James Rich

    James Lewis “Ronnie” Rich was born Feb. 25, 1946, to the late Roy and Nora Rich. He passed away at Murphy Medical Center on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
    He started working at a carpet mill in Dalton, Ga., and then went to work in construction in Bowater, Tenn., and retired there. He then went to work at Levi’s before fully retiring from MGM Brakes.
    Ronnie loved making gardens and growing many kinds of flowers as well as he loved to watch NASCAR. He was a kind and giving person, and was always there to help. Ronnie loved his family dearly. His only daughter and grandchildren and a special nephew, Jeremy, held a special place in his heart.
    He liked to go to Old Fashion Baptist Church. He accepted God as his Savior many years ago at the Second Baptist Church.
    Ronnie was raised in Cherokee County and lived in Peachtree since 1974.
    He was preceded in death by his mother, Nora Lee Ware Rich; and two sisters, Ruth Frankom and Loraine Morrow.
    Surviving are his loving fiancee of 28 years, Carol Hickey of Epworth, Ga.; daughter, Paris Angela Obryon and husband Brad; grandchildren, Wendy Thompson Ward and husband Adam, Channyn Geer Killian and husband Levi, Mandy Obryon Morgan and husband Josh, and Stephen Obryon; two great-granddaughters, Addyson Ward and McKenna Ward, Colton Morgan, and a sweet great-granddaughter on the way; two brothers, Junior and wife MaryLou of Andrews and Henry “Ed” Rich of Peachtree; and sister, Linda “Sue” Messor of Peachtree.
    He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. The Rev. Hoyt Brown officiated. Music was provided by the Wilson Family and Glenda Clayton. Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
    The family received friends from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Murphy.
    You may send tributes to the Rich family at www.townson-rose.com.
    Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

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