Ronnie Raney (1962-2004). Middle son of Vernon and Margaret “Molly” Raney in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Married to and murdered by Louanne Bowden (Raney). His brother Lonnie is sheriff of Warren County. He has a younger sister, Ginny.
Ronnie works for his mother distributing drugs and in general running the business. He started out dealing at University of Mississippi where he meets and seduces Louanne. They begin living together in a shotgun house in Vicksburg and as Ronnie becomes more and more responsible for the operations of the Raney drug enterprise, Louanne also becomes involved in running a bar and trailer where her girls turn tricks.
Ronnie is a basically a “good ol’ boy” and means well, but has trouble controlling his temper. Because he feels intimidated by Louanne’s intelligence and background (she comes from a well-to-do Dallas family) he often resorts to threatening behavior, and even physical violence, when he is at a loss for any other way of controlling a situation.
After suffering from this kind of behavior for years, in 2004 Louanne kills Ronnie for continuing to get drunk and raise his hand to her. She was tried and convicted of second degree murder (unjustly) and was sentenced to twenty years at the Mississippi state penitentiary for women (see song, “One Time Too Many“).