Mart Ritchie was born on November 14, 1919 at Clear Creek in Knott County. He died on November 21,
2005 at his daughter’s home in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. Preceding him in death was his wife, Dovie June; his
parents, Sam and Ellen Ritchie; two brothers, Monroe and Corbett; and three sisters, Doshie Combs, Sophia
Ritchie, and Oshia Francis. His brother, Hubert, died a short while after Mart’s death. He is survived by one
daughter, Sandra Gail Collins; two granddaughters, Meredith Leigh Reed and husband, Alex Reed of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Brittany Allyn Collins of Cincinnati, Ohio; one brother, Willard of Montana; and
two sisters, Ora Maggard of Hazard and Lorene Mullins of Indiana.
After finishing elementary school at Clear Creek, Mart attended high school at Hindman. He then went to
Lees Junior College and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Mart taught school in Perry County one
year and was called into the military service in World War II. He trained in the Louisiana maneuvers and also in
California, and soon was overseas. He served in the European Theater, mainly in France and Germany for
Mart met Dovie at Lees College and they seemed very happy together. They corresponded all through the
war, and were married three months after he came home. They made their home on Clear Creek all their
married life. Mart was also a good farmer and took pride in his beautiful gardens. He also enjoyed working with
Mart’s best sport and relaxation was fishing. He and Dovie had many enjoyable times living in their camper
and fishing in Tennessee. He loved hunting too, and looked forward to November when hunting season began.
Mart and Gene were always close friends, as well as brother-in-laws. Dovie and I were as close as sisters
can be. She was my best friend, and a much loved sister. We had many happy times together, visiting in each
others homes and taking trips together. I recall how Gene and Mart sat on our porches and talked, and how
Mart would tell stories of different events, and how he would laugh. Those joyous times came to an end when
Mart’s and Dovie’s health started failing. Oh, how we miss those days.
Mart and Dovie always attended church and Mart talked of how he was praying and trying to live as he
thought he should. On September 25, 1995 Mart joined Blair Branch Church and was baptized on October 22,
1995. He loved his church family and was in church as long he was able to go. He cherished his own family.
Sandy was always so close to her Daddy. He adored his grandchildren and they loved him. He was pleased
with their many honors and accomplishments. He and Dovie attended their school activities, including
Mart loved his home on Clear Creek and was determined to stay there after Dovie died. He soon learned
the place had lost its soul without Dovie. He called Sandy to come and get him. Sandy did everything she could
to help him. He missed his former life. He lived eighteen lonely months after Dovie died. We miss Mart and pray
we will be reunited again.
Written by Mary Shepherd.