Pilot Mountain native honored


LENOIR — Patsy Riddle was honored at the Loving Lenoir Concert, held here earlier this month, when she received the Pinnacle Award, the highest award given by the city.

She is the daughter of Ted Shelton and the late Mabel Shelton of Pilot Mountain and she is the wife of Kent Riddle.

A music graduate of ASU, Riddle taught public school music and chorus for the Caldwell County School System, taught private piano, is past director of music at the local First United Methodist Church, accompanied the Hibriten High School Chorus for 20 years, and has accompanied numerous productions sponsored by the Lenoir Community Music Club.

Early in her career as a music educator, she received the Young Careerist Award from the Lenoir Business and Professional Women organization.

Riddle recently retired from Hudson Middle School where she served in the capacity of Communities In Schools facilitator, and eighth grade language arts teacher. Her peers at Hudson Middle voted her Teacher of the Year twice during her tenure there, and she continues to volunteer as accompanist for the Hudson Middle School Chorus.

She is a member of the FUMC Lenoir chancel choir, hand bell choir, and substitutes as organist/pianist and director when needed.

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