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Trevor Braden Ridenour

Trevor Braden Ridenour passed away early in the morning of Sunday, March 3rd, 2024, at his childhood home in Cove, AR, at the young age of only 24 years old.

Trevor, who was affectionately nicknamed “Fregley” due to his curly red hair and endearingly quirky personality, was born on August 29th, 1999, to Carla Ridenour and Garrick Williamson.

The trials in Trevor’s life started shortly after he was born, as he was afflicted with meningitis only a short spell after his delivery. Despite that, during that time he always had a smile on his face and very rarely did he cry. This would set a precedent in his life, and he would trek through his time in this reality smiling through his pain.

As Trevor grew up and learned to interact with the world around him, he found that his greatest strengths were his charismatic personality, his captivating storytelling, and his unwavering will. He made friends through his humor and infallible loyalty. Although he was quick to anger, he was even quicker to forgive.

The only rare occasion that could bring him to tears was when he couldn’t help someone in need. Trevor had a heart that is rare, and he loved people in a way that oftentimes they didn’t deserve. He was loud, funny, charismatic, tenderhearted, loyal, and above all else: tough as nails.

He had a passion for botany, and he had a green thumb in the truest sense of the word. In addition to his love for his plants, he was an expert in small engine repair and never met a critter he didn’t love.

His curiosity was boundless. He would often spend hours sharing his thoughts and opinions on world history, God, the nature of reality- and don’t even get him going on the subject of aliens. His family finds solace in the idea that all of his questions about the cosmos that confused and excited him are finally answered.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Shirley and Bobby Gene Ridenour of Hartford, AR.

He is survived by his Mama, Carla Ridenour of Mena; his father, Garrick Williamson of Panama, OK; his brothers, Kevin Payne of Fort Smith and Trey Youngdahl of Mena; grandparents Bug and Sharon Williamson of Panama, OK; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and family.

Cremation services have been entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home. Memorial services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 13th, at The Shepherd’s Word Church in Mena at 3:00 p.m.

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