Ronald "Ronnie” “Pop Pop" Coward

Ronald "Ronnie” “Pop Pop" Coward

September 30, 1939 - November 28, 2023

Ronald "Ronnie” “Pop Pop" Coward

September 30, 1939 - November 28, 2023


Mr. Ronald Coward affectionately known as “Ronnie” passed away peacefully in his home on November 28, 2023. He was born on September 30, 1939 to James and Odell Coward in Baltimore Maryland. Ronnie attended Frederick Douglass high school and after school Ronnie became a master carpenter he owned and operated his own company called “Rent a Carpenter”.

In 1967 Ronnie found his love Shirley Darby and the two were married in July 1969. From this beautiful union three sons were born.

The family moved to Midlothian Virginia in 1985. Ronnie and Shirley became members of Victory Tabernacle Church of God located on Genito Rd. Both Shirley and Ronnie became active members of the church and participated in several ministries.

Ronnie being a semi pro baseball player loved sports. He enjoyed golf also working as a caddy. He was a avid fisherman and love being outdoors. You could count on him cheering for his favorite baseball team the Baltimore Orioles. Ronnie’s funny jokes and quick wit will be forever missed by all who knew him.

Ronnie was proceeded in death by his parents and sister Lavenia Martin. He leaves two brothers James Coward Jr and Rayford Coward with wife Ernestine. He leaves with cherished memories his loving and devoted wife

Shirley D Coward and three loving son Kenny, Joseph with wife Joyce and James. He leaves his legacy with seven grandchildren Anthony, Amir, Elijah, Isabella, Josiah, Mykhael, Mykhari. He leaves one niece Cindy and one nephew David.

The family would like to thank James River Hospice Staff

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Collins – RN

Laura Orencia- LPN

Janiece Hicks – Home Health Aid

Cierra Small – Social Worker

A special thank you to Arthur “Ed” Kross

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to assist Shirley during this difficult time. Those donations may be made by using the following link

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: December 9, 2023 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service
  • Location: 6500 Iron Bridge Road North Chesterfield, VA 23234 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (804) 275-7828

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6 responses to Ronald "Ronnie” “Pop Pop" Coward

  1. Shirley and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of my cousin Ronnie. He was always kind and loving when he visited family in Baltimore. May his legacy of love and memories of his gentle spirit be your compass in the days to come. Blessings, peace, and love, Lori Thomas and family

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