Ronald Radford, Sr


Ronald “Ron” Radford, Sr. was born August 15, 1955 to Charles Herschel and Cleola Radford in Rhodell, West Virginia. He transitioned to become an ancestor on June 23, 2018. Ron is preceded in death by his parents; sister Alfreda Radford; and brothers, Charles, Jr., Percy, Maceo, and Leonard Radford.

Ronald spent the early part of his life playing in the hills of West Virginia with his brothers, sisters, and cousins. His parents relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 1964 where Ronald attended Columbus Public Schools, graduating from Linden McKinley High School. After earning his high school diploma, Ronald enlisted in the armed forces and served in the United States Air Force. He was an intelligent and industrious man, and he retired after 35 years as a Lead Supervisor for the Defense Supply Center of Columbus. He also owned and operated a residential and commercial landscaping company, Triple R Lawn Services, while working as a custodian at Focus Learning Academy of Northern Columbus. Ronald enjoyed political discussions, a good football game (GO Browns!), grilling, and spending quality time with family and friends. Ronald was a faithful member of Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Road in Columbus, Ohio.

Ron met Vanessa Ann Radford, whom he affectionately called his Sweet-Sweet, in Columbus, Ohio and the two were married December 25, 1987. Through this union, the two were blessed with three children: Tyiesha Ann, Varonté Alfreda, and Ronald Radford, Jr.

Ronald was a devoted brother, born seventh among ten children. He leaves to cherish his memory Constance Adams (AJ), Marvin Radford (Rhonda), Pamelia Lawson (Cecil), and Tennell Radford-Williams.

Ronald also leaves to cherish his memory, daughters Tyiesha Radford Shorts (Marshall) and Varonté Radford; son Ronald Radford, Jr.; granddaughters Solaya Kya Davis and Nassira Zhané Davis; grandson Marshall Shorts, III; uncles Eddie Eldridge and Curtis Eldridge; aunt Frances Radford; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family for whom he cared very deeply.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Road.

Interment at Northlawn Memory Gardens.

Condolence Messages

  1. Jenifer Dewitt

    With so much love in our heart we leave our heartfelt condolences to you the Radford family our family. We are here for you. The Dewitts

  2. Martai Bradley

    From my family, We were saddened and still are regarding Ron’s death. He was a good friend, brother in Christ and very very hard working provider to his family.He will be greatly missed. Please know that we are praying for Everybody in the family, asking God for comfort and peace for all. Rest in Peace my Brother!✝️

  3. There are no words to express the sorrow in our hearts. Please know that our deepest sympathy are with you. When someone you love dies becoming memory, the memory becomes a treasure they can fill your hearts with love and bring you peace , Until the filming of Hosea 13th 14th we’re all mighty God promised from the power of above I will redeem them, from death I will recover them. Made this promise bring your family some comfort at this difficult time.

  4. Gregory and Sandra Provo

    We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Ron. He was a very kind and caring person. Like many others, we thought very highly of him.

  5. Lillie McGowan

    To my family I love you each and everyone…. To my Cousin Ronnie RIP… I will miss us exchanging birthday cards in August and Gifts on our birthdays together. I will miss talking to you through random phone calling just to say hello and see how the family as. I will just miss you period. Weeping shall endure only for a season.

  6. Maureen Baisden

    Tyiesha – I hope you will gradually find comfort in all the happy memories. Your dad lived to see you find happiness, security, and love. Losing a parent takes time to process. I hold your family in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come.

  7. Fred & Bernice Steward

    Vanessa and family, our hearts are with you always. Ronnie was an exceptional loving person that will always be a part of our hearts and soul. Ronnie’s and Freddie’s friendship/brotherhood at DSCC will never be forgotten! May his loving nature comfort your family in this very challenging time. We cherish the time we spent together this year. Please know that we are praying for you.
    Love you, Fred & Bernice Steward. Pensacola, Florida

  8. Jeffrey Colquitt

    I am deeply saddened by the news of Ronald passing! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. Diane D Bethea

    I am so sorry to hear about your family member. The Bible says, “There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous & the unrighteous” – (Acts 24:15) Our Father, Jehovah (God’s personal name – Psalms 83:18) wants people to live, not die. He is the Source of life, he becomes the Father of everyone who is resurrected. (Psalms 36:9) That is why we pray, “Our Father in the heavens”. (Matt 6:9) Jehovah has given his son Jesus, an important share in resurrecting the dead. (John 6:40,44) Very soon, there will be “no more tears, pain, suffering and DEATH”. (Rev 21:3,4) May you & your family find comfort in these scriptures.
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  10. Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC

    God Bless and Thank YOU, Ron for your service in The Military..RIP.. And Semper Fi.

  11. Dr. Beverly A Crockett

    To the Radford Family,
    It has been said that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. May our GOD bring peace and healing unto you. Please know that my earnest thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. I had the pleasure of working with Ronnie for years at DDCO. He was a very hard working man and one of the nicest people I have ever met. I then got to meet Vanessa and worked with her at DSCC. My heart goes out to them and all of their family and friends. I am praying that they will find the strength and support to carry them through this difficult time.

  13. Brenda L. Boynton

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Radford was a very nice man and he cut my grass for many years( 19) and I will miss him. His smiling face and kind words always gave me comfort. God bless the family. I know no words can express the sorrow that you are feeling now, only know that Ron is in the hands of God and has no more of this life’s worries. You will continually be in my prayers.

  14. Jeffrey Jones (J.J)

    Hello. I was fortunate to work with Ron in the warehouses at DSCC back in the late 1980’s.We were both the same age and both had honorable military service. I found Ron to be a fun loving,caring ,honest and dedicated person. I had not seen or heard from him since we have both retired.I am so sorry for your sudden loss.Please accept my condolences to the family. God speed and peace to the Radford family.

  15. Shirlene Rucker Wright

    Vanessa, my dear cousin, words cannot express how deeply sorry I am to hear of the loss of Ron. I can see the glow and smile that he poured out to everyone. I pray that the Lord wrap his arms around you and the family’s during this very difficult time.

  16. The Draper Connection

    There are no words that can comfort our hearts at this time, but hold strong knowing that he is in God’s arms and being taken care of by our family that preceded him in this journey we all must take.

    Our thoughts, prayers and much love are with you now.

  17. Prayers Of Comfort Being Lifted For The Radford Family. The Arnold Family Is Truly Sorry For Your Loss. May You Find Your Strength In God. He Is Able.

  18. I was so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such a good man who worked hard, always greeted you with a smile, and left you with a blessing. I pray God will comfort your family and bring you peace during this time of sadness and great loss.

  19. Donna Shepherd

    To the Family, You have my deepest sympathy. I just read about the passing of Ronald. We were classmates at LMHS. He was a very nice person to be around. I pray that you all will be comforted during this time of sorrow. God Bless!

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