Ronald Cedric Durham

December 6, 1979 ~ April 28, 2021 (age 41)


Kings Mountain -Ronald Cedric Durham was born on December 6, 1979, in Charlotte, NC. He departed this life on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC. He was the son of Mildred Durham Howard and the late Ronald Cedric Galloway. Ron loved spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren. He also loved playing cards, keeping up with the latest technology and cooking. Ron was famous for his sweet potato cobbler. Ron's biggest passion in life besides family was the sport of basketball. He was a high school basketball star at Hunter Huss High School, where he graduated in 1999. He attended Atlanta Metropolitan State College and Gaston College. Ron was employed at Wix (now Mann+Hummel) for over 15 years. His favorite college basketball team was the North Carolina Tar Heels and his favorite NFL team was Dallas Cowboys. In 2001 while working at Wix, he met his soulmate Colisa. For him, it was love at first sight; she was hesitant because she was eight years his senior. Nevertheless, he continued to pursue her and eventually won her heart. On August 26, 2006, they were married at Vestibule A.M.E. Zion Church. It blossomed into a union that was blessed by God. They were married for over 14 years. Ron was a member of Vestibule A.M.E. Zion Church. In 2015, he was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer. Doctors only gave him six months to live, but he continued to FIGHT LIKE A BOSS and lived five years and nine months after his diagnosis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald C. Galloway, his grandmothers; Ruth Durham and Minnie Galloway Bratton and his mother-in-law Wanda Kay Bess.

While he is now in Heaven cancer-free, he leaves behind his precious memories, his wife, Colisa Bess Durham, of the home, two daughters; Tamiyah C. Durham of Gaffney, SC and Jastasia L. Mackey, of the home, one son; Dominique O. Bess (LaSha) of Gastonia, NC, three very special grandchildren: Majesty Heckstall of Gaffney, SC, Bre'Asia Ellis of the home and Oliver Bess of Gastonia, NC. his mother, Mildred Durham Howard (Stepfather Darwin); siblings; Arlessette Durham Robinson (Joe), Nicholas O. Durham, Rhonda L. Jackson, Lantreco G. Jackson, Shadavia J. Brendon, LaShary T. Gaddis, Precious F. Gaddis-Gordon, Cedric Lee J. Gaddis, Jamaicia R. Gaddis, stepsiblings; Ivory McKinney, Jeremiah McKinney and Dareka Darby, father-in-law; Thomas Jackson (Denise) of Dallas, NC, very special friends; Brian Borders, Lena Brown and a very special primary care doctor; Yaw Owusu-Addo. He also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

The family will be receiving friends at the home of his son, Dominique Bess 1660 Westbrook Circle Gastonia, NC 28052.

 Public Viewing: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 5pm until 7pm at Vestibule AME Zion Church Kings Mountain, NC

Funeral ( Private) : Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1pm at Vestibule AME Zion Church Kings Mountain, NC

Burial: Church Cemetery

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 Service Program


May 4, 2021

5:00 PM
Vestibule AME Zion Church
2175 Vestibule Church Rd
Kings Mtn, NC 28086

Funeral Service
May 5, 2021

1:00 PM
Vestibule AME Zion Church
2175 Vestibule Church Rd
Kings Mtn, NC 28086

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