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Ronald Ransaw, the eldest of 4 children, was born on November 14, 1943 to the union of Willie Preston and Mary Ransaw. 

He lived his early life in Gadsden, Alabama and attended Carver High School, where he loved and exceled in sports. After graduating from high school,he enlisted in the Army, during which he served in the Korean War.

After being honorably discharged, he remained an active member of the Army Reserve and made his way to Milwaukee, where he began working at AO Smith as a crane operator. He would retire from A.OSmith Corp. (Now Tower Automotive International) in 2001

Ronald enjoyed playing softball and gospel singing. He spent many years heavily involved in both. A style all his own, Ronald was a clotheshorse, clothes and shoes just overflowing, always wanting to be sharp, even when casual. 

He was devoted to his family. Caring for his mom until her death and in many instances serving as a father figure for his nieces and nephews. Though he could be quiet and private. Ronald enjoyed laughing, joking and teasing in fun. If the jokes didn’t get you,his “sermons” would. At a moment’s notice he would share advice or just “talk” about life. He gave his life to Christ at an early age and spent his later years deepening that relationship. 

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Willie Preston; sister Alma; brother Eric and son Ronald. To mourn his death and celebrate his life, he leaves his aunt Wilma; sister Rosalind (Elijah);children: Jackie (Matthew), Subrena, Daneen (Jonathan); grandchildren: Erika, Eric, Victoria(Eddie), Leonte, Briana, Montana, Jordan, Ethan; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Whether you called him family, father or friend his presence made an impact on your life that will long be remembered.


Funeral services will be 11 o’clock in the morning Saturday May 4, 2019 at the Mission Baptist Church burial Lincoln Hill Cemetery. Rev Grady E. Robinson,Jr Pastor public visitation will be on Friday Noon - 6P.M
Services entrusted to West Gadsden Funeral Home 256-549-0004

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  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ West Gadsden FH
  • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    Very sorry to here about your brother Ronald; Rosalind.The Bible Examples show that written down our feelings may help us to express our grief. Talking can be a helpful release. The Account here in Job Chapter 10 Verse 1: I loathe my life. I will give vent to my complaints. I will speak out in my bitter distress. Job could no longer restrain his concern. He needed to let it loose, and so do we. he had to speak. May Jehovah God, Always be on your Shoulders To Live With Your Grief? Love You Will Always Be My First Love Teenage Love Affair, Smile Rosalind your friend Lawrence [Turk] Ellis
    ~ Lawrence Ellis   Lathrup Village,, MI
  • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Hopefully reflecting on all the good times, you have shared together will help ease some of the pain that you are going through. May the “God of all comfort” strengthen you during this time of great sadness and may His promise for the future bring you a measure peace. (John 5:28, 29)
    ~ AnnieB   New Castle, DE
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    To the family and friends: please, accept our heartfelt sympathy in your recent loss.  May you find strength and comfort from the words of  Nahum 1:7 Which reads: “Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Yes, our loving God is there for us if we allow him to help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die.  He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise  (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Friday, May 24, 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort continue to be with you and your family during this difficult time. Revelation 21:3-5 helps us to look forward to a better future when death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. May you all find comfort in this promise from Jehovah God through His son Jesus Christ.
    ~ J Baker   Gadsden, AL