Roland “Ronnie” Lee Ridenour — 1950-2020

Published 1:54 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Roland “Ronnie” Lee Ridenour, 69, a long-time resident of LaGrange and Valley, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11 along with his close friend Donald Wayne Grantham. Ronnie was born in West Sanford, North Carolina, on Oct. 18, 1950, to the late Ellis Roland Ridenour and Mary Margaret Gertrude Flanders.

Ronnie is survived by his longtime loving partner Carole Sandefur; his daughters Cynthia Fenn and Sam, Nicole Fetner and Brad, his son Chris Ridenour and Ana, his daughters Kelly Simms and Brian, Jeana Pucket and Lisa Cherlin. His sisters Grace Oliver and Francis Easterling and brother-in-law Roger Easterling. He is also survived by his grandchildren Ashley, Rachel, Eric, Dustin, Logan, Brantley, Jordan, Anaya, Jayden, Jackson, Michael, Tyler, Dylan, Jamie, Parker and Jared. Great grandchildren, James, Logan, Novella, Gage, Hunter, Dallas and Aubrey and his niece Benita and nephew Mark

He was preceded in death by his sister Shirley Hamil Cairnes and brother Keil “Sonny” Hamil, Jr.

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Ronnie was a member of Calvary Family Worship Center. He was an avid golfer, a master builder, and a dedicated patriot proudly serving in the United States Navy. Ronnie was a prolific gardener and lover of all animals and would quite literally take a fly outside rather than kill it. He held a lifetime love for music and had a band — Ronnie and the Southern Vibrations for more than 20 years. He was a teller of great (and sometimes corny) jokes and stories and possessed a never-ending thirst for knowledge continuously looking for answers to all of life’s mysteries.

Ronnie will be lovingly remembered by his family, loved ones and many friends and neighbors for his humor and his joy for life.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at the Johnson-Brown Service Funeral Home, 3700 20th Ave., in Valley, at 3 p.m. EST with interment following at Hillcrest Garden Cemetery in Lanett. His family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 p.m. EST until service hour.

Visit his Memorial Tribute page at to leave a condolence for his family, share a memory of Ronnie, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.