Ronald Elwood Carmickle

02/01/1943 –


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  • Memorial Service
Date: 06/27/2020
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm


The family of Ronald Elwood Carmickle will celebrate his life of 77 years at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Bacon Heights Baptist Church. Visitation will be immediately after the service in the backyard of his family home. You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting the icon below.

Our precious brother, Ronald Carmickle, took the hand of God and entered into Heaven Saturday, June 20, 2020, at the age of 77.  He is now with our parents and our beloved brother, Jerry Carmickle, who passed away this March.  WE are heartbroken for ourselves, but so happy for Ron.

Ron was born on a farm in Plainview, Texas, on February 1, 1943, to Lloyd and Lucylle O’Neal Carmickle.  They moved to Lubbock in 1953, where he spent the remainder of his life.  He was the second of 4 siblings.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jerry.  He was survived by his sister, Kay Carmickle Kirkpatrick and husband Jack, sister Pamela Carmickle Castellano and husband Otilo, sister-in-law Lisa Carmickle, nephews Mike Stevens and wife Kim, Barry Stevens and wife Sonia, nieces Cami Castellano Dodge and husband Charles, Leslie Castellano, Amber Carmickle Carmichael and husband Joe, and Ashley Carmickle.  He is also survived by a bevy of great and great-great nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends. Our thanks to these special people in Ron’s life; Aunt Zelda Payne, John Gardner, Jim Barbour, Tom Heath, Alice Smith, Coach Kelvin Ratliff, Brenda Garcia, Robbie Jenkins and all the other wonderful people who loved Ron.

He graduated high school in Lubbock, and later worked for Lubbock Independent Schools for 25 years.  Ron married Shirley Cox in July 1994.

After retirement, Ron enjoyed being a part of his Special Olympics Bowling Team, where he won many medals.  Ron loved his church family at Bacon Heights Baptist Church.  They are the truest example of a Christian church.  He loved singing in the Sonshiner Choir.  Ron was also involved with Silver Star for 12 years, attending twice a week.  He was blessed with a multitude of good friends.  Ron made a friend out of everyone he ever met.

Ron especially loved his big family and all our get-togethers.  He loved all 9 of our grandkids as they grew up, and he loved all 12 of our great-grands as they came along.  He really loved our new little Shih Tzu that we adopted last summer.  When he was in the hospital, he wanted Pierre to come see him.

When so much of his life was shut down due to Covid, he took up gardening.  He was really proud of his tomato plants.  He enjoyed texting and staying in touch with his many friends.  He loved his life and enjoyed every day of it.  A more Godly man never lived.  He was an inspiration to many.  He was a blessing to us.  He will be sorely missed.



In lieu of flowers, donations to the church or Sonshiner choir would be appreciated.

Celebration of Life


4 thoughts on “Ronald Elwood Carmickle”

  1. I knew Ron as a great friend, a strong Christian, a fan of Texas Tech, an active Sonshiner Choir Member, and a great communicator. Ron always had an update or a question. We met Ron and Shirley at a restaurant long before we started attending Bacon Heights. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you!

  2. Lisa, Amber, Ashley, Mike and Kim:
    Mark and I were looking at another obituary and saw Ron’s. Our hearts immediately grew heavy for all of you, but Jerry and Ron are probably singing a song and smiling. Hugs and more hugs to all of you.

  3. I known Ronnie for a long long time we did a lot and he & I listen to the Astros & he knew his baseball.
    He would keep score & some times we just go out and do things he love to go Bowling a lot sometimes
    he would beat me. He helped me get my first job working at Furr’s Super Market on 26th & Boston he called
    he & I guess he talk to the manager there so I got the job. One day it was on a Wednesday I was working & I went
    down where Ronnie lived on 33rd Street I need to get some gas for my car and on my Lunch break I was going to get
    some gas for my car, Well I was I say 5 houses from Ronnie’s house and I ran out of gas so I walk to Ronnie’s house
    & I ask if I could borrow some money for gas, I was suppose to get my check that day & I haven’t got my check yet.
    So Ronnie’s mom gave me some money for gas & I was going to pay her back but she would not take it. Ronnie’s
    mom was a great person & I see where Ronnie’s gets his jeans from his mom. Ronnie u was a great friend hope to
    see u soon.

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