Robert Austin Ridley

Born on September 15, 1982

Departed on March 16, 2014 and resided in Enterprise, AL

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Captain Robert Austin Ridley, Passed away March 16, 2014 at age 31. He is survived by his wife, Amy Haire Ridley; mother, Rosalyn Ridley; father, Stephen (Sharon) Ridley; sister, Stephanie LeJane Ridley; brother, Justin Wade Ridley; step-sister, Julie (Jeremy) Campbell; nieces, Makenzie and Brylee Campbell along with aunts, uncles, and cousins. Captain Ridley was a graduate of Hunter's Lane High School and UT Martin. He began his career as a Marine in 2001 and cross-commissioned into the Army during college where he graduated as an officer. As a 2nd Lt. he attended flight school at Ft. Rucker, AL, and graduated in 2006 as an Apache pilot. He became Captain in 2008 and served two tours in Afghanistan. Captain Ridley's awards included Bronze Service Medal, Posthumous Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor and three Army Commendation Medals among various other military recognitions. He was loved and will be greatly missed by the countless lives he touched. Funeral service will be 10 am Saturday at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville with visitation from 8am until service time. Interment will be at 3pm at Shiloh Cemetery in McKenzie, TN with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org

40 Comments to Robert Austin Ridley

  1. Deeana Bruce
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Keeping you in our thoughts Amy. Thank you and your husband for your service. I remember how cute you were while you were dating sitting at booth 61 as if no one else were there. Stay strong.

  2. Jeff and Janell Becker
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Rob’s passing. My wife and I send our deepest condolences to the Ridley family in this time of immense sorrow and pray for the celebration of a wonderful man called home.

  3. Ed Jones
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    While I never had the privilege of meeting Brother Ridley I pledge that the SigEp Patriots Project will always remember Robert, his life, and his patriotic service.

    Fraternally and Respectfully,

    Ed Jones

  4. Neal Van Milligen
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    May God provide rest for a fallen hero

  5. Linda Nicholson Stewart
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    May God continue to bless you.

  6. Mandy Burton
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    To the family & friends of Captain Robert Ridley,
    I am deeply sadden by the news of hearing of his recent passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this hard time.

    God Bless,
    Mandy

  7. Timothy M Walls
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Tho I never met you Robert, I knew your Mother. Because I remember her fondly, I will now remember you too!

  8. CW5 Sam R Baker
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Soar where EAGLES fly Sir!

  9. Alan Prince
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    As a younger member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, I did not know him personally; But I understand that he was wonderful, to so many people, and a man of principle. My condolences to all who knew him. Rest in peace, Brother Ridley. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.” Matthew |.

  10. Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Dear Family, as the faculty advisor to the UTMartin Skyhawk Veteran Association, and on behalf of our group, I would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of your son Robert. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of such a young and vibrant life, and we share in your grief. Sincerely, Alice-Catherine Carls (Department of History)

  11. Rachel Toy
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Robert and I went o college together, he was a great man and I know he will be missed. I will never forget his genuine kindness and amazing sense of humor. He was truly one of the good guys!

  12. Billy & Nell Johnson
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    We were so sorry to learn of the loss of your son–
    Thanks for his service–I believe we sold you your first
    Home in Nashville–Mai, my sister called us–my health
    Is not great so won’t be able to see you but send our love
    And sympathy.

  13. Theresa Ballard
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Thinking and praying you and your daughter at this time of great lose!
    May the Peace of Christ be with you all.

    Theresa and Noel Ballard

  14. Melinda Prunty
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Praying that legions of angels surround and support you all during this difficult time.

    Peace,
    Melinda

  15. Margie Marrder
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  16. Beltline Electric Family
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Our hearts and prayers go out to both families. Phil, let us know if you or Amy need anything.

  17. Sheila Todd
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and family will be in my prayers. Thanks for all that he did for us and our country. May God be with you all at this time of need and my he wrap his arms around each one of you and comfort you at this time.

  18. SSG Mark Squires (RET)
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Robert was the most down to earth, realist person that I served with in Afghanistan. His honesty and purity always there despite the deplorable conditions which we served. Roberts smile and “country” background was a sweet reminder that no matter where we were, home was always in near by. I will miss Roberts presence which always dominated the room despite the actions of the enemy.
    Thanks Robert.

