ronnie was my uncle an i just found out that he passed in 2008... to anyone who don't know i'm joey kelley(hebert) an my mom is lois an my brothers an sisters are ann, gail, jerry(buck), an jason all i have to say is i love you uncle ronnie an i will miss u
It was a pleasure knowing you during the years our boys (Robert & Ricky Tompkins) were playing sports in Gulfport 1979-1984, especially Ricky's Admiral & American Legion baseball games.
Many times we went together to the out-of-town games. RIP Ronnie. It has been our pleasure knowing you
Gulfport and Gulfport High will never be the same without Ronnie. During my time at GHS as a student trainer, everything was the way it was suppose to be when Ronnie was at a game or practice. His presence will be missed.
What fond memories I have in remembering you as the number one cheerleader for Gulfport athletics-- first as a student myself at Gulfport High, secondly as the wife of a Gulfport High coach, then as the mother of children who were cheerleaders and/or participants in athletics for Gulfport schools, and finally as a teacher who just kept coming to the sporting events to see Gulfport High students excel. One thing that I knew without a shadow of doubt through all of these phases is that you would always be at these games with your white towel, waving enthusiastically and smiling confidently, ever present on the sideline. Thank you, Ronnie, for uplifting our spirits and always believing. God bless you. You've certainly touched my life and many others as well.
God Bless you and the inspiration you gave to so many. If only others could have as happy and total life as you, the Lord blessed you, peace be with you.
I celebrate your life Ronnie. Thank you for the memories. We can learn life lessons from you. When we face life challenges we can overcome them by cheering ourselves to victory. You gave us the gift of cheering. 'Be of good cheer',these are the words of Jesus. I praise God for your life.
Hey Ronnie, Thanks for the years of inspiration. No matter how down our team was, you were always cheering.
David Jones (1984)
Ronnie, you are now definitely on the enternal first team, cheering with the ultimate Coach on Heaven's fields and courts. Blessings, until we meet again.
I remember those Friday evenings when my sister, my little friends, and I would be playing outside and Ronnie would come through on his bike and yell "GO GULFPORT". The first time I saw Ronnie do that was when I was only 6 or 7 years old, I ran inside and asked my mom what was going on. She calmed me down and said " That man is Gulfport's #1 sports fan". We kids soon learned that when Ronnie came through that meant the team caravan would soon be parading through and we would climb on to the fence to watch and wave at the team on the buses. 25 years later I would become a coach at Gulfport with Ronnie as our most loyal fan.
On behalf of my mother and father, Mr. & Mrs. Walter L Walker Jr. and my family, Thanks for the memories and I thank our Heavenly Father for us being in each others lives.
I never knew Ronnie personally, but when I went to the Harrison Central vs Gulfport games he was always there and I problably watched him root Gulfport Admirals on more than I watched the game.
You are in a class by your self, The World's Biggest Fan.
Yip Yip Soybean
Never be foregotten in the state of Missisippi all the town's Gulfport High Visit over 47 yrs
Yipp Yipp Soybean
Kenny Sr,Kenya Jr,Kendrell,Kentrell,Kendra-Nea,Kenneth Jr Holmes
Class of 84
Displaced in Oamha after Katrina
Ronnie will be missed at Harrison Central too. We may have always been the "enemy", but we recognize and respect the loyalty and commitment Ronnie had shown "his" Gulfport Admirals. His death is a loss for everyone on the coast.
I first knew of Ronnie when I attended Biloxi High in the 70's. He supported Gulfport then as a Commodore. I knew him again when I began coaching. He was always around. Very knowledgeable of sports. He will truly be missed.
Ronnie, you will be greatly missed by not only all the Gulfport athletic family that you touched but also by the many opposing athletic teams that you so warmly welcomed at all the events. It meant a lot to speak with you at the various locales; however, it meant even more that you went out of your way for me - Joe Gex, former coach at St. Stanislaus.
I did not know Ronnie, but cried when I read the articles about him!!He sound like a wonderful person!! My love and prayers are with you all!!
I have had the pleasure of knowing you since I was a little, little girl. You were my buddy at some of the football/ basketball games, as I recall, and as I got older you always greeted me with a smile and a hug and would congratulate me on a softball win or would tell me hi as I cheered among the sidelines at football and basketball games. Your spirit will be forever remembered at GHS sporting events and I know my family and I will miss you very much! God bless! C/O 97
Ronnie, I will never forget the true joy you brought to the faces of students and parents all along this gulf coast. Thank you for your true spirit and love that you have provided to this community for years. The greatest team member and fan who ever lived. Thanks
u will be sadly missed ronnie. GPH baseball team,class of '79.
Ronnie, your legacy is the happiness you spread in this world. The life you lived was an example in love, loyalty and humanity to all of us lucky enough to have met you. God bless you.
Ronnie -- thank you for being who you were. I true fan and an even better human being. You made it fun for us at baseball practice and at games. Every team needs a supporter like you. I will never forget you. Regards Ronnie!!!
Somewhere right now, Ronnie is waiting with his bike, wearing his Gulfport Commodore shirt, Gulfport Admiral cap and carrying a towel. He will still be at every athletic event that involves Gulfport High School. Yip yip and God bless you Ronnie.
I only knew about Ronnie through his connection with Brett Favre. But, I am truly saddened by the news of his passing. His spirit will be missed in this world. I thought of Ronnie each time I helped my local Special Olympics chapter through their Polar Bear plunge, held each February at a local Indianapolis reservoir.
I did not plunge this year but made a donation and brought me 3 month old daughter out to be part of the festivities.
Anyway, god speed Ronnie.
I will miss the Wonderful Man who made and impact on my life you taught me what ture dedication means and i have that now and i learned it from you. You will truely be miss Mr. Ronnie I Love you.
I will tell my mom and dad you said hello Ronnie!! You were an awesome role model for EVERYONE!! Your kindness and love for everything and everyone will never be forgotten! My whole family will miss hearing "Soybean" at the baseball games!! YOU will be missed by all of us! We love you!!!
Ronnie is the greatest fan for those times I was in High School from 1965 to 1968. What a cheerleader he was for the many teams. Go with God and keep cheering us on. Class of 1968.
I remember Ronnie from my days with WGCM in the early 70's. He was everybody's friend and truly Gulfports #1 Fan for all sports. Ronnie's spirit was genuine and will never be forgotten. God bless you Ronnie, you will be missed.
we miss u
ronnie you will be missed greatly by the lady admirals basketball team because you were there even when our parents wasnt thanks for being a great sport and a true fan we love and miss you
Ronnie, you will be forever missed!!!
RONNIE, FOOTBALL SEASON OF '97, OUR SON'S SENIOR YEAR, WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WE SO ENJOYED YOUR COMPANIONSHIP GOING TO ALL THE OUT OF TOWN GAMES. YOUR "CO-PILOTING" THE VAN WITH MR. ED AND TELLING HIM THE RIGHT WAY TO GET TO THE TOWNS, OUR MEAL BEFORE THE GAMES--(YOU ALWAYS HAD WHATEVER I HAD)-LISTENING TO YOUR STORIES OF FOOTBALL SEASONS PAST, AND YOUR UNBELIVEABLE RECOLLECTION OF THE SCORES BROUGHT SUCH A LIGHT INTO OUR LIVES. AT THE TIME I WAS UNDERGOING CHEMO-THERAPY--AND WHAT "THERAPY" YOU WERE FOR ME! I LOOKED SO FORWARD TO THOSE FRIDAY ROAD TRIPS!
YOU MEANT SO MUCH TO SO MANY PEOPLE--YOU WERE A BRIGHT NON-JUDGEMENTAL LIGHT, SEEING ONLY THAT LIFE AND ALL PEOPLE ARE GOOD. IF ONLY WE CAN ALL BE HALF AS GOOD AS YOU THOUGHT WE WERE....WE WERE BLESSED TO HAVE KNOWN YOU. WE WILL MISS YOU RONNIE.
I remember when I coached baseball at Harrison Central. It had to be around 1987, we had a game in Long Beach. Gulfport was not playing that night and Ronnie was always going to a game somewhere if Gulfport was off. He rode his 3 wheel bike to the game. About the 3rd inning without any warning it came a thunderstorm and it never let up. The game was called and we gathered up and got on the bus and headed north on Klondyke Road back to 28th street. About half way to 28th we came up behind Ronnie on that bicycle. You couldnt hardly see him because of the rain. Coach Clark said stop and pick him up. We did and we all got wet trying to load that 3 wheel bicycle through the emergency door of that school bus. It also had one of those 6 foot orange safety flags on it. We drove him home to Gulfport. Then the process of unloading it begin. Ronnie had a great time on the bus with the guys and they had a blast with him. He got right up in the middle of the bus with them. Since I have been coaching Softball at HC. Ronnie attended many games either when we played Gulfport or when they wasn't playing. It was always great to see Ronnie. We at Harrison Central will miss you Ronnie. We will see you in Heaven.
