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Ronnie Cairnes loved horses and his two granddaughters

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By Jesef Williams

Ronnie Cairnes' life ended Wednesday morning while buying feed for his horses.

He enjoyed horses a lot. He had seven of them.

"He loved horses and he liked young'uns to death," said his brother, David Cairnes.

Cairnes grew up on Hoke Road, not far from his business, Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop.

He lived in Fort Lawn with his common law wife, Joyce Sumner, David Cairnes said.

Cairnes, who was 55, owned the tackle shop for about five years. Sumner helped manage the store.

Cairnes is survived by three other siblings – his twin brother, Raymond; a sister, Linda; and a younger brother, Mike. He has two children, Ronnie Jr. and Chucky, and two granddaughters.

David Cairnes said his brother was considerate of others.

"If you needed anything, he'd do his best to help you," he said.

Donald Pate, who lives across the road from the tackle shop, recalls Ronnie Cairnes' affection for children and horses, too.

Pate said that when he went out of town, he could trust Cairnes to keep an eye on his house.

"We didn't need an alarm system," Pate said, smiling. "There were no worries when we left home."

Fort Lawn Police Lt. Robbie Cauthen knew Cairnes "almost my whole life." The two attended school together.

"All he did was go to work every day, work hard," Cauthen said.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152

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