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Harry Kasrael Ritchie Jr.

September 19, 1929November 26, 2019
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Harry Kasrael Ritchie, Jr., age 90, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at his home.

He was born September 19, 1929 in Chattanooga to the late Avo Holt & Harry Kasrael Ritchie, Sr.

Mr. Ritchie was a faithful member of East Side Church of Christ in Cleveland, TN where he was a longtime Bible scholar of early Hebrew history.

Mr. Ritchie began working with his father digging graves at “The Duck Pond”, which is now Chattanooga Memorial Park.

He was a United States Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean War as a Flight Engineer on B-29’s.

Mr. Ritchie received his Masters of History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University. He retired from Red Bank High School in 1984 as a beloved and respected full-time teacher, but continued in part-time capacity until 1997.

Mr. Ritchie volunteered on Friday nights as a ticket seller since 1957. He was a member of the Red Bank High School Hall of Fame.

He became a fixture at the Cleveland Library and the Cleveland History Library, continuing his study of history and sharing his vast knowledge with others.

His sister, Lovenia Wilhoite, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his niece, Merry Castings of Chattanooga; great-niece, Stefanie Wynne of Ringgold; and great-nephew, Grant Castings of Knoxville.

The family will receive friends Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. and Monday, December 2, 2019 from 12-1 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Valley View Chapel with Minister Jeff Archey and Minister Bill Maynard officiating. Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416; or Helping Hands of Cleveland, LLC, 60 25th Street NW, Cleveland, TN 37311

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of Chattanooga
  • Helping Hands of Cleveland, LLC

Services

  • Receiving Friends Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Receiving Friends Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Interment Monday, December 2, 2019

Memories

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Skip Correll

December 2, 2019

Mr. Ritchie was one of my best high school teachers. His knowledge of political science, government, and history was unlimited and his delivery kept me on my toes and thinking for the entire class. We did not agree politically but that didn't matter to him or me. What mattered was "Are you prepared? Can you argue both sides of an issue?" A lot of my interest in politics and government today springs partially from what I know now were seminars in American government led by a true scholar of the Constitution.

It is ironic that I was in his class on November 22, 1963, when we were told of President Kennedy's assassination. Mr. Ritchie never missed a beat and immediately began to explain what would happen next. He did it all from memory without a text or note That was a dark day yet he helped a bunch of high school kids try to make sense of what had happened and reassure them about what was next.

Thanks Mr. Ritchie for putting up with my sometimes lackadaisical attitude and for pushing me to want to know more and to be a better student. We will not see his kind pass this way again and we are poorer for it.

Grant Castings

November 30, 2019

As long as I can remember, "Uncle Kas" was always around as I was little and growing up. He would throw baseball and football with me in my grandparents backyard (his sister Lovenia) because he would be over there every Friday night to go to the Red Bank football games. We would go to his land out on Hwy 58 and see the horses he used to own. He always mowed and raked leaves and helped out at my grandparents and I would always be amazed when we would all sit down to eat because he would eat 3 full plates of food, he ate more than anyone I ever saw, yet he was never overweight... Harry Ritchie was as fine a person as anyone could ever hope to meet, a truly genuine gentleman that I am proud to say I know and am related to. He was unbelievably wise, and probably knew as much about history as anyone ever has. He will truly be missed...

Grant Castings

November 30, 2019

As long as I can remember, "Uncle Kas" was always around as I was little and growing up. He would throw baseball and football with me in my grandparents backyard (his sister Lovenia) because he would be over there every Friday night to go to the Red Bank football games. We would go to his land out on Hwy 58 and see the horses he used to own. He always mowed and raked leaves and helped out at my grandparents and I would always be amazed when we would all sit down to eat because he would eat 3 full plates of food- he ate more than anyone I've ever known... Harry Ritchie was as fine a person as anyone could ever hope to meet, a truly genuine gentleman that I am proud to say I know and am related to. He was unbelievably wise, and probably knew as much about history as anyone ever has. He will truly be missed...

john acuff

November 29, 2019

we shared great grand fathers I believe the Cards and that man was a pilot in the Civil War which meant he would collect a group of men who favored the Union and escort them north to where they could join the Union army. our folks grew up on the Dayton Mountain. He taught me at Red Bank class of 58 and instilled in me a love for the law and for our country. I was blessed the last few weeks to talk to him twice . He was proud that I made a lawyer and had appeared in the Supreme Court and spoken in legal seminars but proudest that I was a Christ Follower as was he. And I know that I will see him again ere long in the Peaceful Kingdom aye forever.

Mary Reagan

November 28, 2019

Mr. Ritchie was my history teacher at Red Bank High School back in the 1975-76 school year. (The Bi-Centenial year) He was enthusiastic at conveying the history lessons everyday. I looked forward to his class because he was serious and comical at the same time. I also served on Stage Crew under his direction which was even more fun if you can imagine that!
This last week, for some strange reason, he came to my mind several times remembering the good ole times he gave me and I thank God for them.
May God bless his family with peace, comfort and the fondest of memories.
God has called another one of His precious angels back to heaven. May he rest in peace.

Paula Shelton

November 28, 2019

Mr. Ritchie was a favorite teacher. I remember learning so much in class and in conversations. I am one of so many who are blessed to have known him.

Sharon Green

November 28, 2019

I was blessed to learn from “Mr. Harry” in many Bible classes as an adult. He had such an amazing knowledge of the scriptures. He was so kind and friendly to everyone. Children always seemed to be gathered around him waiting their turn to see him. Everyone loved him. He will be truly missed. He has gained his heavenly reward.

Meredith Highlander Ziegenmier

November 27, 2019

I met Harry through my dad, Steve Highlander. They used to sell football tickets at Red Bank for many years. When I was a student at Red Bank, Dad and Harry would take my sister and I out to eat after the game. We would usually go to Subway or Hungry House.

My sister and I both bought houses close to him. Laura used to sell tickets with him and compete for the lowest electric bill. When he was still able to drive and I saw his truck in the driveway, I stopped by and read him some stories that the Red Bank alumni were talking about went on in his classes. We had a great, long visit. Mr. Harry will always be loved by our family!

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Biography

Harry Kasrael Ritchie, Jr., age 90, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at his home.

He was born September 19, 1929 in Chattanooga to the late Avo Holt & Harry Kasrael Ritchie, Sr.

Mr. Ritchie was a faithful member of East Side Church of Christ in Cleveland, TN where he was a longtime Bible scholar of early Hebrew history.

Mr. Ritchie began working with his father digging graves at “The Duck Pond”, which is now Chattanooga Memorial Park.

He was a United States Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean War as a Flight Engineer on B-29’s.

Mr. Ritchie received his Masters of History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University. He retired from Red Bank High School in 1984 as a beloved and respected full-time teacher, but continued in part-time capacity until 1997.

Mr. Ritchie volunteered on Friday nights as a ticket seller since 1957. He was a member of the Red Bank High School Hall of Fame.

He became a fixture at the Cleveland Library and the Cleveland History Library, continuing his study of history and sharing his vast knowledge with others.

His sister, Lovenia Wilhoite, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his niece, Merry Castings of Chattanooga; great-niece, Stefanie Wynne of Ringgold; and great-nephew, Grant Castings of Knoxville.

The family will receive friends Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. and Monday, December 2, 2019 from 12-1 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Valley View Chapel with Minister Jeff Archey and Minister Bill Maynard officiating. Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416; or Helping Hands of Cleveland, LLC, 60 25th Street NW, Cleveland, TN 37311

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com.