Ralph Abbott

June 15, 1943November 30, 2010

Ralph Abbott East Lansing, MI Ralph went home to be with the Lord on November 30, 2010, after a lengthy illness; born June 15, 1943 to Mattie Braxton Abbott and Ralph Abbott (deceased). He received his bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and his masters from MSU. He was a longtime member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He loved his church, Mt. Zion All Nations Bible Church where he served in the Male Chorus, the Tutorial and Scholarship committee, as well as a trustee and associate minister under the late Rev. J. E. Graves. He was also an active member of the Lansing Ministerial Alliance under Rev. Climmie Hughes. He was a kind and generous man who greatly loved his children as well as all people and firmly espoused education. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Joy; his beloved daughters, Lori Abbott-Smith (Jim), and Leslie Abbott (Riley); son, Ralph Abbott III (Dolly); sister, Charlotte Bradley; grandchildren, Adam, Aaron, Miles, and Keira; niece, nephew and a host of cousins. A special thanks to his caregivers, JoAnn Spencer-Taylor and family and Ida Lloyd and family. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 9, 10:00 AM at Mt. Zion All Nations Bible Church, 10575 Krepps Road, DeWitt, MI with Pastor Levi McClendon, III officiating. Interment will be held in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. The family will receive friends at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Those desiring may make contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter, 21311 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48076 in memory of Ralph. On line condolences may be sent at:



  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 9, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, December 8, 2010


  • Graveside Service

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nancy foley

November 30, 2016

To the family of Ralph Abbott. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. Psalm 90:12.

Charlotte Morton

December 13, 2010

Joy, Lori and family,
I was just at Curves a few days ago and saw Joy there, and shortly after that I read about the loss of your husband and father. I am so sorry. You have my deepest sympathy at this time.

Shirley White

December 8, 2010

Joy, Lori, Leslie and Ralph,
I have fond memories of how much Ralph loved his family and how often he talked about the values he wanted to instill in his children. Please know that he will be missed. Understand that you now have a special guardian angel who is watching over you from above with much love.

Dr. Deborah A. Abbott

December 8, 2010

To the Abbott Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your husband and father Ralph Abbott, Jr. I am sad to say that even though I am one of Ralph's first cousins, I never had the opportunity to meet him, but heard alot about him through my father and other family members. My father James and Ralph's father were brothers.
I know that your hearts are filled with wonderful memories of joyful times that you spent together and may these memories bring all of you comfort in the days to come. May God bless you and your entire family in this time of sorrow.

Jinah Dabney

December 7, 2010

Please except my deepest sympathies for Ralph's passing. He was in my thoughts when I stopped by the house on November 13th during a visit home from Vegas. I wish I would have been able to connect with the family then. He fought a good fight for many years and I had the pleaseure of caring for him and being part of the Abbott family. Carrie "Jinah " Dabney-Burts, Las Vegas, NV

Felicia Turrentine Wasson

December 7, 2010

Mrs. Abbott, Lori, Leslie and Ralph, my sincerest of condolences on the passing of your husband and father. May the many memories and God's loving kindness provide you with comfort during this time.

Kristen (Altenberger) Singer

December 7, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May God, your memories and love bring you comfort and peace. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Crystal Causey

December 7, 2010

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Adrienne Mays Moutassim

December 7, 2010

To the Abbott family, I am very sorry for your loss and I'm sending out my deepest sympathies to you all. I remember he always made me laugh when I would come to visit Leslie. Mr. Abbott will be missed.

Mitchell/Mitchell/Coles/Birch familiy Mitchell/Mitchell/Coles/Birch families

December 6, 2010

Greetings Abbott family:

We were so very sorry to learn of your loss. Our families are truly connected by history and by love. Leslie and Tarra have been friends have been friends forever sharing the joys and challenges of childhood!!! The have truly been a steadfast force of inspiration and support for each other through the years. Of course, they received this spirit from their fathers! Mr. Ralph and Dr. Bobby were two brother who loved you to death, wanted you to have the best life had to offer, and expected no less than excellence from you!!!

I know Bobby Mitchell greeted Mr. Ralph with open arms, and said " Mam what took you so long!" I know the void that has been created can never be replaced, but I know that you will take solice in the joy and love he bought to your life. He truly loved each of you very much. We will keep you in our prayers and our thoughts!

Take care.


The Mitchell(Loretta), Mitchell(Bobby Jr., Dawn, Bobby III, Makenzie, Michael), Coles(Tammye, James), and Birch(Michael, Tarra, Loggan, and Addyson) families.