  19. Aunt Molly
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    OH our dear sweet Rob we will miss you so much.Wish I could hug you just one more time. You are a wonderful man. Love to you Amy and Ros. Love, Aunt Molly

  20. Cathy, Chris, Sara Willi
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel over the loss of Robert. He was a very special person who will forever be in our heart. We were very fortunate to spend time with Robert several weeks ago and will always cherish those memories.
    Love, Chris, Cathy, Sara

  21. Steve and Sharon Ridley
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Robert, We cannot put in words how much we will miss you. We are so proud of your devoted and unwavering dedication to our country. Your leadership and bravery during your military career especially while serving two tours in Afghanistan have left an example for all who follow. It’s been a joy to have had a loving son like you. We will always love you and you will always be in our hearts.
    Love, Dad and Sharon

  22. Allen Buckhalt
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    My family and I wish to send our sincerest condolences on the loss of such a special person. Rob, it was a true honor to work with you and to call you my friend. Blue skies and Tailwinds always brother.

  23. Murray Jones
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Rest in Peace Blue Wolf 6. I am proud to have served under your command in combat. Praying for peace to those left behind. God Bless you and your family.

  24. Cindy Davies and Family
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Rosalyn,
    I can’t get you and your family out of my mind. I am so deeply sorry about the loss of Rob.
    I remember the day Nancy called to say you had just had a baby boy!
    You must be very proud of all he did in his short life.
    Love you Rosalyn,
    Cindy

    • Dale Coleman
      May 24, 2020 9:17 pm

      It was an honor to decorate Robert Austin Ridley today May 24 2020, for his military service . I placed a flag there late this afternoon, Memorial Day at Shiloh Cemetery Mckenzie TN. My wife is Gaye Lynn Hickman Coleman she grew up in that church. Her grandmother, Edwena Ridley Hickman was a distant relative. We also decorated her father, Gaylon Hickman’s grave, her brother Daniel, three uncles, a cousin and both grandfathers. My father is a veteran as well. It’s a honor to remember these veterans.

      May God bless you with all you need as a veteran’s widow

    • Dale Coleman
      May 24, 2020 9:19 pm

      It was an honor to decorate Robert Austin Ridley today May 24 2020, for his military service . I placed a flag there late this afternoon, Memorial Day at Shiloh Cemetery Mckenzie TN. My wife is Gaye Lynn Hickman Coleman she grew up in that church. Her grandmother, Edwena Ridley Hickman was a distant relative. We also decorated her father, Gaylon Hickman’s grave, her brother Daniel, three uncles, a cousin and both grandfathers. My father is a veteran as well. It’s a honor to remember these veterans and appreciate their service.

      May God bless you with all you need as a veteran’s widow

  25. Jo & Chick Wright
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Thanks for Serving our country. you will be missed by everyone

  26. George Kessler
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    rest in peace

  27. CW3 Steven Morris
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I had the pleasure to serve under Capt. Robert Ridley in Afghanistan 11-12. One of the most stressful and dangerous deployments I have had. His Leadership, guidance, understanding and support during that time was the glue that kept C Co. safe and together. The world has lost a genuine and selfless man. To his Wife and family, Kimberly and I send our thoughts and prayers.

  28. Janice
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  29. Hanslo St Louis
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    He was a good commander and tried his best, and now he can rest in peace. R.I.P. sir

  30. Clyde Lasseigne
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    First, THANK YOU Captain for your loyal service. You are a HERO! Second, to his family – please accept my sincere condolences. We never know God’s plan, but we have been promised eternal / ever lasting life with our Lord in Heaven. Please know that my prayers will continue so that God will console your broken hearts.

  31. SPC Thomas, P.
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    CPT Ridley was a great man. He will truly be missed by many. I got to serve with him in Afghanistan (11-12) and he was one outstanding role models, leader and mentor. RIP Sir.

  32. Seth & Lindsey Russell
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    You will be missed, Rob. Seth was honored to serve two tours in Afghanistan with you. I’ll never forget the day he introduced us to each other at the Blackhorse the day you were promoted to Captain. It was a good reminder that, as family, it had been too long since we’d seen each other. Thankfully a family reunion a few weeks later allowed us to get reacquainted, and I got the pleasure of reconnecting with your sister as well. Praying peace over your family. I know they will miss you greatly.

  33. Tim and Sallie Culbreth
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Thank you for your service, Capt. Ridley. Prayers for the comfort and strength of those left behind who love you.

  34. David and Jane Hammer
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    We are so sorry for the loss of your dear son, Robert. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God wrap his arms around you and bring you comfort and peace. We love you, Steve!

  35. Patricia Marler
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I appreciate so much what Robert did for our country and all the sacrifices he and his family made. I pray for peace in your hearts knowing you will see him again.

  36. Nancy McCord
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    My heartfelt sympathy to the whole family, especially Steve, Sharon, Julie, Jeremy, MaKenzie and Brylee. Please know you are in my prayers.

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