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Ronald "Ronnie" Dale Barnhill

Services will be Private

Ronald “Ronnie” Dale Barnhill passed away in his home in Newport News on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Ronnie was born in South Carolina to Nada Wayne Barnhill (deceased), his young hard-working mother who devoted her life to raising and protecting him. He spent his early childhood between South Carolina and Florida before making his way to Newport News. He married the love of his life and in his own words, “the only girl he ever had eyes for,” Jeanne, in 1978. Together they built a simple and beautiful life, raising their seven children and sharing in the many joys and challenges of life.

Ronnie was a Master Electrician, who worked tirelessly and faithfully at Newport News Shipbuilding for 35 years and owned his own business on the side. Ronnie retired from his work in 2018, allowing him to focus all his energy and attention on the things he truly loved nurturing his beautiful garden, spending time in peaceful solitude outside, playing with his grandchildren, and fishing. Most of all, he was a man of deep faith and conviction as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Jeanne and his seven children and their spouses Jeannette and Seamus; Ronnie and Kristy; Christine; Faith Anne and Tyler; Michael; Daniel and Sarah; and Grace, as well as four grandchildren.

Ronnie came from nothing, but he built more during his life than anyone ever dreamed. He would tell you that he was only able to do this by calling upon the strength, power, and mercy of God, as well as the prayers of all who loved him. Now he leaves it all behind to be with his Savior. His family is his legacy and their lives will never be the same without him.

A Private Service was held by his family at Weymouth Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Peninsula Rescue Mission (prm.info) or Dr. David Jeremiah’s ministry (davidjeremiah.org). Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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