In Memory of Ronalda Pierce
Cortha McMillian Pringle – Silver Spring, MD
To the Pierce Family,
As an alumni of Turner County High School and Florida State University, I am indeed saddened by this great loss. I was truly excited when I initially heard that Ronalda would be a “SEMINOLE”!! Although she was with us all for a short time, we are proud of the accomplishments she made for our little town in southwest Georgia. It is my prayer that her legacy will live on, and other Turner Countians will follow in her footsteps to enter college and make a difference in the world in which they live.
I’ve read about Ronalda Pierce for several years, after following the GHSA girls basketball programs. I have two daughters who have grown up playing basketball for our high school (Dade County High School), one who graduated this year, and another who is a junior. Georgia High School Girls Basketball was impacted by a tremendous person and player, who made a lasting impression on younger girls to follow. My girls and I have enjoyed following Ronalda throughout her career, and want to extend a parents prayer to the family.
Jasmine Graydon (Ashburn, Ga.)
Cuzin, it was just last week you was hitting me and calling me big head and then begging me to do your hair and make you a cd, but now you’re gone it doesn’t even seem that way. I still can’t believe it. I just think you are at your home in Florida where you loved to be, but you’re not so I have to accept that. I’m really gonna miss you and I wish you was still here with us because I don’t think that I had enough time with you. And to my auntie Linda and uncle Roy and Shunda and Dre, I will be praying for you and I love you all.
Gloria Crittenden – Tallahassee, Florida
“Nada” was a great person and player and she will be missed by all. It was easy to see that the enthusiasm she had for life and the game started at home with her family. I had the opportunity to sit by them at some games and talk to them. They had such great pride in her and the “light shined” whenever she took the floor. May the light shine on her now in the heavens above.
Andrew Brady (Tallahassee)
As a member of the FSU basketball stat crew, I attended each of the home women’s games last year. Oftentimes, I arrived early to watch the warmups and preparation.
My Prayers are with you all. I know from personal experience the loss of a child can be devastating. I can only comfort you by telling you the Lord got me through after losing my daughter and granddaughter eight years ago. Turn to the Lord in your hour of need and He surely will help you through the trying months ahead. God Bless
Troy University Women’s Basketball
The women’s basktball program at Troy University would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Ronalda and to the Florida State women’s basketball Program.
Wjackson – Macon, Georgia
May GOD be your strength in this time of need. My prayers are with you and your family.
Burt Hayner (Tallahassee,FL)
Our prayers go out to Rolanda’s family.
The Ricky Boone Family
Our family wishes to convey our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to you all during this time and thereafter.
Orange Park, Fl
Remember that GOD is good and his way is perfect. His love is with us through the good and bad times. We will always remember Ronalda’s warm smile and pleasant personality. We love her like our second daughter. Alicia (Ice) and our family will continue to pray for your family to gain strength from this difficult time. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU.
I wish to express my deep sadness and condolences to the family of Rolanda. We are comforted to know that the lord has her now on his team.
Daphne Mitchell (East Point, GA)
My heart goes out to the Pierce family and the Florida State Family. You all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Antanasia Campbell (Albany, Ga.)
My heart goes out to her family and friends and I got a chance to see her play high school basketball at the Albany Civic Center and she was a great player and also a great person and she will be missed!
Shannon Knox – Hazlehurst, Ga
Hi, I’m Shannon Knox from Jeff Davis County. I really didn’t know Ronalda, but she was a very good ball player. I’m sending all my prayers to her famly and friends. May god be with you through all the pain & suffering.
Currey & Shawn Gipson – Tifton, Ga. (Formely Ashburn, Ga.)
To the Pierce family:
Our thoughts and prayers are forever with you. You can be so encouraged just by knowing that you raised a very respectable, and humble young lady. She reached for her goals, and excelled. Continue to remember the great times you all had together. May God continue to comfort you, and keep your minds in his peace during this most tragic time in your life. We love you.
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Hi my name is Paula Russell. I’m on the basketball team at Waccamaw High School. I’m sorry for you loss. I didn’t know Ronalda, but I do know what it’s like to lose a friend and teammate. Especially at a young age. I’m 17, and lost my cousin to cancer when she was only 16 and I was 14 at the time. I still ask “why”. She loved to play basketball, and I’m pretty sure Ronalda did too. I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to the family, fans, teammates, coaches, and etc. It’s a tragedy what happened, but keep your heads high and know that she will always be with you. She will no longer have to feel pain and hurt. Don’t think about her death, think about her smile and her laughter. Just remember this … YOU HAVEN’T LOST ANYONE. YOU’VE ONLY GAINED AN ANGEL. May God be with you all through this time of mourning.
Jessica Woods – Montville, Ct.
I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. As our days go on, many times will meet us. Sorrow, happiness, and lots of memories. She will always be in our hearts, and our prayers. I want to play for FSU too when I get older. I’ll think of her everytime I step on the court, a silent prayer that she’ll protect me during every game and evey practice. Once again, I feel for you. God Bless.
Cotelia Bond-Young – WFU
I would just like to say that the whole team and Ronalda’s whole family are in my prayers. Just remember she is in a better place and she is watching over her family and all of her Seminoles. I’m sure she would want you Seminoles to go play ya’ll hearts out for her since she can’t do it.