Ronald Edwin Mabra Sr.
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Murray Brothers Funeral Home - SW Atlanta
1199 Utoy Springs Rd, SW 
Atlanta, GA
Ronald Edwin Mabra, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 10, 2017. Although he passed at the age of 66 years old, Ron lived a full life. He was born to the late Burtis Nathaniel Mabra and Betty Whatley Mabra in Talladega, Alabama on June 4, 1951. Ron was raised in Talladega. He attended Westside High School where his father served as the school's principal. There he dreamed of one day playing in the National Football League (NFL) and putting his school and hometown on the map. Upon graduation from Westside High School, Ron attended Howard University where he played defensive back for the Bison and majored in Business Administration. He was a third-generation graduate of the university. After finding success on the football field at the collegiate level, Ron played as a free agent for the Kansas City Chiefs. Afterwards, Ron continued his professional football career in the World Football League (WFL) playing as an all-pro cornerback for the Philadelphia Bell. His notoriety in the WFL led to a contract offer with the Atlanta Falcons where he continued his NFL career. While playing for the Falcons Ron developed new friendships, many of which became lifelong. His teammates jovially nicknamed him "Deuce Nine" after his jersey number 29. Ron would go on to play cornerback with the New York Jets. He would later finish his professional football career playing for the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in Atlanta where Ron met the love of his life, Patty, a special education teacher for the Atlanta Public Schools. They soon fell in love and married on Valentine's Day February 14, 1976. Together Ron and Patty raised Ronnie, Ron's namesake and Brittany whom he affectionately called "Angel". The family eventually settled in Fayetteville, Georgia where they lived a very exciting life traveling the world. Upon retiring from football, Ron pursued his entrepreneurial aspirations. He owned several successful businesses including: Magnum Motor Express Trucking Company in Decatur, Pigskin Rib House Restaurant in Fayetteville, and All-Pro Produce and All-Pro Food Service in Forest Park, Georgia. He remained actively connected to his community through a host of organizations including: the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1996 (UFCW), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., National Football League Players Association, National Football League Alumni, National Negro Golf Association (NNGA) and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. Ron was also inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame and served as an attaché for Kenya during the 1996 Olympic Games. Ron accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age. In his latter years he renewed his walk with God and lovingly served those in need of assistance and spiritual encouragement. Family meant the world to him. Those Ron leaves to celebrate his life and cherish precious memories are his beloved wife of 41 years, Mrs. Patty Mabra; son, Ronald Edwin Mabra, Jr. (Dawn); daughter, Brittany Patricia Mabra (Gerald); grandsons, Ronald III and Colin; brother Robert; uncle Charles; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Published by The Daily Home on Nov. 18, 2017.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Nov
18
Lying in State
8:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
2174 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA
Nov
18
Funeral service
10:00a.m.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
2174 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA
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To the family or Ronnie,
When our love one die it's a void in our life, but the memories live on a life time. Let GOD comfort and strengthen you in this time of sorrow. 2Co. 1:4. My sincere condolences.
B. Storey
November 24, 2017
Ron was a man of integrity and a wonderful person with a great smile that loved and cared for other people and their well being.
Brian Griffin
November 24, 2017
Ron, you will be remembered for your smile and willingness to be help others. We're sure you left a positive influence with your family and friends. You will be missed!
Buddy Curry
November 20, 2017
I pray that the peace of God will overtake and abide with you and your family. Thanks for being my friend so very long ago.
Edward Mitchell
November 19, 2017
I was just looking through a box of old pictures last week and I ran across some pictures of Ronnie and his brother Burtis. Boy, did the memories flood back..... At their house after school, going to the pool at Talladega College in the summertime, attending summer parties, band practice, riding on the back of his and his brothers motor bikes. I was planning to give Ronnie a call but I pushed the thought aside for later. Then I was told that he was gone. What a heartbreak! I extend my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Theresa (Phillips) Porter
Friend
November 19, 2017
Rest in heaven
Herman Owens
November 18, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
November 18, 2017
First my prayer goes out to Patty, Ron Junior, Angel and the entire Mabra family. Ron and I "go to meetings and events friends" over four decades. We were charter members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Nu Mu Lambda Chapter in Dekalb County, GA. Ron and I became members of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta within a year of each other. Ron was in the food distribution business and I was in the food product distribution business. Ron was born in Alabama, and both of my parents were born in Alabama. Our paths would cross from time to time and we would see each other at Mardi Gras in Mobile. I tried to copy his laid back, calm but happy demeanor...but I have failed miserably...but I will try to get better.
Clarence Williamson
Friend
November 18, 2017
FAREWELL OLD FRIEND. THE DAYS OF OUR YOUTH WERE AMONG THE BEST. THE BEST FOOTBALL PLAYER AND CERTAINLY THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FROM WHS, WENT ON TO THE WFL AND NFL AND AS GREAT A FOOTBALL PLAYER AS HE WAS, HE WAS AN EVEN BETTER PERSON. SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE MABRA FAMILY. FROM MIKE AND VICKIE SIMMONS
MICHAEL SIMMONS
November 18, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Allen
November 18, 2017
My condolences to Patti and the kids.
Belinda Goode
November 17, 2017
Out thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a good man.
Danny & Darlene Haney
Danny Haney
Friend
November 17, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family of "Ronnie".
Evelyn Barclay Knight
November 17, 2017
A Talladega Alabama/Westside High School "ICON" who will forever live in the hearts of everyone that knew him. My sincere condolences to the Mabra family, keeping you all in Prayer. Sleep in Heavenly Peace Ron.
Cree Castleberry
November 17, 2017
Thanks for the memories and there were so many! Praying for Patty, Ronnie, Brittany and the kids!
Teresa Thurmond
November 17, 2017
Ronnie was a good guy from the neighborhood. We/the kids use to climb on the wall at Westside to watch him play football. Condolences to the Family.
Nathaniel Barclay
November 17, 2017
To the Family: I'm glad Ron and I had time to talk in September. I will miss my friend. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
James Stamps, Jr. (WHS '70)
November 17, 2017
Ron was a great friend and a true competitor. He always had a smile on his face, full of life and laughs. You left your mark, my friend.

Jimmy Robinson
Jimmy Robinson
November 16, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Walter (Red) Russell
Friend
November 16, 2017
The morning of his death he was at Home Grown Restaurant doing what he loved seeking out new customers... A dear kind man that loved his family and sharing pictures of his grandsons. He loved them so much they will be proud of their grand dad. He was proud of his Succesful children as well.
Ron was not only well dressed, attractive but smart. He was a Class act and kind. And not a bad golfer. Ron was funny, and was all ways smiling. Ron would state " He was country by the Grace of God" he was so far from that.

We are in shock and my heart goes out to his family.

We miss him and we kept checking if this is true... our hearts are full.

Bye aka FAR..raise a cold beer and toast to a Full life of a very successful and loving Man.
Regenia Marble
November 16, 2017
Clinn and Gloria Ratchford Come
November 16, 2017
Clinn and Gloria Ratchford Cole
November 16, 2017
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Sheryl Fuller
November 16, 2017
Offering sincere condolences over your great loss. May God comfort your hearts and make you firm-2Thess 2:16-17
White-Jonesboro
November 16, 2017
May God comfort the family. Rest in peace my Alpha Brother.... James E. Smoot Jr., Talladega AL
James Smoot
November 16, 2017
My condolences to the family...
Rest In Peace...Ronald
Westside "Panthers" Family..
Brinda Williams
November 15, 2017
Condolences to the family. Ron will be missed. As he rest in peace, GOD will surely take care of you.
Helen Young Millender
November 15, 2017
Condolences to the Mabra family. Ron was a long time customer to our establishment, Ruth's Salads. He will truly be missed.

Jerry Smith & Gail Grant
November 15, 2017
Great teammate and just a solid person and friend.
Will miss you.
Ken Burrow
November 15, 2017
My condolences to the family. Ron will truly be missed. He was such a caring person. Always full of jokes. The Church Family!
November 15, 2017
Ron was a great teammate. He had the eye of the tiger look about him. A great guy and will be sorely missed.

Paul Ryczek
Falcons '74-'79
paul ryczek
November 15, 2017
Ron was a good, friendly man. He will be missed.
Ron Vickery
Friend
November 15, 2017
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