James Robert Riddle, 74, passed away the morning of Jan. 24, 2022.

Jim was born on Nov. 13, 1947, in Opelika, to Marvin Jasper Riddle and Bessie Mae Milner. Jim traveled the country working as a telephone cable splicer before settling in Naples, Florida, where he lived .with his wife and two daughters for 40 years. He also owned Riddle’s Auto Repair in Naples in the 80’s and early 90’s. He then semi-retired and moved back to his hometown of Opelika. Throughout his life, he enjoyed riding and traveling on his Harley with his wife, racing cars, riding dirt bikes, air boating, four wheeling, fishing and scuba diving. He was very proud of the family that he and his wife had made, and he loved them beyond words.

Jim was the backbone of his family, he was adored, respected, loved and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Roxanne Riddle and his two daughters, Katherine (Joe) Smith of Naples, and Debra (Warren) Plog of Opelika; his grandchildren, Justin Plog (Brooke Stephens), Jodi Plog, DJ Strickland, Tanner Jensen, Cody Jensen, Lucas Jensen, and his precious great granddaughter, Thea Katherine Strickland; his sister-in-law, Vera Knight, and brother-in-law, Carroll Morefield, and many cherished family members.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, Ron Knight and his loving aunts, Frances Smith and Katherine Riddle.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika. Family viewing will be from noon until 1p.m., with public viewing from 1to 3 p.m., with a service starting at 3 p.m.


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