Clarence Ross Ritchie Jr.
September 25, 1932 – May 29, 2011
Reverend Dr. C. Ross Ritchie, Jr.
CHAPIN- The Reverend Dr. C. Ross Ritchie, Jr., 78, of Chapin, S. C., loving and much-loved brother, husband, father, and grandfather, died at his home on May 29, 2011. A memorial service will be conducted from Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, Chapin, on Tuesday, May 31 at 2 p.m. The family will greet friends at the church following the service. Inurnment will follow at a later date in the columbarium at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, N. C. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family. Born in Rocky Mount, N. C. September 25, 1932, to Clarence Ross and Ada Brady Ritchie, he was the son and great grandson of Lutheran pastors. He grew up in Lexington, N. C. where his father was a pastor, graduating from high school there. Dr. Ritchie earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Religious Education at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N. C. in 1954, and his Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia in 1957, and his Master of Sacred Theology Degree at the same seminary in 1967. In 1980 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree by Lenoir-Rhyne College. He was ordained to the ministry of the United Lutheran Church in America on June 9, 1957, and served as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Goldsboro, N. C. 1957-60; St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Columbia, 1960-66; First Lutheran Church, Albemarle, N. C. 1966-71; and Augsburg Lutheran Church , Winston-Salem, N. C., 1971-88. In 1988 he joined the staff of Southern Seminary as Director of Planned Giving, retiring in 1992. Dr. Ritchie served on numerous boards and committees of the Lutheran Synods of North and South Carolina, including membership on the Executive Boards of both synods, The Lenoir-Rhyne College Board of Trustees, the North Carolina Lutheran Services for the Aging Board of Trustees, and as a delegate to several Lutheran Church in America Conventions. He had also served on the board of the Lenoir-Rhyne Alumni Association and as President of the Lutheran Seminary Alumni Association. After retiring in 1992, he served as Visiting Pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church, Columbia, S.C. and as Interim Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Little Mountain; Grace Lutheran Church, Prosperity, S.C; Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbia; and Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, Chapin, where he has been an activ e member during the past years, serving as usher, greeter, communion assistant, supply pastor, Sunday School teacher and a member of the Mutual Ministry Committee. Dr. Ritchie is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Hall Ritchie, of the home, whom he married on May 22, 1955; a sister, Barbara R. DeOrsey, of White Rock, S. C.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Sam Barbee, Joanna and Cliff Britt, Kathryn (Katie) and Jimmy Lippard, all of Winston-Salem, N. C. and Camilla (Cammie) and Pat Berger, of Charlotte, N. C.; one son and daughter-in-law Ross III and Yvonne Poole Ritchie of Charlotte, N. C., as well as 15 grandchildren: Drew and Anna Kathryn Barbee; Ryenne and Duncan Ritchie; Zachary, Maxwell, Benjamin and Josie Britt; Kirk, Keenan, Anderson, Ross and Jacob Lippard; and Grant and Preston Berger. Memorials may be made to Lenoir-Rhyne University (The Ritchie Endowment,) LRU, P.O. Box 7163, Hickory, N. C.; or to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Ross Ritchie Endowment for Faculty Support,) 4201 N. Main St., Columbia, S.C., 29203; or to Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, Chapin, S.C., 101 E. Boundary St., Chapin, S. C. 29036, or a charity of choice. The family would especially like to thank Lutheran Hospice of Columbia.
Clarence Ross Ritchie Jr.
June 1, 2011
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The Staff of Caughman-Harman Funeral Home
May 31, 2011
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.