Ronnie was a true inspiration for the players, coaches and fans of the Gulfport Admirals and will be missed by all Coastians!! Rest in Peace Ronnie
So many lives he has touched, including mine. Undoubtedly his spirit lives on. My condolences go out to all of his friends, family, and fans. GO GHS!
Class of 1995
Keep waving that white flag. You will always be remembered as the Admirals number one fan: GHS class of 1983. We will be free in 1983.
I started going to Gulfport High School football and Basketball games in the early 70's with my dad. We would get to the games an hour and a half before the games since my dad worked the gate. Ronnie would already be there ready to cheer on the team. I was fortunate to know Ronnie. He was truly unique and a gift from God. God bless you Ronnie, you will be missed.
Joseph Dean (Class of 1984)
Your smiles may be gone from our site, but their beauty will always stay in our heart. You were a very special angel sent from heaven to show us all how we should love one another.. unselfishly,unconditionally and unendlessly. RIP Ronnie
My condolences to the family of Ronnie Hebert. Always positive, always uplifting, and Gulfport lost a beautiful person.
Growing up in West Gulfport it was a giving that we would visit with Ronnie at sometime during the week or a call to the radio station where I worked at age 16 "WROA". We could count on Ronnie for scores. He had that gift of making everyone feel so incredibly important. As we read all the messages it is clear that our life is better because Ronnie was and still is our friend. May we not lose his kind. For now, "Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels take thee to thy rest." Pray for us!
To the GREATEST GULFPORT HIGH FAN,you will be greatly missed,may you rest in peace.....until we meet again.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ronnie,I remember the days of GEHS baseball games and how you would "pump" me up before the games I pitched. Same thing in American Legion, we had to chase you and Brett Favre off the field so Coach Favre could get some practice time in. Our love for you and your dedication are without boundries. You've always been in our hearts and will forever be etched in our minds. God bless you Ronnie. You will be missed.
I remeber Ronnie as i grew up. Ilived on 2nd street ,played at the park when i was a kid.Ronnie was always there to play football with us.I saw him all over Gulfport as i grew up.He was loved by everyone,will be missed ,but never forgotten.
Ronnie Hebert, the times and the stories you leave for this city. Milner Stadium should now also bear your name. A great person as well as a great fan. You will be missed.
For those who look at life as a test before our eternal life with our Saviour, we all know that Ronnie passed with an A+. If the good deeds we do here on earth or the encouraging words we share affect the size of our crown in heaven, Ronnie's will be too large to bear. I am so glad to have inherited Ronnie as family and I know that Mike will never be the same without him. We will all share stories of you, Ronnie, forever. Dalaney will miss her Great Great Uncle Ronnie!
Love and miss you
Lianne & Mike
Ronnie was a true Admiral Fan.
Ronnie will be GREATLY missed by all that knew him.
Ronnie has been apart of our family forever, he called my uncles his brothers. Ronnie would always come to my grandmother's house on Sunday mornings after Mass and ask for a cup of coffee and a glass of water.
Ronnie you will be forever missed, but never forgotten!!!!!
I will never forget sitting in the St. John gym bleachers during basketball games and looking down to see the one and only Ronnie. He was so excited to watch his teams and cheered his heart out. If you didn't see him at a sporting event, well it must not have been that great. We are praying for you Ronnie and will never forget you.
Hey, now you got the best seat in the house!
Uncle Ronnie,Didn't want to close his eyes. he said if he did my sisters and I would miss him too much and so would his Boys(players).And he didn't want us to kiss him goodbye.Well Uncle Ronnie I had to kiss you Goodbye today And you Are so right We will all miss you so much I love you Now and until the end of time
your neice, Jenny
I can remember Ronnie since I was at Gulfport High School. I am glad my son Devin, who attends Gulfport High School now, had the pleasure of knowing Ronnie too. Gulfport High School games won't be the same without his smiling face to cheer them on. Ronnie will surely be missed.
Ronnie was one in a million! He'll be missed but never forgotten. I remember him well from the 70's at Gulfport High. He was a rock! Always there nomatter the weather or his own feelings ~ Ronnie would never let the team down ~ whatever team that may have been.
What a blessing to have known a man with so much love to offer so many.
I WILL MISS YOU AT GAMES REST IN PEACE
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Many bottles of water he brought my way at halftime of a basketball game or between games on the baseball field. Reminding us in the locker room that the horn had sounded during halftime letting us know there were three minutes left before starting the second half. Always a friendly "hey ref" or "hey blue" regardless of the outcome of the contest. In some close games he would say, "our team didn't do too well tonite, we'll get'em next time." Never once would he fail to open the door to the dressing room or show us where the officials were to dress.
One night he was the last person at the ball park and in a kind and humble voice, just above a whisper, he asked, "would you mind giving me a ride home?" Who could resist saying yes. Humble, helpful and always willing to share and speak a kind word is what I'll remember most. Always doing what he considered to be his self appointed duty to serve others.
He will certainly be missed for his kind words and deeds.
Maybe he was an Angel that lived among us.
On behalf of the Baseball Umpires and Basketball referees....... WE WILL MISS RONNIE!
As a past Gulf Coast football official, I had the pleasure to meet and speak with Ronnie on many ocassions and it was always my pleasure. You will be sadly missed by all that knew you. Watch over all of us.
Precious in the sight of God is the death of his saints. Ronnie truly was a saint.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
Ronnie, We'll miss you! Class of '77
You were a true blessing to everyone with whom you came in contact, and you will be missed.
GHS Class of '66
Ronnie, I will truly miss that contagious smile. You have touched my life and my children's more than I ever realized. What a gentle soul and heart of pure gold. He would call me every morning and tell me to be careful going to work and then call me at City Hall to tell me to have a good day at work. "Wanda" (as you call me) will miss you Ronnie.
Love, Ronda, Michelle and Anthony
He will be greatly missed by all Gulfport High School students and Alumin. I remember as a little girl that lived on the west side of Gulfport he would ride up and down Railroad St. all day long on his bike with his orange flag attached to it. He will be sadly missed by all.
Ronnie will certainly be missed by all. It has been a gift from God to have known "The Angel, Ronnie." He had such a devoted family and host of friends, we will miss him. No game is complete without him. Mike )Class of 65 LBHS and Sandra Fulcher(Class of 67 GHS)
Truly a hero...for you touched every life that you entered and you will live on in everyone hearts. You are a legacy to Gulfport. I will miss your "Good morning" calls. May the angels lift you up and may you rally all the days in Heaven. Ronnie you will be sadly missed.
My daughters were students at GHS in the seventies and our family has fond memories of Ronnie at all the Gulfport High School games. What a cheerleader! We will miss you, Ronnie.
Remembered especially by Phyllis, Cheryl, & Chuck McCann
When we talk about leavnig our Legacy, yours will be at the top of God's special ones. As the years have passed, I've often wondered to myself, "What will my Legacy be?" My wife and I have discussed what kind of legacy; as a family, should we attempt to leave. Then comes the news of your passing. In reflection of your life and its' impact on the city of Gulfport (not to mention the trickle down affect all over the country), it is a spirit of unconditional love, celebration in victory, tears in defeat, a Hope that passes most of the common man's understanding, along with a discipline and energy that says I'm there no matter the weather or conditions to support my friends! WOW! Should we all approach life in the way Ronnie did, The Legacy we all desire to leave will define itself! Yours sure did. Thanks Ronnie on behalf of my family, teamates and fellow Admirals for living and leaving your Legacy everyday! You were quietly the Admiral of our Ship! We just didn't realize until you were gone.
The Weaver Family
Trent, Ilsa, Taryn, Taylor, Trent Jr., and Tatum
May you rest in pease Ronnie! You are going to be missed.
I first met Ronnie in 1961 or 1962. It was either at a baseball game or track meet. He was with a little friend named Bobby. He walked up to me while I was warming up and said, "how you doing ol' buddy. You gonna win? I said, "yeah, ol' buddy we're gonna win." He never failed to ask about my son Owen every time I 've seen him since. Owen graduated in 1989. He had a sweet spirit about him that will always remain in my heart and the heart of others. "I'll see you again one day "ol buddy."
God made only one Ronnie and I had the honor of spending countless hours traveling to events through MS Special Olympics with him. He was a winner on the field and off. His kind spirit radiated to everyone, no matter where he was. When I was mayor, he called my office nearly every day just to check on me and to remind me that he was there to help if I needed him. He epitomized the Special Olympic creed..."Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in my attempt"...Ronnie, you were the bravest of them all. God bless you my friend.
I remember when Ronnie would come to Biloxi High baseball games. He would tell me ," I want to wish your team good luck too".He was such a sweet person. He was always a pleasure to watch at the games because he had such spirt.Gulfport was very lucky to have him on their side.He will be greatly missed.
