Ritchie, Josie Lenora

Class of 1901

The Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC), March 4 1956

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 ther 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.