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Rhonda was born at home on January First in Tazewell County southwest Virginia, the second child of Stanley Ross Mitchell and Thelma Lesher Mitchell.

She remembers a wonderful childhood growing up with brothers and sisters in the mountains and streams she had come to call home. Shortly after finishing high school she enlisted in the Air Force, achieving the rank of Staff Sargent in her six-year tour. Rhonda was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and a devout Christian. She and her husband Jerry have three grown children and three grandchildren.

She loved to bake and mastered the art of fudge-making, assuring her popularity during the holidays. Ronni graduated with honors at both Columbus State University, Georgia, and Asbury Theological Seminary, Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Art and a Master of Biblical Studies, respectively.

Rhonda taught art and math classes in private schools until she developed an art curriculum for home schooled children. She turned her garage into an art studio with painting, drawing, pottery, and ceramics. She loved getting her hands dirty in Georgia’s Lizella Clay. One of her most prized moments was when several of her students won ribbons in the Strawberry Festival.

When Rhonda moved her family from Georgia to Florida, she made a Vow to God as she crossed the GA/FL boundary line. She pledged her love for him and obedience to his laws. It was not long until she volunteered to be the teacher of an adult Sunday school class. She and her class studied Jesus’ teachings for 20 years until her retiring.

Rhonda wanted to make a book for young children to learn about the birth of Jesus. She combined her pottery skills with her writing talent to produce a book (A Donkey’s Little Tale) for parents to read to their preschool children. Rhonda continued her desire to write and joined the Brandon Christian Writers Group.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband Jerry Scott, son Brian Johnson, daughter Teresa (Craig) Eisenman, step-son Garrett Scott, grandchildren Hunter and Caidha Eisenman, Ross Johnson, sisters Lana Hartzog and Mona (Fred) Jackson, brother Case (Allison) Mitchell, sisters-in-law Carol Hughes and Becky Bowman, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father and brother Freeman Mitchell.

Rhonda will forever be remembered for her caring heart and friends who were all precious to her.


  • Cheryl Johnston
    Posted November 11, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Ronni Scott is one of the most talented women I have ever known. It was such a joy to hear her read her well-written stories (often with humorous portions) that drove home powerful points and to see her artwork displayed in their home. She was brave (an Air Force veteran), kind, caring and wise. I’ll always remember her passion for Jesus and how she loved to teach (Bible, art, math, and writing). Her 39-year marriage to Jerry, her children, and her grandchildren were priorities in her well-lived life. Ronni left an impact on everyone she met and I’m thankful to know she’s celebrating eternity with Christ, her Savior.

  • Christie Wood
    Posted November 11, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    May she rest in His arms until you meet in person again. And may her spirit be one of many angels watching over your beloved family.
    My love and prayers are with all of you. 💚💙

  • Leonard and Virginia Henry
    Posted November 12, 2020 at 7:23 am

    We will always having known Ronni and so deeply admired her faith and devotion. Her creativity was such a gift that she use for spreading the word.

    Deepest condolences,

  • JC Powell
    Posted November 12, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Hi Jerry. Hearing of Ronni’s death brought mixed emotions. First, there is the loss to you of your dear wife and our loss of our devoted Sunday School teacher, but then there is the peace that comes from knowing that she loved Jesus and served him well. She has now claimed her place with him. We have missed you and Ronni over the recent years but you have not been forgotten. Ina and I will continue our prayers for you and your family.

  • Anonymous
    Posted November 12, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    We certainly will miss our dear, talented friend. Through us, may the knowledge she gave others continue to expand God’s
    love in the world. Blessings to you, Jerry. Surround yourself with friends. We are her to help.


  • Thea Greer
    Posted November 12, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I will be forever grateful for the many things I learned about Jesus and the Bible from attending Ronni’s Sunday School Class. Ronni generously shared her children’s book by donating dozens of them to the children in Zambia. Her words are now teaching children all over the world about Jesus! Jerry, Danny and I will be praying for peace for you and the family.

  • Holly Logan Neff
    Posted November 13, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    My condolences to Jerry and the family. Such a wonderful sweet soul with a sweet smile and warm heart. She will be missed.

  • Bill Tone
    Posted November 13, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Ronni was my first Sunday School class leader at SAUMC in 1954. Her example started me an ongoing path of leading Small Groups. She lived her life in Christ. My deepest condolences and sympathy to her family. Peace and Love

  • Anonymous
    Posted November 14, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    My heart goes out to you, Jerry and your family. May Ronni rest in peace.

  • Carol Wetherington
    Posted November 15, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Roger and I are very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed chatting with Ronni. We have missed seeing you and Ronni around over the last few years. Again, we are sorry and our prayers are with you.

  • Bill Honea & Sue Wellner
    Posted November 16, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Ronni was a blessing to us and to so many others. She will be missed but her impact for the kingdom will continue to grow.

  • Marsha Prol
    Posted November 17, 2020 at 8:18 am

    My condolences Lana. Hugs and Prayers

    • Anonymous
      Posted November 19, 2020 at 2:31 am

      Thank you, Marsha. You are so kind to remember me.

  • Rita Belcher - Falls Mills Christian Church
    Posted November 17, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    With deepest sympathies. Thankful we got to meet Rhonda. She was a beautiful and talented. Loved her book , A Donkey’s Tale.

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