News obit: Frances Jeanette ‘Granny’ Riddle, fixture at West Asheville Ingles, dies

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.Frances Riddle, an Ingles grocery store employee since 1966 and a fixture at the chain’s store on Haywood Road, died Nov. 21. She was 87.

Riddle, known to many as “Granny,” touched thousands of lives with her vivacious personality. Part of the obituary from

Frances Jeanette “Granny” Riddle passed away November 21st at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center after a short illness. She was 87. A lifelong resident of Asheville, she was the daughter of the late Emory Horace Bradley and Bessie Epley Bradley.

A graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School (now Asheville High), Granny was an employee of Ingle’s Markets since 1966 and worked at the Haywood Road Ingle’s in West Asheville for nearly thirty years. She retired last year at the age of 86. Granny touched the lives of many customers over the years with her sense of humor and kindness. She was very proud of Asheville, especially the thriving Haywood Road area, and delighted in the new restaurants which she frequented.

A celebration of her life will be scheduled for spring.

Special thanks to loyal reader Jared for the heads-up on this.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. RedHotPoker November 30, 2014

    What a local character! So sorry to read this…I saw her driving her little green escort just a few weeks ago
    with a cig in her mouth! Had no idea was 87 !!!

    Been missing her at Ingles for some time…

  2. Lauren November 28, 2014

    jason please keep us posted on the celebration of life program as it draws near.

  3. Jennifer Saylor November 26, 2014

    Goodbye, Granny. Your salty good humor was missed from the moment you left our Ingles, something that the whole Haywood Road area noted with sadness.

    Favorite Granny story: her grumbling to a female friend that she “better keep her eye on that one” when my friend, not her boyfriend, paid for their groceries.

    She was ALWAYS fun to check out with and had enough character for two ordinary people. Rest in peace.


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