Earl Ballard Riddick, Jr. 77, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012, in Fayetteville. He was the son of the late Earl B. Riddick and Clara Lou Aron Riddick. He was a member of University Baptist Church in Fayetteville.
He was born in Harlingen, Texas, on October 5, 1934, and grew up in Clinton, Ark. After graduating from high school he attended the X-ray technologist training program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and worked for a year in Idabel, Okla. In 1954 he joined the Army for three years, obtaining the rank of E-5. He then attended college at Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA) in Conway where he graduated with a B.S. degree in chemistry and mathematics before going to graduate school in at the University of Arkansas Graduate Institute of Technology. He taught chemistry at ASTC for two years then entered medical school at UAMS. Following graduation, he did a residency in radiology at UAMS. He retired from Northwest Arkansas Radiology Associates after 17 years and did Locum Tenens for four years before joining the staff at Fayetteville VA Hospital in 1994. He retired from there in 1999.
He was past president of the Washington County Medical Society and of the Washington Counter Cancer Society. He was a diplomat of the American College of Radiology and the American College of Nuclear Medicine. He had an interest in archeology and, for several years, was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. He was a life master in bridge.
In 1964, he was lucky enough to be accepted in marriage by Kathlyn (Kathy) Ramsey. He loved her very much and they had a happy life.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Albert Riddick.
He is survived by his wife Kathlyn Ann Ramsey and seven godchildren.
Memorial services were held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville with Dr. H.D. McCarty officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Patients Choice Hospice 3277 West Sunset Suite D, Springdale, AR 72762.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville.