Ronald Ray Hull, 1945–2020

Ronald Ray Hull

Ronald Ray Hull was born on Sept. 26, 1945 in Spiro, Okla. to Leota Garret Hull and Reba Edith Hill. He passed away at his home in Exeter, Calif. on April 16, 2020 at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife of 29 years Bette, one brother Donald Lee Hull, one daughter Teresa, three grandchildren Markus, Damion, and Alexis, and one great-grandson.

Ron and his brother Donald were raised in Boron, Calif. He told people he preached his first sermon there at the age of 10. Ron’s heroes were his mother and grandmother (Big Mama). He talked about their wisdom and used them as examples of Godly women in many of his sermons. Ron graduated from Boron High School in 1963. He attended college at Abilene Christian University and graduated in 1968. Lessons he learned from experiences during those years were used as teaching tools in his sermons. In 1969 Ron went to Malawi, East Africa as a missionary. This journey shaped his attitudes and lifestyle as a man of God. He learned tolerance, kindness, humility, and hospitality from those people.

Upon returning from Africa, Ron was hired to preach in Trent, Texas. He then moved to preach at Ripon, California. His next church was at Roseville, Calif. During his time preaching in Roseville, he worked with one of his favorite mentors, Elmer Prout. He modeled his life from lessons taught by Elmer. Other mentors over the years included Landon Sanders and Edward Fudge. After leaving Roseville in 1981, he came to Exeter where he ministered until his retirement on March 31, 2020.

During his time in Exeter, he met and married the love of his life, Bette Pierce. He said he knew she was the one because of her quality of forgiveness. This was a quality he highly valued and knew he would need marrying late in life. Bette called him her “hero”. Upon marrying Bette, he acquired an instant family including a daughter and two grandsons. A granddaughter arrived a few years later, who he loved to spoil.

When other people speak of Ron, they use words such as loving minister, inspiring, humble, kind, genuine, teacher of the word, compassionate, and humanitarian. Ron’s entire life focused around God, Jesus, and the scriptures. He began each day in the word. He was a scholar, and theologian who loved to teach the word and share the mercy of God’s grace. This was reflected in his sermons, participation in Exeter Ministerial Association, The One Way television program, and articles he wrote for The Exeter Sun. On his First trip to USC, in his final days, he spent the entire trip in the ambulance sharing the word and giving a bible lesson to the paramedic attending him. Zachary Ludden, the youth minister, reported that the morning of his stroke he received several texts concerning ideas for lessons and sermons.

Ron loved to speak of the humor in the Bible. He showed this in his own dry and somewhat sarcastic wit. If you attended any of the weddings or funerals Ron officiated, you would have thought he had known the people all their lives. He made each one very personal. Ron’s favorite foods were chocolate and homemade ice cream. If you mentioned either of them, his smile would become as bright as the sun.

Ron’s greatest virtues were the same as Jesus’-servants and teachers of the word. Though he is missed by many here, he is home where he wanted to be, and as Bette says- doing what he always wanted to do- have bible study with the Lord. Welcome home good and faithful servant. Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com. Services entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel.

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