COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Hundreds were there as the fourth and final victim of last week's tragic church van crash was laid to rest Tuesday.
Eight days after 19 members of Tabernacle of Prayer and Deliverance Church were involved in a van crash, the congregation and community said their goodbyes to Pastor Ronmyka Williams. Friends called him Ron.
Percy Roberson, a friend of Ronmyka's, told News Leader Nine, "He's going to be remembered as a wonderful musician, he'll be remembered as a person who loved to joke. He'll be remembered as a wonderful pastor and a really good friend. He was a person who always loved to joke on people and that's what they wrote about him the other day. We thank God for the life he lived and the chance to share it with him."
"Many of the musicians we have had at Saint John sat under his tutelage, and were inspired by his talents," explained Debora Grant, pastor of Saint John A.M.E. Church. She says they played host to a standing room only crowd at the funeral, "When they contacted me and asked if the services could be held here, I didn't hesitate, I didn't think twice about it. Any way we could help or be of service to the family, it's what we would want to do."
The pastor's daughter, Jasmine Kelly, was also killed in the van crash. She was buried in Kentucky, but a memorial was set up at the funeral for her as well.
Roberson said, "She's going to be remembered by some of her students at Rothschild and four of them will talk about her."
Family, friends, church members and even those who survived the crash came together to mourn their loss.
Speakers encouraged everyone to not cry for Pastor Williams, but to celebrate his life.
But for some, like Percy Roberson, that won't be easy, "It's a difficult day for everybody. Everybody's heart is heavy. But we'll make it, we're going to make it."