BELMONT - Ronald Wayne McConnell Sr., 71, passed away at June 9, 2014.
He was born in Newport News, Va., son of the late Walter Alexander and Margaret Grice McConnell.
He was preceded in death by two infant sons, Jeffrey Wayne McConnell and Kurtis Lee McConnell.
Mr. McConnell was a member of the Mount Holly Masonic Lodge #544 and was a member of the Scot-tish Rite and Shrine Club. He was President of the Charlotte Traffic Club in 1982. The family would like to offer a special thank you to the nurses of Gaston Hospice and to all of the doctors and nurses that showed care and compassion.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Caldwell McConnell; three children, Ronald Wayne McConnell Jr. and wife Sherri of Huntersville, Kevin Alexander McConnell and wife Tracy of Mount Holly and Melissa Mathis and husband Shawn of Mount Holly; one brother, Walter McConnell and wife Vickie of Mount Holly; one sister, Mackie Ray and husband Wayne of Belmont; eight grandchildren, Kellie, Shanie, Mur-phy and Davis McConnell and Wesley, Taylor and Alex Mathis; four great-grandchildren, Kayden, Hunter and Adleigh McConnell and Brylynn Morris and many special nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. McConnell will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Catawba Heights Baptist Church with the Revs. Raymond Johns Jr. and Daryal Mayfield officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Gaston County, PO Box 3984, Gastonia NC 28054 or to Ca-tawba Heights Baptist Church, 311 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont NC 28012.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family at www.woodlawnfuneral.org.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly, NC is serving the family.