Ronald was born in Hortense, on May 8, 1943, to the late Raleigh and Juanita Craig Sloan. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Robert Fulton and Margaret Campbell Sloan, Bascum Hamlett and Irene Causey, and one brother, Chuck O’Brien Sloan.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Frances Morgan Sloan and three children: Roger (Sherry) Sloan, Paulette (Kevin) Martin, and Kathy Sloan Stewart. He will be greatly missed by his eight grandsons: Spencer Martin, Ryder (Morgan) Sloan, Dylan Sloan, Cameron Martin, Bryant Sloan, Brantley Sloan, Trace Martin, and Memphis Stewart. He is also survived by one brother, Stanley Sloan of Waycross, and five sisters: Dale Weniger of Broxton; Gail Griffin of Hoboken; Susan Sloan of Brunswick; Amber Young of Yulee, Florida; and Sabrina Loeb of Mystic, Connecticut.
Ronald was a colorful character who left an impression on everyone he met. Over the years, he was known for many things: he was a “tree man”, a “bee man”, a hunter/trapper, and an award-winning cook, but most of all, he loved to talk and meet people. He made many friends through his work, as well as his hobbies. His past employment included B&W in Brunswick for almost 20 years until its closure, a short time at King’s Bay Sand Mine in Atkinson, and 10 years as a scale operator at Georgia Pacific in Brunswick. Ronald spent a great deal of his spare time serving others in his community. For many years, he served as a caretaker of the Hortense Community Recreation Department. He was an active member of Twin Rivers Missionary Baptist Church.
On March 17, after a brief illness, Ronald passed away at St. Vincent’s Hospital. The family is receiving friends at his home at 167 Thedious Road in Raybon.
Visitation will be Thursday eveninn, March 20, at Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta beginning at 6pm.
A funeral service will be Friday morning , March 21, at 11am at Twin Rivers Missionary Baptist Church with burial immediately following in the church cemetery.
The eight grandsons will serve as Papa Ronald’s pallbearers.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com