What Is Ronnie Shacklett Doing? All About Brenda Lee’s Husband of Decades

By Anisha Maharjan | Updated on April 1, 2022
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    Ronnie Shacklett aka Charles Ronald Shacklett is the long-time husband of Brenda Lee. His wife Brenda is an American singer who debuted at the age of 10. Ever since her debut, Brenda has remained in the eyes of the public as “Little Miss Dynamite.”

    Unlike his wife, Ronnie has remained low-profile. So, in this article, we will explore some unheard facts about Brenda Lee’s husband. What does Ronnie Shacklett do for a living? In the meantime, also know about birthplace, family, marriage with Brenda, children, and more.

    Let’s get started!

    Ronnie Shacklett Hails From Nashville

    Ronnie was born and raised in Nashville, the capital of Tennesse. He was born in the year 1945 and his age is 77 as of 2022.

    He holds an American nationality and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity.

    Family Details

    Ronnie was born as the second child of his parents, mom Helen Bowers Shacklett and dad Earl C. Shacklett. His father, Earl C. Shacklett, was an influential councilman of the Metro Council.

    He was also its founding member. He served there from 1961 to 1983. Sadly, Ronnie’s father passed away on 23 August 1995 at the age of 77. The cause behind his death was blood cancer.

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    Ronnie Shacklett with his parents and wife Brenda Lee.

    Besides, Ronnie grew up with his three siblings. He has one elder brother named Earl Jr. Shacklett. Meanwhile, his younger brothers are R. Steven and David W. Shacklett.

    Furthermore, his uncles are John S. and Jesse O. Shacklett. Similarly, Ronnie has three paternal aunts: Mamie Maxwell, Christine Judkins, and Virginia Lysons.

    What is Ronnie Shacklett doing? His Occupation

    In the past, Ronnie used to handle his family business. Alongside his brothers, Ronnie managed his dad’s business of renovating fire-damaged homes. While handling the business, his father used to be their guide.

    Although this was the profession that Ronnie was engaged in during his early days, there is no exact information on what Ronnie Shacklett is doing lately.

    Ronnie Shacklett is the husband of Brenda Lee: Their Married Life

    According to sources, Ronnie met his future wife, Brenda at a Bo Diddley and Jackie Wilson concert in November 1962. The concert took place in Ronnie’s hometown Nashville. At the first meeting, the two became friends. And it didn’t take a long time to turn their friendship into a romantic relationship.

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    Shacklett and his wife Brenda have been married for 59-year now
    Source: Getty

    The couple soon decided to be together forever and tied the knot on April 24, 1963. At the time of their marriage, Ronnie was just 18, while Brenda was 19. The ceremony was attended by only a few people including Ronnie’s parents, the Minister, and his wife. Meanwhile, no one from Brenda’s side was present in the marriage, not even her parents. The pair exchanged the ring at Radner Church of Christ.

    As per sources, the couple formerly had a plan to wed after Brenda’s scheduled 2nd May appearance at an event in New York. But, the couple couldn’t wait for long and they decided to marry before their schedule. Moreover, the teenage couple then spent their honeymoon in Gatlinburg.

    He is a proud father of two daughters

    After nearly six decades of matrimonial relationship with his wife Brenda Lee, Ronnie is now the father of two children. He has two daughters Jolie Shacklett and Julie Shacklett. His eldest daughter is Julie who was born in 1964, and his second child Jolie in 1969.

    Furthermore, Ronnie is also blessed with three grandchildren: Taylor, Jordan, and Charley.

    His daughter Julie had a fatal disease during her birth

    Ronnie and Brenda’s eldest daughter Julie was born with a Hyaline Membrane Disease (HDM). Mostly seen in premature babies, the disease is also known as Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS). It is a type of disease where babies need extra oxygen in order to breathe.

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    Ronnie’s daughter Jolie and Julie Shacklett with their mother Brenda Lee.

    After Julie was diagnosed with the disease, most doctors told Ronnie and Brenda to expect the worst. However, Julie’s life was miraculously saved by Dr. Mildred Stalman.

    Now after recovering from the disease, Julie leads a healthy life. She is now married to Keith Clay. They tied the knot on 25 October 1986 at Brentwood Country Club.

    Similarly, Ronnie’s youngest daughter is also married to a man named Scott Keene. She now goes by the name Joile Shacklett Keene.

    Ronnie Shacklett’s famous wife Brenda Lee

    As we have discussed earlier, Ronnie is the husband of Brenda Lee. So who exactly is Brenda Mae Tarpleyaka Brenda Lee.

    Lee is a famous singer from the United States. She is mostly known for her songs such as Dynamite, I’m Sorry, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Johnny One Time, etc.

    Brenda started her career at the early age of ten. Since her debut, Brenda has constantly been on fame.  Furthermore, Shacklett was nominated twice for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance.

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    Ronnie Shacklett’s singer wife Singer Brenda Lee.

    Throughout her career as a singer, her albums have sold more than 100 million copies around the world.  Furthermore, Brenda was also honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the first and only woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame.

    What is the net worth of Ronnie Shacklett?

    Coming to Ronnie Shackletts’ net worth, it is still under review. But as the celebrity spouse was involved in his own family business we can assume that Shacklett had a decent amount of money.

    Meanwhile, his wife, Brenda Lee’s net worth is estimated to be around $20 million as of 2022. She gathered most of her fortune through her career as a singer.

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