He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for the Richmond County Health Department.
But Ralph Herndon will mostly be remembered for his volunteerism, especially his work with youth baseball. Herndon, who died Sunday at 83, was a longtime fixture at Masters City Little League. He made such an impact the organization dedicated a granite memorial in his honor in 2010, listing his 33 years of service, his accomplishments and the Little League Pledge.
“It means a lot to me. I would have never imagined anything like this happening. I’m just one of many, many, many volunteers,” he said in a 2010 article in The Augusta Chronicle. “I never regretted a day of what I did with Little League baseball. I enjoyed what I was doing. As in anything, there are good times and bad times, and I always tried to make the best of whatever I was served.”
In 1977, Herndon began coaching players ages 16-18 at Masters City. Three years later, he was elected president of the league. He served in that capacity until 1982.
A year later, he was elected as an administrator for Georgia District 6, which includes Richmond and Columbia counties. He served as a liaison between the International Little League headquarters and the leagues in the local district until October 2010.
Herndon, who worked 35 years as a Georgia High School Association official, also volunteered at the Little League World Series for many years.
“I enjoyed working with the young men,” he said in 2010. “I saw a lot of good come out of it. I enjoyed the experience.”
Herndon was married to Dorothy June for 62 years until her death in February. He is survived by his three children (Linda Herndon Bradford, Susan Herndon Stafford Hawes and Ralph Perkins Herndon), six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, along with a brother and sister.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors on Davis Road. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Thomas Poteet & Son.