TEMPLE, Ga. Mr. Ronnie Lee Scarlett (aka Lee Scarlett) was born June 21, 1944, in Burlington, Alamance County, and died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at his home in Temple, Ga., after a lengthy illness. Ronnie spent most of his early years in North Carolina. At 17, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps making a career of 23 years and seeing the world along with two tours in Vietnam. In 1971 after recruiting training, he moved his family to Southern California. He became active in the V.F.W Post 3197 in Baldwin Park, Calif., holding several offices within the organization, including commander two different times. He was active in Hospital work at the VA Hospitals in Los Angeles, Calif., and Naval Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. Upon retiring from the Marine Corps in 1982 and having a motorcycle accident, he went to work for Prudential Life Insurance for a few years, selling life insurance, securities, etc. From there, he went to work at Northrop Grumman in Pico Rivera, Calif., heading the security for the B-2 program and other classified programs as well. He retired from Northrup Grumman in 2008. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Jean, sold their home in Chino, San Bernardino County, Calif., and moved to Temple in Carroll County, Ga., where they have lived for the last 11 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rupert Franklin Scarlett and Edna Elvira (Wrenn) Scarlett, both of Hickory; brothers, Russell Wayne and Larry Nelson Scarlett of Hickory, Wallace E. Scarlett of Plattsburg, N.Y.; one sister, Carolyn Marie (Scarlett) Hockaday and husband, Lester H. Hockaday, of Wake Forest; a grandson, Scottie R. Sigmon of Hudson, (son of Theresa Schwab); and a granddaughter, Cady Lynn Scarlett of Glendora, Calif., (daughter of Patrick Scarlett). He is survived by his sisters and brother-in-law, Martha Ann (Scarlett) Ledford, Brenda Anita (Scarlett) and Everette Eugene Evans, all of Hickory; sister-in-law, Patricia Ann (Woodruff) (Johnson, Phillips) Sedgwick of Bakersfield, Calif., and her three daughters, Christina, April, and Dusty; his first wife, Judy Carolyn (Gadfield) (Scarlett) Bradshaw of Conover and their children, Carol Nan (Scarlett) (Bolton) Whitener of Conover, Theresa Lynn (Scarlett) (Sigmon, Barclay) Schwab of Lenoir, and Patrice Dorreen Scarlett of Chandler, Ariz.; his second wife, Jeannie Alyce (Woodruff) (Andrews, Bishop) Scarlett of Temple, Ga. Ronnie adopted her two sons, Curtis LeRoy (Andrews) Scarlett and wife, Lori (Neagle) Scarlett, of Tucson, Ariz., Raymond Eugene (Andrews) Scarlett and his second wife, Isabell "Annie" Ann (Wood) Scarlett, of Show Low, Ariz., and Patrick Darron Scarlett and second wife, Tracy (Howes/Lee) Scarlett, of Temple, Ga.; grandchildren, Stevie LeAnn Bolton of Atlanta, Ga., Austin Ryan Bolton of Conover, Phillip Raleigh Barkley and Scarlett Kaitlynn Schwab, both of Lenoir, Samantha Lynn (Silver (adopted) Scarlett) Galyen and Craig Alan Scarlett, both of Arizona, Isabel Jean Scarlett and Eric Michael Scarlett, both of Show Low, Ariz., and William Lee Scarlett of California; great-grandchildren, Matthew Allen Galyen Jr. and Haley Galyen, both of Arizona, Trayon Ray Sigmon, Cameron Scott Sigmon and Tristen Alexander Sigmon, all of North Carolina, and Chandler Schwab. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Cremation is being handled by Jones-Wynn Funeral Home & Crematory of Villa Rica, Ga. Memorial services will be held at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., at a later date. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at www.jones-wynn.com. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home of Villa Rica, Ga., is in charge of arrangements, 770-459-3694.
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