Brian Lee Riddle Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on Aug. 12, 2017, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Marshall, Texas, to Dexter Lee and Frances Cone Riddle. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jennifer Fusilier Riddle of Atlanta; daughter, Hayley Ambler and husband, Robert, of Atlanta; daughter, Ashley Flo and husband, Joe, of Bostwick; son, Brian Lee Riddle Jr. of Wadmalaw Island, S.C.; brother, David Riddle and wife, Joan, of Tyler, Texas; sister, Martha Riddle Speakman and husband, Josh, of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister-in-law, Cynthia Person of Ville Platte, La.; sister-in-law, Tammy Duos and husband, Craig, of Baton Rouge, La.; brother-in-law, Mark Fusilier and wife, Gerry, of Lake Charles, La.; brother-in-law, John Fusilier and wife, Christy, of Ville Platte, La.; brother-in-law, Daniel Fusilier and wife, Rachel, of Ville Platte, La.; grandchildren, Robert III, Mary Lillian, Eliza and Adelaide Ambler, and Caroline Flo, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Brian was a graduate of Marshall High School, Marshall, Texas, Texas A&M University at Commerce (formerly East Texas State University), and Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas (MS Hospital Administration). He had a long and successful 40-plus year career as a hospital administrator and chief executive officer at a number of hospitals in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, including most recently a 17-year tenure as CEO at Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville and a five-year tenure as CEO at Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro. Since his retirement, he and his wife lived in Atlanta.
Brian was an outdoorsman who enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing; he was an accomplished guitarist and musician; and he was a devoted family man to his wife, children, and "Papa" to his granddaughters. He had a great love for animals, particularly his dogs; he loved his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Piper, and spent much time in the last few years with her by his side.
A private family memorial service was held in Atlanta. If desired, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors or the charity of your choice.
Published on August 15, 2017