Ronnie attended Pine Forest High School and West Nassau High School where he was an athlete playing basketball, baseball and football. As a 1970 graduate and scholar of West Nassau, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly gave 17 years of service. Ronnie departed the military service with his last post at Travis Air Force Base in Oakland, Calif. while being an aircraft mechanic and achieving the rank of First Sergeant (E-7). He was married to Debbie Gibson of which this marriage ended and produced no children.
Ronnie loved to read. He was always seen riding his bicycle around Callahan and sometimes riding in the middle of the road.
Ronnie was predeceased by his father, Henry “James” Way; his mother, Missouri Bell Way Melton and his stepmother, Irene Way. He is survived by 13 brothers and sisters, Joanne Kelly of Callahan, Fla., James (Rose) Way of Callahan, Glenn (Cyndee) Hargrove of Youngstown, Ohio, Ozeal (Denzie) Way of Honolulu, Hawaii, Barbara (Connie “Mickey”) Mitchell of Callahan, Larry (Sharon) Mitchell of Hilliard, Fla.., Calvin (Linda) Way of Miami, Fla., Yvonne (Holman) Donley of Callahan, Archie (Beatrice) Mitchell of Callahan, Dorothy Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla., Yvette Washington of Jacksonville, Reginald Mitchell of Callahan and Cynthia (Ronald) Humphrey of Jacksonville. He also leaves behind a special uncle, Ivory Melton and loving aunts and special caregivers, Verna Mae Smith and Juanita Jones, all of Callahan. He also leaves behind loving aunts Nancy Bady and Helen Scott of Georgia and Viola Henry of Callahan. Ronnie will be missed by numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces and friends.
There will be a viewing and visitation with the family on Friday, Aug. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Greater Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 45031 Historical Lane, Callahan. Funeral services will be on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at Greater Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral services will be provided by Sarah L. Carter Funeral Homes, 2212 Emerson St., Jacksonville, FL 32207.
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