TUSCALOOSA Today the world grows a shade darker and Heaven a touch brighter, as we lay to rest a noble fighter. He wasn't like so many others; he truly walked the walk, though many would have crumbled under the weight of his cross. My burden is so heavy; there is a strong desire to quit. But the truth is I know I can't, for my Pastor never did. He never wore shining armor or a bright red cape, but he was my hero just the same. He fought a good fight and finished his course, everything about his life brought glory to the Lord. So go home to your country Oh man of God, where sickness and death can never again rob. Embrace your loved ones who have gone on before, and enjoy the Eternal presence of your Savior and Lord. I will take the lessons that you have instilled in me, and take up my cross till again we meet. Thank you for teaching me so much of Grace, my friend and my Pastor, Ronnie Blake. ------ Brandon Vaughan, on behalf of Little Sandy Baptist Church and the thousands of people touched by the life of this precious man of God.
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Ronald Earl Blake was born on August 15, 1955, and passed away in his home on November 25, 2013.
Survivors include his loving wife of thirty five years, Vickie; his son, Chance; brothers, Waylon (Marsha), Ken (Sherri), and Gary (Janice); and sister, Donna (James Crocker.)
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. and Dorothy McCulley Blake.
Although Ronnie had many likes, the main three loves in his life were; his Lord, his family, and his church family at Little Sandy Baptist where he was the Pastor since 2001. God saved Ronnie in 1995 and called him to preach the Gospel in 1996. It was that same year he co-founded the Roadblock prison ministries. He was a loving husband and father, as well as the epitome of a God called Pastor. In March of this year he was diagnosed with aggressive multiple myeloma and immediately flown to Little Rock, Ark. for treatment. After a hard fought, nine month battle, the Lord called His servant home. Ronnie will perhaps best be remembered for his golden voice that came from a golden heart. He traveled all over the country singing in revivals and Bible conferences. His most requested song was entitled "Not For Sale." It ended up being his life's mantra, for he truly never was for sale. Sometimes the Lord sends special people to be a blessing to humanity. Ronnie was one of those special people who can't be replaced, and he will be greatly missed.
Visitation will Wednesday, November 27th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Little Sandy Baptist Church with the funeral beginning at 1 p.m. The Rev. Brandon Vaughan and Rev. Ronnie Barefield will be officiating. Rockco Funeral Home of Centreville will be directing.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that all donations be made to Little Sandy Baptist Church in memory of Ronnie.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Nov. 27, 2013