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.