Ned Ritchie Sr.

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Ned Aubrey Ritchie, Sr., of Kannapolis, went peacefully to his heavenly home, while surrounded by his family, on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Ned was born July 5, 1932 in Cabarrus County, a son of the late Jesse David and Maggie Cordelia Ketner Ritchie. In addition to his parents, Ned was preceded in death by eight brothers and three sisters. A lifelong area resident, Ned served in the United States Air Force for four years and retired from the Concord Telephone Company as a computer programmer analyst. He was a devoted Christian serving God through his church and community. Ned spent many years as treasurer of Center Grove Lutheran Church and his current church, First Wesleyan, both in Kannapolis. He was an avid bowler, gardener and loved to fish. Spending time with his family was his greatest joy. Ned is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Eva Elizabeth “Sue” Ritchie Ritchie; three daughters, Melinda Beal (Brent) of Hickory, Eva Weaver (Rick) of Concord, and Kathy Hartsell (Tony) of Kannapolis; his son, Ned Aubrey Ritchie, Jr. of Kannapolis; four grandchildren, Robert Beal (Megan), Hannah Kilgore (Spencer), Caleb Weaver and Sarah Beal; his great-granddaughter, Annaka Beal; and his one surviving brother, Archie Ritchie of Garner; as well as many nieces and nephews. Visitation and Service: His funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, June 15, at First Wesleyan Church with Rev. Wayne Preusz, Rev. Don Safrit and Rev. Scott Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Whitley's Funeral Home on Thursday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials: In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be sent to the Tucker Hospice House, 5005 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis NC 28081. Online condolences may be left at
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Whitley's Funeral Home
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Kannapolis, NC 28083
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Published in Salisbury Post on June 13, 2018