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A Tribute To Ronalda Pierce


In Memory of Ronalda Pierce
February 23, 1985 – June 8, 2004


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A Tribute To Ronalda Pierce
Ronalda Pierce

Your Cousins in South Carolina!!
Nada you are gone but will never be forgotten!! You were loved dearly by EVERYONE in our family!! I’ll never forget the little/big girl that will called NADA!!

Roy, Linda, Shonda & Lil Roy, hold on to all of the special times that you shared!!

Linda remember when ya’ll came to Florence and Nada had a fit because she wanted to go get new sneakers??

Love Yall So Much!! George Kisha Kiara & Kayla Ray … cousins Florence, S.C.

Evelyne-Cynthia Niako
The last thing I remember of Ronalda was on Saturday when we both had to take the CLAST exam. After words, as she was walking to meet her ride she noticed me standing outside, she turned around and waved to say bye. That is the one thing I continue to visualize. My prayers go out to the Pierce family and everyone.

God Bless,
E-CN – Women’s Track and Field

Debbie Ryan and the Virginia Cavaliers
We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Ronalda will always live in our hearts as a great player and exceptional role model for all of us in Women’s Basketball. Her love of the game and life in general exuded from every pore in her body. She will never be forgotten and our thoughts and prayers will be with you, your entire family and the Seminoles.

God Bless.

Billie McDowell, Raleigh, NC
As a player on NC State’s basketball team, I have had a chance to compete against Ronalda. Even though I only knew her on the court, my heart goes out for her. I will keep both her FSU family and Blood family in my prayers. Keep your head up and keep on keeping on. We all know she’s in a much better place now. God Bless!!

Tallahassee, Florida

To Ronalda’s family,
Our family was so excited when Ronalda joined FSU. My parents and grandparents are actually from Ashburn and Sycamore, Georgia; so we felt like we had a “bond” with Ronalda. My cousin is the sports photographer for the local paper and expressed her excitement for Ronalda when she found out she was coming to FSU. She had taken lots of pictures of Ronalda during her high school career.

Ronalda was a joy to watch on the court. She was always calm and very much in control. She seemed to just enjoy playing the game. I’m not sure she even knew the crowd was there. We will miss her….we already do! We are praying for your family and will continue to lift you up as you deal with your loss.

Our basketball team has lost a great player. but the world has lost a great person.

With love and respect,
The Johsnon Family

Hendon Family – McDonough, Georgia
May God give you grace during this time of great loss and may His love and compassion strenghten you in your time of grief. Ronalda will be missed.

Getoya Cobb – Tifton, GA
Ronalda will be truly missed. I had the chance to play with and against her for about five years. She was a great person. I’ll miss seeing her at the Tift vs Turner games. That was the game I always looked forward to playing when I was in school. My prayers are with you.

Ed Chelette (Greensboro, FL)
You have my family’s deepest condolences and most sincere sympathy in this time of loss.

Chandler – Blakely, GA
Ronalda is in a better place now. I pray for her family.

Serena Saye (Panama City, FL)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Pierce family. May God keep you all in His tender care.

Lexington, KY
May God be with her and her family as he takes her to a better place!

Adam – Geenville, South Carolina
To Florida State University, the athletic department, the women’s basketball team, and certainly the Pierce family:
I am praying deeply for you all. This is an awful tragedy, but the most high brought you to it and will walk you through it. God bless you all.

Jacksonville, FL
My daughter, Audrey Muse (also a freshman), had the privilege of playing against Ronalda last year at FSU. She was so impressed with her game as well as the other players.

There are no words to express our feelings for the lost of such a young life and a great player. Our thoughts and prayer are with the family and the FSU team. We pray GOD will give everyone the strength to be strong in your time of bereavement.

GOD Bless! The Muse Family

Woodland High School Lady Wildcats – Cartersville, Ga
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Pierce family as well as the FSU family.

Murray State women’s Basketball
The Staff for the Murray State University Women’s Basketball Program would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Pierce family and to the Seminole Women’s Basketball Program. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of difficulty. God Bless!

