Ronnie Lee Kirksey, 70, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at his home in the Pikeville community in Scottsboro. Ronnie was born on Nov. 28, 1949 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

His father’s occupation as a steel worker took the family to many different locations. While living in Kankakee, Illinois, Ronnie decided he would rather live in Tupelo, Alabama instead.

At 12 years old, he hopped a freight train from Kankakee back to Tupelo to his grandparents farm, which would be the future home to his many beloved horses.

Ronnie was 17 when he bought his first horse, Ingrid, also known as Greasy, because she liked homemade biscuits. The love he had for his horses, and mules, was amazing and they loved him back unconditionally.

Ronnie also loved trains. He took many excursion trips and was well acquainted with the railroad personnel and railroad detectives. Many times the train engineers would allow Ronnie access to the engine cab where they would exchange railroad stories.

Ronnie was an avid reader and had extensive knowledge of German and U.S. history and weaponry. Ronnie was a unique individual, honest, generous and kind, a master storyteller, who will be sorely missed by his family and friends, and more especially, his horses and mules that now stand watching and waiting for him to come home.

Ronnie is survived by his sister, Sandra Kirksey of Scottsboro; brother, Rodney Kirksey of Skyline; niece, Shannon Rae McKenzie of Auburn; nephew, Ted (Jennifer) Dawson of Harvest; great nieces, Chloe Bozzell of Auburn and Kylie Dawson of Harvest; great nephews, Michael and Matthew Blevins of Harvest; aunt, Shirley Holloway of Scottsboro; many loving cousins and numerous friends and loving cousin, Debbie Wright (Dennis) McCrary of Scottsboro.

Ronni was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman Lee Kirksey and Daisy Brandon Kirksey; brother, Bobby Dale Kirksey; grandparents, Harvey Goodman Brandon and Mary Elizabeth Wininger Brandon and Johnson Winchester Kirksey and Mary Ann Bass Kirksey.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at Scottsboro Funeral Home with Jerome Dean officiating. Burial followed at Shelton Cemetery.

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