Jay Ritchie Sr.

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Jay Seay Ritchie Sr., 80, of Rockwell, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born on Nov. 20, 1935, to the late Gilbert and Ila Brown Ritchie in Rowan County. He was a 1955 graduate of Granite Quarry High School. Jay played professional baseball and in later years worked as a car salesman for Ben Mynatt Nissan. He was a member of Shiloh Reformed Church; the Major League Baseball Players Association; a faithful member of the Saleeby Fisher YMCA Coffee Crew; and Rowan County Sports Hall of Fame. Jay was a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves. He played winter baseball in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela and remained an avid baseball fan throughout his life. Jay was an avid Duke fan and enjoyed watching sports. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Shelby. Jay is survived by his wife of more than 59 years, Shelby Jean Burwell Ritchie, who he married Dec. 22, 1956; two daughters, Cindi Stevens and husband Bobby of Salisbury, Luann Fesperman and husband Gary of Salisbury; son Jay Seay Ritchie Jr. of Rockwell; two sisters, Mary Sherrill and Lottie Simpson; brother Herman Ritchie; four granddaughters, Brittin S. Cox and husband Dustin of Asheville, Adrian S. Staton and husband Matt of Rockwell, Mikel Ann F. Mason and husband Chris of Weddington and Whitley Stevens and fiance Ryne Jordan of Salisbury; two grandsons, Ritchie Fesperman and girlfriend Elinor Hurt of Durham and Jase Ritchie of Salisbury; two great-granddaughters, Kenzie and Camryn; and three great-grandsons, Eli, Levi and Smith. In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by brothers George Ritchie, Hoke Ritchie and Ray Ritchie. Visitation: Visitation is Friday, Jan. 8 from 1-3 p.m. at the Shiloh Reformed Church Fireplace Lobby. Service: Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith, with Rev. Richard Myers officiating. Burial will follow in the Shiloh Reformed Church Cemetery. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Jay may be made to Shiloh Reformed Church, P.O. Box 308, Faith, NC 28041. Powles-Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the family of Jay Ritchie. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
Published in Salisbury Post from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2016