Obituary for James Arnold Ritter of Robbins

Mr. James Arnold Ritter, 87, of Robbins went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

Arnold was born September 24, 1935 in Moore County to Albert and Alta Reeder Ritter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter: Darla Kay Ritter; son-in-law: Calvin Vuncannon; and father and mother-in-law: Rev. H.R. and Alma Helms.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years: Sylvia Helms Ritter; children: Misty Marley and husband Tony, Terra Vuncannon, Amy Norman and husband Mike, and Kevin Ritter and wife Robin; grandchildren: Ashley Davis and husband Daniel, Justin Marley, Jonathan Vuncannon and fiancé Allyson Hamilton, Dakota Norman, Montana Norman, Timothy Ritter, James Ritter, and Gideon Ritter;  great-grandchildren: Kelsey Davis, Paisley Davis, and Riley Davis; sisters: Velma Moore and Maybelle Williams; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Arnold was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many.  He loved the Lord and was known to often remark that “The Lord’s been good to us.”  He attended Robbins First Wesleyan Church.  After many years, he retired from Purdue.  He loved playing softball and watching his children and grandchildren play ball; he very rarely missed a game.  He enjoyed watching all sports and Nascar on TV as well as attending southern gospel concerts with his wife; The Happy Goodman Family and the McKameys were his favorites.  Arnold loved family beach trips and swimming in the ocean almost as much as he loved a big family dinner.  One of his favorite hobbies was pitching horseshoes.  He spent many hours in the backyard practicing and even won the NC State Championship as well as many other tournaments.

The funeral service will be at 2:00pm Sunday, March 5, 2023 at Robbins First Wesleyan Church with Rev. Wilson Harris and Rev. Cameron Dockery officiating.  Burial will follow at Smyrna Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm-8:00pm Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Kennedy Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to:

Robbins First Wesleyan Church at PO Box 397, Robbins, NC 27325

FirstHealth Hospice at 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Ritter family.  

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