Walter Franklin Ramey (“Frank”), 85, silently slipped into eternal life on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at his home in Marion, AL.
He was born in North Hale County, Greensboro route, to Robert Lee “Bob” and Pearl Hoggle Ramey on December 28, 1936. Frank grew up in the Hogglesville Community, near New Hope Baptist Church. In his youth, he was surrounded by many cousins and other friends that lived in the Pleasant Valley area. He maintained lifelong friendships with many of these cousins and childhood friends.
Frank worked for the Hale County Highway Department for 37 years, where he built and repaired roads and bridges. After his retirement, he enjoyed cattle and hay farming for serveral years. Frank had many skills and talents including operating heavy equipment, carpentry, furniture making, blacksmithing and repairing almost anything. During his lifetime, he enjoyed square dancing, story telling, the Siloam Baptist Church Supper Club and other church activities, camping, cooking on an old wood stove, quail hunting, fishing, gospel music, the Grand Ole Opry and traveling. During the last few years, Tuesday domino games with his cousins and friends were the highlight of his weeks.
Frank built two surreys with fringe on top in the Amish fashion. He loved visiting the Amish Country in Tennessee and Ohio to purchase harness and surrey parts. He enjoyed driving friends in these surreys, including assisting in several weddings and period events while dressed in 1850 period attire.
Frank was preceeded in death by his parents, Robert Lee “Bob” Ramey and Pearl Hoggle Ramey, an infant brother, Hillard Eugene Ramey and his sister Doris Evelyn Ramey Glover.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carrie Crenshaw Ramey, daughter, Susan Frances Crenshaw Ramey of Decatur, GA, son, Walter Franklin “Bubba” Ramey, Jr., daugher-in-law, Carol Dawkins Ramey, granddaughter, Sara Grace Ramey all of Moundville, niece Evelyn Glover Gruening of Basking Ridge, NJ, nephew Joe Glover, Jr., neice by marriage Carol Glover both of Sawyerville, and numerous great neices and nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Larry Skeleton and his staff, Irene Crawford, Dot and Wayne Hoggle, Tommy Hoggle, Keith Hoggle, Robert P. Hoggle, Luvern Smelley, Charlesy “Tot” Tubbs, Allen and Sheryl Tubbs, Ertis “Butch” Abrams, and Mike Pollock.
A memorial graveside service will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2pm. Visitation will follow in the New Hope Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 671 County Road 53, Moundville, AL 35474 or the donor’s favorite charity.