Ronald R. Self

November 15, 1955 - December 5, 2010
Ronald R. Self


Ronald “Ronnie” Self of Wilmington passed away on the morning of December 5, 2010.

Ronnie was born on November 15, 1955 to Jack Self Sr. and Patricia Eason. He is preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Cindy Ivey and Phillip Self.

He is survived by his daughter, Heather Self Thorpe and son in law Michael of Leland, NC and his two grandchildren, Alexis and Trent. He is also survived by his step mother Martha Besse as well as eleven siblings: Debra Cassell, Melanie Thompson, Sharon Parker, Kim Gregory, Gene Beck “Jr.”, Martha Bernard, Jack Self Jr, Donna Furr, Willie Self, Lisa Blanks, and Lester Self.

Ronnie was a simple man who loved life and being surrounded by friends and family. He nicknamed those closest to him and befriended anyone that would accept the invitation. He spent his days doing what he loved: fishing, frequenting the Flea Market, gardening, watching the Nascar races, and tending to his much loved animal companions, “Big Bird” and “RD.”

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Leland from 4-6 with a memorial service to follow at 6:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Research Center c/o University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 7011 Thurston-Bowles Building CB#7248, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7248

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  • December 07, 2010
    Pamlea Dyson Adamson says:
    It is with a heavy heart that I submit this condolence. Ronnie was one of the most giving persons that I had the pleasure to know. That loved his birds and dogs. He helped heal my broken heart after I lost a beloved dog. I cried for days. Then he came to my house with the most beautiful Rottie, I ever seen. She was the balm that healed my heart. I was belessed to have had her up until this passed June. If it weren't for Ronnie giving me that beautiful creature, I don't know what would have become of me. I will never forget his compassion and kindness that he showed me, by the unself act of kindness. He will be for ever in my heart as well as Roxanne the Rottwiler. My love and prayers are with you Heather. I know the loss of the loss of a Dad. Your Dad loved you this I know for sure. All my prayers and love. Pamela Dyson Adamson

  • December 14, 2010
    Sonya says:
    I was with Ronnie for four years, and yes he is very giving and loved every one, he wil be missed dearly

  • December 08, 2010
    Alicia Griffis says:
    Ronnie has a very special place in my heart and always will. He tought me how to ride a bicycle and to color in the lines. He watched me grow up and it's hard to beleive that I will never hear his laugh. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you heather and family.

  • December 08, 2010
    betty afton says:
    ronnie was always so kind to me. he made you feel special.i will miss seeing him at k.w.

  • December 08, 2010
    Mary King says:
    Ronnie was such a loving & caring person. He will be sorely missed. I know that he is dancing with the angels up above.