In Memory of



Obituary for Ron Fannin

The service will be live streamed beginning at 2 PM Thursday, January 25, 2024, for those who will not be able to attend. Please visit and find Ron's name.

Viewing and Visitation for Ron will be 4-8 PM Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at Vondel L. Smith Mortuary at South Lakes, 4000 SW 119th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Funeral Services for Ron will be 2 PM Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S. Penn, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ronald Lynn Fannin was born July 4, 1948, to Hobart and Cathrine Fannin in Chandler, OK. Ron grew up in Wynnewood, OK and resided in Chico, Texas before moving to Marietta,OK where he graduated from high school in 1966. Ron
graduated from Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK in 1968 and from Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) with a degree in church music in 1971. He accepted the call to Gospel ministry at age 16 and was ordained in 1970 at
Drumright, First Baptist Church.

In addition to his ministry in music, education, youth and administration at churches, Ron served the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma (currently WatersEdge) as Vice President for Church Building Loans and
Student Services and Senior Vice President from 1988-2000. In the latter role, he oversaw a $30 million church building loan portfolio, traveling more than 40,000 miles a year assisting Oklahoma churches in evaluating building projects and
creating a safe debt service to allow them to maintain their current ministry and keep their missions giving strong.

He later served Oklahoma Baptists as Senior Associate Executive Director from September 2000-July 2014 when he retired. He was one of the finest Christians we have ever known. His life was marked by integrity, loving care for others, wisdom and a passion for Christ. He was a great encourager and was the epitome of servanthood. Ron said on many occasions that he found his calling as the man in the 2nd chair. But many men in the first chair said they could not have done their job without him. He served Oklahoma Baptist churches and the convention in an outstanding way. His contribution will only be revealed in full in heaven.

Ron served in more than 25 interim music positions during his 26 years in the Baptist Building. Nationally, he also served on the Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2013 he was a recipient of the OBU Alumni Association’s Profile In Excellence Award.

Ron was a member of the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma beginning in 1971 and served as president of the group in 1982. He was the recipient of the Churchmen’s Royce Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Ministry in 2014. He traveled with the Churchmen on mission trips to Russia twice, China, Australia and Armenia. He also traveled to the Holy Land on three occasions. He was a servant leader both in the workplace and with his family. He loved to support his kids and grand kids in all of their extracurricular activities. He traveled many miles across Oklahoma and Texas to be at their performances and games, and recently cheered on the oldest great grandson as he started playing t-ball. There was always an encouraging word and it was another opportunity to share how proud he was of each of them.

He is survived by his wife Jamie Fannin of Moore, OK, daughter Melanie Nippert
and husband Bill of Hickory Creek, TX, son Todd Fannin and wife Aimee of Pryor, OK, and son Greg Fannin and wife Stephanie of Tishomingo, OK. Grandchildren include Skylar Billingsley, Landry Billingsley, Riggs Billingsley, Colter Fannin, Kennedy Grace Fannin, Deacon Fannin, Zoe Kate Fannin, Austin Fannin, Braden Fannin and wife Caitlin, and Carson Fannin. Great Grandchildren, include Aiden Fannin and Bowen Fannin. Brothers include Dr. Alton Fannin and
wife Judy of Ardmore, and Mark Fannin of Amarillo, TX. Sisters in Law include Janice Reaves and husband Roy of Petrolia, TX and Judi Pace of Oklahoma City, OK. He is also survived by nine nieces and nephews.