The last time I saw Ronnie was a couple of years ago at one of his doctor's appointments. He was so proud that he had stayed at Brett Favre's house in Hattiesburg for a week and attended a game in Green Bay. I'm sure Brett and his family were even more proud that he stayed with them. Milner stadium and other GHS venues will NEVER be the same without his physical apperance, knowing his spirit will always be there. I will be there tomorrow to see him take his last lap around Milner Stadium. Gulfport High should honor this unforgettable man with something special.
Ronnie, It is true there will never be anyone else like you. I started playing softball for GHS in the 7th grade and you were there. Through all the years I was playing Softball and Basketball for GHS I cannot remember one single game that you missed. Rain or Shine we new you were gonna be there, cheering for us and supporting us, win or loose. Fond memories will live on in those of us who had the pleasure of knowing you, and your spirit will be in those yet to come I am sure....YOU ARE GHS!!! We love you Ronnie Yip Yip Soybean
I have never seen any one as devoted to their team as Ronnie was and is. Ronnie has brought more spirit to Gulfport High than any other person ever has and although he is gone I know he's still at every game.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
I am so glad to have known Ronnie and am so proud of the difference he made in the lives of so many. What a wonderful legacy of friendships he has left for us all. My deepest condolences to his family and those who will miss his presence daily.
What a great guy. I'll never forget him riding his bike and cheering on "his" team. Regardless if it were baseball or football, we always had to "listen" to Ronnie. A great fan who made us all smile. We knew playing Gulfport was always tough, Ronnie made it a little tougher. He was always very kind to me and my family. We had a great relationship, as his dad taught me French at Biloxi High. Ronnie, thanks for the memories.
As former students at GHS, we have memories of Ronnie all the way back to the 60's and 70's. We really got to know Ronnie when our 3 children played sports at GHS. He was there to cheer on the girls at Brooke's softball games, and Jordan's soccer games. But our greatest memories are Admiral Baseball games listening to Ronnie cheer on the team- "K burger, rip, etc."
Our favoritie memory was celebrating his birthday,watching him throw out the 1st pitch of the game. We'll all miss you, Ronnie. You are truly an inspiration to us all.
Carl, Diane, Brooke, Jordan, and Tyler Ladner
Attending any Gulfport High School sporting event will not be the same without Ronnie. I can still hear him say "Just look what a hit will do!"
Rest in peace our true #1 Gulfport High School fan!
Ronnie will be missed by all at Gulfport Schools. I can truly say that Ronnie loved the children and he
loved GHS. He will always live in our
Ronnie was there when I went to GHS with his love of people, life and GHS athletics. He was there when my children graduated for GHS years later and he still was filled with an outpouring of love. He was an angel on earth and now in heaven
Keep waving that towel high. We'll miss you at the games.
To Lois - My fondest memories of Ronnie go back to the early 60's when Steve and I would come to your house in LB after Mass. We would all play monopoly while your dad was cooking up some great Cajun dish! My dad built a transistor radio for Ronnie, and he loved it! He would recite scores of every game played, and I was so impressed. Ronnie was the happiest person I think I've ever known, and a joy to be with. And Lois, I still have the accordion you gave me...! Hey, Ronnie - say hello to Steve up there, good buddy!
What is left to say......
Ronnie was AWSOME!!!
Ive known Ronnie since the 7th grade (1967) West Jr. High School.Im truely thankful to have known him. Although you are gone, youve left many wonderful memories. Thank you for everything.
Heaven must be rejoicing to have Ronnie back home. What a celebration must be going on. He was so special. I met Ron in the work shop not on the football field but I soon knew the connection with sports and the entire population of the Gulf Coast. I worked with him over 10 years and no one was ever more ready and willing to get at the task and get the contract out . His love and concern will always be remembered. I feel very sad but I know he is in good hands . God bless his family.
Gulfports loss is Heaven's gain!!
To his family...thank you for sharing such a great person with the rest of us. I can promise you, he will be deeply missed.
Gulfport High has an angel in heaven looking down on them.
Rest in peace Ronnie...rest in peace.
Ronnie we will miss you for your hard work at the Gulfport High games.
I'm sure we all agree that you will be with all the future athletic teams in spirit. Thanks for the memories. Remember Go Gulfport Beat Biloxi.
My favorite memory of Ronnie: In 1977 Commodores and Vikings combined into one school. There was a football banquet prior to the beginning of the season. We were strangers getting to know each other, football players and cheerleaders, and hoping for a great year. Ronnie boldly proclaimed that we were going to win the State Championship that year. And we did!
He made a point of knowing our names. After graduating from GHS, I went away to college, married, started raising a family and had not seen Ronnie in years. I ran into him one day and he said, "Hello, Karen!" I was astounded that he would remember me after all those years. He was such a sweetheart.
I hope GHS will find a way to keep his presence at the school...a portrait, a scholarship, a statue...something. I'm sure there are thousands of former students who would contribute.
we can't remember a single baseball game that roonie missed. it was truly a great joy to have known ronnie. you will be missed but we will never forget you. god bless
Thank you Ronnie for ALL you did for Gulfport! You will be missed! Your presence at Gulfport East athletics (Class of '76) and American Legion games make my memories that more special. Heaven has the best bat boy ever! Mr. Tony and Irvin is happy to see you again! God has blessed us with your friendship. See you soon!
I'm very sorry about this" Special Gentleman" and "Outstanding Fan" for GHS, I'm even more sorry, I never had the chance to meet him .I was a former cheerleader from N.C. and he would have been great for our team as well ..
My thought's and prayer's are with all of you that did have the pleasure of meeting him and knowing him .
Especially to his family .
Ronnie was such a blessing to so many of us with his constant enthusiasm and encouragement on the sidelines.
A simple man spending his entire life lifting us higher, he was all things good about Gulfport sports.
We could always count on Ronnie- he never let us down.
Thanks, Ronnie. We will miss you!
Ronnie you will be truly missed, I was glad I came home when I did and saw you at the last home basketball game. I will always remember you hugging me and shaking my hand. I will also remember the times you were at our track meets you loved ringing the bell for the last lap. May you rest and peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Looking back some 25 yrs when Gulfport won the state championship with,Hawthorn,Carr,Tyler,Gross,Anthony B 6'9,Kemp,Jones and etc.,after a yr before Bert kick all those other guys off the team Blow,CJ,Nance,RonHead,and,etc.Ronnie was yip,yip we are going too still win without our other soldiers and yes we did win it all when everybody din't see Gpt getting that far without everybody else those guy did it for themself and Ronnie because he was a believer and made sure everybody on the team as believer so for those player that yr should all stand up and give one for Ronnie now Yip Yip here for goes for the Admiral's Go Mighty Admiral's
R.I.P Ronnie we all going too miss you we will never have a true fan like you so here goes for you one more time
YIP YIP GOES FOR THE MIGHTY GULFPORT ADMIRAL'S Class of 84
kenny j holmes displaced in Omaha,Ne after Hurricane Katrina
I did not know Mr. Ronnie, but I would have been proud to meet him. Wish there were more people like him. An inspiration to all..
I have so many fond memories of Ronnie. It is heart warming to read all these messages of the lives Ronnie have touched. I am smiling and crying at the same time. Rest in peace Ronnie. GHS class of '81
Thank you Ronnie for all your love and support of GHS as well as SJS Athletics, you were a big part of both schools especially at the baseball games as you were rooting for the eagles as well as your admirals,our baseball games at st.john just wouldnt have been the same without you, i can still hear "come on eagles beat them like a drum", everyone cared and loved for you and still do, you will be truly missed
We extend our sincere sympathy and value your trust during this time of remembrance and reflection. We pledge our support now and in the future.
you will be truly missed, thanks for always supporting GHS
Lois, I am so sorry to hear about Ronnie. I'm sure all this is difficult for you, being the only sibling, but I have already put you on my list to send to several prayer warriors. I'm asking God to lift you up and to give you the strength and comfort to face the next days.
God bless you, Lois.
Love to you, Joyce
Ronnie was truly an inspiration for us all in practicing humbleness and humility. What sweet innocence! I will miss you Ronnie. I am so glad I had the opportunity to give you a ride recently. Little did I know it would be the last time I would see you. May you rest in peace. I think I'll have two cups of coffee and a glass of water in honor of you on Sunday morning.!!!
Ronnie was one of a kind.He was always there willing to help in anyway he could for the "GULFPORT ADMIRALS".He will especially be missed during our HOLIDAY CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT.He was in charge of showing the visiting teams their dressing rooms. R.I.P. our number one "ADMIRAL FAN". Gone but never forgotten.
Gulfport's Booster Club President,
We have such fond memories of Ronnie, from his visits with us at Dauro's Florist, where he would come get his coke after having his donut across the street at Quality Bakery, to seeing him and his Mom at Mass together, to his ever ending loyalty and support of the Gulfport and St. John ball games. He has truly blessed our lives.
