Ritchie Eugene Starnes
10/28/1962 – 07/07/2023
Ritchie was born in Charlotte, NC the son of Eli Reece Starnes (E.R.) and
Mary Jane Stutts Starnes. He was preceded in death by his father E.R.
Starnes and his niece Samantha Leigh Harrings. He worked for the Daily
Courier – Rutherfordton NC and The News Topic – Lenoir NC as Editor.
His Memorial Service will be Saturday July 29, 2023, at 11:00 am at
Shannamara Clubhouse, 4103 Shannamara Dr. Matthews, NC 28104.
Mr. Starnes is survived by his mother Mary Jane Stutts Starnes of Charlotte, NC, his son Daniel Micah
Simon of Charleston SC, his daughter Lauren Clark of Indian Land, SC. Sisters: Cindy Starnes Osborne
(Mitch) of Charlotte NC, Jeannie Renee Engl (Mike) of Parrish, FL, Bridget Leigh Starnes of Charlotte, NC.
His long-time love & friend Linda Hutto Greenberg & his closest friends Gene Shuffler, Marty Ramsey,
Duane Alexander, Jeff Faw, Jim Ballou and so many, many more.
Ritchie studied Criminal Justice at East Carolina University and UNCC (Charlotte) graduating with a BS in
Criminal Justice. After graduating he became a private detective and after several years of being in that
field, he decided to go back to school furthering his education and receiving a BS in journalism. Ritchie
loved to write and had often stated that he was going to write a book one day. Ritchie exceled at running
a newspaper and soon became an Editor. In this position he tried to mentor an encourage other writers
so they could reach their full potential. He loved what he did, and he did it extremely well.
Ritchie was an avid dog lover and he encouraged everyone to rescue or adopt from animal shelters. He
himself had rescued several dogs over his lifetime and gave them their forever homes with an
abundance of love showing them that they deserved to be loved not thrown away.
Ritchie will be sorely missed by all who knew him. His sense of humor was one of the things people
loved most about him. He could make you laugh not even trying. He lived his life the way he wanted to
live it not by how others thought that he should live it. His love for his family was endless and will be
missed by all that was part of his inner circle.