Ronald W. Crockett ’72

Ronald W. Crockett Jr., age 72, of Bristol, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Ron was a native of Bristol, Tennessee.

He was a graduate and valedictorian of Tennessee High School. After graduation Ron attended Davidson College and continued his education at Vanderbilt University where he received his Bachelor of Engineering degree. He then went on to earn a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois.

Ron was an employee at Bristol Steel and Iron Works, Inc. from 1973 until 1988. He was then employed with American Bridge Company where he worked as a civil engineer and Vice President for many years. Ron proudly served as project manager for many notable works including the Tagus Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, Canada, and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California. He retired from American Bridge Company in 2016.

Ron was an Eagle Scout, as well as a Scout Leader which allowed him to embrace his love for the outdoors. He was an active member of his community and was involved in many organizations: United Way of Bristol (Board of Directors), The Salvation Army, Family Promise, The Community Development Advisory Committee, and Help for Haiti Children’s Shelter. He was also an active member of State Street United Methodist Church.

Ron is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lois Tudor Crockett; mother, Joan Z. Crockett; daughter, Jennifer L. Lawson; son, Philip J. Lawson; sister, Jennifer Deal (Preston); niece, Andrea Powell (Jason) and children; nephews, Brian Deal (Jessica) and children, Brad Deal (Bethany) and their daughter.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 2,2022, at State Street United Methodist Church, 650 Valley Drive Bristol, VA 24201 at 2:00 P.M with Rev. Laura Rasor officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Way of Bristol, P.O. Box 696, Bristol, TN 37620 or Help for Haiti Children’s Shelter payable to State Street United Methodist Church, stating “Haiti” in the memo, 650 Valley Drive Bristol, VA 24201. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at Akard Funeral Home, (423-989-4800) is honored to be serving the Crockett family.