Gary, Judy, Angela and John Vincent Dauro
Ronnie is a legend in Gulfport sports. His pure-hearted enthusiasm and spirit inspired fun and teamwork. Ronnie, you will be missed.
Absolutely an amazing man.
"Yip-Yip" Ronnie "Yip-Yip"
I will miss you and have missed you this past year. You know that we all loved you. You were a good boy to your Mom and I know she is so happy to be with you again. I wish I could buy you one more egg mcmuffin. I miss you.
When Ronnie wasn't cheering for GHS he was cheering for SJS. He would even ride on the bus with us to away games.
We will all miss you!
Class of '68 SJS
Ronnie(Buddy) "Hit a Hoooome Run" for me in your first baseball game in Heaven. Thanks for your presence and support for the baseball programs (GHS, GEHS '77 and American Legion) in the late 70's. Back in those days fan support at baseball games were low- but we could always count on Ronnie being at the ball park (Rain or Shine) HA!
Ronnie- I know that you and Mr. Tony(Bertucci) are having a "yipping contest" as we speak.
Ronnie "stories" never get old and will be told for years to come.
You will be missed -not just for being a Great Gulfport Fan but a Great Friend to all.
Gulfport School Biggest Fan
Looking back when I was in the 5th grade playing ball at Milner as a player I didn't know Ronnie until my father told the story about Ronnie and that story was true because after I read everybodies entry Ronnie was Gulfport's Biggest Fan my father called me and my sister about Ronnie passing and I couldn't wait any longer for my father could get off the phone'if you know my father he can talk' I remember Ronnie riding his bike I used too ride my bike too the corner and Ronnie would tel lme too go back home I'll make it from here if Ronnie would have ran for cheerleader at Gulfport High he would have beat everyone out because he would have ran everybodie else off because he was Gulfport High and we all should honor Ronnie in the city of Gulfport and like my father said they should change the street in front of Milner from the railroad track too Old Pass Rd Ronald P "Ronnie"Hebert Blvd R.I.P. Ronnie
My heart goes out to Ronnie and to his family. I know Ronnie was much loved and will be missed by all. Ronnie was such a special person who could always make someone smile. I'm sure Ronnie will always be thought of and missed. To the family, If ya'll need anything please let us know. we love you and hope ya'll remember the memories and love that Ronnie has given ya'll, to us all. Ya'll will be in our thoughts and prayers.
A HERO FOR GULFPORT. MAY HIS SPIRIT LIVE ON.
Ronnie, thanks for cheering for GHS for all these years. You will be missed. God got a great cheerleader in heaven.
1964 Big 8 Champs
God sends us Angels in many forms. Ronnie surely must have been one of God's special angel. A friend of Francine Hebert Orcino, Ronnie's coousin.
His spirit will live on during every game. Thanks for the memories.
Ronnie, a great person who loved life,GPT sports & people. All were the better because of him -- Your calls & friendship will be greatly missed -- DS
GHS athletics celebrates it's 100th soon. Now, we have God's greatest angel watching over us! "YIP, YIP"
From all of your friends at Cheshire Group Home and Manor. We will miss you. You were a true friend and a special person. GHS has lost not only a friend but a true hero. God Bless You Ronnie.
Ronnie was an inspiration to everyone he came in contact. His spirit will live on in all our hearts. He was an example of how 1 person CAN MAKE A difference in people's lives. What an ispiration he was & what a loss for us here on Earth.
Gulfport will never be the same without Ronnie. (Class of '71GEHS)
I first met Ronnie in 1978 when I was a 8th grade football player at Gulfport Central. Coach Jones was the Head Coach, but Ronnie was the Head Motivator. We only lost 1 game during the 78 and 79 season and Ronnie was always there getting after us if we slacked up. After that season I moved to Forrest County but I never forgot Ronnie and his love of Gulfport Athletics.
Nearly 20 yrs later I returned to Gulfport as a track coach at Forrest Co. AHS. I was amazed to see Ronnie still there getting after those athletes from G'port. When I approached him to see if he remembered me I could see the wheels turning. He didnt remember my name but he did know I played for Coach Jones and the Commodores. Reading the pages of this book leaves no doubt about Ronnies impact on thousands of lives of South Mississippians. His tender heart and love of Gulfport Athletics will never be forgotten. Gulfport will never be the same. A statue of Ronnie should be erected somewhere in Gulfport so that his legacy will never be forgotten.
Ronnie was truly an Angel sent from the throne of Heaven. It was truly a Blessing to have known Ronnie. I will miss his hugs and his presence at all of the games. Ronnie would ask me if he could have a kiss than he would say Oh! and cover his mouth with his hand Mrs. Anna might get mad. Everyone that knew him loved him. The children loved and respected Ronnie. I can recall one of the last basketball game's the children where running in and out of the gym Ronnie yelled "Hey! stay in or go outside". Everyone stopped and gave Ronnie their full attention and did as they were told. Ronnie will be greatly missed. What a void that has been left in our hearts. What and Angel. Thank you Ronnie. We Love you but Jesus Loves you more. Watch over us Ronnie until we meet again.
Ronnie was a great friend. His smile and positive attitude would always brighten my day. Playing for the Gulfport American Legion baseball team gave me the opportunity to develop a friendship with Ronnie. He was a great asset to Irvin Favre, Tony Bertucci and all other players that came through the Gulfport American Legion Program. After moving to Georgia, it was always a special treat to see Ronnie when visiting the coast, to coach against a Gulfport team or take in a Gulfport High School game. We will miss you.
My deepest sympathies to the family. I will never forget Ronnie. I have told many, many people over the years of Ronnie. As stated, there was no more dedicated fan of Gulfport High School sports than he was for many years. The first time I met Ronnie was as a child of 12 or 13 years old, shagging foul balls at GHS baseball games. Ronnie would make sure that none of us got a "free" baseball courtesy of the batter.
Later, when attending GHS I had more contact with Ronnie via my participation in the Track program. I loved to hear him ring that lap bell; never more than on the 4th and final lap of my mile run! He was always at the finish line for all runners ... always cheering you on!
The world is a better place for having had Ronnie for the 65 years he graced everyone with his presence. I can never watch the movie "Radio" without thinking of Ronnie and telling anyone there about him.
It is said that in Heaven everyone is made whole again. There is no more suffering .. no more sickness, etc. I don't think Ronnie could be improved in anyway. Honest as the day is long and the most loyal person to his beliefs of anyone I ever knew! God, has no work to do with Ronnie! Just leave him as he is and always has been!!
I will always remember the games with Ronnie on the side line yelling words of encouragement to the players on the field. No matter what Ronnie always thought we could win. Ronnie you will be greatly missed by all.
May God stay near you during this time of loss. May He grant you strength, love and support. May you lean upon His Word during your hours of weakness." Know that you are always in our prayers. REST IN PEACE MR.RONNIE
I first met Ronnie when I was stationed at Keesler afb in Biloxi and I enjoyed watching Gulfport and Bert Jenkins play. I will never forget the night Gulfport beat Jackson Central for the Big 8 title and an undersized Gufport team led by Johnny Adams, Woody Dawsey, Alan Jones and Roger Cox showed the favorite how to play defense. I remember Ronnie hugging me so hard in excitement. He was special and I like others was blessed to know him. May he rest in peace.
In the BEST of hands now.
Ronnie you were the best. I remember you knowing everyone's name on the basketball team and others. I don't know anyone in the Gulfport area Black or White that didn't know and love you. You could go anywhere and have friends look out for you. you were truly one of a kind and will be missed. You are so known that I found out that you had passed from someone in Atlanta, GA and I live in California. Your memory lives on. I will look you up in the year books to remember in your honor.
Ronnie, I was blessed by your friendship for so many years. First as a cheerleader at Gulfport East in the late 1970"s where you were always there at Milner Stadium spreading your kind words and unforgettable smile! And years later, we all looked forward to your morning phone calls to City Hall to just say "good morning" and to tell everyone to "have a nice day". I was on my way to see you when I received the call that you had been called home to be with the Lord. I know you are among the other angels and they have welcomed you with open arms...and I know that Mayor Combs was waiting for you when you arrived. He loved you so! God bless you always...
Ronnie, I know you'll be cheering for GHS from heaven. You will be missed! "Go GHS!"
In 1976, the Gulfport Commodores were trailing Pascagoula, and "Rooster" Jones at halftime, I think the score was 27-0. Heads were hung low in the locker room, Coach Paul Pounds was was trying to encourage his team to keep fighting, with a powerfull pep talk. The Cheerleaders,and one in particular, that I remember well, were shouting cheers of encouragement. The only thing that 1976 team remembers is the loud yell from that famous voice of Ronnie Hebert, as the exited the locker room and made thier way back to the field. " Let's Go Commodores, Let's go out and stick them." Only then did the faces of dought change to faces of deternination. That was powerfull.
Ronnie will be sadly missed. He was a WONDERFUL person and an Inspirational human being. Never heard him speak a negative remark.
