Elder Ronnie Cobb Sr. was born to Robert L. Cobb and Johnnie Mae Heard on December 18, 1949. Ronnie Cobb was a man with a unique spirit, since of humor, and love for people. He will truly be missed by many. He transitioned from this life here on earth on Thursday March 4, 2021.
Ronnie accepted Christ at a young age while attending his childhood church Bethel AME. This is where he developed a true love for God’s word. He was very active in the church, attending Sunday school and later becoming a member of the Leontyne Price Choir Ronnie was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Lincoln Heights High School. Following graduation, he later attended a trade school where he became proficient in the skill of Welding. Shortly after trade school he worked at Anchor Hocking before landing his dream job at General Electric, where he worked as an Aircraft Technician for well over 13 years.
As a young man while working at Drake Memorial Hospital, he was introduced to Imogene Gibbs by her aunt. Ronnie was immediately smitten by Imogene, so much so he followed her to out of town church events sometimes even beating her there. This young lady was surrounded by family and church members, who went to church often, so if the House of Prayer was where he had to be then that’s where he would be. Ronnie joined the United House of Prayer for All People, and the couple married on February 2, 1972. On June 12, 1977 the young couple expanded their family and gave birth to their one and only child Ronnie Cobb Jr. which whom he was very proud.
Ronnie grew stronger and stronger in the faith and longed to learn more. In 1980 he became a plain clothed guard under Bishop Walter McCollough. He took much pride in his position, and often spoke on how he believed it saved his life. Ronnie and his wife traveled from State to State diligently doing God’s will. He often spoke of the huge influence Bishop McCollough had on him, sometimes being brought to tears from the memories, and talks they shared.
In 1984 Ronnie Cobb received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost in Los Angeles, California. In 1996 he became an Elder and in 1998, the Assistant Pastor in Cincinnati, Ohio - where he served for well over 20 years. He was known for his heartfelt sermons, preaching his own self happy while belting out his famous words, “I FEEL GOOD!!!!!”
Elder Cobb had a special love for something that was a very close 2nd to the love of his family, and that was….. Cars! He knew every make, model, and feature from year to year. Earth, Wind and Fire, a soft cloth and Turtle wax was
his go to stress relievers. He would shine a car until his refection was 3D!
Elder Cobb also enjoyed Bowling, Skating, Music, and Movies. His movie collection was very impressive and to him too many, just wasn’t enough.
Elder Cobb had another title outside of Elder that he took much pride in and that was the title of “Paw Paw.” He was the grandfather of 6 children he nicknamed “The Cobbletts.” He enjoyed watching them take part in the youth services and gave away cash prizes to the winners of his Bible Trivia games (often having to pay a few jealous adults as well). He had a genuine love for people, sometimes stern in his approach, but a definite love none the less. Elder Cobb took many friends and family to convocations and conventions for their 1st time, wanting them to see what The House of Prayer was all about. He also loved giving those who traveled with them mini tours of historical landmarks and places of interest. He blessed many lives in multiple ways.
Elder Ronnie Cobb Sr. was preceded in death by his loving mother, Johnnie Mae Dawson, his Father Robert L Cobb, and his brother, Stanley Dawson.
He leaves to cherish in his memory his loving wife of 49 years, Imogene Cobb; his son, Ronnie Cobb Jr.; his six grandchildren: Ri’Ana Cobb, RaNia Cobb, RaQuel Cobb, Ri’Elle Cobb, Rei’Layah Cobb, and Ronnie Cobb III; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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