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Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

109 Broad Street, Martinsville, VA

OBITUARY

James R Ferrill

September 30, 1935December 13, 2019

James Ronald (Ron) Ferrill, age 84, of Martinsville died on Friday, December 13, 2019. He was born on September 30, 1935, in Tyler, Texas to Pearlie Mae Williams Ferrill and James Preston Ferrill.

He was married to Elaine Debes Ferrill for 60 years. After a year at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Ron transferred to the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering. He also served in the United States Naval Reserve. After graduate school, Ron took a job with DuPont in Kinston, NC where he worked for several years until he was transferred to Martinsville in 1965. In total, Ron worked for DuPont for 35 years as an engineering supervisor.

Ron was a believer in giving back to the local, regional, and international communities. As such, Ron was extremely active in Rotary International. He served as president of the Martinsville club, as District Governor, and most recently on the Board of Directors for Rotary International.

Ron also served on Martinsville City Council for two terms, was an active member of the Martinsville/Henry County Master Gardeners, was an accredited American Rose Society judge, served as a mentor and advocate for SCORE, and was a devoted volunteer at Grace Network helping families in crisis in the community. He was also a Ruling Elder at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church where he was a member for over 50 years.

Ron is survived by his wife, Elaine; his daughter Allison (Michael) Stiller of Falls Church, VA; son Neill (Robin) Ferrill of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Leah and Reid Ferrill of Atlanta; and his brother Robert (Bob) Preston Ferrill of Oklahoma City, OK, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 19th from 4 to 6pm at McKee-Stone Funeral home (109 Broad Street in Martinsville). A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 20th at 1pm at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 725 Beechnut Lane in Martinsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forest Hills Presbyterian Church (725 Beechnut Lane, Martinsville, VA 24112) or the charitable Rotary Foundation (Rotary Foundation; 14286 Collections Center Drive; Chicago, IL 60693).

Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com

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  • DONATIONS

  • Forest Hills Presbyterian Church
  • Rotary Foundation

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 20, 2019

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Paul & Diane Netzel

December 28, 2019

Dear Elaine,
We are deeply saddened to learn of Ron's passing. We have often talked about how one of our most memorable experiences in Rotary was serving as RIP's Reps at D-7570's conference at The Homestead in 2007. That is where we met you and Ron. He was one of the most gracious and gentle-of-heart Rotarians we have ever known. You and he made an incredible team ... and, obviously, a lasting impact on us! Ron's spirit and good works will be long reflected in the lives and deeds of so many others!
Our best thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family!
Paul and Diane

Carol Dennis

December 23, 2019

I knew the Ferrills from church when I was growing up in Martinsville. I was their main babysitter and loved doing it. They were a very special family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Peter Iblher

December 22, 2019

Dear Elaine, with great sadness we received the information of Ron's passing away. Having last met him with you in Hamburg we'd never thought of such a sudden blow. We can imagine how you and the familiy must feel, especially just in the vicinity of Christmas. Let us express our deep compassion for you. We sincerely hope that with the great example and memory he left it will be easier for you and all of us to come to terms with his passing away. All the very best for you from your RI board friends Gundel and Peter Iblher, Bavaria, Germany

Mikael Ahlberg

December 20, 2019

Dear Elaine,
Charlotte and I are so sorry for your loss. It was a privilege to be on the Board of Rotary International together with Ron and we very much appreciated your friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time.

LaShonda Delivuk

December 19, 2019

One of my favorite things about Ron was his humor. He had a way of commanding a room but he never took himself too seriously. The way he and Elaine would joke could just light up a room. Their love for each other was just breathtaking and I'm so grateful I was able to get to know him. Thank you Ron for all you did to serve D7570 and the world. You will be missed but never forgotten.

Rick Borgstrom

December 19, 2019

Elaine, so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Good man, Rotarian, and friend. God's blessing on you and the family. PDG (98-99) Rick

Darla McCrary

December 18, 2019

Ron truly exemplifies what it means to be a great Rotarian. His presence and peaceful manner will be missed. My prayers and blessings for Elaine and family as you journey through your loss. Much love, Darla McCrary

Paul Feinman

December 18, 2019

I am so sad to hear about Ron's passing. I did not know him well, but I was President of my Rotary Club when he was the District Governor, and he could not have been a harder worker for Rotary, or a nicer man to those he met. Always cheerful, always kind, always a gentleman. May his memory be a blessing to his family, friends, and all who knew him.

Joanne White

December 18, 2019

Prayers for the family of a great Rotarian.

Joanne White

Brian & Maxine Stoyel

December 18, 2019

Dear Elaine and family - please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on Ron's passing.
Time shared on the Board and in social events was always industrious, humorous and thoughtful.
A great loss to so many - your family personally and your extended worldwide Rotary family.
Our prayers and blessings go out to you all and may the many happy memories we all share provide you with strength at this time.
PRID Brian & PDG Maxine

FROM THE FAMILY