Ronald James Waterman born December 21, 1942, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was the firstborn son of Norman and Della E. Waterman in Rochester, New York. After accepting Jesus as his personal savior on July 26, 1958, he was called by God into pastoral ministry. He pastored for 32 years at churches in Buffalo, New York, Los Angeles, California, Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, and Tupelo, Mississippi. One of his greatest joys was having the opportunity to share his faith with someone and seeing that person experience new life in Christ.
He married Karen Marie Bartz on September 7, 1963, in Owosso, Michigan. The marriage was blessed with three daughters, Sheryl Denton (James) of Thaxton, Ms., Pam Benns (George) of Buffalo, New York, and Rhonda Hill (Eddie) of Newton, Ms. He had 6 grandchildren Stephen Denton, JohnLuke Denton, Ronald Benns, Amanda Goggins, George Benns lll, and Paul Benns. He had 10 great-grandchildren. He has three sisters Beverly (Bill) Wandersee of Florida, Norma Dehaven of North Carolina, Joyce (Bob) Spammer of New York, and one brother Norman (Rebecca) Waterman of New York.
He was an active member of West Heights Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School, was a deacon, and served the church whenever he was asked.
A celebration service of life will be held at West Heights Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021. Brother David Hamilton will officiate. A time of musical celebration will be the order of service.
His greatest joy in life was the evidence of the power of his changed life in Christ. His favorite verse is Eph. 3:17-19 and challenged everyone to it.
Arrangements entrusted to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home, Pontotoc, MS
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