Memorial services for Mr. Ronald (Ron) G. Acree will be held Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of The Church at Sugar Creek with Bro. Kevin Hamilton officiating. Visitation will be held prior from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.
Mr. Acree, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Ringling, Oklahoma to the late Marvin and Louise Acree. Ron, an Oklahoma native, was the Director of the TN Small Business Development Center, Jackson State Community College. He was a Small Business Specialist with this Center working with the Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Centers in Jackson/Madison County and eight adjacent West Tennessee counties, providing business counseling assistance and business classes to prospective entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. Ron retired as Director after 18 years.
Ron received his Masters Degree in Adult Education and Business Administration from University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelors Degree in Management/Marketing from USAO in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
A former owner of several entrepreneurial enterprises, from newspapers to restaurants in Oklahoma and Colorado, he also had a long tenure in Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee banking and financial institutions and as an Officer in the U.S. Army. He was Director of the Tourism Promotion and Marketing Division of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department for three years and a Small Business Instructor/Consultant with an Oklahoma City Technology Center for several years. Ron was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge and was a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Louise Acree; grandson, Nathan Fritts.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Cindy Craig Acree; children, Mark Acree and wife Lori, Marjon Fritts, Ronda Peek and husband Neil, Glenna Wilson and husband Steve, Brad McBride, Craig Palmer, Cole Palmer and wife Maris; 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Church at Sugar Creek in his memory.