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Pamela Compton Ridgway

Pamela Compton Ridgway
  • December 10, 1951 - April 4, 2020
  • North Charleston, South Carolina

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“Dear familyI can not remember a time that I did not see Pam smiling. She was a faithful servant of our Lord and she will be missed by all that knew...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Sherran Wingler - Goose Creek, SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Sylvia - Friend

“Pam was a confident and amazing woman to fall in love with a man raising 3 girls she always said he deserved a metal I miss her she has angel wings...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Holly - Family

“Merrill and Family, I am so sorry for your loss.Pam was a very special lady with a warm and loving spirit.May she rest in peace. Hold dear all those...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Leola McFadden - North Charleston, SC

“Merrill, it saddens me to hear of the passing of Pam. Sending Love and Prayers to you and your family. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Rebecca Millwater - Hanahan, SC

“Sorry for your loss of your lovely Wife. Prayers for you and family. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jacky marks - Summerville, SC

“Pam always responded favorably to my postings on Facebook, It was also a method I use to remain in contact with my cousin Merrill. I will truly...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Legare Knight - Williamsburg, VA

“So sorry to hear of Pam's passing.Volunteered with Pam at the Charleston Animal Society's Resale Store. She was a joy to be around. She will be...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Bobbie Puckett - North Charleston, SC

“Merrill and familySo sorry for your loss. So many memories of the good times we shared with you and Pam. Know she leaves a big hole in the hearts...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Sandy and Orval Mills - SC

“Pam was a wonderful lady. Havnt seen her in awhile but have so many good memories from the years past.Prayers for y'all family.. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Kouris - Friend

“Pam and I started working at Garrett the same year. She was a special friend and dedicated teacher. She remained a great friend to Garrett even...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: MaryLou Cordray - Ravenel, SC

“I will miss you and Hugs and prayers to the lovely family that has left a hug memory in my life. I love you all. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Tammy Riggs-Johnston - Buckeye, AZ


Pam Ridgway of North Charleston, 68, beloved wife of Merrill D. Ridgway, loving Mother of Blake Wright (Arlington, Texas), Lesesne Smith (Boca Raton, Florida), Stepmother of Holly Ridgway, Kathy Ward (Mike), Charlotte Vetter (Jerry) and Grandmother of 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Pam was born December 10, 1951 at Mitchel Field, Long Island, NY to Donald C. Compton and Efflie Lou Joyner. Pam and her mother moved to Myrtle Beach from Apple Valley, California when she was 8 years old and graduated from MB High School. Her early career was in banking in North Myrtle Beach. After moving to Charleston, she managed the first bank at Citadel Mall after it opened in 1981. Her first love was cosmetology, so like her mother, she changed careers, went to beauty school and later became a cosmetology instructor. Along the way, she taught at Arts Beauty College, Trident Technical College and retired from Garrett Academy. She received her BA from Southern Illinois University in 2001.

She met her "Horatio" at a Square Dance class in 1980 and they danced together for almost 40 years. Pam was a talented line dance instructor and round dance cuer with the SC Callers Association where she was a Hall of Fame member. She started a line dance group at Park Circle in 1992 which is still active. She was very active in Lay Servant training with the United Methodist Church and was Lay Leader at Cherokee Place as well as being the church treasurer and her husband's private secretary. She volunteered at Charleston Animal Society, where she adopted her beloved dog, Teddy. Her favorite title was "Mom" by her sons, "Mimi" by her grandchildren, "Toots" and "Hortence" by her husband. Her hobbies included rock painting, crochet, cross stitch, Facebook, NASCAR and Mimi Mondays. She was a poll manager with CC voter registration and treasurer of the Glynn Terrace/ Oakridge Civic Club.

Special thanks to the hero's at Roper St. Francis, MUSC, and Roper Cottages in Mount Pleasant for the excellent care during this national pandemic. A memorial service will be held at a later date. She passed too soon, not one decent wrinkle, she'll be "Forever Young".

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc.