Dr. Wilbur Michael Riddle

  • Born: January 20, 1942
  • Died: January 4, 2022
  • Location: Easley, South Carolina

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Wilbur Michael Riddle
Easley, SC

Dr. Wilbur Michael Riddle, 79, husband of Janice Pope Riddle, of Easley, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Born in Laurens, SC he was the son of the late Wilbur Lentz and Mary Bruns Riddle.

Dr. Riddle received his B.S. in Biology from Wofford College and his doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. He later served his residency in maxillofacial and oral surgery at Duke University. He started his career in general dentistry and after seven years, continued his career as an oral surgeon in Easley from 1984 until his retirement in 2014.

He golfed all over the world and skied black diamond slopes. He was a member and past president of the Easley Rotary Club, where he received the Paul Harris Award. Dr. Riddle was also a member of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the South Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, where he served as past president. He was a charter member of St. Matthias Lutheran Church in Easley.

Dr. Riddle proudly served with the U.S. Navy for over 3 years where he received the rank of LT Commander and traveled all through Europe on the USS Roosevelt. He continued to serve in reserves after his discharge until his residency at Duke University.

In addition to his loving wife of 40 years, Dr. Riddle is survived by daughters, Pilar Riddle-Perras and her husband, Craig of Seneca, and Ginga Neal of Greenville; grandchildren, Ava Pilar Riddle-Perras of Seneca, Mabrey Forrast Neal of Charleston, Briggs Reed Neal of Columbia, and Devyn Lea Neal of Greenville; and numerous loving friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022 at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, Easley.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pickens County Animal Shelter, 193 County Farm Rd, Pickens, SC 29671; Calvary Home for Children, 110 Calvary Home Cir, Anderson, SC 29621; or St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 501 Powdersville Rd, Easley, SC 29642.

The family requests that masks be worn and social distancing to be practiced in accordance with COVID protocols.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

We are proud to have called Mike and Janice our long-time and close friends. But that did not make us exceptional in any way. I would estimate at least a hundred, and likely more could truthfully make that same claim. We first met Mike and Janice at Saint Matthias Luthern Church approximately 40 years ago! To get to know the Riddles accurately was to have fortune smile on you and be invited over for the evening. At times such as these, we discovered Janice cooks well as she dresses, which was a revelation in proper cuisine (and fashion). Our lives will be perceptibly less because of the loss of Mike. Ed & Melody Clark

Posted by Ed Clark - EASLEY, SC - Family Friend   January 10, 2022

I was so sorry to read if Dr. Riddles passing. He was my dentist while I was in Hih School and took care of my daughter until he decided to go back to school. He was a good person and I considered him one of the best dentists I have ever been to!!!!!!

Posted by Lavern Holcombe - Easley, SC - Acquaintance   January 10, 2022

Oh Dr Riddle my heart is broken. I am so sad that I didn't come see you and Mrs. Janice when I was in SC. You always made me feel important. You gave the best hugs and always laughed at my date stories. I will always look up to you and never forget all the great times and laughs we had over the years while working for you. Thank you for your patience and love. I will never forget the beautiful Christmas parties hosted by you and Mrs Janice and how ya'll make me feel like family. Love you forever Dr. Riddle!!

Posted by Johnette Payne - Humble, TX - Coworker   January 09, 2022

Dear Janice So sorry to hear about Mike Such a wonderful friend and great surgeon You are in our prayers and we love you. Jimmy and Susan Lynn

Posted by James Lynn - Friend   January 09, 2022

Dear Janice we just heard of Mike’s passing. We were sorry to hear the news. We pray that you and your family be surrounded by the love of family and friends but most of all surrounded by God’s healing love. Libby and Pat MacRae

Posted by Libby and Pat MacRae - Six Mile - friend   January 09, 2022

Janice, I'm so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. My thoughts and prayer will be with you, Ginga, Pilar and the grandchildren.
Wanda Longmire Watkins

Posted by Wanda Watkins - Hurdle Mills, NC - Friend   January 08, 2022

We will miss you Michael and we know you will be golfing or playing gin in heaven! God bless! Our thoughts are with you Janice!
Love, Darlene and Tony Marinello
Darlene and Tony Marinello

Posted by L Darlene Marinello - Metairie, LA - Friend   January 07, 2022

Always admired Michaels sense of humor. He always welcomed me on my visits and encouraged me to visit more often. He and I planted a tree in his yard several years ago and he jokingly named it Barbara's Bush. Much love to my friend Janice. Prayers for all: Janice, Pilar, Ginga and grandchildren.

Posted by Barbara Parnell - Durham, NC - Family Friend   January 07, 2022

I am so sorry. Mike was a wonderful person,always a straight shooter,alys humble,always down to earth,always encouraging,kind and full of the spirit of Jesus. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Martha Frick - Spartanburg, SC - Family   January 07, 2022

Janice, I am so sorry for your loss. Michael was such a wonderful gentleman. You and the family are in my prayers. Love you

Posted by Robin Marlow - West Jefferson, NC - Friend   January 07, 2022

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