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Ronald Ralph Laird (1936 - 2013)

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Ronald Ralph Laird, age 76, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., departed this life for the Heavenly Kingdom on Jan. 13, 2013. Ronald was born in Gaskin, Fla., on April 6, 1936, to William (Richard) Laird and Effie Adkison Laird. He graduated in 1954 from Walton County Senior High School, and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville for a year. He was then hired at Eglin Air Force Base with civil service and retired 35 years later. He also proudly served his country in the Alabama National Guard. Ronald was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs.
Ronald is pre-deceased by his father and mother; his brother, C.R. Laird; and sister, Madelyn Parish. He is survived by his wife, Jessie Ruth, and his son, Scott, both of DeFuniak Springs; his daughter, Ronna of Alabama; and son, Geoffrey and wife, Donna, of Metairie, La. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Leigh Anne Ellenburg, Carlie Briganti and Melanie Kuriger. He is also survived by two great-granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and a brother-in law, John T Parish, Jr.
Visitation and funeral services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, from 12 to 1 p.m., with the funeral 1 hour later. Burial will follow at Gaskin First Baptist Church cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Howard Taylor, Don Hancock, Matt Perez, Ken White and Aaron Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Mack Baker and Wiley "Junior" King.
A special thank you to all of our friends who were so kind during Ronald's long illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family or to Calvary Baptist Church, 75 Church Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433.
Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2013
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