Vernon Francis Riddick

December 3, 2010


Vernon Francis Riddick, lovingly known as ‘Papa Goon’ age 84 of Aulander died Friday December 3, 2010 at Roanoke Chowan Hospital. He was born July 21, 1926 in Hertford County to the late James T. Riddick and Maybelle J. Riddick. He was married to the late Virginia Hughes Riddick for 50 years.

He was a WWII US Army veteran serving in the Phillipines, a Commercial Printer for the News Herald, a Farmer, a proud member of Ahoskie United Methodist Church. He was very proud to be from a large family in Hertford County and enjoyed his grandchildren tremendously.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Ahoskie United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Rev Lee Edwards will officiate.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons Bart Riddick and his wife Charlotte of Ahoskie and Tim Riddick and his wife Pam of Pendelton, six grandchildren; Erin Riddick, Chase Riddick, Alex Riddick, Chase Colson, Thomas Riddick and Brooke Colson, two sisters Barbara Bowen of Ahoskie and Carolyn Wooten of Clemmons.

Mr. Riddick was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister; Emily, John, James T., Malcolm, Leon and Ed.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie. Memorials may be made to the Ahoskie United Methodist Church.

Notify of
11 Condolences
Inline Feedbacks
View all condolences
Katherine Northcott
13 years ago

Bart, I just heard your father passed away. I am so sorry, I know the two of you were very close. My thoughts and prays are with you and your family

christinette boytiguel
13 years ago

my condolences…to the family

my grandfather also is a US ARMY VETERAN of world war 2 and also assign in pullusan leyte phls… and if iam not mistaken he also about his age…

if hes still alive …

sir and madam if u know frens of ur father that is also a US ARMY that is assign in leyte phls … pls ask if they know a certain JOHN NELSON..pls forward my email add..

prayers for his soul.

thanks christine

(sorry i am not good in english.)

Sheri Brinkley Futrell
13 years ago

I’m sorry I was not able to tell your family in person, but Mr. Vernon will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful neighbor to my Granny & Grandaddy Brinkley. My brother Josh & I always loved visiting him & Miss Virginia when we were little & Mr. Vernon always remembered me, hugged me & spoke to my children when he was out with his children & grandchildren whom I know he loved dearly, which was special to me. Hugs & prayers to the Riddick Family!!

Doug Joyner
13 years ago

Bart and Tim..I am sorry to hear about your Dad…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families…

Wesley Newsome
13 years ago

Tim and family,

I am sorry to hear about your father’s death.


Lisa & Scott Outlaw
13 years ago

We are so sorry about Papa Goon. He was loved by all and will be missed by so many people.

Rev. Earl & Shirley Perry
13 years ago

Our heartfelt condolences to each and every member of Vernon’s family. Vernon will long be remembered as a staunch member and supporter of Union United Methodist Church as he and all his family (past and present) are a vital part of Union’s history.

May God’s richest blessings be with you at this time – and in the future.

Union United Methodist Church.

Thelbert Brown
13 years ago


I just wanted to say that I’m sorry of the passing of your father. My prayers are with you and your family.

Your friend from the old school.


Trish Jernigan Carson
13 years ago

Bart and family,

My sincere sympathy at the loss of your dad. I worked with him at the Herald office “back in the day”, and he was a very kind and friendly man. He knew how to get the job done! My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. God bless.

Gigi Parker Price
13 years ago

We were so sorry to hear about your father passing away. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his loving care and know that we are praying for your peace in such a sad time. We have such good memories of growing up in Union and going to the Methodist Church. We truly hope the coming days will be ones of love and wonderful memories and know we will see our loved ones again one day. Blessings to all of you. I hope this isn’t a duplicate email..I don’t know if the first one went through. If it did..I am sending double love. Love, Murray, Diane, Gigi and Barbara Ann Parker. (Cree and Evelyn Parker’s Children)