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Maggie Valley - Ernest Edward Rickett, Jr., 77, of Maggie Valley, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
A native of McDowell Co., he was a son of the late Ernest Rickett, Sr., and Margaret Guthrie Rickett Shepherd.
Mr. Rickett was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired special ed teacher, and lastly worked for the Asheville Citizen Times.
He was a lifetime member of the Asheville Wesleyan Church, and most recently was a member of Maggie Valley First Baptist Church.
Mr. Rickett is survived by a daughter, Amy Harden and husband Jim; granddaughters Grace and Joy Harden; and sisters Patricia Smith Bates and Joy Evans.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave., with funeral services following at 10:00 a.m., with the Rev. Ricky Mason officiating. Interment will follow at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery.
The family will also gather at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Maggie Valley First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Haywood Christian Academy, PO Box 609, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.
The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 15, 2013