STRAWN – Ronald Jay Derrick, 58, passed away at home with his family by his side on Wednesday November 18, 2009 from cancer. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday November 21 at Hannibal Cemetery in Erath County. Burial will follow under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home Strawn. Visitation will be Friday, November 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Brandin Iron Restaurant in Strawn.

Ronald was born in Abilene, the son of Dewey Albert Derrick and Loree Derrick  Ford. He lived in Stephenville and was a member of Graham St. Church of Christ. He graduated from Stephenville High School where he played quarterback for the “Jackets”.  Ronald married Carole on October 25, 1995. They opened the Hannibal Store in 1998 and then relocated their business to the Brandin Iron restaurant in Strawn. Ronald and Carole moved to their dream home in Mingus about 5 years ago. Ronald was preceded in death by his father Dewey Albert Derrick and a sister Rhonda Marie Derrick.

 Ronald will be greatly missed by his devoted wife Carole “Darlin” of Mingus, his mother Loree Ford of Stephenville, sons Cody Derrick and wife Crystal of Stephenville, Monty Derrick and wife Jeanette of Venus, step-children Stacy Collier and husband Butch of Kempner, Coy Weems and wife Noel of Van, Kim Walker, Christy Walker, a brother Mark Derrick of Stephenville and sister Linda Derrick of Duffau. Grandson Brayden Derrick son of Monty and Jeanette, step-granchildren Grant Collier and wife Heather, Blake Collier and Lane Weems.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Foster’s Home for Children, 1794 N. Graham, Stephenville, Texas 76401

Published November 20, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune