Edward Ronald “Ronnie” Hetherington

June 10, 2021

Edward Ronald “Ronnie” Hetherington, 75 of Cantonment, FL, died at his home on June 7th.

Mr. Hetherington was born May 21st, 1946, in Pensacola, FL, to Frank and Merle (Sims) Hetherington.

He attended Pensacola High School in Pensacola, FL. After his High School graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served for 4 years in stateside and overseas assignments and was honorably discharged upon completion of his voluntary service.

He returned home to Pensacola after finishing his time in the Air Force and met his wife Paula on a blind date. The two fell in love and married May 3rd, 1969. The couple lived in Pensacola after they wed, then, moved to Cantonment, FL in 1973.

Mr. Hetherington was employed as a lab technician for St. Regis Paper Company in 1969. Even though the company names changed several times throughout the years, Mr. Hetherington continued in this job until his retirement on July 1, 2010.

Mr. Hetherington loved to watch history movies, study the bible, wood carving, bird watching, reading, and playing cards. He loved to talk about his service in the Air Force, telling stories about the B-52 and working on camera systems on the flight line in Turkey. He had a passion for researching his family genealogy. He wanted to leave a legacy for his grandchildren by providing a detailed family history.

Mr. Hetherington was known as “Grandaddy” to his family and will be forever missed and greatly loved.

*Celebration of Life will be Friday, June 11th at 5:30 pm at First Baptist Church of Cantonment, 118 Morris Ave, in Cantonment, FL 32533. It will be officiated by Dr. Will Stone. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Baptist Church of Cantonment building fund. Mr. Hetherington will be buried with honors at Barrancas National Cemetery at a later date.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, Frank and Merle Hetherington. He is survived by his wife Paula (Houston) Hetherington, of Cantonment, FL., and their four children. Daughter, Wendy Hetherington of Pensacola, FL., daughter, Tiffany and Michael Ralph of Navarre, FL., daughter, Robin and Michael Perez of Chesapeake, VA., and son, Chad and Natalie Hetherington of Cantonment, FL. His siblings, sister Janice (Gafford) Hetherington, brother Steve Hetherington, brother Frank Hetherington, and brother Fred Hetherington.

Mr. and Mrs. Hetherington also have 12 Grandchildren.


One Response to “Edward Ronald “Ronnie” Hetherington”

  1. Joe mathis on June 11th, 2021 5:19 am

    My condolences chad and natalie

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