Ronnie, we love you. Here's to you Ronnie,,,,"Yip,Yip,Tomato, Yip, Yip"
Ronnie i can remember playing basketball at central jr high and gulfport high and even coast episcopal and you were always there telling me to shout the ball babe..you were a big part of our family you will be sadly missed by all who knew you...we miss you and we love you...
We all loved and admired Ronnie for his true dedication to "His" Gulfport High Admirals. Me and my family will forever remember and love Ronnie. Thanks for being a good friend.
Ronnie, I will truly miss you. I will miss you showing me to the official's dressing room before a Gulfport High basketball game and making sure I had something to drink at halftime. I will also miss you asking about one of your favorite teams whom I coached and you cheered and supported back in the day---THE CAREER GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM from BAY ST. LOUIS, MISS. The CAREER GIRLS will all miss you and never forget you. You are a legend and it was an honor to have known you. May God keep you and bless you.
God Bless you Ronnie
You will be missed at all the games, but we know you'll be watching from above as heaven just got a great sports fan.
As a parent I feel blessed that my
two son's lives were touched by
an angel we all knew and loved.
I started going to GHS football games with my husband in the 1980s and always saw Ronnie there waving his flag. It was such a joy to see someone so enthusiastic about the team. He'll be missed by a whole town of people.
I knew Ronnie, Through all the GHS games, but I didnt really know him until years later, I worked for Dauros Florsit In Gulfport, and each and every day, during the summer months, Ronnie would peddle up unto the sidewalk,we would wait to see that flag coming up hwy49 daily, come in,, sit for a spell, and drink a cold drink, hug everyone, then say his goodbyes! He was a Precious human being! And will be greatly missed..
It's been said NASCAR has the most loyal fan base - but there is nothing compared to Ronnie's loyalty to GHS! Ronnie will certainly be missed. Soybeans!
To know him was to love him. Ronnie, thanks for the memories.
Ronnie you will be missed. I was always happy to see that you came to all of the Volleyball games for the past three years that I was Manager and this year to all of the 9th Grade basketball games. You were always wishing us good luck. You will be missed by everyone at Gulfport High School. You were truly Gulfport High Schools No. 1 Fan. May God Bless You.
Ronnie will be remembered by so many people who had participated in sports at GHS. As a former employee of the district and parent of three sons who played sports, Ronnie touched all our lives. There is great sadness among us all.
Jerry and Tricia,
I am truly sad to hear of your loss of Uncle Ronnie. When Tricia called me to tell me, I prayed for the family. She told me what Janet had said that Uncle Ronnie was telling her about how he saw Jesus and his parents. He is now cheering in heaven for all of Jesus' ball games. I am sure he will still be cheering for all of Gulfport's games.
I have read 16 pages of messages honoring Gulfport's greatest citizen. The only thing I might add is a constant prayer that Ronnie will continue from Heaven to touch the hearts of those in our community so that we may see each other through the same eyes Ronnie saw us. May God Bless and welcome you into His kingdom Ronnie.
Ronnie was always there win or lose and it is a great loss to GHS athletics. As a member of Bert Jenkins 1964 Big 8 championship basketball team, I grew to love him very much. He always was encouraging and had a big smile on his face. I know he is smiling down on us and will be cheering the Gulfport High athletic teams from up above
Ronnie we are upset that you cant come watch us play next year in the 100th year of football at Gulfport High and we will miss you. You always told us when we were slacking and always told us to pick it up. We will never forget when you would make your "all the way to state" or "we are gonna beat the whoop out of them" chants on the bus. As a team we want to show our love and appreciation to you Ronnie. WE LOVE YOU!!
Ronnie . . . you're #1.
I'll always remember your smile! :o)
GHS Class of '75
I will forever remember Ronnie's true love for people and for Gulfport High. I am a better person thru his actions and his kind words.Our thoughts and prayers are with so many at this loss.As a basketball player --he was always there.GHS,71
Mike Reed (Hartselle al.)
Ronnie, you were and angel sent from God. Always smiling and always willing to help, I’ll never forget all those track meets you helped me get Coach Jones’s attention when I needed help with a question. From football to track you knew how to make the visiting team feel welcome. We shall never forget you my friend. Heaven is a brighter place today.
May the angels wrap their wings around each of us and protect us in our time of need.
Ronnie will be missed by past and present dance team members at Gulfport High School. Never has our school had a more dedicated fan. Thank you, Ronnie, for keeping me company at the baseball ticket table last year. You always brought a smile to my face. And most of all, I will miss you telling me..."Ma'am, I hope your girls do good today!" at all of our performances. I will never forget you Ronnie!! You touched all of our lives in such a positive, sweet way!! Thank you for that!! God bless you! God bless your family!
GHS Danceteam will always love you!!
RONNIE,WE WILL MISS YOUR PHONE CALLS TO REMIND JIMMY TO TURN ON HIS CELL PHONE. RONNIE IT HAS BEEN A HONOR TO HAVE KNOWN AND WORKED WITH YOU.ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AT GULF COAST INDUSTRIES WILL MISS YOU.
From watching Ray White and Bobby Jones to Chris Jackson play basketball, and our daughter cheering at St. John's ballgames, Ronnie would always come sit with us for a few minutes. Always smiling, he was such a joy to be around. You will definitely be missed by all, Ronnie.
Ronnie, we know that you are spreading your positive, supportive spirit in your eternal home. We are privileged to have met you through the sports program at Gulfport High School.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ronnie never had to put on any Admiral uniform to be our "MVP" or our best cheerleader. As a member of the Admiral band, softball team and a basketball statistician, I never remember not seeing him at the games. The past, present and future Admirals are better people because he will always be a part of our GHS family. On that Friday night this year when we commemorate 100 years of GHS football, may he look down from the best seat in the house, hear the tubas roar as we all wave our white towels to his favorite cheer- "Go Mighty Admirals!"
Always smiling and riding that bike. A true angel. You will be missed. Scyvonda McGowan Bradshaw Class Of "77"
Ronnie's support NEVER waivered. The depth of dedication and love he had for Gulfport High, for the coaches and especially for the kids is such a rarity and an incredible example to us all. Ronnie was a precious treasure. It has been a privilege to know him. He will forever be Gulfport's No. l Fan.
You are in our prayers, Ronnie! I am sure you are playing baseball in heaven! We will miss you!
There are three things I miss about school days in Gulfport: pep rallies at B. Frank Brown Gym, GHS vs. HCHS games, and Ronnie---the ultimate example of loyalty, love and leadership! "Goooooooooooooooooo, Gulfport High!"
We echo our fellow former GHS bandmembers...God bless you Ronnie "The Admirable Admiral" Hebert!!!!
There is an entry that is posted in this guestbook that we think sums Ronnie's demeanor up perfectly..."The Most Admirable Admiral!"
Ronnie will be greatly missed, may God be with the family
Ronnie,you were a great asset to the Gulfport School System, you will be missed...Luther & Linda Kuykendall,Pascagoula Ms.
Ronnie will be missed, but not forgotten
I was amazed from a very early age at Ronnie's dedication to the Admirals when going to football games. He is truly the #1 fan. I know when the Admirals are going for that winning touchdown Ronnie will still be there running with them....just like "Angels in the Outfield" there will be and "Angel on the Sideline, and on the Field" He will be truly missed...."YIP YIP"!!!
Ronnie was leading the cheers for 1975 Gulfport American Legion baseball team. He was always there to help Irvin Favre and Tony Bertucci. Now he is back with them watching the games from above. We will miss you.
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
Ronnie, you were the face of Admiral & Eagle Sports. You will be truly missed!! St. John Class of 1984
You will be miss but not forgotten as Gulfport's Biggest Fan The City should Honor You from the Railroad Track To Pass Rd in front of the Milner Stadium
Ronald P"Ronnie"Hebert R.IP.
Kenny Holmes Sr Class of 1984
Displaced after Hurricane Katrina now living Omaha,Ne
Kids Kendrell,Kenny Jr,Kentrell,Kendra-Nea and Kenya Holmes
Sorry to hear about Gulfport's lose, He will be missed by many.Our prayers are with the family. Long Beach High School
It was always a pleasure to see you and talk with you. You will be sadly missed in so many ways. I'm sure that Gulfport High School Sports will not be the same without you around. But you will never be forgotten. You marked your spot in a lot of hearts and minds. And that's exacltly where you will remain...... in everyone's hearts and minds......God Bless you and your family.
What a testimony to a life full of love. Ronnie epitomized everything good in the human condition. Not only did he cheer during sporting events, but he often helped out for practices, his three-wheeler parked against the field house. His loyalty never wavered and his spirit knew no end. It is truly an honor and a privilege to have crossed his path in our lifetimes.
To his family, thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to know and love such a wonderful human being, full of caring and compassion. While an entire community, and more likely an entire Gulf Coast, both supported and depended on Ronnie, you stood behind him and emboldened him to be the man he became and the legacy he leaves with all of us.
