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Jim Ritchey, 74, of Hattiesburg, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2012 with his family at his side. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Moore Funeral Home from 12 -1:30 p.m. with memorial services immediately following.
Known for his integrity and caring, Jim was a talented designer and respected homebuilder. Completely devoted to his family, he was generous to all with his wisdom, kindness and heart. He loved his family without reservation or condition. His children and grandchildren were his greatest joy.
He was beloved and trusted by many caring friends and clients. He walked quietly in his Christian faith, demonstrating a servant's heart and was counted upon by people from all walks of life.
He will be remembered as a loving father, brother, uncle and friend who showed strength through humor, wisdom and plain common sense. His thoughtful determination, incredible work ethic and unwavering faith have been an inspiration to all who knew him.
Throughout his life he enjoyed jazz, having played stand-up bass in college. He graduated from Pearl River Community College and attended the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University. He enjoyed troubleshooting and resolving technical challenges -- he had an encyclopedic knowledge of cars, engines and appliances, and could repair most anything. Or at least he would try to. He was a great father. And a really good guy.
Jim was the youngest son of D.T. and Lillian Ritchey of Marion County. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Fay Cain Ritchey, his sisters Dorothy, Donnis, and brother Robert.
He is survived by a daughter, Donna Ritchey of Jackson; three sons, Ken Ritchey (Angie) of Hattiesburg, Stan Ritchey of Knoxville, TN and Scott Ritchey of New York, NY; a sister, Billie Jo Stringer of Cantonment, FL; a brother, Davis Ritchey (Doris Jo) of Columbia; sister-in-law Maude Ritchey of Picayune, and two grandsons, Philip Ritchey and James Ritchey both of Hattiesburg as well as many other nephews and nieces.
To honor his memory, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities—ARC House, 65 Bonhomie Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39402. Call: 601-583-4251.
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Nov. 21, 2012