Ronnie C. Hartness, 72, of Hard Rock Lane, Taylorsville, went home to be with his savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Va.

Ronnie was born May 9, 1947, in Alexander County, the son of David R. Hartness and Zelma Sharpe Hartness.

He graduated from Appalachian State University with degrees in business and psychology. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving three tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He had worked as a tire manager and salesman for over 45 years.

He was a member of Millersville Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher, deacon, trustee, was on the security patrol and was a trusted counselor for many. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and taught his grandson the art of fly fishing. He loved to play baseball and was a pitcher for Hiddenite High School. He was very proud of his grandchildren, Hunter and Cortlin, and their achievements in life. He was a man who dearly loved his church, wife and his son, Jeffery, and daughter-in-law, Michelle.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Dennis Hartness.

Those left to cherish and honor his memory include his wife of 53 years, Brenda Lackey Hartness of the home; his son and best friend, Jeff Hartness and wife, Michelle, of Hiddenite; two grandchildren, Cortlin Hartness and boyfriend, Heath Pennell, and Hunter Hartness; a brother, Dale Hartness and wife, Linda, of Wilkes County; a number of nieces, nephews, and friends; and little, fat buddies, his furry friends, Lily and Rowdy.

The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Millersville Baptist Church. Pastors Bill Orren, Brian Kerley and Jamie Steele will officiate. Burial will follow in the Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by the Alexander County Veterans Honor Guard.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Millersville Baptist Church.

Pallbearers include Jeffery Sigmon, Darrin Sigmon, Shay Starnes, Jason Starnes, Marty Gant and Andy Little. Honorary pallbearers include deacons of Millersville Baptist Church, Millersville Men’s Sunday School Class, David and Pam Guins, Mike Yancy, Gary Pierce, Kenneth McCann, Glenn Icenhour, Jonathan Clontz and Diane Fox.

Memorials may be made to Millersville Baptist Church Building Fund, 130 Millersville Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

Condolences may be expressed at Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the Hartness family.

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