Jimmy E. Ridings, 71, formerly of Advance, Missouri, passed away peacefully March 9, 2017, at his home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
He was born March 2, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, to Donald Eugene and Helen Alfreda Masters Ridings. He and Beverly Jean Nothdurft were married May 23, 1970, at the First Baptist Church in Delta.
Jimmy grew up on a farm between Delta and Advance and was a 1963 graduate of Advance High School. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from October 12, 1965 to September 4, 1969. He then attended Southeast Missouri State University, graduating with a BS in Business Management.
In 1972, he and Beverly moved to Fenton Missouri, where he briefly worked as a representative for Prudential Insurance. In 1973, he transitioned to pharmaceutical sales, working for U.S. Vitamin. In 1976, he and Beverly made their home in Broken Arrow, where he worked 13 years for Hoffman LaRoche Pharmaceuticals, retiring in 1989.
Loving survivors include his wife of nearly 47 years, Beverly of Broken Arrow; three children Tami (Nicholas) Framel of Bixby, Oklahoma, Amy Buffington and Jimmy B. Ridings of Broken Arrow Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Jessica (Dustin) Ledgess, Dillon Warren, Ashlynn and Addison Buffington; two brothers, Donald Ray Ridings of St. Louis, Missouri and Gary Ridings of Springfield, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 11:00 AM to service time at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Funeral service will Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 1:00 PM, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Randy Conn officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with full military honors.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
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