Ronnie Lee Plummer, 68, of Waldron lost his eight and a half year battle with cancer March 3, 2018, in his home. When initially diagnosed, he asked God to carry this burden and His will be done. As Ronnie put it, "this is too big for me." Ronnie fought with courage, faith and a strong will to carry on.
Ronnie was born April 5, 1949, in Fort Smith to Louie and Evilee (Hudson) Plummer. He graduated from Waldron High School in 1967 and then attended Westark Junior College and Henderson State University. On June 26, 1970, he married his best friend, Sherry (Rice) and together they raised two children who were the greatest delight of their life.
Early on, Ronnie was employed in various sales positions until he found his true calling. In 1981, he became an agent with State Farm Insurance and continued until his passing. During this time he was a volunteer fireman for the City of Waldron for 25 years. He was also actively involved with the National Wild Turkey Federation. In his free time, he enjoyed turkey hunting with his wife and close friends. He also enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his grandkids. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Waldron.
Ronnie is survived by his loving wife, Sherry of 47 years; daughter, Tracie (Darriell) Mathis of Dora; son, Jon Plummer of Russellville; mother, Evilee Plummer; brothers, Gary (Jeanine) Plummer and Terry (Jackie) Plummer; sister, Elodee (J.C.) Cash, all of Waldron. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Cayla Plummer of Fayetteville, Seth Plummer of Russellville, Lauren and Lillie Mathis of Dora; five nieces and nephews along with their children; several cousins and many close friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Louie Plummer.
Ronnie's celebration of life service will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home with nephew Trey Plummer conducting the service. Private interment will be at Lower Centerpoint Cemetery. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron.
Visitation for family and friends will be 4-7 p.m. today at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers will be State Farm agents.
A special thanks to Peachtree Hospice for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Peachtree Hospice, charity of choice or cemetery fund.
The following was especially meaningful to Ronnie: "I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on his tombstone. He noted that first came the date of his birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years."
You may leave words of remembrance for Ronnie's family by visiting: www.heritagememorialfh.com.