James Ridgway

James WIlliam "Jim" Ridgway

September 12, 1935 - May 14, 2021
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On May 14, 2021, James William “Jim” Ridgway of Arkadelphia, passed away. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Basil Ridgway and Gladys Irene Hall Ridgway, and his first wife, Carolyn Watkins Ridgway.

He is survived by his children, Kay Ridgway Beverly (Chris) of Rison, and William Robert “Bill” Ridgway (Robin) of Thibodaux, LA, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, his wife, Sherrie Brawley Ridgway, whom he married on January 26, 2002, her children, Melanie Hoover (Dennis) of Little Rock, Brent Willett (Terri) of Woodlawn, Misty Harris (Kelly) of Arkadelphia, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and his brother, Kenneth Ridgway (Carolyn) of Steprock.

Born in Pine Bluff on September 12, 1935, Jim, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1957, and served in the U. S. Army. He was a former member of Hawley Memorial UMC, Pleasant Plains UMC and is currently a member of Manchester UMC. He served as President of the White County chapter of Gideons International (2010-2017) and was a proud member of the Jefferson County Mounted Patrol.

Jim grew up on Ridgway Dairy, farmed, worked in the timber industry, sold veterinary pharmaceuticals and retired from International Paper Company in 2001. His early years gave him a great appreciation for farm animals, especially horses and chickens. After he retired, he was able to enjoy a small farm that included horses, mules, goats, chickens, rabbits, pigeons, sheep and his garden.

The service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 17, 2021 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home with Bill Mills, pastor of Pleasant Plains UMC, and Reverend Jessica Durand, pastor of Manchester UMC, officiating. He will be interred in Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gideons International. The family would like to thank Hospice Home Care of Hot Springs, Angela Jones and, especially, Chelsea Gilbert Hood.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 17, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, May 17, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Service

    Monday, May 17, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Monday, May 17, 2021 2:00pm
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Interment

    Roselawn Cemetery
    10851 Highway 63 South
    Pine Bluff, AR 71603
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Judy, Jim and Shannon Davis

Posted at 10:24am
Please accept our warmest condolences. James loved the outdoors so we are having trees planted in his memory as a living tribute.

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Dale Ridgway

Posted at 11:36pm
My deepest sympathies to Kenneth, and to Jim's family. Our numbers keep getting smaller, it seems, and I miss each and every one who passes.

Beverly Gorman

Posted at 10:37pm
Kenneth I read James’s obituary and was happy to know he had such a good and fulfilling life.?I know you will miss him and We’re sorry for your lossLanny and Beverly Gorman

Kacey and Ashley, Jefferson Title

Posted at 08:24am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Many good memories. Thoughts and prayer for the family.

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