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Ronald Kendall Orton


Sunrise: October 31, 1957

Sunset: July 18, 2022

Ronald Kendall Orton a.k.a. “Bum Rogers”, was born in Portsmouth, VA to the late Charles Melvin Orton and Leathia Orton Jones. 

He is predeceased by siblings, Don Saunders, Ebonee Orton and stepfather, Albert Jones.

Ronald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved his entire family and others very much. He was known for his bowed legs and his contagious smile. People he didn’t even know, knew him, especially working at Wal-Mart. He had 2 very special men in his life that he called his sons, Ricky Deberry and Lakeem Hill (L.J.) and his best friend Thomas Bullock. 

Ronald received his education in the Portsmouth Public School System. He worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, was also a Merchant Marine and worked at Chesapeake Steel Mill.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years, Lillian Saunders Orton; 4 children, Malcolm Orton, Xzavier Orton, Andre Saunders, Andrea Saunders; 7 grandchildren; and a very special oldest grandchild, Drequan Pitts. Ronald also leaves his mother, Leathia Orton Jones; 4 brothers, Charles Orton of Florida, Leslie Orton (Carla) of Ohio, Larry Orton (Karen) of Oklahoma and Charles Washington of Chesapeake; 2 sisters, Aris Cooper of Portsmouth and Cynthia Taylor (Saraf) of Portsmouth; 4 aunts, Gloria Roberts, Bernadette Mizell, Vera Orton and Bertha Mitchell; 2 uncles, Henry Edwards and Herman Orton (Peggy) and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ronald “Bum Rogers” Orton will truly be missed by all. 

Viewing Friday, July 29, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Saturday, July 30, 2022 11:00am Fourth Baptist Church 726 South Street Portsmouth, VA 23704 Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23321

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    Geraldine Keller says

    Prayers And Condolences To The Family Of Mr Ronald Orton.

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    Lisa Cisco says

    Mr Orton was such a kind man. Never did he fail to hollar across the Walmart parking lot while getting in carts or from around the corner inside. I always looked for him to speak and ask how he and his wife were doing, sometimes sneaking him some of my homemade brownies. He put a bright spot in my day everytime. I never saw him without his big smile. I would tell him on hot days to drink plenty and to please be careful and on cold days we would laugh about wrapping up. It was mostly small talk but he was a happy part of my grocery trips. I already miss him terribly as I’m sure so many others do also. My sencere sympathy to his family and co-workers.

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    Regina Parker says

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Ronald. He was a very nice gentleman and always a pleasure to work with. My sincere condolences and prayers of comfort for his wife and family.

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    Suzanne Beacham says

    ‘Bum’, as he was affectionate called by me and many from his childhood was indeed a loving and kind human being as I knew him to be. I can’t remember him not smiling. We shared many laughs sitting on the back porch. Many rides crammed in the car back and forth to house parties, and HS games. I was so saddened to hear that he had deceased. May God rest his soul. Thank God for the fond memories. Rest on my friend-till we meet again. To God Be The Glory. Amen

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    Muriel Harden says

    Praying for the family. Bum was a gentle gaint with a great big smile. Job well done.

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    Donna Quinerly says

    Sending my Prayers and Condolences to the Orton and Jones Families:

    From:: Donna Quinerly and Family. (Ida Barbour)

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    Theresa Burgess says

    Mr. Ronald always has a smile and spoke to you when he saw you in the store or getting out of your car. He never saw a stranger. Mr. Ronald will be missed by lots of people in Franklin and Walmart. He could out work any of the cart pushers. Never find another person like Mr. Ronald. May you Rest in Peace. I will miss you.

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    Henderson & Renee Spruill-Wicks says

    To his Wife, Mother~Ms. Leathia and Family of “Bum Rogers, Please Accept our Deepest Heartfelt Condolences during this most difficult time 😭
    My Husband ~Hindu has shared many fond memories of your Precious “Bum Rogers.” He was truly a Class Act and will be sadly missed by all who were Blessed to know him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you All🙏🏾
    With Sympathy,
    Rest Sweetly Solider🕊
    Henderson & Reneé Spruill-Wicks & Family
    #GodSpeed

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    Renee Spruill-Wicks says

    To his Wife, Mother~Ms. Leathia and Family of “Bum Rogers, Please Accept our Deepest Heartfelt Condolences during this most difficult time 😭
    My Husband ~Hindu has shared many fond memories of your Precious “Bum Rogers.” He was truly a Class Act and will be sadly missed by all who were Blessed to know him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you All🙏🏾
    With Sympathy,
    Rest Sweetly Solider🕊
    Henderson & Reneé Spruill-Wicks & Family
    #GodSpeed

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