Thomas Coleman Riddles died Saturday, June 22, 2019 at his home in Apalachicola. He was 79.

He was born Sept. 2, 1939 in the New Hope community in Holmes County, and lived much of his life in Geneva County, Alabama, and Birmingham, Alabama.

Tom was a country-western singer and guitar performer. In his early years he and his band played at lounges, festivals, reunions, political speeches, and honkytonks up and down the Gulf Coast. He had several stints in Nashville as backup to some famous and some not-so-well-known musicians, wrote songs on napkins and backs of envelopes for others, and had a record cut in Muscle Shoals with two songs he wrote for himself, “Raiford Line” and “Soon I’ll be Gone.”

He is survived by his sister Sue Riddle Cronkite, son T. Michael Riddle and daughter Lisa Riddle Dunkley; grandchildren Michael and Danielle Smith, Brianna Riddle, and Amber and Angel Henning; great-granddaughter Azalea Judith Riddle; and two of his remaining Mims family aunts, Wavene Brackin and Dorothy Jackson.

Tom was preceded in death by his brother Andrew B. Riddles; parents Simon B. and Dora Mims Riddles; grandparents Andrew B. and Viola Collins Riddles; ex-wife Judith Irene Daniels Riddle; 10 of his 12 Mims family aunts, and nine Riddles aunts and uncles, including Ina Mae Riddles Vickers, who lived in Wewahitchka.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at Mims Hill Church, 2497 St. Hwy 85, Geneva, AL 36340.