Robert Roland Whitehead, Jr. (Ronnie), 71, went to be with his Lord, Monday, January 2, 2023 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland after a brief illness. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 6th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Wynndale Baptist Church, 11287 Springridge Road in Terry, until the 1:00 pm funeral service. He will be laid to rest at Lakewood South on McCluer Rd.
Ronnie was born December 16,1951 in Canton, to Laura Ann and Roland Whitehead. After graduating from Canton High School in 1969, he attended Holmes Community College on a football scholarship where he was recruited by Mississippi State. Ronnie was drafted into the US Army and served in the 162nd Military Police Company in Crystal Springs from 1970-1976. Although he was one of the most patriotic Americans, his most treasured role was that of a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a business owner and lived most of his life in Byram where he was a member of Wynndale Baptist Church.
Ronnie is preceded in death by his mother, Laura Ann Whitehead of Canton. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Karen Whitehead of Byram; daughter; Candy (Wade) Brown of Byram; son; John (Brooke) Whitehead of Katy, TX; father; Robert Roland Whitehead, Sr. of Canton; brother; Kenny Whitehead of Canton; sisters; Connie Snow of Canton; Susie Culipher of Canton; Ann Pugh of Canton; and Judy Cook of Madison; grandchildren; Prentice and Collin Brown of Byram; and Boston, Emerson and Dalton Whitehead of Katy, TX; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends that he considered his family.
Memorials can be made to Wynndale Baptist Church www.wynndalebc.churchcenter.com/giving; Tunnels to Towers Foundation www.t2t.org/donate/; or Crosses Across America www.crossesacrossamerica.org/take-action.
In celebration of Ronnie’s life, the family asks that friends wear red, white or blue.