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Alexander Memorial Baptist Church
Saturday June 30th, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Alexander Memorial Baptist Church
Saturday June 30th, 2018

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Graveside Service

Salisbury National Cemetery
Monday July 9th, 2018

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Ronald Dean Self

Ronald Dean Self, 65, of Belmont passed away June 26, 2018 at his residence.  He was born on August 3, 1952 in Mecklenburg County to Shirley Small Cowan and the late Bobby Eugene Self.  He is also preceded in death by his stepfather, Bruce Cowan. 

Ronald served his community and his country receiving many awards, recognition's, and achievements.  He was a member of Alexander Memorial Baptist Church in Belmont where he once served as a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir.  He loved the beach and going on cruises.  Ronald served as the American Legion Department Vice Commander of Division V from 2012-2013,  he was named Legionnaire of the Year for the American Legion Post 144 in Belmont, NC from 2013-2014 and recognized for his outstanding leadership and service, he served as Post Commander of the American Legion Post 144 in Belmont, NC from 2013-2017,  he served on the committee in relocating the “The Spirit of the Fighting Yank” statute from World War II, he served 20 years with the American Legion Baseball team,  he served 30 + years as a member of the American Legion, he served two tours as a United States Marine in the Vietnam War receiving a National Defense Service Metal, Vietnamese Service Metal with one star, and the Combat Action Ribbon, and he was also one of the original members of the Gaston County Honor Guard.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Darlene Marie Robinson Self; mother, Shirley Ann Cowan; stepmother, Patsy Barnes Self; children, Melissa Self Lowance of California, Robert Self of North Dakota, Jennifer Self Cowart of Belmont, Kelly Linder and Joey Gordon of York, South Carolina; brothers, Mike, Joel, Terry, and Jason Self; sister, Nichole Self; 13 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchild.

A memorial service with military honors to celebrate Ronald’s life will be held Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Alexander Memorial Baptist Church, Belmont with Rev. Jerry Pennington officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Inurnment burial with military honors will be held Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury.

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Deepest condolences to the Self family and friends for the loss of your loved one Ronald. You will be reunited with Ronald again very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule Daniel 2:44 that he taught his followers to pray to come in the Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:9,10, no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5.

Sacramenta Landrum Jul 4 2018 12:00 AM

God saw that you were getting tired
And a cure was not meant to be
So he put his arms around you
And whispered come with me
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
And watched you fade away
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay
A golden heart stopped beating
And a warm loving heart to rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
That he only takes the best

Until we meet again ...... we love and miss you dearly

Rodney and Kelly Linder

Kelly Linder Jun 28 2018 12:00 AM

To the Self family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. There will be tough days ahead but the Lord is there for all of you. Ronnie was a great person and funny when he wanted to be. He is with all the Angels Dancing in The Sky. You will see him someday and what a glorious day that will be. LOVE TO YOU ALL

glenda mauldin Jun 28 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ronald Self

Staff of Benson Funeral & Cremation Services - Benny, Amy, Jun 27 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ronald Self

Melissa Lowance Jun 27 2018 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jun 27 2018 12:00 AM

Darlene. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. (Debra Leigey-Burd)

Debra Leigey Burd Jun 27 2018 12:00 AM

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