Ritchie, Josie Lenora

Class of 1901

Birth: 19 Oct 1879, Stanly County, North Carolina
Death: 2 Mar 1956, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina

Daniel Dirk Ritchie (1856-1928)
Florence Alice Victoria Lyerly Ritchie (1858-1944)

William Fair Ritchie (1881-1940)
David Foster Ritchie (1885-1944)
Daisy Dare Ritchie Miller (1886-1960)
Lizzie Browne Ritchie Overman (1889-1915)
Alice Rhea Ritchie Ingram (1893-1988)
Doris Victoria Ritchie Cooper (1897-1966)
Florence Pearl Ritchie Frye (1899-1970)

Mack Lee Ritchie (1872-1946)

Daniel Felix Ritchie (1904-1991)
Helen Genevra Ritchie Kenerly (1906-1993)
Jerry Lee Ritchie (1909-2004)
Alice Brown Ritchie Lawson (1916-2006)


The Standard (Concord, NC), 30 Jan 1902, p. 4.


A Beautiful Wedding – a Charming Couple – Sumptuous Supper – Profusion of Valuable Presents

Richifield, January 22, 1902

At Mt. Zion Church, Richfield, on Wednesday the 22nd, Mr. Mack L. Ritchie and Miss Josie L. Ritchie were happily united in marriage by the Rev. W. A. Dutton.

The church was neat and attractive in its decorations, including an arch of flowers and evergreens, just in front of which the bridal pair took their stand.

At 3 o’clock p.m. Miss Nola Misenheimer touched the organ and it sent forth the thrilling tones of the wedding march.

Messrs. Mumpford Ritchie and James Reeves, the ushers, marched up the aisle followed by the ribbon girls, little Misses Jennie and Lizzie Ritchie, Misses Mary Ritchie and Nora Crowell holding the ribbons at the vestibule.

The ushers and ribbon girls having taken their places, Prof. W. A. Weddington entered, escorting Miss Mabel Bostian, followed by Mr. T. L. Ross and Miss Myrtle Patterson and Mr. O. L. Linn and Miss Pauline Thom.

The groom, stately and grand, led the bride to the altar, She was the personification of loveliness, arrayed in white organdy with bridal veil and crowned with a wreath of exquisitely beautiful viney flora. She bore a magnificent bouquet of bride’s roses and maiden hair ferns with floral trail reaching well to the floor.

The bride’s maids were beautifully dressed in white, bearing bouquets of carnations and ferns.

Rev. Mr. Dutton pronounced the beautiful Lutheran ceremony that made these lovers husband and wife, and extended his congratulations, when the bridal pair marched out to the timing of the sweet strains of the organ and were followed by the attendants in the reverse order of enterings, the little misses gathering up the ribbons.

The bridal party, attendants and invited guests, repaired at once to the home of the bride’s parents where a sumptuous supper was served, embracing all ordinary viands known to the cuisine art with fruits and sweet meats in great abundance and variety.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Ritchie and is well known for her accomplishments in all that goes to make up marital bliss and domestic happiness.

The groom is immensely popular as a business man and first class citizen. He is the son of Mrs. D. M. Ritchie of our town and is a member of and general manager of the firm of the China Grove Hardware Company.

The bride was the recipient of many handsome and valuable presents, including silver and china ware, cut glass, table linen, handsome rugs and last, but non least, $50 in gold. E. and J.


The Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC), 4 Mar 1956, p5.

Prominent China Grove Woman Dies

China Grove – Funeral services for Mrs. McL [McLee] Ritchie, 76, prominent China Grove church and civic leader, will be held today at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran church.

Mrs. Ritchie, president of China Grove Hardware, died Friday afternoon at Rowan Memorial Hospital. She had been seriously ill since Tuesday.

She had been a member of St. Mark’s church since 1902 and was a leader in organizing the church circles. She was a Sunday School teacher there for many years.

Her late husband was one of the organizers of China Grove Cotton Mill and other China Grove businesses.

Mrs. Ritchie was born October 19, 1879, a daughter of the late D. D. and Alice Lyerly Ritchie of Stanly county. She was the former Miss Josie Lenora Ritchie.

During Hurricane Hazel in 1954 Mrs. Ritchie saved her life by floating for nearly an hour when water flooded her cottage at Cherry Grove Beach. She had gone to the beach to celebrate her 75th birthday.

Mrs. Ritchie attended Mont Amoena Seminary at Mt. Pleasant.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Harold Terry. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be John Wilkinson, Jack Russell, Dr. James Fry, Jimmy Walker, E. W. Raymer and Earl Wagner.

Honorary pallbearers will be C. C. Graham, Carl Beaver, Bert Mooney, Robert Yose, L. B. Thomas, Worth Freeze, Harrold Lentz, Eustice Freeze, W. V. Bright, Dr. M. E. Whicker, Harry Johnson, K. A. Shinn and Guy Ritchie.

Surviving are two sons, Daniel Felix Ritchie and Jerry Lee Ritchie, both of China Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Herman Kennerly of Salisbury and Mrs. Burl Lawson of China Grove: four sisters, Mrs. J. Wiley Miller of Salisbury, Mrs. Elbert Ingram of New London, Mrs. G. Herman Cooper of Wheaton, Il., and Mrs. R. L. Frye of Badin; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.