Ronnie P. Fleming, Sr., age 76, of Newhope, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020.
He was born on January 11, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Cecil Fleming and Susan Booth Fleming. On June 16, 1962, he was married to Glenda Jane Cureton Fleming who preceded him in death on April 26, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jaime Lynn Fleming; his brother, Tommy Fleming; and his sister, Phoenicia Ashfield.
Ronnie was raised in Caddo Gap and was valedictorian of his graduating class of Caddo Gap High School. After a year attending Henderson State College, he worked on pipelines in several different states. In 1965, he joined the United States Navy and retired after twenty-one years of service as a cryptologic technician. He and Glenda raised their children while living on many naval bases across the nation. In 1986, Ronnie moved his wife and daughter to Newhope where he began his next career as a chicken farmer. Ronnie enjoyed hunting and fishing, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie Fleming and daughter-in-law Lorri Fleming of Virginia Beach, Virginia and James and Kim Fleming of Conway; one daughter, Kisha Fleming of Newhope; five grandchildren, Laura Watters and her husband Jerry, William Fleming, Mandy Crockett, Erin Fleming and Hunter Fleming; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Crockett, Carter Fleming and MacKenzie Crockett; five siblings, Scarlett Donahue of Scranton, Richard Ruth and his wife Charlotte, of Mena, Stephanie Grey of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Lou Thomas and Bert Nichols, both of Colleyville, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 30, 2020, in the Fleming Cemetery at Highway 270 East and Fleetwood Drive in Hot Springs, with Rev. Carroll Jackson officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard.
Visitation will be Saturday, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at the funeral home.
Social distancing directives will be in place with no more than 100 persons at any one time in the funeral home chapel, avoidance of physical contact and all attendees, 10 years of age or older, must be wearing a face covering at all time in the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.