Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS-The Faculty

Ronny Powell RONNY RAY POWELL, 53 of Ranger, TX, passed away Nov. 3, 2017 in Mineral Wells, TX. Ronny was born Feb. 20, 1964 in Abilene to Burris Ray Powell & Lillian Estelle Patterson Powell. He graduated from Merkel High School, Cisco Jr. College, McMurray University, and received his Master's Degree from the University of New Orleans. He taught drama at Merkel High School, Tahoka High School, & several universities before retiring from Ranger High School. While at CJC, he had the opportunity to play in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He acted in several commercials and movies, including JFK with Kevin Costner. He was in the Abilene Repertory Theatre for several years. He was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Ranger, and Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1864 in De Leon. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include two brothers, Gary Straach (Kari) of McKinney, TX, and Richard Straach of Port Aransas; four sisters, Linda Picon of Mishawaka, IN, Deanna Greer of Zephyr, TX, Chyree Jones of Odessa, TX, and Cindy McElyeh of Ovilla, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and wonderful drama students. Ronny's family wishes to extend their gratitude and appreciation to longtime friends Chip and Wynelle Lang. They shared vacations, passion for history and teaching, & were there through all of the challenges Ronny faced with his health these last few years. They have been angels here on earth.