Ronald A. Loving, 70, native of New Orleans, Louisiana, passed away peacefully at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 1, 2019, surrounded by family.
Ron graduated from L.B. Landry High School in 1967. He went on to graduate from Southern University where he majored in Electrical Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Memphis. He joined the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Knoxville, TN in 1972. His winning smile, quiet demeanor, pursuit of excellence in all he did, and his ability to motivate others served him very well in the workplace. He retired from TVA after 32 years in 2005.
Ron was honored as an Adult Black Achiever, 2003 Executive of the Year, Chair of the Greater Chattanooga Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and was in the 2004 Tennessee Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential African American Leaders in the state of Tn. He served on the board of the Chattanooga Urban League; Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence; the Carpetbag Theater; Chamber of Commerce Boards of Memphis, Jackson, and Knoxville, TN; and Chairman of the Erlanger Board of Trustees.
He was a member of Olivet Baptist Church and served as a deacon, trustee, and church treasurer.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents Parker and Rose Mary Billups Loving. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Sharon; sons, Ajaji (Jessica) Loving and Jordan Simmons (Charan); daughters, Soyini (Corey) Loving, Akua Simmons, Kaia Loving and Jamaya Simmons; grandchildren, Mar’Shay Moore, Alexius Moore, Jalen Shelby, Loving, Ajaji Loving and Jaida Loving, Paris Loving, Jones Henderson, and Jordan Simmons Jr. ; sisters, Janice (Wesley) Debnam, and Robin (Lionel) Brown; brother, Robert (Angela) Loving; uncles, Samuel Billups (Lucretia), Lawrence Billups (Julie) and John Billups; brothers-in-law, Alvin Simmons and Michael (Trissa) Simmons; sister-in-law, Tonya Simmons; godchild, David West, a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews other relatives and dear friends.
Public viewing will begin at noon on Saturday, Nov. 9, and the family will receive friends from 4–6 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at Olivet Baptist Church. Interment will be in Westlawn Memorial Park, Gretna, Louisiana.
Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 423 622-9995.