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Bro. Norris Ritchey meets Jesus Face to Face!

Bro. Norris Ritchey went home to be with the Lord around 2:40 this morning.  Just a couple of months ago, Bro. Norris started his battle with lung cancer and is now in the very presence of Jesus, face to face with Christ his Savior.  

Monday, June 1 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Kerr Bros. on Harrodsburg Road

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Kerr Bros. on Harrodsburg Road


[Obituary from Kerr Bros. Funeral Home]
RITCHEY, C. Norris, 62, husband of Becky Ritchey, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2009 at his residence. Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Nancy W. and George W. Ritchey, Sr. He was a truck driver for Sunbelt. A Kentucky Colonel, Norris was a member of New Life Baptist Church as well as a former assistant Scout Master to Troop #59 and a member of the Ancient Age Street Rod Club. He and his wife were also foster parents. Besides his wife, he is survived by; two sons, Mark (Beverly) Ritchey of Shelbyville and Michael (Joy) Ritchey of Berea; a daughter, Brittany Harpe of OH; six grandchildren, Cassie, Cordell, Micah, Raelyn, Jasmine and Aryanna; three siblings, James Ritchey, Sarah R. Ritchey and Paul West; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be 2:30 pm Tuesday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Pastor Steven Wainright. Visitation will be 5-9 pm Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Carl Bradshaw, Wayne and Barry Hobbs, Jerry Larrison, Jack Pattie and Keith Flora. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Bills, Tom Peek, Jim Lawson and Jerry Cooper. Memorials are suggested to God’s Pantry, 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY 40511 or the Bluegrass Council BSA, 3473 Yorkshire Medical Park, Lexington, KY 40509.

It Is Not Death To Die
It is not death to die,
to leave this weary road,
and join the saints who dwell on high,
who’ve found their home with God.
It is not death to close the eyes long dimmed by tears,
and wake in joy before Your throne,,
delivered from our fears.

O Jesus, conquering the grave,
Your precious blood has pow’r to save.
Those who trust in You will in Your mercy find
that it is not death to die.

It is not death to fling
aside this earthly dust,
and rise with strong and noble wing to live among the just.
It is not death to hear
the key unlock the door
that sets us free from mortal years
to praise You evermore. 

O Jesus, conquering the grave,
Your precious blood has pow’r to save.
Those who trust in You will in Your mercy find
that it is not death to die.

-Original words: Henri Malan (1787-1864)
-Translations: George Bethune (1847)
-Music, chorus and alternate words: Bob Kauflin
from “Come Weary Saints” by Sovereign Grace Music


“Now we see but a poor reflection…then we shall see face to face.” -1 Corinthians 13:12

Please keep Norris and Becky in your prayers today.  The doctor has given him one day to one week to live, but we know Who determines that.  Pray that the Lord will shower both of them with His love and grace as Bro. Norris prepares to meet his Savior face to face and Sis. Becky prepares to momentarily be separated from him.