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Richard Melvin Whitby, “Richie,” age 26, of Smyrna, Delaware, left this earth to join his parents on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
He was born September 27, 1992 in Seaford, Delaware, the son of the late James Whitby and Sandra Melvin.
Richie grew up in Dover, attending Capital School District, but did live in Federica for short period attending Lake Forrest before moving to Smyrna, and graduated from Smyrna High School in 2011. Since graduating high school he worked for Walmart in Cheswold, DE on the overnight shift up until his passing.
He enjoyed time with his family, playing with his nieces, gaming with his brother and friends, and just hanging out with his dog, his buddy, Logan. He collected many things, included cards and gaming consoles along with games. His favorite comic was the Green Arrow, and he enjoyed anime as well. Although most called him “Richie”, his closest friends would sometimes call him McLovin…their inside joke.
Richie was a smart, beautiful and caring sole, who would help anyone who needed it, always lent a helping hand, would listen to you, and just be there. He was always smiling, and always greeted you with the biggest hug.
Richie is survived by his brother, Jason Whitby of Clayton, Delaware; his sisters, Cynthia Neal and her husband Terrance of Clayton, and Tuesday Simone and her husband Zack of Smyrna; and his four nieces, Arihanna, J’Nyah, Kayleigh, and Aiva. He is also survived by his lifelong best friends, Thomas Fleetwood, Kyle Fleetwood, Dave Khan, Brittney Lambertson, and Tyler Ferguson. As well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A viewing will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 11am to 1pm in the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 South Main Street in Smyrna. Funeral services will begin at 1pm. Burial will follow in Chapel Thomas Cemetery in Marydel, Delaware.
The family will be holding the repass at Cheswold United Methodist Church following burial.
The family is asking that any donations be made out to the funeral home to help with cost of this very unexpected loss.