Jefferson City, Tennessee
To the family, friends, FSU women’s basketball team, we send our deepest regrets and sorrows. At this time, there are no words, just feelings which are extremely hard to express. When something like this happens it affects everyone in the basketball profession in some way. It makes you realize how precious your time, with the people you love, really is. We will pray for each of you to have the strength and understanding to know that God will always be there to help you through it.

Carson-Newman Women’s Basketball Staff

Veronica (Tallahassee,Fl)
I didn’t know Ronalda personally, but I did notice her because I too am an athlete at FSU and I had a class with her. This was a very shocking thing to hear and it made me sit back and think about how I, like many people, take life for granted. I am very sorry for the loss of Ronalda, and I will send out my prayers to the family.

Jacksonville, FL
I would like to send my deepest condolences to the Pierce and FSU family. I played with Dorian Williams and I would like to tell her to stay strong and keep her head up.

Sean, Tallahassee
Our family’s thoughts and prayers go out to you in this very difficult time of mourning.

AMG – Tallahassee, Florida
Although I did not know Ronalda personally, I saw her around campus from time to time, anyone who ever saw her remembered her not only for her size but her personality. She seemed to be a fun to be around kind of girl. I will keep her family and friends in my prayers, and hope that they will get through this difficult time. We must take heed to the fact that tomorrow is not promised and live for today!! Always remember to love your friends and family while they are here so there will be no regrets when their gone. R.I.P. Ronalda Pierce, you will be missed a great deal!!

Police Officer W. Carradero NYPD
It is always hard when a person passes on, especially a young one. I know she is with her new family in heaven. And will watch over her family and Seminole family as an Angel. Prayers to the Pierce family and to all my Seminoles!

Enoch Walker (Jersey City,N.J.)
May God comfort you all in your time of grief. I know she meant alot to all of you, but remember she is with the Lord of all Lords now and she never has to worry about anything else. She was a good player at FSU and she’ll be a great player on the Lords team. I will keep you all in my prayers and God bless you all.

Butler, GA
I remember Ronalda playing as a Freshmen against my high school, Taylor Co. in the Class A State Semi-Finals. Turner Co. defeated Taylor Co. that year. My thoughts and prayers goes out to Ronalda family. You are an angel now in Heaven. May God Bless You up there.

Desmond Wiggins
2003 Taylor Co. Graduate

Keith & Lynnetta Williams (Los Angeles, California)
As a fellow Florida State Aluminus, and a Man of God, I pray for the Pierce family in this time of lost and may you find your comfort in him. God bless you all.

The Williams Family

Aimee Carpenter (Carrboro, NC)
My thoughts and prayers are with the Florida State Women’s Basketball family and the Florida State Athletic Department.

Dana (Tallahassee, FL)
I never knew Ronalda but I was deeply hurt when I heard the news. My thoughts and prayers are with the Pierce family.

Malcolm Ford Cordele, GA
I am very sorry for your loss.

Diana Herrin (Sycamore, GA)
My prayers are with Ronalda’s family during their time of need. I had the privelege of playing basketball and running track with her during my high school career. She was a very talented athlete, who always could put a smile on your face. “Nalda” was just one of those people you just loved to be around. Words cannot express how much she will be missed. I will never forget her.

~Diana Herrin

Sasha Reaves – NC State
I just want send my prayers out to the family, teammates and staff!

Jeff James – Tallahassee, FL
Our deepest sympathy and prayers from everyone at Calvary Chapel.

Jer 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet because so many bad things happened to him and it seemed like he was getting nowhere. This Seminole team has certainly experienced its share of trials and setbacks. I pray that you take comfort in God’s words to Jeremiah – that like Jeremiah, you will find the strength to stand in the hope of His promises to you through this difficult time.

Sarasota, FL
The thoughts and prayers from the Sarasota HS Girls Basketball program are with Ronalda and her family as well as her extended family of the FSU Women’s Basketball program. Our sincerest feelings are with everyone at this very difficult time.

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