, Muskogee, OK


July 11, 2012

Pastor Ralph Emerson Boyattia

1951 - 2012

— Pastor Ralph Emerson Boyattia, in his 61st year, went to be with the Lord on Saturday evening, July 7, 2012 from Muskogee.

Ralph Emerson Boyattia inhaled in the presence of Jesus Christ on July 7, 2012, at 10:00 P.M. Ralph was born on April 21, 1951 to Cecil Q. and Mozella Love-Boyattia in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He attended school and graduated from Historic Manual Training High School in 1969, where he excelled in sports and academics. Ralph was married for over 41 years to Perline Conard-Boyattia, the love of his life. Two children, R.E. “Sonny” Boyattia, Oklahoma City, and Tiffany S. Boyattia, Heaven, were born to this union. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Tiffany, and his brother, James.

Although an Air Force retiree, Ralph’s greatest passion was teaching and ministering to others. Ralph believed that Christianity is practical and is evidenced in a life of service. Ralph was a Licensed Pastoral Counselor and a Certified Temperament Counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association. He is a member of several organizations, including the Christian Ministers Union, Treasurer of the Muskogee Ministerial Alliance, NAACP, served on the Parks and Recreation Board from 2006 to 2010, and is on the board at Bacone College. Ralph also served as an instructor for the Oklahoma School of Religion and as a Christian Ministry counselor at Bacone College. He has degrees in Sociology and Christian Ministry from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, and Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Ralph received his call into the ministry on January 16, 1984, under the leadership of Dr. Jayel and Joyce Jacobs, Jr., of Christian Life Missionary Baptist Church (CLMBC), Oklahoma City, where he served in various capacities locally and nationally.

In October 1991, Ralph and his family relocated to Muskogee to become the 22nd pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church (NJBC). Ralph believed in teaching for “changed lives.” His vision was to teach so that revelation, application and manifestation of the Word could be seen in a believer’s everyday life. His desire was to make a spiritual impact in the community. Ralph is well known for his generous philanthropic acts of giving, his exotic cowboy boots, his outgoing personality, the use of visual teaching aides, graphic application of biblical principles and singing abilities that went to the core of the Biblical principles of hearing, believing and obeying the Word.

Those waiting to meet him; the love of his life for 41 years, Perline, and son Ralph E ‘Sonny” Boyattia 11, two brothers Cecil Q. Boyattia, Jr., of Muskogee, and C. Anthony Boyattia of Dallas, Texas; one sister Inez Boyattia, Gary, Indiana; sisters and brothers in laws, Bobbie Boyattia, Muskogee; Franchella Boyattia, Dallas, Texas; Wanda and Eddie Gill, Oklahoma City; Thelma and William Parks, Gary and Lesly Conard, Sylena Wilkes, Spencer and Claudia Conard, all of Oregon and Jessica Conard of Washington State; special nieces and nephews, Eric and Jerell Gill, Oklahoma City, George “Cheeks and Nicole Wilkes, G’Von and Journie Conard, Portland, Oregon; other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends and adopted family members, Bristol Tottress, Kurisha Tharps and the Walker Clan.

The Worship Service, Celebrating his life will commence on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in the Boulevard Christian Church. Pastor James McCracken, the gracious host Pastor, Pastor Leroy Walker, Sr., Pastor of Rayfield Baptist Church, Officiating and Apostle Lathon Archie, Sr., Pastor of Faith Deliverance Christian Center, Eulogist. Burial will follow with full military honors in the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

You may visit Pastor Boyattia, as he slumbers in peaceful repose on Thursday, from 12 Noon until 6 PM at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Visitation on Friday will be from 8:30 AM until service time and friends are kindly asked to assemble by 9:45 AM prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM.

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