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Jerald Lee “Jerry” Ritchey, 76
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Jerald Lee “Jerry” Ritchey, died Friday, April 19, at age 76. 

The son of the late Lee D. Ritchey and Helon Bratcher Ritchey, he was born Sept. 19, 1942 in Daylight, TN. Jerry attended MTSU and left to join the Army, completed flight school and flew helicopters in Vietnam. After Vietnam he became a test pilot at Fort Rucker in Ala., and he retired from the FFA and Army National Guard in 1996. He was a lifelong member of the Tullahoma downtown Lions Club, he was a member of the Quiet Birdmen and a hospice volunteer.

He was preceded in death by wife Nancy H. Ritchey. He is survived by life partner Sally Burnam Kimbrell, children Stacy (Michael) Finks, Jay Ritchey, grandchildren Katherine Finks, Joshua Finks, Natasha Ritchey, Celeste Wildes, and Justice Ritchey, sister Carolyn (Audy) Sisk, other family Lee (Heath) Brewer, Olivia and Victoria Brewer, Amy (Rich) Bailey, Emily Bailey, Dow (Erin) Kinbrell, Ealine and Helen Kimbrell.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at Murfreesboro Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tullahoma Lions Club, Leader Dog for the Blind, P.O. Box 533, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

Murfreesboro Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 615-896-2229, is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 24, 2019