Ronnie Daugherty

Profile Updated: July 28, 2018
Class Year: 1967
Residing In: Opp, AL USA
Spouse/Partner: Kathleen
Occupation: USN retired
Children: Ronald Wilson D. Sep 04, 1969
James Curtis D. Jun 21, 1974
Joshua Paul D. Aug 04, 1976
Military Service: U. S Navy, HMCM (SW)  

Rebecca Nicole D. Dec 16, 1994
Nathaniel Luke D. May 21, 2000
Madison Page D. Mar 16, 2007
Samuel Garrett D. Jul 21, 2016
Nora Ann D. Oct 20, 2017
Great Grandchildren
Lyric Rose D. Dec 02, 2017


After graduation I joined the U. S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. It was an amazing ride and I wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything.
My duties included four tours with the U. S. Marines, First Recon Battalion TET Offensive '68-69, 2nd Force Troops Beirut, 2nd FSSG Camp LeJeune NC, Blue Angels, Seal Team Five, Sea And Rescue Key West, several air wing squadrons, three submarines, Senior Enlisted academy at the Naval War College, Newport RI, Desert Shield and Desert Strom and retired onboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Veterans Day after a five year tour. (Note: If you ever watch Final Countdown with Kurt Douglas, Kathrine Ross, the zero pilot was shot in my office.) Somewhere in there I met and married a navy nurse, which turned out to be the smartest move I ever made. Kathleen left the Navy to have our first son.
After the military I started a few businesses along the way. A night club, a beach service (umbrellas, jet skis. pontoon boats) in Destin, even dabbled in real estate for awhile. Did quality control for DirecTV, then got out of the job market when social security kicked in.
Nowadays I spend my time between Destin where I retired, and a little horse farm in AL. My wife, Kathleen and I love it here and will celebrate our 45th anniversary on Aug 18.

School Story:

My relationship with Baker started in the 3rd grade. I at least started, if not completed every grade after that at Baker. The 8th grade was the only exception. They were busing us around a lot in those days, so the school you started with may not be the one you are with at the end of the year. I spent most of the 6th at Rosehill, all the way on the other side of town. (Go figure)
When Eddy Jr. High opened up I went there for part of the 7th and all of the 8th grade. Then it was back to Baker for good.
In my early years Dr. Cook was principle. When He died of a heart attack, Oscar P. Boyles move up from vice-principle.
I don't much believe in destiny or fate, I sort of like the freedom of choice thing. However I do believe that we should each find a "purpose" that brings joy and enlightenment to ourselves and others. Mr Boyles is the most perfect example of a person fulfilling his purpose as I have ever known. I am convince that we, the Lions, were his "purpose", and that we are better off for having had him touch our lives.
What memories come to mind when I think of Baker High School? The sock-hops of course, and all the crazy things we did after they were over. I think they lost a little magic when they were moved from the gym to the lunchroom, but still a load of fun.
I lived right across the street from the track (where the army buses turned out each day). I loved the pep rallies, bon fires, the track meets, and of course all the games.
Flipping and lagging coins behind Mr. Langdale's Sinclair station. Slipping over to the ice cream stand for a great burger, as it was just across the street and to much of a temptation for many of us.
I really do look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion in Sep.. Also I will be looking up some great friends like Steve France, Larry Foley, Joe Gary, Byron Danford and Larry Charo. Also I hope to reconnect with some that transferred away, like Susan Clark, Ronnie Tart, and Steve McClough. Been away a very long time , it feels good to come home.
Update note: Sorry, I just can't take Larry or Byron's name out. Maybe soon.

List any BAKER LION brothers and/or sisters! Or brothers/sisters who went to other schools - understand - it happened! And also, please let us know your parents' names and whether they went to Baker or not....and what Class year!


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Posted: Jan 24, 2015 at 4:24 PM
Sons join me for the Navy Birthday Ball.
Posted: Jan 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM
A walk on the beach with my topless granddaughter.
Posted: Jan 24, 2015 at 4:27 PM
Visiting grandson, Nat, for a quick bounce.
Posted: Jan 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM
Chesty, My favorite.
Posted: Jan 24, 2015 at 4:28 PM
Posted: Jan 24, 2015 at 5:12 PM
Faster than a speeding bullet.
Posted: Jan 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Time to clean up.
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Trying out an Ausie saddle.
Posted: Jan 24, 2015 at 3:14 PM