Ernst Rider | Obituary | Times West Virginian

July 18, 1932
April 20, 2022

April 20, 2022
Ernest Aubrey Rider, 89, died at his home on Wednesday April 20, 2022. He was born on July 18, 1932 at the height of the Great Depression in Rivesville, West Virginia, one of six children. He was the son of PM Rider and Ethel Isolace Cole Rider. As the son of two educators, Ernie realized that education was key to his future. Ernie attended college at Fairmont State, where athletics and extracurricular activities became a central part of his life. He played varsity football, basketball and baseball, ran track and field and cross country, sang in the choir and played the baritone horn in the band, which became extremely important after he enlisted in the army during the Korean War. He was shipped to Germany to band training school for two years.
After his military service, Ernie enrolled in West Virginia University graduate school with the idea of ​​teaching at the collegiate level, but soon realized that dentists made more money than college professors.
dr Ernest Rider received his dental degree from West Virginia University, completed his residency in pediatric dentistry at Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York, and his residency in orthodontics at Eastman Dental Center, University of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York York. He practiced orthodontics in Charlotte for over 40 years and had special training in the facial development of the growing child. dr Rider was a recognized specialist in treating craniofacial abnormalities such as cleft lip and palate and treating facial development problems in young children. He also specialized in treating headaches, neck, face and jaw pain. In addition, Dr. Rider hundreds of people with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea problems.
dr Rider has presented research on treating cleft palate, treating jaw pain, treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, and treating facial and jaw development problems at state, regional, and national conventions of pediatricians, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, and orthodontists. He also wrote a textbook chapter on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep breathing disorders.
dr Rider has been honored by and is a member of numerous professional organizations including Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics; Fellow, World Association of Orthodontists; Fellow, College of the American Board of Orthodontics; Fellow, American College of Dentists; Member of the North Carolina Dental Society; past president of the North Carolina Association of Orthodontists; Past President of the Dental Society of the Second Circuit of North Carolina; and Past President of the Charlotte Dental Society. dr Rider was a member of the Dilworth Rotary Club.
dr Rider is survived by his wife Nancy Hughes Rider and their children John Geer and his wife Tammy and their son Jay; Susan Zanghi and her daughters Jennifer and Kristen and son Tony; Todd Geer and his wife Laura.
dr Rider is also survived by Ann Rider, his first wife and the mother of their children, Cynthia Rider; Stephanie Sterling and her husband Doug and their son Bryson; and Amy Elkins and her daughter Jasmine and granddaughter Isabella. He was preceded in death by a son, Steve Rider.
The second wife of Dr. Rider, Gloria DeLone, and her daughters Natalie Garcia and her husband Orlando, and Anjie Waters and her husband Wes and their daughters Caitlyn, Mary Holland, and Mallie survive.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Park Baptist Church.
Memorials may be sent to Novant Health Hospice, PO Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233-3549 or Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.
The arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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