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Pastor Carl Leammle Ritchie

Pastor Carl Leammle Ritchie
  • March 28, 1932 - October 23, 2019
  • Summerville, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • St. Luke's Lutheran Church
    206 Central Ave
    Summerville, SC 29473

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“Dear Frances, I'm sorry to hear of Carl"s passing. I remember both of you from the building of our church by the Mission Builders and I have thought...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Verla Fleming - Fuquay Varina, NC

“Dear Frances and others dear to Pr.Carl: I just learned of Pr. Ritchie's death, and grieve with you. It was our honor to follow you all at Lutheran...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: David Keck - Mooresville, NC

“I was but an early teen when my family became charter members of the Lutheran Church of Our Father in Greensboro, NC--a church whose mission...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Joseph Coble - Stone Mountain, GA

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have so many wonderful memories of Carl when he served First Lutheran in Lexington NC. He married us and...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Bill and Jane Kennedy - Lexington, SC

“Dear Frances and family,I was deeply saddened when I saw Pastor Ritchie's obituary in the paper. You and Pastor and Martha were family to us for a...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Martha Gage - Summerville, SC

“Frances and Family,We were so sorry to hear of Pastor Carl's passing. Finding it hard to list all his many special gifts, but especially enjoyed his...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Ann Williams - Georgetown, SC

“Pastor Ritchie married me & my wife in 1973 at First Lutheran Lexington, NC. We have thought about him often over the years. Our prayers are with his...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Bob Redwine - Lexington, NC

“We were saddened to learn of Carl's passing and send our love and condolences to the family. Carl was a good friend, one of the special people in...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Tom & Betty Sublett - FL

“Pastor always made my day better when I was with him. What a joy to be able to say he was my dear friend! Rest In Peace until we meet again! ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Rosie Soderlund - Goose Creek, SC


Pastor Carl Ritchie, 87, of Summerville, SC passed away peacefully on Wednesday surrounded by his family.

He was born in Charlotte, NC to Hubert E Ritchie and Eloise McKenzie Ritchie and attended Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He diligently pastored congregations in North Carolina, Florida and South Carolina for 60 years for the ELCA Lutheran Church preaching grace with his own brand of humor.He moved to Summerville in 1986 to build A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church in Sangaree.

He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 64 years, Mary Frances Brown Ritchie who faithfully encouraged and shared his intense passion for ministry.Surviving daughters are Mary Woods (Lennis) of Goose Creek, Deborah Fox (Sheldon) of Raleigh, NC and Martha Mountain of Summerville. Torstein Bremset of Norway was like a son. Carl's legacy also includes six grandchildren (Erin, Josh, Bryan, Shaun, Matthew, and Chelsea), a step grandchild, Diana, and five great-grandchildren (Sean, Andrew, JB, Payton, and JR) who enjoyed their Pop's genuine love, unique wit and interesting stories.

In addition to his parents, Carl is preceded in death by a son, Luther Hubert Ritchie, two sisters and a brother.

He was a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ and his final years were spent in unofficial service for the Lord - touching all he encountered with his deep faith.

A Witness to the Resurrection Service will be held at St Luke's Lutheran Church, 206 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483, at 11:30 Monday, October 28th.
Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel.

The family would like to express gratitude for the care Carl received from Heartland Hospice and ComForCare and the staff who became like family in his final days.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church.