James Arnold Ritter

james ritter

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.  

Condolences online at pinesfuneral.com





Visitation: March 4, 2023 6:00 pm - February 27, 2024 8:00 pm

Kennedy Funeral Home
241 N Middleton Street
Robbinsq, NC 27325


Funeral Service: March 5, 2023 2:00 pm

First Wesleyan Church
240 East Moore Street
Robbins, NC 27325


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  1. Such a sweet soul. I always enjoyed seeing Arnold. He always had a smile and liked to joke and have fun. I love this family and will keep you all in prayer. May the Holy Spirit bring peace and comfort that only He can provide during times of grief and sadness.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Thankful we can see him again in heaven. Prayers and love to all the family.

  3. Sylvia and family I’m so sorry for your loss.
    I pray for God’s comfort, peace and strength during this time and the days to come. May the memories you have of Arnold always be in your heart. Love yall

  4. I have such wonderful memories of my Uncle Arnold. He always had a mischievous smile on his face. I know he and my dad are in heaven today teasing one another.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed the way we picked on each other. He was a good man. Prayers to the family.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about this. Kelsey mentioned it in reading group. She said she got to see him before he passed. Praying for you all!!!

  7. Sorry to hear about Arnold. He will truly be missed. Praying for the family during this difficult time.

  8. Terra, Jonathan, and family, Our hearts break for you all. You are a special family to us. Gary has wonderful memories of your dad, as a field man, when they both worked for Purvis Farms many years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as God comforts you during this sad time. With the Love of Christ, Gary and June

  9. Loved Mr. Ritter. He always had a smile on his face. He and Mrs Sylvia were always together at church. So enjoyed them!

  10. Our sincere condolences to the family and his siblings. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Mrs. Ritter, Misty, Terra, Amy, Kevin and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of Mr. Ritter. A kind, encouraging man with a great love for his family. I especially appreciate and cherish his encouragement of me every time we met. He will be missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Kim and Bruce Williams

  12. Arnold was always smiling and friendly. It was evident how much he loved the Lord and his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lori, Noah, and Matthew Johnson

  13. Dear Sylvia and family,
    We’ll always remember Arnold’s gentle spirit and his love for the Lord and his family. This world’s loss is surely Heaven’s gain. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

    Chad and Annette VonCannon

  14. Sylvia and all the family. You all have my prayers, love and sympathy. Arnold will surely be missed. He enjoyed life and was always joyful and had a great sense of humor. He loved the Lord and his family. The funeral was such a great tribute to him.

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