Ronald "Ronnie" Glenn Sherrill

October 3, 2021

CHARLOTTE –  Ronald “Ronnie” Glenn Sherrill, 72, of Charlotte died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 3, 2021.  Ronnie was born in Charlotte, NC on November 30, 1948 to Blanche Sparks Sherrill and the late Joseph Glenn Sherrill.  Ronnie spent his early years in Charlotte with a brief move to Salisbury.  He attended Charlotte public schools graduating from South Mecklenburg High School in 1966 and from N.C. State University in 1970 with a degree in Civil Engineering.  Ronnie was a member of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity at N.C. State where he met and formed many great friends.  He served our country in the Army Reserves for 7 years while also starting his career at SteelFab, a structural steel fabrication company that his father founded in 1955.  Ronnie spent summers and Christmas breaks working for SteelFab in the plant and knew at a young age that he wanted to work with his Dad in the steel business.  He began his career at SteelFab working as a supervisor in the plant and a draftsman.  By 1973 he was asked by his father to move into the office full time and take over sales, estimating and project management.  He became President of Steelfab in 1980 and retired as Chairman and CEO in 2017 after almost 50 years in the business.  He often stated one of the highlights of his life was being able to not only have worked with his father and two brothers, but to have worked alongside his two sons.  Ronnie cherished his time spent at his home in Linville Ridge with his wife, Paulette. 

He loved playing golf with his sons, friends and customers.  He was fortunate to have belonged to several golf clubs but truly loved spending time at Quail Hollow Club where he claimed to always learn something new and important at the “Table of Knowledge AKA the Fact Free Zone.”  Ronnie lived his life by the golden rule of treating others like you want to be treated.  In addition to donating quietly to many non-profits he served on the boards of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Dowd YMCA, McColl Center for Visual Arts, NorthWestern Bank and First Union Advisory Boards, as well as chairing the fundraising committee for Charlotte Muscular Dystrophy Association for a number of years. 

Ronnie is survived by his devoted wife, Paulette Eckard Sherrill; his son, Glenn and Glenn’s sons, Jack and Will and his son, Stuart and his wife, Cameron and their children, Luke and Celia; his stepson, David Brewer and his wife, Laura and their daughter, Sarah and stepson, Matthew Brewer.  He is also survived by his mother, Blanche; his sister, Marie Sherrill Baker and her husband, Harry; his brothers, Don and his wife, Susan and Phillip and his wife, Laura and many nephews and nieces. 

Ronnie was blessed to have had many great friends throughout his life, but one would be hard pressed to find friends as loyal as Duke Almon, Chuck Hood, John Myles, Ed Rose, brother-in-law, Ben Amonette and his brother, Don.  The family would also like to thank Mike Ruffin, Marian Akonor, and the ladies of Waltonwood for taking such good care of Ronnie during his final days. 

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road in Charlotte.  The service will be livestreamed at for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Ronnie to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, 57 West 57th Street, Suite 904, New York, NY 10019 or Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Viking Steel Services, Inc

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Ronnie will be missed by many. He was a true leader in the steel industry. We are honored to have worked with Ronnie and the SteelFab team for so many years now. We will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!

    Blane and Kelly Johnson and the Viking Steel Services team.

  • Shelia McGarity

    Ronnie and I have known each other for a very long time. We went 7th through 12th at South Meck together. Ham and I were very fortunate to have visited Ronnie and Paulette at their home in Linville a few years ago. He will be missed and our prayers go out to Paulette and the family.

  • Marie Arnold

    Dear Sherrill family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you for the loss of a truly remarkable father, brother and husband. I always thought of Ron as the charming "Leader of the Pack". I truly appreciate all of his hard work for Steelfab during all the ups and downs. It is pleasure to be on the roller coaster when you feel it is safe to enjoy the ride because the man behind the wheel has your best interest at heart! I will never forget a ride we had together on I-77. This was during "phone in the bag" days and we were returning from a very early morning meeting in the north end of the county so we stopped for "to-go" sandwiches. Ron was wolfing down that sandwich, talking on the phone and driving with his knees! This was a first for me but there was very little traffic so I sat back and enjoyed the ride!

    Forever grateful! Marie Arnold

  • Gerdau Team

    Dear Sherrill family,

    Please accept our deepest and most sincere condolences.

    May your fond memories of Ron bring you comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  • Ronnie & Mary Jo Geanes

    Ole friends from South Meck! Great guy, lots of fun,
    Really thoughtful person! What an extraordinary legacy! Our best to sister Marie & Harry Baker. Many memories- baseball, football, beach trips & going to car wash! Also our best to Ronnie’s wife & bothers &
    Children! Have not seen in many years but will miss!

  • The Nucor Family

    All of us at Nucor extend our sincere condolences on the passing of Ron. We have enjoyed a long relationship with SteelFab and consider ourselves very fortunate to have known and worked with Ron. Long relationships like the one our companies have had are what make it such a joy to work in this industry. Ron did so much for our industry through his leadership on the AISC board and for the Charlotte community through his charitable contributions and service on various nonprofit boards.

    On behalf of the entire Nucor family, our thoughts and prayers are with you family on the passing of Ron. He will truly be missed.

  • Jeff Spray

    Ronnie and all the Sherrills lead by fine examples in their endeavors-personal, professional and charitable. He will be missed by many.
    Jeff Spray
    Charlotte, NC

  • Sean P Sullivan

    Thoughts and prayers are with the Sherrill family.

  • Greg Ledford

    I just want to express my sincere condolences for your loss. Ronnie was a terrific person. I remember playing various sports with both Ronnie and Donnie when at South Meck. There was never a time that I did not enjoy our exploits. May Ronnie test in peace and may God bless you all.

  • Shirley Smith

    I am so very sorry to hear this. Ronnie was such a great guy. My prayers go out to all the family. <3

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