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Elmo Orval Ritchie



Elmo Ritchie

Elmo Ritchie, 61 Assistant Police Chief Here Dies

Northwest Arkansas Times, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Oct 17, 1968.

Assistant Fayetteville Police Chief Elmo Ritchie died Wednesday night of an appearant heart attack while on duty. Ritchie, 61, a member of the Fayetteville Police Department since 1949, suffered the attack while answering call for assistance by the parents of a 13 year old girl who appearantly suffers from mental disorders. He had started back to the station with the girl to place her in protective custody when the attack occurred.

A resident of 42 S. University Ave., Ritchie had served in law enforcement for nearly 30 years. He was a former Sheriff of Madison County and served four years as Deputy Sheriff before joining the Fayetteville Police Department.

Police Chief Hollis Spencer named Ritchie his Assistant Cheif in 1962, shortly after Spencer's appointment Ritchies duties included supervision of the departments night crews.

Ritchie was born Aug 18, 1907 at Dutton the son of James and Susie Calloway Ritchie and was a member of the Church of Crist.

Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Lizzie Stewart Ritchie of the home; one son, Buddy of Fayetteville; two daughters Mrs. Duane Terry of Tulsa and Miss Patsy Ritchie of the home; two brothers, Fred of Fayetteville and Jerome of Muskogee, Oklahoma; three Sisters, Mrs. Cleo Shipmas of Combs, Mrs. Doyle Back of Noble, Okla, and Mrs. Lloyd Devaul of Fayetteville and living Grand-children.

Funeral services will be at 3PM at the Nortin Street Church of Christ with burial at Fairview Cemetery. The body will lie in state at Moore's Chapel this afternoon and evening.