Ernest Edward Rickett Jr.

Oct 15, 2013

MAGGIE VALLEY — Ernest Edward Rickett Jr., 77, of Maggie Valley, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.

A native of McDowell County, he was a son of the late Ernest Rickett, Sr. and Margaret Guthrie Rickett Shepherd.

Mr. Rickett was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired special education teacher and lastly worked for the Asheville Citizen-Times.

He was a lifetime member of the Asheville Wesleyan Church and most recently was a member of Maggie Valley First Baptist Church.

Mr. Rickett is survived by a daughter, Amy Harden and husband Jim; granddaughters Grace and Joy Harden; and sisters Patricia Smith Bates and Joy Evans.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue with funeral services following at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Ricky Mason officiating. Interment will follow at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery.

The family will also gather at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Maggie Valley First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Haywood Christian Academy, PO Box 609, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745.

Groce Funeral Home handled arrangements. An online register is available at

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