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Woodland Heights Baptist Church
Friday February 7th, 2020

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Ronald Lee "Ron" Shaddeau

Marion, Va. / Gainesville, Fl.

Ronald Lee Shaddeau, age 79 passed away on Friday, January 24th, 2020, at his home in Gainesville, FL.

Ron Shaddeau was born in Norfolk, VA on December 17, 1940, to Louis and Estelle (Adylette) Shaddeau. ‘Ronnie’ grew up in Berkley, a neighborhood of South Norfolk. He was a part of the lost class of 1958 at Maury High School when local high schools were shut down due to Virginia’s Massive Resistance campaign against desegregation and shortly after, entered the United States Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he was stationed at Spangdahlem, AB, Germany, and Lincoln AFB, Nebraska. Upon returning to civilian life, he began a lifelong career in sales. As a consummate sales professional, he retired from Cox Communications, winning multiple salesman of the year awards. He also earned numerous sales excellence and leadership awards in the grocery industry.

While living in Smyth County, VA, Ron was an active member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church and helped lead the church’s softball team ministry. In his retirement, he was actively involved in Berkley and Maury reunions or visiting his grandchildren. Ron also enjoyed attending Virginia Tech and Old Dominion football games and spent many days working outside in his yard. He was always on the sidelines, cheering on his grandchildren’s sports, never missing the opportunity to spend time with those he loved. Ron was known to speak to everyone he encountered with sincerity, he enjoyed lifting others up and frequently offered words of encouragement to family, friends, and strangers alike. Most of all, he loved the Lord Jesus with all his heart. He leaves this world, allowing us to remember his contagious smile and the twinkle in his eyes.

He is survived by his son, Rodney Shaddeau and wife, Karen of Gainesville, FL; his daughter, Brook Vernon and husband, Bryan of Marion, VA. Two sisters, Marlene Currie and husband, Bill of Franktown, VA and Deborah Hirtes and husband, Steve of Chesapeake, VA. He was the beloved grandfather to five special grandchildren – Zachary, Alyssa, Garrett, Willem, and Ava. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends who held a special place in his heart include Danny Powell, Martin Oliver, Bob and Betty Davis, and Les and Ann Miller.

Services will be held at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA on Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 1 pm. A celebration of life for family and friends will follow in the Woodland Heights Fellowship Hall. A private graveside service will commence at the Albert G. Horton, Jr Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA for family.

To share memories of Ronald Lee Shaddeau, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. This is a courtesy announcement by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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I am sorry to hear of Ronnies passing. I grew up in Berkley snd everyone knew each other . Even though Ronnie was a bit older we all kinda hung out. He was truly a nice person. I last saw him at the Berkley reunion some years ago. RIP Ronnie

Betty Smart Ainsley AgGEr Feb 6 2020 12:00 AM

Jack & Anne Cole Feb 2 2020 12:00 AM

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Jack & Anne Cole Feb 2 2020 12:00 AM

It was with sadness that I read of Ronnie's passing this morning. He was good friends with my late husband, Danny Sutton, who passed away in 2019. It was thanks to Ronnie, due to the loss of a coin toss, that I went on to marry Danny in 1969. As the story goes, they always wanted to approach the same women, so when they were together and saw me in Snug Harbor, they decided to toss a coin, which Ronnie loss. Ronnie was best man at our wedding. It is ironic that just yesterday, I came across a picture of the three of us at our wedding. I am sad that I will be out of town at the time of his service and unable to say goodbye to a good friend. I will always remember that smile and laughter in his eyes. My sincere condolences to his family. Sharon Sutton

Sharon C. Sutton Feb 2 2020 12:00 AM

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