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Val R. Rideout

Born: Fri., Jan. 22, 1937
Died: Wed., Mar. 18, 2015

Funeral Service

Fri., Mar. 27, 2015
Location: First Baptist Church


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Mar. 27, 2015
Location: First Baptist Church

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“Love your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.”

     Sergeant Major Val R. Rideout (USMC, Retired), 78, of North Little Rock transitioned to his eternal rest on March 18, 2015.

     Sergeant Major Rideout was a career Marine with thirty years of valiant and highly decorated service. He was a graduate of Scipio A. Jones High School and Columbia College. Sergeant Major Rideout was a great orator and motivational speaker who lived his life in an exemplary manner as a soldier and as a Christian.

     He was preceded in death by his wife of forty two years, Mary Ellen (Dokes) Rideout; his parents, Reverend Jessie L. and Cleo Patra Rideout; and two brothers Jessie Rideout and Harold Rideout.

     He leaves to cherish his legacy daughters, Andrea Rideout and Shauna (Rodney) Bostic; grandson, Zachary Bostic all of North Little Rock and brother, Andrew (Betty) Rideout of Little Rock. He will be remembered in love and admiration by many extended family and friends.

     Funeral services will be held Friday, March 27, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 811 Scipio A. Jones Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 before the service. Interment will follow with military honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 West Maryland Avenue, NLR. Services entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 1851 Marshall Street, Little Rock, 501-374-5025, “Providing Service of Excellence”  Condolences can be acknowledged online at www.serenityfuneralhomear.com

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   Posted Sun March 22, 2015
SERGEANT MAJOR RIDEOUT, I met you at the Chevrolet dealer in Sherwood. You had just purchased your silver Corvette, it was being serviced. We were the only two in the waiting room. You introduced yourself to me and we began over an hour of discussing the military and families located here in Arkansas.
What an interesting Marine. Devoted to our country and the numerous years of your service to our country. Such energy. I will never forget meeting you and the honor to spend that time listening to you, your stories , your travels and the times you worked at the WHITE HOUSE.
You will forever be remembered, God Bless you, Rest in Peace.


Charles & Lillie Ann Lawrence
   Posted Sun March 22, 2015
As we experience God's comfort in our times of loss, He prepares us to comfort others in their times of grief. May God bless and keep this family is our prayer.. Thanks for your service to our country..

Charles and Lillie Ann

   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
My condolences to the family. God will bless you and keep you if you trust in him. My prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

Bettye Daley
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
So sorry to learn of your loss. SgtMaj. & I worked together on Recruiting Duty here in Little Rock. I'm sure that he is guarding the Pearly Gates. I have fun & fond memories.

Sarah Davidson
   Posted Fri March 27, 2015
Val's parents lived next door to my parents in the Military Heights section of North Little Rock @ one time. I am not sure he rembered me and my siblings because we were so young. We moved. The Rideouts moved. I left the state for college, but I never forgot the family.
However, we knew his brother, "Peaches" and his brother, Harold, even though they were older. We lived @ 419 w 28th Street. We also knew his cousin Frank Smith. I never forgot this lovely family. Recently connected with Frank on Facebook. He told me that Val was ill. My sympathy to the family.Sarah Davidson, Silver Spring, MD

Kendall & Lisa Faulk/Addie Gassman
   Posted Fri March 27, 2015
Throughout life we all cross paths with many people. Rarely do we have the privilege to meet or to get to know someone like Val Rideout. A man with principles, honor, and integrity. Above all, a man who loved God, Family and his Country. We are blessed to have known him and he will be missed by us all.

Serenity Funeral Home
   Posted Tue April 21, 2015
The Rideout Family,
A person who serves in any branch of service has courage. To sacrifice your life for another; deserves honor and praise and as for Sergeant Major Rideout we salute him for his bravery, sacrifice and for being the man that he will always be. Be encouraged and know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May God continue to bless and keep you is our daily prayer.

Serenity Funeral Home Staff

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