Olugbalah “Olu” Ridley, 33

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Olugbalah “Olu” Ridley, 33, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Carlinville, passed away on April 15, 2017.

He was born May 2, 1983, the son of Angelia Jones and the late George Ridley.

Mr. Ridley played football and ran track in high school. He received GED and several certificates, including auto mechanic, construction, plumbing and real estate. In 2015, he established his first business and went on to become a successful entrepreneur. He enjoyed sports, working on cars and spending time with his family and eight godchildren.

Surviving are his mother and step-father, Angelia Pocklington and Henry Bates of Clarksdale, Miss.; three sisters, Fumi Ridley of Memphis, Tenn., Marcie Jones of Chicago and Akeenya Layman of California; five brothers, Tunde Ridley of Waldorf, Md., Darryl Jones of Chicago, Ronnie Ridley and Brian Ridley of Little Rock, Ark., and Theron Ridley of Florida; eight godchildren; two godbrothers, Wyatt Percival and Kelsie Jackson; two godsisters, Kristin Ragland and Kelli Bahler; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, other family members and friends.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. until a memorial service at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at Heinz Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Rural Methodist Cemetery. A home-going ceremony will follow the burial at Carlinville American Legion, 554 Ramey Street, Carlinville.

Memorials may be made to the family.