Ronnie..what can I say...seems like you were everywhere I went when I lived in Long Beach..You were a "Special Angel". Jesus wanted you home...till we meet again...
I met Ronnie at, you guessed it, a Gulfport High football game back in 1961. He never waivered, he was always there with a smile and a "Go Commodores". My fondest memory, one of many, was one spring afternoon during track season Jackie Smith and I were timing some of the guys in the 440. Ronnie was really enjoying himself and I asked him if he wanted to run - you know the answer. I tied his shoes, did the, "on your marks ---", and he was on his way. I don't remember time, but as far as I am concerned it was the fastest 440 in history and a record that will stand forever. I'll never forget that day, he was smiling all over. For years afterward, I would remind him of his feat and the smiles would instantly grow.
Ronnie, you were an inspiration and will be missed.
you were a awesome person. One of a kind. You are in my prayers.
Class of 83
I remember Ronnie riding his bike. I remember him cheering for the old GHS in the seventies having graduated in 1976. Ronnie will always be remembered as the greatest supporter and fan of Gulfport athletics. His memories will always remind us of how happy we can all be if we stay young at heart, because Ronnie's heart was always young. We'll miss you Ronnie, but we will never forget you. God Bless.
What a legacy! As we approach the century mark in Admiral sports, we know that there will never be another like Ronnie. He watched over and cared for our children in a way that no one will ever match. I feel blessed to have shared many small conversations with Ronnie. I know he's in the Master's arms and will be waving his white towel on game day cheering the Admirals on to victory.
I'll never forget Ronnie at all the baseball games. Thank you for all the fun memories.
Growing up here in Gulfport, I have memories of Ronnie from my childhood in the '60's. I remember him riding his bicycle all over town. In the old B. Frank Brown Gymnasium, watching Coach Jenkins Commodore basketball teams, Ronnie's voice boomed when he lead the fans with "Two Bits". His voice rose above the cheering crowd no matter how loud they were. God bless you, Ronnie, and thank you. Charlie Samms, GHS Class of '73.
Gail and hawk,
Our heart, love, and prayers are with you and you family in this very sad time. Ronnie was a truley loveing and wonderful person that touched the lives of many people. He was truley loved and will be greatly missed. We love you Ronnie and grandmaw is waiting for you with open arms. Ronnie your love and spirit will live on in the hearts and memories of so many. Gail I love you and we are so sorry for your lose if there is any thing we can do please let me know.
I just recently got to know Ronnie in the past football season. But in the short time I have known him he has greatly touched me. He interacted with all of the players and coaches so well. No matter how good or bad the score was he never gave up on the team. He waved his towel and cheered the loudest of the crowd. There will never be another like you Ronnie. The rest of my highschool career and the ones to follow behind me will never get to experience what you have brought to the community and it will never be the same without you. You will be missed greatly by everyone at Gulfport High School and and in the city of Gulfport. We love you Ronnie.
I am so sorry to hear about Ronnie. Ronnie was a great guy to know- he was so kind and giving. We will all miss Ronnie- Go Team!
Ronnie was the sweetest person you could meet. Truly one of a kind. Now Gulfport High has their biggest fan as an Angel to watch over them.
I was coaching baseball at St. John High back in 1973. In a somewhat mild upset, we pulled out a squeaker over the Commodores.
After the game, Ronnie came over
and announced that he was leaving
the Commodores to come and cheer for the Eagles. We told Ronnie
it was o.k.to cheer for all of us.
At track meets, I would be hundreds of yards away, and he would come over and ask me how I was doing and
how my team was doing.
That was Ronnie.
My deepest sympathy to Ronnie's
family and for Gulfport.
Ronnie, I can still hear that bell ringing at the track meets.
I remember you from when I played in the band at Gulfport High. You were at every game, whether home in Gulfport or out of town. You will always be missed and remembered as a loyal fan. "Class of 1975"
I can remember you from when I was a student at GHS. I was very upset to learn that you passed. My prayers go out to your family. You are Gulfport's "Radio". God Bless You. "Class of 1973"
I didnt know Mr. Ronnie Hebert personally but what an awesome story! You've touched so many lives with your spirit and devotion. "Go rest high on that mountain"
Words can't describe Ronnie's passion and love for all things Gulfport High. The sidelines or press box will never be the same without Yip Soybean Yip Cabbage. RIP Ronnie, you will be deeply missed by the Admiral family.
We will always think of Ronnie as our special first cousin with the big kind heart, our own giant. I have very special, fond memories of my favorite cousin. He will always be in our hearts and on our minds. We love you Ronnie, hope to see you again with all of our family members.
Love; your Cousins; Phyllis,Ricky,Jr.,aunt Venola and fly.
Ronnie, You have been a part of our family for as long as I can remember. You will be missed. Love The Malley-Bentz Family
Mr. Ronnie, Gulfport High games will not be the same without you on the sidelines waving your white towel...You will be missed.
I never knew Ronnie on a personal level, but from what I did know about him he seemed like a person of true compassion and love for his community. We could all learn a lesson or two from the life he lived on this earth. R.I.P..
Reading through all these entries brought back so many fond memories of Ronnie and my days in Gulfport. The memories brought tears as Ronnie is not with us anymore. Gone but NEVER will he be forgotten.
Friends and Family,
I wish to express my deapest sympathy on the lost of a true fan of Gulfport sports. I was on the other end of his cheering as I was a member of the arch rival Biloxi Indians. But, no matter what the score of the game being played, Ronnie was true to his team. I know the Indians was the team he loved to hate, I believe he enjoyed those battles the most. I know the many fans of Gulfport and all the schools along the coast will miss his smiling face and rooting on his beloved Gulfport Admirals. He was and is the true blue and orange fan of the game. He will be greatly missed.
Ronnie was truly an inspiration to anyone who had any contact with him and will be remembered as one who enjoyed life to the fullest. He was so loyal and faithful to the Commodores and was always eager to help in any way during the days of the Gulfport Jaycees and concession stands at the home football games. His only reward was a bag of popcorn to take home on his bicycle. What a legend. God Bless you and you will be missed.
It is with joy that I can say "We knew Ronnie".
Ronnie was a true inspiration and will be missed by many that knew him.
Thanks for sharing your life with us and giving us such precious memories.
We will miss you at the games but we know that you are watching and cheering the team on from a better place.
Gulfport sports will never be the same without you.
Ronnie, may you rest in peace.
Lois and family, I know that an Angel was called home when Ronnie left. Growing up in the same neighborhood in Long Beach and then living across the street from your Mother and Ronnie I got to see a side of him other than his love of sports and people. A wonder person and a gift from God. I know your Mother will be waiting with open arms as she was his biggest fan. God bless and keep you during this time of loss. I loved your Mother and Ronnie dearly.
God Bless you Ronnie.
The games will miss you without a doubt. You still will be known as the greatest fan.
Ronnie, you will be missed by all former Admirals and Commodores. I remember fondly riding to games along the coast as a kid with you, Paul Pounds and Pepper Pounds. Later, as a basketball player for the Admirals, you were always there for our team no matter where we played. Thanks Ronnie, for being you. There will never be another Ronnie Hebert!
Wow - we were so blessed to have Ronnie in our midst! Without trying, Ronnie exhibited true acceptance regardless of common barriers. His absolute lesson was that love and loyalty come in various shapes, colors, and levels. We were so blessed by Ronnie and his true ability to help us as students and adults look beyond the physical and accept him for his character, as he accepted us. As a 1981-GHS graduate and former cheerleader, we always expected Ronnie to be there to help us cheer our teams on. Thank you Father for allowing us to have been in contact with one of your many angels. God now has our biggest fan with him! Go Admirals!
I have known Ronnie for as long as I can remember most people in my family. I had a sister (Crystal Graham) whom played basketball and tennis at Gulfport High School in 1973-75. Ronnie and his mother were parishers of my parish. His mother and my grandmother were the best of friends.
Ronnie, was and will always be the ultimate GULFPORT HIGH SCHOOL FAN! He has supported many ball players in my family including my son Justin Ray.
We will miss you Ronnie! We will never forget you or the spirit you had for Gulfport High School.
Love you and please watch over us!
Ronnie was the definition of purity, in spirit, in heart and in dedication to his school. He will be dearly missed by the Gulfport community and all of those who knew him.
Wow - we were so blessed to have had Ronnie in our midst! Without trying, Ronnie exhibited true acceptance regardless of common barriers. His absolute lesson was that love and loyalty come in various shapes, colors, and levels. As a 1981-GHS graduate and former cheerleader, we always expected Ronnie to be there to help us cheer our teams on. We were so blessed by Ronnie and his true ability to help us as students and adults look beyond the physical and accept him for his character, as he accepted us. Thank you Father for allowing us to have been in contact with one of your many angels. God now has the biggest fan - cheer on Ronnie. You will be missed!
no matter how bad the school week may have been, on friday nights having ronnie cheering us on, nothing seemed impossible a real true inspiration to all of us,NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN,GO GULFPORT
Ronnie, thanks for keeping me company while I was selling tickets at track meets, basketball games, and baseball games. My cheerleaders and I will miss you cheering with us.
