For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Today we celebrate the life of our beloved Ronnie Joe Adams Jr. at the young age of 14. “Jay-Jay” as he was lovingly called by his family and friends, was a wonderful son, a protective big brother, a loving grandson, a loved nephew, a cousin, and a spiritually gifted young man of God.
On Saturday, July 3, 2021, Ronnie was called home suddenly to be with the Lord while doing what he would have done for anyone in need while swimming with his family and friends in Columbus, Ohio.
Ronnie Joe Adams Jr., the first-born child to both his parents Darlene Bridgeman and Ronnie Adams Sr. was born on Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at Spectrum Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Josiah Adams, his maternal great-grandfather, John Henry, aunts, Erica Jordan and Chineyce Hardnett, great-uncles, John Bridgeman, Amous Croom and Bart Mosby, great-aunt, Shannon Marie Johnson, paternal great-grandmother, Irma Jo Buchanan and paternal great-grandfather, Ernest Buchanan.
Ronnie was introduced to Christ as his personal Savior in the Children’s Church at the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church and united with the church under the pastoral guidance of Pastor Carlton A. Lynch and was baptized on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the age of 10 years old along with 11 other children.
Ronnie was an active and truly anointed member of the Pilgrim Rest Children’s Church and participated with a spirit of humility in every Youth Day Celebration, Christmas Pageant, Easter Program, the Children’s Choir, the Drumline and was a proud member of the “Championship Pilgrim Rest Quiz Bowl Team”. He was truly a Bible Scholar in his own rights and studied the scripture on a regular basis. He loved the Lord with all his heart and proclaimed that one day he preaches the Word of God because he was not ashamed of his faith. He was a blessing to the Children’s Church and its advisors and staff lead by Sister Cynthia Craig.
Ronnie was formally educated at the Mildred C. Wells Academy in his primary years and upon relocating to Columbus, Ohio, Ronnie completed his Freshman year at South High School. At South High, Ronnie was well respected by his teachers and would oftentimes challenge them with questions that made them have to do more research to answer because he would already have the correct research waiting. He finished his Freshman year with all A’s and one B. He left a mark wherever he went.
A very loving, intelligent, caring, and funny young man, “Jay-Jay” never met a stranger and he loved hard and was loved in return. He will truly be missed.
“Jay-Jay” will forever be remembered in the hearts of his beloved mother, Darlene Bridgeman of Columbus, Ohio; his father, Ronnie Adams Sr. of Kalamazoo; his little brother whom he truly loved, Ja’marion Adams, his precious little sister, Nick’Kora Branscumb both of Columbus, OH; his loving half-sisters, Julia, Justyce and Erin Adams and Johnisha Orr all of Benton Harbor; his beloved half-brothers Jaesion, Javarion and Kharee Adams of Kalamazoo; (3) aunts, Marlene Bridgeman Jahya Murphy and Tori Johnson; (4) uncles, Cordaryl Bridgeman, Dontrae Bobo, Cordell Thomas and Antwon Johnson; maternal great-aunts, Corliss (Richard) Burcham, Cora Henry and China Hardnett; paternal great-aunt, Deitra Buchanan, maternal great-uncle, Raymond (Brenda) Henry and Corvell Hardnett; paternal great-uncle, Michael Johnson; maternal grandparents, Henrietta Bridgeman and Corey Hardnett; paternal grandparents, Sunni Johnson and Ronald Adams; maternal great-grandparents, Darlene (Ray) Sesson; paternal great-grandparents, Debra (Michael) Lloyd and Leallen Eddie; paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Buchanan, special grandparents, Dorothy and Will Branscumb and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
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