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Cecil Ritchie (WZ4V)
September 14. 2005
Cecil Houston Ritchie was 64 years old. He and his wife Linda had been married for 42 years, have 5 children, Pam, Crystal, Amy, Lori, and Mike. His extended family includes his children�s spouses and 10 grandchildren. He also has one sister, Jodie, and one brother, Darrell. Cecil was a member of First Baptist Church in Niota and a Mason. Cecil also served in the Tennessee National Guard. One of his favorite hobbies was amateur radio. He was Vice president of the Monroe Amateur Radio Society and a member of the McMinn County Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Cecil helped birth the Monroe Amateur Radio Society Hamfest into existience, and worked tirelessly to make it and the McMinn Co Amateur Radio Club Hamfest a success. He visited many hamfest each year, and loved to tailgate. He is greatly missed by his amateur radio friends and many scanner listeners.
Contributed by: James (NA4IT)
Out of my 60 years of life, I have never had a person get so close to me in such a short of a time. Cecil had a way about him that made you want to do something back in return for him. Sure he was a NUT and loved to play pranks, but they was no harm done and some times they back fired on Cecil. I had known Cecil for abou 25 years now but just in the last 2 years of a ham that I got to know him a lot better. He didn't like to admit it, but he was a real loveing and kind person. I can't count the many of times that I talked to Cecil on his way home off from work and how he was going to smack his wife right between the eyes as soon as he got home. I know his wife Linda very well to and after I talked to her on the phone a few times, the smacking never did happen. He is and will be missed by all that knew him. I will miss my friend and most of all, my Ham Buddy WZ4V. 73s my friend. Gene Coleman
Contributed by: Gene Coleman (KI4CHJ)
Cecil Started my intrest in Ham radio from Hearing Morning conversations with Him and WA4JTD ( Lynn)By Scanner Listening. He offered Support and information to get my Ticket.He will be missed very Much. The Air waves are too silent since his passing.
Contributed by: Allen Cook (KI4BOS)
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