Ridge, Lamar "Ba Ba" (Whitwell)

Monday, May 13, 2019
In a peaceful transition Friday, May 10, 2019, Lamar “Ba Ba” Ridge, 71, inherited a new address. He moved from Burnett Road of Whitwell to the streets of gold, heaven. It has been a short goodbye, but he will leave an everlasting legacy of being the “Medicine Man,” as he spent his life bringing joy to his friends and family. His sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who loved him dearly. 

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bobby, Gene, Hoyt and Jerry Ridge; nephew, Michael Ridge.

Lamar was born in Whitwell to John Hugh Ridge and Edna Griffith Ridge on August 30, 1947. He was one of seven boys and has one sister. 

He is survived by one son, Levi Hughes; two grandchildren, Sophia and Chase, of Tucson, Az.; sister, Nancy (Terry) Rigsby; brothers, Roger (Maxine) Ridge, both of Whitwell, and Ray Ridge, of Chattanooga; sisters-in-law, Carolyn, Sonya and Brenda Ridge; and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Lamar was a lifelong, avid fan of the UT Vols. He was a member of First Baptist Church Whitwell, retired from Tennessee Department of Transportation and was presently employed by Tennessee Dept of Sanitation.

He loved his nieces and nephews and cherished time spent with them; they will serve as honorary pallbearers. Pallbearers are Robby Ridge, Lynn Ridge, David Sharpe, Dwight Minter, Lloyd “Buck” Carson, Billy Wayne Rogers, Shannon Andregg and Roger Dale Grayson.

Family will receive friends from 1-8 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 15 at the funeral home.

Prior to the Celebration of Life family will receive friends at 12:30 at the church.

Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 16 at First Baptist Church of Whitwell, with Rev. Jerry Massey officiating. Interment to follow at Whitwell Memorial Cemetery.

Special thanks to Hearth for the impeccable hospice care and much gratitude to long time friend, Barbara Ables, for her unwavering support.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to First Baptist Church, 1970 Main St., Whitwell.

Arrangements by Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home.

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