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Riddle III, Harry "Lee"

Riddle III, Harry "Lee"

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July 31, 1940 - June 27, 2020 Harry "Lee" Riddle III passed away peacefully at his home, Saturday, June 27, 2020, surrounded by Jan, John and caregivers. Lee was born in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, July 31, 1940, to Judge H. L. "Chick" Riddle Jr. and Janie Hunt Landis Riddle. He attended grade school in Elizabeth City and Morganton City Schools. He graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1958, and attended the University of North Carolina in the fall of 1958, where he then graduated in 1964. He served in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves for six years. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Sally Sanborn Best Riddle; grandparents, Mayor Jerome and Janie Hunt Flora (maternal) of Elizabeth City and Mayor Harry Riddle and Helen Davis Riddle (paternal) of Morganton; brothers, Herndon Hunt Riddle of Nags Head and Sanborn Best of Morganton; uncle, Dr. J. Iverson Riddle of Morganton; and aunt, Myra Davis Riddle of Morganton. He is survived by his loving wife, Jan Riggs Riddle; sons, Harry "Lee" Riddle, IV (Lynn), Thomas Lodge Riddle and John Alexander Riddle (Kirsten); brothers, Jerome Flora Riddle and James Best (Mary Cameron); sister, Catherine Best. In addition, he is also survived by his grandchildren: Bailey Riddle Siragusa (Nick), Alexander Lodge Riddle, and Zachary Davis Riddle. He was an avid golfer and long-time member of Mimosa Hills Golf Club in Morganton, where he shared his love of the game with his boys, Jan and his friends. For years, he could be found on the golf course every day! His love of golf was rivaled by his love of offshore fishing. He was an angler who had the pleasure of fishing with several legendary fishing captains: Omie Tillet, Buddy Cannady, Paul Spencer and Bull Tolson. For over 50 years, he has been a loyal supporter of the UNC Rams Club and was an original donor to the Smith Center. His greatest achievement was in his 33 years as a member of the 12-step fellowship which he used to say frequently, "not only saved my life, but gave me life." He was active in several chapters throughout the state. Currently there are no celebrations of life planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The family asks that any donations in Lee's memory be given to a charity of your choice.

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Ken Ramsey

Lee and Jan were very nice to me, God Bless! Ken Ramsey

Mary Ann Carswell

Sorry for your loss. Lee will greatly be missed.


Jan, Thinking of you and your loss.

Ilene Dellinger


I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.


Jan, family and friends,

Please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss of a loved one. May our Lord grant you good memories of days gone by. Our prayers are lifted as you go through the grieving process.

Chuck M

Lee gave so much to so many. He will be missed in so many places. A very special person. Chuck Moseley, Valdese

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