Ronald James ‘Ronnie’ Wootten, 70

Ronald James “Ronnie” Wootten, 70, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 28, 2019. He was born March 12, 1948, to the late Granville T. Wootten and Nora Ruth Fisher Wootten, in Millsboro, Del.

Wootten served in the U.S. Coast Guard and went to work for the State of Delaware in the public school system, serving as chief custodian for the Indian River School District. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and was an incredibly active man in many community affairs. He served many years as a volunteer in the Millsboro VFW Ambulance Service, and also volunteered for nearly anything he heard about where some person or organization needed help.

He was a beloved character around town, at Pizza Palace, McDonald’s and Pizza King, and especially at church. He loved to tell stories and joke around. He had a “sweet tooth” and always blamed “the church mouse” (with his impish grin) for the disappearing sweets from the church office stash. He was also an energetic and motivated Trump supporter. He will truly be missed in Millsboro.

In addition to his parents, Wootten was preceded in death by his daughter, Shari Wootten. He is survived by his sister, Darlene Hall of Bishopville, Md.; two nephews, Glenn Hall Jr. and Greg Hall, both of Bishopville; a niece, Susan Holloway and her husband, Robert, of Berlin, Md.; and a grand-niece, Rachel Holloway.

A memorial service and celebration of Wootten’s life were to be held Feb. 3, 2019, at Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro, Del., with the Rev. Karin Tunnell officiating. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Grace U.M. Church; P.O. Box 566; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at