As much as Ronnie loved athletics, espically the Admirals,he loved his friends more. As we all know, Ronnie was a friend to everyone. Ronnie's demeanor was exemplary to all of us. He treated all of us the way we wish we would treat each other. Thank you Ronnie for having such a powerful influence on my life and for pulling for the St. John Eagles as well. You were the best, and you always will "Be on the sidelines" with our teams! Rest in Peace.
What can you say that has not already been stated by many, Ronnie was indeed Gulfport Athletics. In recalling his last Admiral game before his family moved to California, Ronnie stated, " I'm going to miss the Admirals". We who knew him missed him the short time he was away and we were all happy when the family returned to Gulfport. To God Be the GLory.
Ronnie will be greatly missed.
We will miss you dearly Ronnie. You truly understood what High School sports stood for and made us appreciate the good in people
Ann, Buck and Gail
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived. Ronnie was a treasure to be enjoyed by all.
I remember Ronnie at all of our games, slapping us on the shoulder pads, hollering 'Yip' 'Yip", riding that bike, and always cheering for us even though we might have been down. It was a nice comfort to always have that positive support. He was so genuine and just wanted us to do our best. He will truly be missed and could never be replaced. I hope that the school will put something in the trophy case that serves as a reminder to the greatest supporter for Gulfport sports.
Ronnie you have left us with many happy memories.
The Jack Beattie Family
Thanks for the scores Ronnie. You will be missed.
Former Sports Reporter, WLOX-TV 13
There is a song that says "if I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain" Ronnie IS not was, but IS, a true testimony to those lyrics. He was the most ADMIRABLE ADMIRAL! We salute you Ronnie!
Ronnie was one of the most genuine people I ever had a chance to meet. God bless you Ronnie. You enjoyed life. I wish there were more people in this world with your heart. You are truly a angel looking down on us now. Go GHS and Packers.
Ronnie will be missed dearly. I used to see him everyday walking in front of my office. He always had a smile on his face. I will truely miss him.
HAPPY TRAILS RONNIE. I KNOW YOU WILL WATCH OVER THE ADMIRALS FROM YOUR NEW HOME
I can remember Mr. Ronnie as far back as the early 70's when I followed the Commodores. Then when I got involved with the Admirals Band, I was out at Milner Stadium to prepare the concession by 3:30 or 4:00 and Mr. Ronnie was there shortly thereafter.
He was ALWAYS ready to help do just about anything he was able to do. Then just before halftime he would appear saying "I'm getting water for the officials. Coach Prince sent me." And we would give him whatever he thought he needed. Mr. Ronnie was in his element there, helping others and being an integral part of the Admiral Program.
When he held the Marching Band Festival every fall, he was also there more years than I can remember, ready to do anything from toting boxes to selling programs.
Mr. Ronnie was truly the best Gulfport Fan whether it was football, baseball, soccer or band. I will find it hard to go to any Admirals game or school event now without looking for Mr. Ronnie and hearing him ask "Is there anything you want me to do?"
Ronnie was the most loyal fan a school could ever have. I remember as far back as the late 1960s seeing Ronnie on the sidelines. He will be remembered and missed by so many.
I remember Mr. Ronnie from my time at Gulfport High-it was great to see his towel flying high! I'm sure he's leading the charge in God's football stadium now. God Bless Ronnie-
I have never met Ronnie but i have only heard the best from Annie. God bless him and his family
Ronnie we are going to really miss you here at Gulfport High School at the football and basketball games. You were a very kind person and was always willing to help somone. May you rest in peace. You're going to be truly missed.
Javoris Broadnax #23
Gulfport Admirals Basketball #23
Hi my name is Shetika and all i have 2 say is that Mr. Ronnie is a sweet and generous man and everytime that i went to any of the games he always hypes the games up tellin our team mates that we can do it and that they are goin 2 make it to the championships really soon and also he would ride on his bike everyday wavin to everybody no matter who it is cuz he is just that type of gentleman that is sweet and that everyone knew. All i have 2 say is that Ronnie you will be truly missed by many that really love you and my condolences do go out to his family and god bless you all and i'll keep yall in my prayers.
Gulfport High athletics will never be the same without you Ronnie! You were the BEST fan any team could ask for. The Admirals will never forget you. "GO GULFPORT HIGH"
"Hey Joe Sam Fix the Scoreboard" Thanks for always keeping everyone in line Ronnie, We will never forget the Admirals #1 Fan.
It was always great seeing Ronnie out supporting Gulfport teams. We could all learn a lot from the positive impact that his enthusiasm and energetic support gave to countless individuals over the years. You will be dearly missed. Your legacy will not be forgotten.
Ronnie was such a wonderful inspriation to all those who had the opportunity to meet him. He never waivered from pulling for the guys on his team no matter what season it was. Anyone who spent time with him knew he was the most genuine person and had a heart full of life. There are so many of us who can learn from the way Ronnie lived, there is no doubt that he provided a million memories for so many people.
As a friend to Ronnie, I will never forget him. He was such a lovely person to be around. I used to see him riding his bike all over.One thing i can say, he loved the Gulport High Admirals. I meet Ronnie in 1979 when i started playing basketball @ Gulfport with the girls team. He would always say,"YOU ARE ONE MY FAVORITE BASKETBALL PLAYER". He would always say something to make me smile. He will missed. He will be a true "ANGEL" in heaven. RONNIE is a true Gulfport High Admiral.
You will be missed.
Ronnie will truly be missed. I remember him at a basketball game last season. He was so excited because Gulfport was making a comeback in the final minutes of the game. I also remember him coming to McDonalds, where I worked, to get a salad sometimes after football practice. Gulfport sports will never be the same without him being there.
As teenagers almost 40 years ago, we used to love going to Gulfport High basketball games - because of the great teams, because of B. Frank Brown Gymnasium and because we could see Ronnie.
I played basketball and ran track for Gulfport High from 93-96 I cannot remember one time not seeing Ronnie after a game, during a game, or on that track field. No matter how bad a day we were having or whatever the score turned out to be. We always had Ronnie to say "Good Game Tonight ladies". We will miss you Ronnie.
For all the times I refereed GHS soccer games, Ronnie was the only one who never yelled at me. My sympathies go out to all.
Ronnie was such a wonderful person, he will be missed by all young and old. Always had a great spirit, despite the adversities.
To GHS biggest Fan from one of your fans
Safe passage and thank you.
My condolences to Ronnie's family - he was all heart and he touched the hearts of so many, thank you for sharing him with us.
I'll always remember him as "Little" Ronnie Hebert although he was many years my senior. For me, he was an endearing part of life in Gulfport. I don't recall a day going by that I didn't see Ronnie in his blue and white Commodores letterman jacket riding his bike around town. He was as much a fixture of downtown as the Markham or the Hancock Bank building. But unlike those concrete and steel edifices, Ronnie brought life to downtown. He gave the city a soul.
If the City of Gulfport doesn't memorialize this sweet, gentle man in some form or fashion, then it has lost its soul forever.
I will never forget hearing him yell out on every foul ball, "get outta here ball"
I graduated from Gulfport High School in 1982 and was a basketball cheerleader. Ronnie was the biggest fan ever!! Since my dad was a coach and teacher for 42 years in the Gulfport School District I was very familiar with Ronnie. He even showed support for St. John High School when my father was there coaching. He will be sadly missed!!!!!! Forever in our hearts!!!!
There was NEVER a game that when Ronnie saw the tuba players stand up prepping to play "Go Mighty Admirals" that he did not wave that towel with number one held high in the sky! He was our first memory as GHS freshman band members and our final memory as senior band members playing that staple song in our final game as members of the band. And so,on this day...the tubas stand, the towel is waved, and our number ones are held high in the sky..."Go Mighty Ronnie!"
To Anne, Gail and Family
Always remember Ronnie is in the Sports heaven now, he's among the great players and has God as his coach, he will be sadly missed and rememebered by all.
My love and prayers are with you.
I met Ronnie in 1963 when I was playing football for Gulfport High. He was alway their to support the team.
May you rest in peace as Gulfport's number 1 fan.
Ronnie was timeless, a beloved and integral part of the Admiral sports tradition, and we are all better off for having known him.
Ronnie you will be missed very much. I remember seeing you at every event I attended and you were cheering the Admirals win or lose. Heaven is a better place because you are there. God bless you.
The ambience of his presence lit up all sporting events on the Gulf Coast. The world will miss him immensely.
