William Ronald "Ronnie" Laffoon, 71, of Leachville, passed from this life Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. Born at Dermott, he was the son of the late Duford Jewell and Norvell Mason Laffoon and had been a Leachville resident for over 60 years. He was a 1957 graduate of Leachville High School and served four years in the U.S. Army. He was a former employee of United Telephone Company and was retired from Barton's Lumber Company.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Towell.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Brenda Murphy Laffoon of the home; a son, Tony Laffoon of Little Rock; a daughter, Melinda Smith of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Lindsey Smith and Matt Smith, both of Jonesboro; a brother, Damon Laffoon of Dover; a sister, Betty Blocker of Stuttgart.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Leachville Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Tuesday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Tony Laffoon, Matt Smith, Greg Jones, Gene Rogers, Norman Hargrove, Earl Smith, and Johnny Boyd. Nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.
View the online video and guest register at howardfuneralservice.com.