Reverend Hubert Ronald “Ronnie” Register, age 67, of Vidalia, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, after a sudden illness. He was a native of Toombs County, and a 1965 graduate of Vidalia High School. He attended Brewton Parker College, Georgia Southwestern College, Armstrong State College, and Valdosta State College. His Seminary work consisted of Emory, Candler School of Theology, Regular and Advanced studies completed in 1977; Vice President of Emory Fellowship 1973, President of Emory Fellowship, 1974 and 1975, and was first person to serve two consecutive terms. He was an Ordained Deacon, South Georgia Conference, 1971 and ordained associate member, South Georgia Conference, 1976. He served several churches the in South Georgia Conference, including Parrott, Arabi/Wenona, Midway/Fleming, Ludowici/Middleton Memorial, Tyson Memorial, Willacoochee/Beulah, Crossroads, Perry, Louisville, Metter, Quitman, Darien, Taylors, Brunswick, and retired 2010. Presently was a supply pastor of the Oak Park United Methodist Church. He was a charter member and chaplain of the Liberty Coastal Lions Club in Midway, member of the Long County Lions Club, 1976-79, and President of the Club 1977 and 1978. He was member of the Long County Jaycees, 1976-79, President of the Club 1977 and voted Jaycee of the Year for Long County, 1978-79. He was a member of the Ft. Stewart Impact Committee on Recreation for Long County, 1977-79, member of the Child Abuse Committee of Long County, 1977-79, secretary/treasurer of the Ludowici Volunteer Fire Department, 1978-79, member of the Board of Governors Midway Museum, Midway, 1978-1980, and Chairman 1983-84. Charter member of the Moultrie Exchange Club, 1981-83, member of the Atkinson County Beautification Committee for county schools, 1983-85, Chairman 1983-84, member of the Title One Advisory Committee for Atkinson County, 1983-85, softball coach for little league in Willacoochee, 1983-84 and coached the champion team in 1984. He was a member of the Louisville Rotary Club, 1990-93, the Jefferson County Ministerial Association 1989-93, Chairman 1992-93, member of Metter Rotary Club, 1993-97, the Candler County Child Abuse Committee, 1993-97, member of Board of Directors 1994-97, the Community Decision Making Program, Candler County Community council, 1994-97, the Quitman Rotary Club, 1997-2000, the Brooks County Collaborative For Family enrichment, 1998-2000, Board of Directors, 1998-2000, Friends of Sapelo Island, 2003-2008, Board of Directors, 2005-07, Chairman, 2006-97. He was a member of the Historical Commission for the City of Darien, 2004-2008, Chairman, 2005-06. His conference offices were Town and Country Director, Valdosta District 1981-82; Waycross, District, 1982-1985. Americus District 1986-88, District Director of Archives and History, Americus District 1988-89. District Director of Ethnic Minority Local Church concerns, Dublin District 1989-90, District Director of Church and Society, Dublin District, 1990-93, member at Large of the Church and Society, Committee, 1993-96, Vice-Chairperson and Representative to the Conference Council on Ministries 1996-1996, and District Director of Archives and History, Statesboro District, 1996-97. He was member at Large of Archives and History, 1997-2000, members of the Board of Managers of the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, 1997-2000, Vice-Chairperson, 1997-2000, Conference Director of the Arthur J. Moore Museum and Archives and History, 2000-06, member of the Board of Directors of the Relief Associations, 1997-2012, Secretary, 2005-2012, Board of Trustees, Epworth By The Sea, class of 1997-2011, and the South Georgia Historical Society, President, 1998-2002. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and reading. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert F. and Mary E. Register, and a brother, William E. Register.
Ronnie is survived by one son, Charles W. Roach, of Dunston; one sister, Angie Patterson and husband Dr. Spencer Paterson; and two grandchildren, Brandon Roach, Jay Roach.
Services were held Sunday, March 8 in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home. Reverend Richard E. Turner, Sr., Dr. Rudolph Starling and Reverend James H. Rush officiated. Burial followed at Pinecrest Cemetery in Vidalia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, P.O. Box 24081, St. Simons GA 31522.