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Ralph Riddle, age 87, of W.B. Yates Drive, Johnson City, formerly of Erwin, died Saturday evening, Feb. 26, 2011, at Hillview Healthcare in Elizabethton.
Mr. Riddle was born March 29, 1923, in Greene County, son of the late James and Jossie Higgins Riddle.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo Riddle; his son, William Ralph Riddle; and his step-daughter, Carol Gibson.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Riddle was a Jehovah’s Witness and attended Kingdom Hall in Unicoi.
He was a well-known songwriter for many years, having co-wrote “Hello Josephine,” sung by Fats Domino, and for writing “Big Tom,” sung by Jimmy Dean just to mention a couple.
Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Holsclaw, of Johnson City.
There will be no formal visitation or funeral service. Interment will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home is in charge.