LYNCHBURG, VA – Ronald Wayne Roberts (Ronnie) passed away on May 18, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Roberts was born August 4, 1949 in Bahama, NC to Jake and Faye Roberts. Ronnie is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer O’Briant and Kelly Ellington (Greg); two sisters, Jeanine Craig (Jerry) and Shelby Infinger (John); four grandchildren Abbey O’Briant, Ella O’Briant, Grant Ellington and Mason Ellington; and fiancée Renee Biache.
Ronnie attended Mangum Elementary School in Bahama, and graduated from Northern High School in Durham in 1967. He played baseball and football at Northern High School. In 1971, he graduated from Methodist University, in Fayetteville, with a BA degree. He played baseball at Methodist and ran cross-country. He served in the USMC Reserves from 1971-1977.
After graduation from Methodist, Ronnie farmed tobacco with his uncle for two years. He later was a branch manager for Central Carolina Bank in Roxboro, and then an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance.
In 1991, Ronnie moved to Lynchburg, Va. to work for the Lynchburg Red Sox as their head groundskeeper. In 1993, he was promoted to assistant general manager and then became general manager in 2016 and retired in 2018 from the Lynchburg Hillcats organization.
Ronnie was a member of Mt. Bethel UMC in Bahama. He was inducted into the Methodist University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Northern High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
Ronnie was an active member in several clubs and organizations, including the Lynchburg Hillcats Booster Club, Lynchburg Sports Club, The Miller Home for Girls Advisory Board and Seven Hills Lions Club. He was an ambassador for the Lynchburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 23 at Mt. Bethel UMC Cemetery, 1605 Bahama Road, Bahama by the Rev. Norma Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to The Miller Home for Girls, 2134 Westerly Drive, Lynchburg, Va 24501 or Seven Hills Lions Club, 257 Kirkley Cir., Forest, VA 24551.
Those wishing to send flowers, please send them to Clements Funeral Home, 1105 Broad St., Durham, NC 27705, www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, Lynchburg, Va., 434-239-2450, is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com.