The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Obituaries

May 1, 2013

James Rithmire

— James Arlon Rithmire, 80, of Athens died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at home. The funeral for Mr. Rithmire will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Spry Funeral Home with A. Ray Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in the Civitan Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

James Rithmire was born May 2, 1932, in Lauderdale County. He was the former manager of the Ritz Theater and former owner of Hatfield Drive-In. Mr. Rithmire retired from USDA soil conservation office. He was a board member of Athens Lions Club, past president of Fair Association, a member of American Legion, the Chamber of Commerce and Athens zoning board, and also served on the board of Athens-Limestone Hospital. Mr. Rithmire was a member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include daughter, Michele Rithmire Holden and husband Jamie of Athens; grandsons, Christopher Blake Holden and Benjamin Clay Holden, both of Athens; special cousin, Jay Whitehead and wife Brandy and their daughter Emma Kate Whitehead; brother, Doug Rithmire and wife Nancy of Covington, Ga.

Additional survivors include nephews, Hershell Rithmire of Clarksville, Ga., J.D. “Dwight” Rithmire of Rogersville, Jim Jackson of Anderson, S.C., Phillip Oliver of Brooklet, Ga., and Dee Rithmire of Cedar Bluff; nieces, Linda Gorman and Patty Montgomery, both of Florence, Doris Marona of Rogersville, Carol O’ Neill of Destin. Fla., Susan Jones of Orlando, Fla., Candice Gorman of Oxford, Ga., and Margaret Baker of Whitehead.

Mr. Rithmire was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jeanette Rithmire; parents, James Garfield Rithmire and Arie Poss Rithmire; brothers, Hershell Rithmire and Dillard Rithmire; and sisters, Iva Letson and Nadine Jackson.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Wallace, Andy Wallace, Stan Wallace, Mark Swafford, Randy Allen and Mike Besh. Honorary pallbearers are Brad Thomason, Tim Bishop, Steve Butler and Barry Campbell.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Limestone County, CASA or American Cancer Society.

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