The loss of Harold Ritchey and now W.J. Smith leaves a void in Anderson County that will likely never be filled.
Ritchey, the longtime county clerk, and Smith, a walking encyclopedia of local history and former postmaster, were two shining examples of what life in a small town is about.
Simply put, they cared about their hometown and the people who live there.
Ritchey, the affable clerk seen jogging or walking around town morning, noon and night, passed away last Monday after collapsing while jogging on Broadway.