Ronnie E. Wrenn
September 26, 1954 – March 10, 2022
Ronnie deeply loved his family, his Lord, friends and pets. He had a passion for travel and was blessed to have journeyed with Ella and sometimes friends and family to many states and countries
Ronnie Earl Wrenn was born to Bobbie Edwards Wrenn and John Earl Wrenn (deceased) on September 26, 1954 in Mary Elizabeth Hospital, Wake County, NC. He lived his entire 67 years in Franklin County.
He is survived by his mother Bobbie Wrenn; devoted wife of 46 years, Ella Swanson Wrenn; daughter, Leeanda Wrenn Jarsagaray, (RJ); son, Jonathan F. Wrenn; brother, Melvin Wrenn (Frankie Lou); sister, Jennifer Wrenn (Mike); beloved pet Dakota; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Dorsey and Pearl Wrenn; maternal grandparents, Nathan and Aleathea Edwards;
Ronnie’s business ventures were not just a job for him, but a calling. After knowing you for 10 minutes, he would joke, laugh, pick-at, and help you in anyway needed. Rest assured if Ronnie picked at you, he loved you! His sense of humor and laughter penetrated not only the room but the entire building, you could hear it echoing in every corner. He touched many lives in every path he walked, never hesitating to help friends, relatives, or even strangers. Ronnie was always a hardworking, ambitious, driven, individual, that accomplished so much during his lifetime. His mother said he was born butt first and that stubbornness continued throughout his life enabling him to push through all obstacles.
After attending NC State University, he began his career working with his father at Wrenn Detective Agency. He then worked at Southeastern Supply with Pete Allen as a salesman for hotel and janitorial supplies. Later, Ronnie was the driving force in establishing Franklin Supply with partners Vann Jefferies, and father, John Wrenn. Years later, opening an additional branch in Atlanta, Georgia that his mother, Bobbie managed. After selling Franklin Supply to Guest Supply, he purchased a Quality Inn in Boone, NC, keeping that until he became sole owner and operator of Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock, NC and Damascus Old Mill, Damascus, VA. At all the businesses Ronnie owned it was important to him that everyone felt like family and he always treated them as such.
Later on he opened and operated The Flea Market and J&W Storage in Louisburg, NC followed by owning and operating Dollar Country in Nashville, NC.
Never a person to be satisfied not working, Ronnie continued working part-time for Carolina Coastal renting storage units and selling supplies.
A funeral service will be held 11 am Tuesday, March 15th at Hickory Rock Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service and other times at the home. There will be a private entombment at the Wrenn Family Cemetery.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hickory Rock Baptist Church, Wrenn Memorial Fund, 1580 Firetower Rd. Louisburg, NC 27549.
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.
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