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Ronnie “Ron” Carlton French, 73, of Harrisonburg, peacefully passed away August 11, 2020 at his home with family by his side. He was born July 24, 1947 in Huntsville, Alabama and was the son of the late Floyd Carlton and Alina Cabaniss French.


On January 2, 1985, he married Teresa Shortt French who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Richard Christopher “Chris” French and wife, Courtney; Ross Carlton French; granddaughters, Lilianna Brook French and Rowan Emmarie French who were the light of his life.


Ron was a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where he received a Bachelor of Science of Pharmacy Degree. After working as a retail pharmacist for many years he joined the JMU University Health Center provider team in 2014. His proudest professional accomplishment was creating the first on campus pharmacy from the ground up. His colleagues quickly became his second family and he loved helping students.


An Eagle scout, Ron loved boating, fishing and other outdoor activities. He was an avid JMU sports fan and particularly enjoyed attending football and men’s basketball games with his family and close friends. He and his wife also enjoyed completing many home improvement/renovation projects over the years working together as a team.


The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Hahn Cancer Center; Sentara RMH Cardiology and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery along with the nurses on the Progressive Care unit for their great care and many acts of kindness shown to Ron during his illness.


A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 4 p.m. at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Chaplin T. Bryson Smith officiating. A visitation will take place on Monday, August 17, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Harrisonburg.


In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, face masks are required and social distancing is encouraged.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sentara RMH Hahn Cancer Center, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801.