Tommie James Ridle Jr was born February 26, 1960 to Mary Ridle (Jenkins) and the late Tommie J. Ridle Sr. in Columbus, GA. Tommie was raised in East Chicago, IN and then later relocated to Michigan City, IN in 1982.
Tommie graduated from East Chicago Washington High School in 1978. Tommie attended Purdue University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Management in 1982. During his time at Purdue University, he proudly joined the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. After graduating from Purdue University he was employed with Westville Correctional Facility for 15 years. After leaving Westville Correctional facility, Tommie worked several jobs including the healthcare field until his passing.
Tommie loved watching television shows, movies, reading and spending time with his grandchildren (and giving them candy). He was passionate about education and excelling in academics. Tommie was known by his children to enjoy cooking shrimp and French toast. He loved to eat strawberry flavored anything and cheesecake. He had a heart for taking care of and helping others. Tommie could be heard at any event or function often telling people “cut the shit.” It is phrase he is loved for.
A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 12 noon, Coleman and Hicks Chspel.
Tommie James Ridle Jr departed this life on Monday March 30, 2021 at his home in Michigan City, IN.
He’s preceded in death by his father, Tommie James Ridle Sr; two sisters, Angela Ridle and Yoshimedia Ridle and nephew, Antwon Glover.
He leaves to cherish his memories, five beloved daughters: TraVonda Givens of Alexandria, Virginia; Adrienne Williams and Felicia Ridle of Indianapolis, IN; RaShaunda Ridle of Michigan City, IN; and Taylor Ridle of Muncie, IN; five grandchildren: Nicole, Jenai, Tenayis, Ameerah & Caiden; one grandpup: Asa James; his mother Mary Ridle of East Chicago, IN; three sisters, Deidre McGinnis of McKinney, TX; Nymia Ridle of East Chicago, IN; and Dionne Austin of Texas; six brothers, Carl Ridle of Michigan City, IN; Cedric (Angela) Ridle Sr., of Gary, IN; Trelane Ridle, Tyrone (Angela) Ridle , Deon Ridle and Larry Austin all of East Chicago, IN; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family & friends.
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