Mr. Elton Ronald “Ronnie” Killmon, 83, of Norfolk VA, passed away Jan. 7, 2024, after a brief illness.
Ronnie was born in Onancock on Aug. 30, 1940, to the late Elton and Flora Killmon. After proudly graduating from Onancock High School in 1958 as a celebrated multi-sport athlete, he went on to play football and baseball at William and Mary and later baseball at what is now Old Dominion University. Ronnie was also a defensive back and kick returner for the semi-professional football team, the Norfolk Neptunes, from 1965-1969.
As a longtime resident of Norfolk, “Coach,” as he was affectionately known, dedicated his career to coaching and molding young men to always be their best and to work beyond their limits. He coached football at Granby High School then moved on to Nansemond Suffolk Academy, where he led the baseball team to two state titles and the football team to a state championship. He was also a football coach at Windsor High School, Catholic High School, and finally Broadwater Academy. In the community, he worked with young people coaching Little League baseball and Pop Warner football.
As a lover of sunshine and hot weather, Ronnie could often be found sunning at Silver Beach. He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, many cherished friendships, generosity, and dedication to his former players, as well as his love for the Phillies. It is certain that friends were waiting above with an open seat at the card table.
Left to cherish his memory are Donna Killmon and children, Kim Killmon (Kirstin), Sean Killmon (Lynn), and Andrew Ashby (Ashly); and three grandchildren, Christopher, Cooper, and Ava.
A visitation was held Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Colonial Avenue.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Church of the Ascension, Talbot Hall Road in Norfolk at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.
Burial will be at Mount Holly Cemetery, Onancock, on Saturday, Jan. 20 at noon. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.