Mr. Raymond Edward Ringer

January 4, 1924 – August 3, 2020

Mr. Raymond Edward Ringer was born on January 4, 1924 in Jacksonville, AL, to Raymond J. and Mary Ruth Chisolm Ringer. He was the eldest of their three children. The family lived in Jacksonville, then moved on to Birmingham and Centre, before settling in Valley Head.

Mr. Ringer had a lifelong interest in radios from the time that he built his first one at age 12. After receiving a deferment to complete his high school diploma, Mr. Ringer was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. He completed his Basic Training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and then worked with the Corp of Engineers on flood control projects in north Mississippi. He then received advanced artillery training, but rejoined his battalion, where he was taught about a “top secret” new technology ‘Radio Detection and Ranging”, abbreviated and known today as “RADAR”. Mr. Ringer was deployed to the Pacific Theatre as a RADAR technician and was among some of the first Americans to arrive in Hiroshima after the dropping¬† of the atomic bomb. He was a member of the Occupation Force until being shipped home to be honorably discharged at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Following his military service, he went to Jacksonville State Teachers College, now Jacksonville State University. He graduated in 1949 and went on to teach at Ider, served as principal of Moon Lake Elementary School in Mentone, and then as principal of Valley Head Elementary School.

Mr. Ringer was very involved with his civic and church communities. He was an active member of the Valley Head United Methodist Church and was involved with the Alabama Retired Teacher’s Association, of which he was at one time President. He was a member of the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department, the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, The Military Amateur Radio Service, the DeKalb County Amateur Radio Association, President of the Valley Head Water Board since 1981, and was actively involved in the Alabama Rural Water Association. His call sign was W4DGH, and he regularly communicated with friends around the world. Mr. Ringer and his brother, Dr. Robert Ringer, helped to form the McClure Professorship to honor a professor who had greatly influenced them both at Jacksonville. Mr. Ringer remained active into his 90’s, often traveling to visit family and friends and to attend events related to his interests in Amateur Radio and genealogy. He will be remembered as a gracious, generous, and honorable man and will be missed by his family and community.

He is survived by:

Niece: Sara Allen Schmidt (Norbert)

Nephew: Robert “David” Ringer (Susan)

Several Great Nieces and Nephews, 1 Great Great Nephew, and many Cousins

Special Caregivers: Brenda Jimenez & Amber Stokes

Preceded in death by:

Parents: Raymond J. Ringer & Mary Ruth Chisolm Ringer

Brother: Dr. Robert Ringer

Sister: Joyce Ringer Allen

Pallbearers: Edward Spencer Ringer, John Holleman, Dennis R. Lewis, Kent Kirby, Bennie O’Shields, & Ethan Lewis

Per the Family’s request masks ARE expected and required, also please no food and in lieu of flowers please make donations to the: Raymond J. Ringer & Ruth Ringer Faculty Development Award or the McClure Professorship. Mail donations to: Financial Aid Office, 700 Pelham Road N., Jacksonville, AL 36265.


Date of Visitation: Saturday, August 8, 2020

Visitation Location: Valley Head United Methodist Church

Visitation Time: 10:15 AM-11:00 AM


Date of Funeral: Saturday, August 8, 2020

Funeral Location: Valley Head United Methodist Church

Funeral Time: 11:00 AM

Officiating: Rev. Tony Gunter


Date of Burial: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Burial Location: Cherokee Memory Gardens with Military Honors

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12 entries.
Remona and Greg Cowser from Carmel, IN wrote on August 7, 2020 at 10:44 pm:
Sending our love and prayers
DORIS CHAMLEE from Valley Head wrote on August 7, 2020 at 3:46 pm:
Mr. Ringer was my teacher in fifth and sixty grade while being Elementary Principle at Valley Head. When I saw him at the water board , in town or at the post office he would still call me by name. Mr. Ringer was a very educated and one of the nicest people anyone could ever meet. Rest in Peace Mr. Ringer !
Lisa B Smith from Rainsville wrote on August 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm:
I will never forget the first time I met Mr. Ringer. June 25, 1985 was the day he interviewed me for this job I have held for over 35 years. I am blessed to have had him in my life for so many years. No person could ever replace him in our lives. He was definitely one of a kind. We already miss him so much. Rest In Peace sweet Mr. Ringer. We love you and will never forget you.
Wendell O Rakestraw from centre wrote on August 7, 2020 at 1:07 pm:
Family: My thoughts and prayers to each of you in the passing of Bro Ed. Met him years ago in the American Legion, Dist 13 meetings. Always enjoyed seeing and talking to him during the years I served as Dist Chaplain. Appreciate his service to this country in WWII along with all our great greatest generatiion of people. May God bless and comfort you. Resp, Wendell O. Rakestraw Centre Al
James (Fletch) Fletcher W4BBW from Ider wrote on August 7, 2020 at 1:41 am:
Mr Ringer was a gentleman and a credit to his community,state and
country. He was in WWII and served in the Pacific.I first met him thru amateur radio on the
radio net he called for over 25
years.He was also the mayor of
Valley Head for awhile. As I was
driving by the Valley Head park
one day, I saw him cutting the
grass there.I I asked him later
about this and he said "Our funds
are a little low now." Mr. Ringer
will certainly be missed by all.
Frank Duke from Southside Alabama wrote on August 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm:
I meet Mr Ringer when I became a member of the S A R I always enjoy talking to him. He was a great man will miss him
Lajean Matthews from Valley Head,Alabama wrote on August 6, 2020 at 4:22 pm:
Mr. Ringer was an institution in Valley Head. hE WAS AN ASSET TO EVERY ASPECT OF CHURCH AND COMMUNITY.My twin, Kenneth Hammond, Sr .,and I are among the few left to recall all the members of this extraordinary family. THEY WERE DAILY SERVING THE LORD, ACQUIRING THE BEST EDUCATION THAT WAS AVAILABLE. EACH WENT ON TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY AND GOD. THANK YOU, MR. RINGER. REST IN HIS PEACE.
Merle stokes from Valley Head wrote on August 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm:
Sorry for your loss , mr Ringer was a sweet and kind man! He will be missed by many friends.
Anthony Windom wrote on August 6, 2020 at 2:36 am:
Wonderful person a true southern gentleman.
Leroy Digsby from Fyffe wrote on August 6, 2020 at 1:49 am:
Wonderful friend. Wonderful Amateur Radio Operator.
David Jones from Northport wrote on August 6, 2020 at 1:35 am:
My prayers are with the family
Sue Matthews from Ider wrote on August 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm:
So sorry for hour loss. Mr. Ringer was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.

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