Ronnie Giron, 80, passed away peacefully after a long illness on August 27 in Savannah, Georgia. Ronnie grew up in several Latin American countries and attended LSU. He began a career in engineering and construction management, which afforded him the opportunity to travel internationally. He was fluent in four languages and never met a stranger. Ronnie had a lifelong passion for soccer, both as a player and coach, impacting the lives of many young players. He and his wife Kathy enjoyed many traveling adventures over their 21 years of marriage.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen Atherton, stepson William Atherton (Elizabeth) of Roswell, GA; sons Darron Giron (Kristi) of Cypress, TX; and Carlos Giron (Yvonne) of Baton Rouge, LA; grandchildren Chris (Jamie), Carley, Savannah; sisters Ella Burchard and Indiana Talbott; many nieces, nephews, and extended family. He is preceded in death by his father, Amilcar, and his mother, Ella Giron.
The family plans to hold a private burial service.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to Emory Brain Health Center c/o Emory University. Checks can be mailed to 1762 Clifton Road NE, Suite 1400;Atlanta, GA 30322. Memorial gifts will be used to support research into Lewy Body Dementia.
We loved Ronnie and will miss him so much! So many wonderful memories!
- Bill & Beth Atherton, Roswell, Georgia
Love you Dad! I’ll miss all our long talks and think of you every time I see a soccer ball.
- Carlos, Yvonne and Savannah Giron, Baton Rouge, LA
- Amy, Savannah, Georgia
My condolences God give you a lot of peace and a lot of strength to move forward I send you a big hug and all my love
- Gabby Talbott Giron , San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Uncle Ronnie, you helped shape me in my formative years as a teenager and young adult. Helped me get past a few difficult times. Always with tough but supportive words. We will miss you.
- Tito Giron, Weston, FLORIDA
It has been decades since I saw Uncle Ronnie when I lived in New Orleans, but I remember him as being warm and caring and full of energy! Ronnie was half-brother to my father, Carlos Enrique Giron (Amilcar was also his father). At the time my Dad and I were estranged and Ronnie was very intent on having us reconcile (eventually we did). I am so sorry for your loss and am sure you have many good memories of him.
- Tanya Giron Nugent, Mabelvale, AR
Offering my condolences during this very difficult time and wishing you strength and solace in the months ahead.
- Lenora Higginbotham, Atlanta , GA
Ronnie had many special gifts. Those that stand out are his ability to make friends everywhere he went. He did this through a smile, and often times, a story. His genuine compassion for others, and ability to see the good, reminds us to embrace life, and treat others as we want to be treated. Ronnie was our friend who we are forever better for having known.
- Doug & Jen, Savannah, Georgia
Dear Kathy and Family, we’re so very sorry for your loss. Glad I got to meet him all those years ago. Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Linda & Steve Haehn, Loveland, Colorado
We will miss Ronnie so very much. His love and devotion to Kathy showed in his every action. His passion for life was displayed in every conversation we had. Vaya con Dios brother-in-law, until we meet again.
- David & Colleen Wilensky, Savannah, GA
We were so sorry to hear this sad news. Ronnie was always a gentleman with a kind spirit. We will keep him and his family in our prayers. May Perpetual Light Shine Upon him.
- Larry and Julia Strickland, Savannah, Georgia
Ronnie Giron you were such a gentleman, the world will miss you. I love you and will always remember our nights dancing. Our talks, beach time, and your great hugs. Rest In Peace my gentle friend.
- Joy Dyer, Savannah, Ga
Our Uncle Ronnie Giron Lived in lots of places. Grew up in a military home. But... I am from the South. No matter where I called home as a southerner I was taught Uncle was a dear term meant to be used for, of course your uncle, and as a way to address those that treat you like family. My family was lucky to have an Uncle in their lives over the past 35 years. We did not get to see our Uncle daily. Sometimes not for years. But, every time we got to see our Uncle, it was like we had seen him yesterday. This man was a better judge of character than anyone I know. He could find the potential in you and help you get there effortlessly. The day he met José ON THE PITCH he told him you are destined for more. Months later Jose was a 28 year old beginning college on a full soccer scholarship. Fast forward a year, I meet José ON THE PITCH and therefore soon after got to meet Uncle Ronnie. Not yet old enough to be called Uncle and dearly referred to as Mr Ronnie. The day Mr Ronnie met me he decided I was the one for José. He nicknamed me Christie (Brinkley) because I always smiled. He flew me to Jose’s home town for summer break. He put me up in his home out of respect of Jose’s mother. He knew José and I were soul mates. He was not going to let José let me get away, even before we knew we would fall in love. For that alone I will always be grateful! For a few years we did not see Mr Ronnie while he chased his many opportunities and investments for success. The man was so smart and so full of energy. During his chase Ronnie met Mrs Kathy who worked for one the the companies he also worked for. It was Ronnie’s turn to be blessed with his soul mate. As Mrs Kathy and Uncle Ronnie began to travel some and work a “little” less we were lucky enough to be in their travels. Our kids stayed with them for soccer tournaments and they traveled to watch them play. To us, this is what family does. We always loved Uncle Ronnie’s stories and I truly do not think he ever told the same story twice. The man LIVED LIFE to its fullest and helped so many of us do the same with his uncanny ability to guide people to success. Today on Zoom celebrating Ronnie’s extraordinary life I learned Uncle Ronnie was UNCLE to so many. My family felt so special to have Uncle Ronnie in our life and amazed how he was the same for so many others. I wish we had more time with you Uncle Ronnie and know you are already claiming a 120x80 spot in heaven where many will gather and everyone will enjoy. -Until we meet again. Love Kelly,José,Liliana,Kayla and Ashlyn
- The Fernandez Family, Niceville, FL
Ronnie was a soccer coach to my son Juan for several years and remained a friend of the family. Whenever we talked, he always expressed genuine interest and wanted to know how each and everyone of my family members were doing. He was a good friend and I will miss his voice and our lively conversations! Rest in peace Coach!
- Maria T Araiza, Corpus Christi , Texas
Mr G, I was so sad to hear the news of your passing, I learned so much from you about soccer and life and will be forever indebted to you for that. I hope you know how much you meant to me and my parents and want to thank you for the wonderful memories you left us with! Love you Coach!
- John Paul Salinas, Corpus Christi, TX
Coach Giron impacted my life as a teenager thru soccer. Even though I moved to baseball he was still supportive which I was successful in college and professional level. My condolences and prayers to the family. Till we see ya again on the other side Coach.
- Jason zucha, San antonio, Tx
Ronnie was a long time friend and schoolmate at San Miguel catholic school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Rest in peace Ronnie!
- Jose Arturo Zuniga, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Dear Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s death. I didn’t know him but got to know you at Jen’s house. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
- Wendy bragg, Savannah, Ga
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A private burial will be held