Little Charles: I Am My Fathers' Son (Photo Collage Cover)
In 1963, the lad left Macon, Georgia with less than $3.00 in his pocket.
While in Atlanta, he would travel to school with the other children. They would go to the classroom; he would go to the cafeteria to work. They got academic knowledge. He got life experience. Life informed him that his name was not legally Charles, but Roni (this is not a typo) Eugene Surrey. That was a life-changing experience. Little Charles, now known as Roni, always had a vision of a better life so once again, after saving a little money, he took advantage of an invitation from a friend who had moved to New York. He made his way to the streets of New York, New York where "if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere." Roni probably could have made it there, but his friend’s family were not teetotalers; they would rather drink than eat. They didn’t feed him. It didn’t take him long to realize this was not the place for him, so he bid his friends farewell and took a bus to New Britain, Connecticut where his mother and baby sister were.
Always looking for ways to better himself, he left New Britain for a short period of time to attend the Job Corps in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Upon completion of his training he returned to New Britain. On Christmas Day, 1968 he proposed to Versie Tomberlin, who accepted. The engagement didn’t last long because in January of 1969, Uncle Sam needed him. He was drafted at the age of 19. Because of the draft and the Vietnam War, Ron and Versie married on February 8, 1969 and on February 19 he boarded a bus to New Haven, Connecticut and later that evening found himself in Fort Dix, New Jersey, his station for basic training. He was in the Army now! He served in the Army from 1969–1971 and did a tour of duty stationed in Vinh Long, Vietnam for one year, (1969–1970). In February 1971 Ron, having received an honorable discharge, walked out of the military barracks in Neptune, New Jersey and re-entered civilian life.
The young man dropped out of school at an early age, but after his Army experience returned to Connecticut to complete his high school education in the Hartford public school system. He continued his secondary education at Tunxis Community College, receiving his Associates degree, and later matriculated at Central Connecticut State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Social Work in 1986. He received his Masters and Ph.D in Theology from International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida in 1990 and 2007, respectively.
Surron Music & Publishing Company was established in 1976 by Ron Surrey of New Britain, Connecticut. The founder has been a licensed member and songwriter of BMI for over forty years. Our writers and producers have created music and scores for New York Times Music Incorporation, Eden Music, the Clyde Otis Music Group, Laurel Records, Masterpiece Christian Records, Universal Records, and Sony Music Group.
Since Surron's inception, the company has expanded to partner with PaintBox Labs and Pixod to create an educational content development company focused on inspiring cross-cultural audiences through music.