Obituary of Bobby Gene Ridgell
Bobby Gene Ridgell, 82, of Lexington, South Carolina passed away November 18, 2021 at Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, South Carolina . He was born on February 9, 1939 in Batesburg, South Carolina to the late Birley and Edith (Gantt) Ridgell .
Bobby was a graduate of Brookland Cayce High School. After his high school graduation he served two stints in the US Navy. Following his time in the Navy he worked in the construction industry, working the last 31 years of his career with M.B. Kahn Construction Co. as a construction superintendent. In addition to his work at M.B. Kahn, for several decades Bobby owned, managed, and maintained multiple rental homes and properties including Ridgell Mobile Home Park in Lexington. He was a long time member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in West Columbia serving several times as president of the congregation, church delegate and serving on multiple committees over the years. He was also instrumental in the planning, construction and opening of the church’s Christian day school. A school that his children and grandchildren would later attend. Bobby’s favorite hobby was working, whether he was working at the church, school or on his many properties. When he wasn’t working he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, shrimping, woodworking, building clocks and stained glass windows or doing anything that involved working with his hands.
Bobby is survived by his wife Joyce Chapman Ridgell, children Rebekkah “Bekki” (Jay) Sydow and Mark Ridgell, grandchildren Madison Ridgell, Carleigh Ridgell, William Sydow and Savannah Sydow, sister Louise (Wayne) Wingard.
A memorial service will take place at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2920 Pella Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29170 on Friday, December 3 at 4pm with Pastor David Pfeiffer officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Memorials may be sent to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2920 Pella Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29170.
South Carolina Cremation Society is assisting the family. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.southcarolinacremation.com
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