Ronnie C. Ferrell

Ronnie C. Ferrell, 71, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023, in his home. He was a native of Logan, West Virginia, and had been a resident of Newport News for 48 years. Ronnie was a member of the Church of Christ. He graduated from Chapmanville High School, then attended The Apprentice School at the Newport News Shipbuilding, where he became a master shipbuilder.

Ronnie worked for Newport News Shipbuilding for 45 years and retired as a Painter Supervisor. Ronnie loved spending time on his land he called “The Ponderosa” in Wytheville, VA, where he enjoyed camping and hunting with his twin sons Terry and Gary and son-in-law Chris. Ronnie had many friends he met in the shipyard and would do minor auto repairs for them at his home. He loved to tinker with lawnmower engines. He also enjoyed his backyard chickens and his devoted dog, Dakota, whom he called “Coty.” Every year, Ronnie would raise a huge vegetable garden and give his friends and neighbors what Brenda couldn’t can or freeze. You can take the man out of the mountain, but you can’t take the mountain out of the man.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Halcyone Mobley Ferrell; dad, Eugene B. Ferrell; and grandson, Dalton Ferrell.

Ronnie is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Brenda G. Ferrell; daughter, Angie L. Baker, and husband, Chris Baker; sons, Terrey E. Ferrell and Gary E. Ferrell; brothers, Larry and wife Linda, Michael Ferrell, and wife Brenda, and Jerry Ferrell and wife Betty; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews; close friends, James Thomas, and Larry McKinney; along with many other friends and family.


  1. Kay & Glen Bryant

    Brenda and family, We’re so sorry about Ronnie. I know you’ll miss him so much. We’ll be praying for you. We love you.

  2. Jana Kaminski

    So sorry for your loss. I am glad I got to talk to him over the phone. I was looking so forward to meeting him, my Uncle. You are all in my prayers.

    • Janet Hamrick

      Hey Brenda honey just wanted to let you know we’re sorry to hear about Ronnie he’s in a better place now no more pain no more suffering and one day you’ll see him again honey and y’all can rejoice and be happy once again we love you if you ever need us we’re always here for you we don’t see you much but all you got to do is call me and Nick love you dearly and your whole family and will be praying for all of you again so sorry to hear about Ronnie

  3. Fran Ray

    Ronnie’s wife Brenda is my best friend so I spent a lot of time with Bredna and Ronnie in their home. I learned that Ronnie had a heart of gold. He loved his family deepley. When his son, Terry, parolized came home from the hospital after his stroke in May of this year, Ronnie, hardly able to walk, hobbled to Terry’s room, stood there, rubbing and kissing his head. Thats was such a tender monent for me.
    Ronnie prayed with me and a preacher who came to visit, he repented and asked God to save his soul. So now I know he’s in heaven with his parents. Rest in Peace now, Ronnie!

  4. Bruce and Barbara

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Ronnie always had that helping hand and I learned a lot living next door to you and Brenda. Tear for you bud.

  5. Kimberly Ruttan

    Uncle Ronnie was so very special and I am blessed to have known him. He had the ability to make everyone laugh and always feel at ease around him. He was fiercely loyal to his friends and family. My heart goes out to Brenda, Angie, Terry, and everyone who will will feel the impact of his loss.

  6. Mary Netzel

    Sorry for your loss. Ronnie was a good friend and was always there to help. He always made me laugh and told me to enjoy life.

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