Ronald Lee Bernard, age 72 of Callaway broke free from his earthly body and was gathered into the loving arms of Jesus his Savior on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Ronnie was born on January 27, 1946 to the late Willard H. and Casey Jones Bernard. He was also preceded in death by his father-in- law, Carl Webster; brother, Billy Bernard; sister, Verna Sue Gravely; and brothers-in- law, Jerry Custer, George Gravely, and Larry Webster. Ronnie was full of life and never idle. He never met a stranger and conversation came easy. He had vast knowledge and was a jack of all trades – always ready to share his talents with family and friends. His laugh was easy and memorable. He retired after 30 years from Yokohama Tire Corporation. He was known as “Bernie” by his co-workers there. He made life-long friends there and treasured their company in the months before his passing. However, retirement was no excuse to quit working. On any given day he
could be found in the shop, garden, on the farm, or attending to a new household project. He instilled that strong work ethic in each of his children and grandchildren. Ronnie set a wonderful example of what a God-loving husband and father should be. He married the love of his life on November 19, 1965 and they enjoyed more than 52 years together.
Through life’s joys and sorrows their union remained strong and their love for one another only grew greater. He loved and was devoted and dedicated to his family – always there to lend a helping hand or give a word ofadvice. He even built with his own hands each of his children a home for their own families. He loved to travel and his most treasured times were the numerous camping trips, vacations and road trips spent with family. So many happy memories were made. His strength and love blessed his wife, children and grandchildren and their lives will never be the same. He will always be loved, adored, and remembered by those closest to him: his precious wife, Sue Webster Bernard; his children, Tammy (Bobby) Sloan, Missy (Johnny) Pendleton, and Brian (Melissa) Bernard; and 10 grandchildren, Ashley (Evan) Boone, Tyler Layman (Molly Massey), Jayden Sloan, Jessy (Sara Underwood) and Kelsey Pendleton, Isaiah, Gideon, Jason, Abel, Reuben and Elijah Bernard. He is also survived by his mother-in- law, Irene Thomas Webster; sisters, Mary Frances (James) Guilliams, Shelby Nemeth, and Patricia Custer; sisters-in- law, Carol (Reginald) Luck, Judy (Roy) Wooldridge, and Jean (Larry- dear cousin who was like a brother) Guilliams; brothers-in- law, Benny (Sue Ann) Webster, Jerry (Catharine) Webster, and Barry Webster; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a loving church family at Highland United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank everyone for the prayers and love during this time. Thanks to Dr. Kochenderfer, Jolee Preston, all those at Blue Ridge Cancer Care, Susan and all those at Carilion Hospice Care for the care and comfort they provided during this hard time. Flowers are appreciated or donations can be made to Highland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 34, Callaway, Virginia 24067. Funeral services will be conducted from Highland United Methodist Church 2 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Amy Pannell and Chaplain Rick Poland officiating. Interment will follow in Callaway Community Cemetery. His family will receive friends
5-8 p.m. Saturday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky