Sunrise August 11, 1960
Sunset April 20, 2012
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Paul Riddle Jr. was born August 11, 1960 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to Paul Riddle Sr. SSGT. USAF, (Ret) and Ocie Ree Kirkland Riddle, both deceased. Paul is survived by younger sisters Renona Riddle Brown, SFC, US ARMY (Ret), Brenda Kay Riddle and nephew Dallas An-toine Brown, SGT, US ARMY.
Paul graduated from Sam Houston High School, “Home of the Cherokees.” Though tall in stature, he was a gentle giant and a consummate gentleman. Paul Riddle Jr. was a light in this world and his light shinned brightest in his beloved high school Cherokee Marching Band where he played the saxophone. Paul particularly embodied the class motto, “He was Tuff, He was Great, He was a Senior of ’78!” After completing high school Paul continued his education and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Paul Jr. started his career with the Sears Corporation as a part-time commissioned Sales Representative at Ingram Park Mall where he retired in 2011 with over 30 years of dedicated service. Paul was a devoted, loyal and hard working employee. While working part-time toward re-tirement in sales, he also worked full-time as a Texas Works Advisor 3 and Assistant Supervisor for the Department of Health and Human Services for over 20 years of committed service. It was difficult for his family to get Paul to relax or take time to travel. He was so dedicated to his work; it was hard for him to be away from it.
Outside of work, Paul discovered that he had a talent and love for music and theater work. As a vocalist Paul sang with the Kindred Consort Performance Choir. He began his acting career over seventeen years ago with the theatre group founded by Kathy Hornsby (please refer to page 8). He was also the co-founder and President of the Renaissance Guild (TRG). Renona once asked Paul, what was his reason why a thea-tre company and what kept him going after all these years. Paul responded by saying that he wanted to especially give kids an opportunity to express themselves through the arts. Although he was fond of sports, he wanted kids to have other options. He said that is one way that he can give back and empower our community at the same time through arts and culture.
At an early age, Paul accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. C.W. Black, Jr. He was a faithful, loyal and active member of Mt. Zion where he showed his love for Christ by singing in the choir. You wouldn’t find Paul cussing or drinking – he didn’t hold with that. And if you used a curse word near him he would ask you to try to “use a more intelligent word” to express your feelings. Paul’s sense of integrity was strong. Around midnight after leaving a play he noticed a fellow actress waiting for her ride home. He asked her if he should wait with her until her ride came. She declined out of politeness but Paul’s sense of integrity never wavered as his bed beckoned to him. He waited with the teenage actress until her father arrived to take her home.
Paul delighted in his family. For many years, he would stop at his parent’s house before work and have coffee with his mother before starting his day. Admittedly, having coffee with his mom was probably made more enticing by the fact that she packed him a lunch to take with him to work each day. At work, it was well known Paul would be drinking decaffeinated coffee out of his Superman coffee cup until late in the day. His decaf coffee fueled his ability to be a go-getter, following his dreams and passions despite any obstacles and roadblocks along the way.
He loved his only nephew, Dallas Antoine Brown, dearly and played an active role in raising him while Dallas’ mother served in the U.S. Ar-my overseas. Paul made sure he was active in church, doing well in his studies and was an overall excellent father figure for Dallas.
Paul is survived by sisters Renona Riddle Brown, SFC (Ret) and Brenda Kay Riddle. He took his role as older brother very seriously in regard to his two younger sisters. Conditioned to rise early from years in the military, early bird Renona would often call Paul at 4 a.m. ET (3 a.m. CT) when she wanted to talk, and her brother Paul would always oblige. They discussed life, family, faith and work all before the sun rose. Paul’s youngest sister, Brenda, held a special place in his heart. Brenda was the family caregiver and so she likes things just so. When Paul would inadvertently set a coffee cup in the wrong spot or make a mess, Brenda would fuss at him but he always remained calm and never be-came irritated. Both his sisters trusted Paul’s fashion sense implicitly. He would often buy them suits and outfits for Christmas and delighted in giving generous gifts to his family and friends.
It is well known that Paul was a huge Dionne Warwick fan. He loved any music, books or products featuring his favorite singer. His family knew if they wanted to give Paul a really great gift, if they bought something pertaining to Dionne Warwick it was sure to be a home run. Being a lifelong Texan, Paul really enjoyed Mexican food, particularly at his favorite San Antonio Mexican restaurant, the “Little Fish Factory.”
Besides his sisters and nephew, Paul is survived by his Aunt Mae Frances Brown, Aunt Dorothy (Lawrence) Davis, Uncle J.C. Riddle (Alfreda), God Parents Nathaniel Williams Sr. and Gertie L. Williams and a host of loving relatives and friends. His gentle spirit will shine perpetually in the hearts of his family and friends. Paul Riddle Jr.’s memory will be forever cherished by those who loved him.
Interment: Meadowlawn Memorial Park
Please continue to keep the Riddle Family lifted up in prayer.
God bless you.