Ronald George Callier, lovingly known as “Boutee’ or Uncle Ronnie”, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2020. He was born November 24, 1946 in New Orleans. Louisiana to Mr. Edward and Mrs. Olivia Callier at Flint Goodridge hospital. Ronald George Callier was number “four” of seven children.
Born and nurtured in New Orleans, Louisiana, he attended Paul Lawrence Dunbar elementary school, Alfred C Priestly, Walter L Cohen high school & completed associate courses at Southern University. Ronald really enjoyed biology and was an excellent sketch life-like artist. Our family, we were given various innate abilities; such as athletes & various components for the love of music. Ronald was quite the prolific athlete. He was ‘fire” in track & field in the quarter mile and 220; no one could catch him. Ronald’s voice was a tenors dream. Once Ronald, his brother Elliott, sister MattieAnn, first cousins GloriaFaye and Lloyd participated in the “Dr Daddy-O” talent show and they blew all the other contestants away!
As time moved on the family eventually relocated to Portland, Oregon where Ronald continued to develop his love of music. His voice graced many formed vocal groups in the city where many friendships were forged. Ronald also was man that loved the outdoors. He demonstrated that through his love of golf & intricate landscaping skills. All of it suddenly came to a halt when Ronald was drafted into the ARMY and sent to the front lines of the VIETNAM WAR. He said the gift of singing, that song in your heart that God gave him was one of the key components that kept him focused through the trenches. Ronald became platoon Sargent during his tour of duty. Ronald shared many times during reflection(s) that he was surprised to see many of his friends from New Orleans on the front lines in VIETNAM & he also saw them shot and killed. In VIETNAM, malaria, a parasite that invades the red blood cells raged war on many. Ronald’s health was impaled by mosquitoes where he contracted malaria & was sent back to the STATES with life threatening symptoms. With lengthy treatment and care Ronald with the help of the Lord recovered and was honorably discharged from the ARMY.
Ronald George Callier will always be remembered as the family “philosopher” and storyteller. He always had a nugget of truth for your tool kit if you asked for it or not. You had to have patience and a desire to listen to hear because he spoke in parables and he could be extremely black and white. However, after a session you always left with a better understanding of yourself.
Ronald was a very proud man. He loved the Lord and his family; he loved his children, grandchildren, his siblings, & all his nieces and nephews, cousins, his cherished friends, and GREENS.
Ronald George Callier will be sorely missed. He will be remembered by many because he cared big. He leaves to sing his praises the following: his children Kevin Elloie (Catrice Elloie), Tamra Cochran-Hickok (Damon Hickok), Nefetari Callier-Wells (Kyle Wells) Kanika Callier, Meilani Carruthers, Saraphina Callier-Frison (Quinton Frison), his siblings: sister Dr Geraldine Hammond, brother Elliott Callier, sister MattieAnn Callier-Spears (deceased), sister Gwendolyn Callier-Rahman (deceased), brother Ricky Callier ( Rosa Clay-Callier), sister MaryEtta Callier-Wells, a host of adored grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins , cherished friends, and his assisted living host & caretaker Ms. MaryBeth.
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