Ronald Ray Wetherholt went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2022.
Ronnie was born March 6, 1948 to loving parents Linval Ray and Olive Wetherholt in Huntington, West Virginia. His childhood was filled with many adventures outdoors and sports of all kinds. He loved baseball, football, and track and exceled at all of them. He joined the Navy in 1967 and served his beloved country in Vietnam. While in the Navy and stationed in Alameda, California, he met and married his first wife, Patricia Huajardo Wetherholt. After leaving the Navy, Ronnie went to work for Chessie System Railroad and they moved back to his hometown in West Virginia. There, they had two daughters, Vanessa Kate Davis (Katie) and Andrea Nicole Bishop (Nikki). Ronnie was always a loving and doting father and loved with his whole heart. The family of four moved to Savannah in 1987 as Ronnie accepted a new position with CSX Railroad.
Ronnie later remarried his beloved wife, Mary, in Savannah in 1998. Ronnie and Mary shared almost 24 years together and many happy adventures along the way. Ronnie loved his stepdaughters, Christina Clifton, Kimberly Clifton and Stephanie Clifton Wohl as his own and cherished the time with them. Ronnie and Mary shared a beautiful life together on Wilmington Island.
Ronnie loved anything and everything to do with gadgets, tools, lawncare, electronics, and woodworking. There was no device on the planet that he couldn’t fix and nothing he couldn’t build – and if Ronnie built it, it was perfectly and beautifully constructed every time. He was an expert fisherman and spent many mornings getting up early before work to go fish on the Wilmington River before dawn. He never turned down an opportunity for a project or a problem to solve. He was selfless and giving and spent nearly all his time doing for others. He loved nothing more than to hop on his riding lawn mower and graciously take care of the lawns in the neighborhood, never expecting payment, only wanting to bring joy. He absolutely adored spending time with his grandchildren and always had a sweet smile and warm hug to share.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Mary Wetherholt of Savannah; sister, Sharon Simon and brother-in-law James Simon of Barboursville, WV; daughter, Katie Davis and son-in-law Dr. Joseph Davis of Denver, NC and daughter Nikki Bishop and son-in-law Ben Bishop of Orlando, FL; stepdaughters, Christina Clifton of Athens, GA, Kimberly Clifton of Charleston, SC , Stephanie Clifton Wohl of Macon, GA and seven grandchildren – Anna Kate and Cody Davis, Ava Holzman, Stella and Quin Wohl, Christian and Collin Bishop; nieces Shannon Simon of Huntington, WV and Tiffany Hensley of Huntington, WV, great niece Olivia Hensley; and Jason and Allison Stein of Kennesaw, GA whom he loved like a son and daughter with daughters, Ava and Caitlin Stein.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Home, Islands Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a donation in Ronnie's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Ronnie was my cousin, his father and my mother were siblings. Ronnie was always so good about calling my aging mother, and she so looked forward to his calls. Although geographically separated over the years, Ronnie never let loved ones get too far away to stay in touch. Ronnie will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
- Janet Kincaid, Alpharetta, GA
I absolutely will miss seeing Ronnie when I get to Savannah. He was a super friend a nd always had a great story or interesting project he was working on.May the lord bless his soul.R.I.P. he will be missed.
- Robert Mataxas, Richmond, TX
Mary & family My deepest sympathy and love go out to you and your family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Love Cathy Chenggis Glaize
- Cathy Chenggis Glaize, Statesboro , GA
Rest In Peace, Dad. ❤️ Until we meet again…
- The Davis Family, Denver, NC
My beloved brother is no longer in pain and I am thankful for that but will always miss him. His family and friends are many as he was very outgoing and helpful to anyone that needed his expertise. I pray that he will Rest In Peace and that his wife and family will find solace in time. My heart is broken and I just hope that he is with mom and dad now.
- Sharon Wetherholt Simon, Barboursville, WV
Ronnie was my childhood friend from Watson School. We went on to Barboursville Junior High and B'ville HS. We shared many good times throughout those years, even sharing a girlfriend in elementary school that we later laughed about at some of our class reunions. Rest in Peace old friend. One day we will reunite in Glory.
- Conley Grimes, Richmond, Virginia
Uncle Ronnie will always be remembered and missed. I have fond memories of riding in the trailer behind the lawn mower whenRonnie would take me, Katie, Tiffany and Nikki on rides when we were little. Just one of many good times we had playing outside or in the playhouse and sandbox he built. And I’ll always remember how much he and my grandmother loves my dog, Loki. They really enjoyed him. Much love to all the family, Shannon & Loki
- Shannon Simon, Charleston, WV
Mary & Family, we were so very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. He was a good man, always helping others. I know you will miss him, but know that he is resting with the angels.
- Margie & Roland Shiver, Savannah , Ga.