Clinton Elmer Riddle, age 98, died peacefully on Dec. 3, 2019, at Sweetwater Hospital.

He was a member of Cedar Valley Baptist Church, and a member of many organizations including: Sweetwater Valley Odd Fellows Lodge #280, Monroe County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5156, American Legion #106, and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Born and raised in Sweetwater, the only child of Samuel Elmer and Eva Grace (Smith) Riddle, Clinton was a lifelong resident of Sweetwater. He graduated from Sweetwater High School in May 1941.

He entered Army service on Dec. 10, 1942. He joined Company B 325th Glider Infantry of the 82nd Airborne Division in time to set sail for Africa on April 28, 1943. He remained with the 325th through eight major battles in Europe during World War II. He returned back to the states to be discharged at Atterbury, Indiana, on Sept. 19, 1945, with Company B 194th Glider Infantry of the 17th Airborne.

He was a highly-decorated veteran receiving numerous honors.

He married Blanche Bernice Montooth on July 24, 1949. They were married more than 60 years and had three children.

Clinton was a bi-vocational minister pastoring four churches while working as an electronic technician. The four churches are New Bethany Baptist Church, Murray’s Baptist Church, Cedar Valley Baptist Church, and Union McMinn Baptist Church. He also served as interim pastor at several churches when needed.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; brother-in-laws, Arrants, Ted, and Clifton Montooth; and son-in-law, Paul (Buster) Moore Jr.

He is survived by: his children and spouses, Gail and Ralph Whited, Stephan and Terri Riddle, and Connie and Gary Moore, all of Sweetwater;

Grandchildren and spouses, Sharmin Bradley, April and Rodney Bell, Missy and Lonnie Allmon, Matt Moore, Courtney and Jason Easterday, and Trevor Riddle;

Thirteen great-grandchildren;

Many special friends.

The family received friends on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sweetwater. Funeral services followed with Rev. Don Rockholt, Rev. Joel Tillson, Dr. Leonard Markham, and Brother Johnny Carr officiating. Interment was held in the Sweetwater Memorial Gardens with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons or Wounded Warrior Project.

Kyker Funeral Homes, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.