Astros, Dallas Cowboys, and Houston Rockets. Anyone who knows him even remotely knows he is one of the most well read people they've ever met.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Hal and Lavergne Ridley.

Walter is survived by his son Drexel Ridley, daughter Shanna Rushing, daughter in law Jessica Rushing; grandchildren Ava Cruey and Grayson Cruey; best friend Diane Rushing; and siblings Jay Ridley, Tom Ridley, Kirby Cruse, Sam Ridley, Laura Ridley, and Leon Ridley.

A Gathering of Family and Friends for Walter will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 4955 Pine, Beaumont, Texas 77703, followed by A Celebration of Walter's Life at 2:00 PM.

Walter always liked to say “Life is a beautiful, random event.”

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.forestlawnmpfh.com for the Ridley family.

 

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