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Ronald Lewis Felton
January 10, 1953 ~ August 1, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Ronald Lewis Felton, a prominent figure in the Wilkes-Barre community, passed away on August 1, 2023, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Plains Township at the age of 70. He was born on January 10, 1953, in Ahoskie, NC, to the late Sainty and Rubie (Vann) Felton.
After pursuing his education, Ron felt a strong sense of duty and joined the US Air Force, where he served diligently for four years. Upon completing his military service, he settled in the Wilkes-Barre area and became a system analyst, working for Prudential for over 15 years and IBM for 5 years before finding a role with the Times Leader Newspaper. He later became part of the Social Security Administration until his health declined.
Ron's involvement in the community was profound, and he was a driving force for positive change. For an impressive 18 years spanning over three decades, he served as the President of the NAACP Wilkes-Barre Branch #2306, passionately advocating for civil rights and social justice. Furthermore, Ron held the position of Eastern Sectional Director of the Statewide NAACP, exemplifying his dedication to advancing equality on a broader scale.
Among his many accomplishments, Ron was instrumental in the establishment of Martin Luther King Day as a holiday for Wilkes-Barre City employees and the renaming of Coal Street Park to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. These efforts underscored his commitment to honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and fostering an inclusive and united community.
Ron was an past master and secretary of the Prince Hall Free Masons, Golden Rule Lodge #15, and found solace and strength in his faith at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Wilkes-Barre.
Ronald Lewis Felton is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Peggy (Holmes) Felton, and his adoring son, Ronald R. Felton, and his wife Janell, of Chesapeake, VA. He was a proud and devoted grandfather to three cherished grandchildren, Talaya, Amarea, and Anaya. Additionally, he leaves behind his sister, Diane Dukes, of Norfolk, VA, Sisters-in-law Bonita, and Denise Holmes. Nephews Reggie and Gregory Dukes. Along with numerous nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Felton, and sister, Flora Dukes as well as his brothers-in-law, Irving and Howard Dukes.
The loss of Ron is deeply felt by his family, friends, and the entire community. His legacy of tireless advocacy for civil rights and community development will be remembered and honored for generations to come.
The family will celebrate a Memorial Service at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at the Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, King's College, 133 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
Services have been entrusted to Kniffen O’Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, Wilkes-Barre. Online condolences can be left at KniffenFH.com. .