Ronnie had what we all search for in life, a purpose. His purpose was to teach us all dedication,something that few people have now days. He was there helping us cheerleaders cheer as well as following every touchdown to the end of the field. He was a fan before i ever made it to Gulfport and continued to be long after i graduated. Ronnie will truly be missed by many but on the same note know that the Gulfport Admirals will have a true angel watching over them years to come. He may be gone from earth but his spirit will remain.
Thank You for the memories and friendship.
I did not know Ronnie, but he sounds like a great person who lived a great life. I enjoyed reading his story.
Ronnie - a true angel who brought a smile to your heart and your face. He is the epitome of dedication - riding his bike miles and miles, rain or shine, to watch his beloved Admirals! Just imagine the cheers in heaven -Yip Yip Soybean - upon his arrival! We love you Ronnie.
Ronnie will be missed. Such a sweet man. He was a Gulfport icon when you saw him around town on his bike and at the games. You wish there were more like him.
27TH WAS A VERY SAD DAY FOR OUR FAMILY. RONNIE WAS AT EVERY SOCCER GAME
GAME THAT MY BOTHER AND I PLAYED IN. I HAVE NEVER BEEN AROUND ANYBODY
THAT HAS SUCH A WONDERFUL SPIRIT. RONNIE YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED
RONNIE YOU WERE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US.WE HAVE SPOKEN OF YOU TO MANY SINCE WE LEFT GULFPORT.REST IN PEACE.
Ronnie had many qualities about him that are so rare for any person this day and age to claim such as honesty, integrity, sincerity, consistency, accountability, passion and love for his community. That just names a few. Ronnie especially had great pride and love for sports. I had the honor of playing football for Gulfport High 1989-1991. Ronnie was always there for us, rain or shine. He was loudest when we won, but was always there after we lost. He could be seen consoling the players after each tough loss with phrases like "We'll get them next time." He always believed in the team and, most importantly, the individuals that made up those teams. No matter what anyone else said or wrote about or chances on any given night, he always believed. That is what made him special. That is what made him our biggest fan. He was Gulfport High.
You will be missed my friend and Gulfport will not be the same without you.
Sorry for our lose. I can remember Ronnie as far back as I can remember. Always thought about him from time to time and hope everyone knows what he meant to us.
It didn’t matter if we were winning or losing, he always had a smile and words of encouragement. He always believed the Admirals would win. Thank you Ronnie we will miss you.
Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
As a child I grew up listening to my dad go on about all of the memories and experiences he shared with Ronnie. It was apparent how special Ronnie was to him. Through those stories Ronnie became very special to me as well. This world was definitely a better place with him in it. He will truly be missed!
Gulfport needs to memorialize his name to the football field, somewhere? A true fan...
Ronnie has always been my favorite cousin, and he always told me I was his favorite cousin. I am eight years older than Ronnie and I enjoyed baby sitting him when he was a baby. He and his mother visited with me and my family here in Atlanta and, of course, we had to go to the Braves baseball game when he was here. This was a family affair, because our four boys also had a deep love for him (who could not love him) and just enjoyed him so much. On one occasion, they had him personnally meet "Miss Georgia" and she gave him her autographed picture. I can still remember his statement after this. He said, "TeeMac, your boys are rascals, yes." Two years ago, their last visit here, he and his mother drove to Atlanta again to help us celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. I know Ronnie danced with every girl at that reception. He had such a great time, and I am so greatful that we had these joyful moments with he and his mother.
I truly believe that Ronnie was sent to us for a purpose because he has touched so many lives and has taught so many of us what life is all about.
You will always be remembered as GHS #1 fan!! Yip Cabbage, Yip Soybean!
He was very dedicated to and loved Gulfport sports with great passion; but he also cheered on St John Eagles ...Thank you Ronnie from a 1983 St. John graduate..."Soar on with the Eagles now that your in heaven."
Truly a "Legend In His Own Time"...
Thoughts and prayers from a former member of the Gulfport East High School Viking Drill Team...Class of 1972.
We always appreciated Ronnie's presence in every game we played. He was an indescribable addition to our team spirit in a number of different sports. He will be sorely missed by many.
Gulfport Athletics will not be the same without Ronnie's unwavering optimism on the sidelines. He will be missed.
As parents of a Gulfport High Girls Soccer team participant, we always knew Ronnie would be there to cheer them on. God bless you, Ronnie. You will be missed.
I can't imagine Gulfport without Ronnie! I used to see him everywhere...I particularly remember having pleasant conversations with him (years ago) waiting in line at the Best Western lunch buffet on Sundays when we were both there with our families. My condolences to the family. He will be greatly missed.
I'm glad I got to know Ronnie. He brought out the best in everyone he was around.
He was the sweetest person I've ever known.
You'll never be forgotten Ronnie.
Ronnie was a beautiful light in this sometimes dark world. I will see you on the other side my friend.
"Go Gulfport High!"
Farwell Buddy from all our the former St. John High atheletes , you will always be remember by all the atheletes in Gulfport for the passed 45 years that you cheered for, keep up with, help at the fields and in the stands. We are a fortunate community to have had you in our presence and know you are cheering on the Angels now. Hope they have a winning season.It my feeling they will.
Ronnie was a wonderful person and truly a great fan of all sports, he will be greatly missed by a lot of people. He was a dear friend to all my family. God bless you Ronnie.
I heard of Ronnie's passing not from someone here in Gulfport, but from my daughter Gloria up at Oxford,news had traveled fast. Four years ago working the Gulfport High snack bar and not being from here, I asked "who's the man picking up the football's team water? " "Why thats Mr. Ronnie Mr. Gulfport High". It was my honor to introduce him to other parents for the next 3 years... After my daughter graduated, I missed those games and Mr. Ronnie. We will miss you Mr. Gulfport High and not a game will go by without us thinking about you, you'll never be forgotten.
We will miss you Ronnie.
Julius & Rita Riveria
Goodbye friend. Truly Ronnie made "GHS the very best".
In my 9 years coving sports for WLOX, no one, and I mean NO ONE, was a better supporter of their team than Ronnie. He was also the best at calling in scores. In fact, Ronnie was more accurate with the scores than anyone else from any other school. You always knew that his information was legit. Sometimes he would call in just to talk about sports. He'd say "Bill, how's Tiger Woods doin?", or "Bill, I'm goin to the Packers game this weekend." Ronnie was a true person. A real person, and he will be missed.
He was the epitome of a Gulfport Admiral fan. I remember Ronnie cheering from the sidelines when I was in high school-I graduated in 1985. It will be hard to go to a Gulfport High game and not look for Ronnie. Ronnie Hebert is Gulfport High School Sports. My prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Precious in the sight of the lord is the death of his saints
Psalms 116 verse 15.
You will be truly missed, pal. I can't remember a game that I did not scan the sidelines or stands wondering if you had made it. Things will not be the same.
Deepest sympathy to Ronnie's family and friends. We will all miss his presence.
Thoughts of you bring warm happy memories to hold in our hearts forever!
Billy, Isma and Cary Scarborough
I must sign Ronnie's book in respect of his years supporting GHS athletics. I was a cheerleader from 1963-1966 at GHS. Ronnies was always there. He came to pep rallies, games both home and away. We never could figure out how he got there, but he was there. His story is just as important and should be told as "Radios'. God now has his best "Cheerleader in Heaven". Love and miss you Ronnie.
To one of Gulport's finest member of the sport teams. I hope they name a stadium after you. I'll never forget seeing you at the games.
I remember Ronnie so well. He was a great Commodores fan! Always at the football games. I remember when his bike was stolen and the basketball team got it back for him. We all love him and will miss him so very much. I know he will continue cheering in heaven with the angels. Thanks, Ronnie!
Connie Trippe McKay
I remember Ronnie from my Gulfport High School days back in the 70's. He was always riding around on that bike of his...waving and always had a smile on his face. My condolences go out to his family. "Class of 1973...we loved you, Ronnie".
I knew of Ronnie, he seemed like he changed these young guys lives. Sorry for your loss, but just remember, you will see him again one day....
Ronnie isn't gone, folks; he just has better seats.
Ronnie set a fine example of "dedication" and "committment".
Ronnie always greeted me with a smile and a helping hand. I will truly miss him. From all officials of sports on the coast, ronnie will always be remembered.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I'll never forget Ronnie and his passion for Admiral football. As a player in 1982/1983, you knew Ronnie would always be at the game and on the sideline with the team cheering us on. His pride and dedication for the Admirals will never be forgotten. May God bless him and may he rest in peace.
I have only known you for one year but I am grateful to have spent that one season with you on our sidelines. You are a true fan and a great person inside and out and will be surely missed. The lady admirals soccer family will never forget you.
Ronnie Hebert was an unbelievable individual and will be missed
GOD BLESS YOU RONNIE YOU'LL BE MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
You will be sadly miss Ronnie. My heart goes out to you and your family.
We'll miss your daily phone calls to the sports department checking in on your favorite teams.