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OBITUARY: Robert S. Pride
Robert S. Pride
Robert S. Pride

Robert S. Pride, 72, passed away on Sept. 21, 2013 in Blythe. He was the second of 23 children born to the union of Willie and Armanda Pride, on April 3, 1941 in Blythe, Calif.

At an early age, Robert unselfishly started working in the local seasonal harvest to help support his family. In the fall of 1960, the harvest landed Robert and his cousin, Walter Dodson, in Delano, Calif. Where Walter's friend, Fred Dumas lived with his wife Darlene and his sister, Rose. As fate would have it, Robert met Rose and in 1961 they were married and resided in Blythe. To this union, five children were born: Earlroy, Robert Jr., Roland, Romanda, and Robin Pride.

Robert worked 51 years of his life in various employment such as: Robinson Farms, Nish Noroian Farms, Benny Brookins Trucking, Modern Cotton Gin, Blythe Alfalfa Growers Association (B.A.G.A.), Blythe Municipal Golf Course, Kaiser Steel, Sambo's, and Hobo Joe's restaurants, Blythe Ice Company, Hi-Value Farms, and the City of Blythe.

One day, as a City of Blythe employee, someone called Robert, "The Pride of Blythe" and thus, from then on, you would often times hear him say "Robert Pride, The Pride of Blythe"

Through all the places Robert worked, who would think, he would have time to raise five children and sometimes 20 up to 100 hogs.

Throughout Blythe and beyond, Robert was known for his famous barbecue and sauce. He was also known for blessing others with fresh fruits and vegetables from his, (it's called "organic" these days) garden. It is hard to remember one trip where he didn't take many family and friends, some fresh fruit, vegetables, and/or home grown bacon or homemade sausage. He was the only person the family knows who could make a "banana squash pie" taste so good. If you have ever been blessed to taste any of the above, you would know what they are talking about.

In 1982, Robert started attending Greater White Rose Church of God in Christ under Pastor Lloyd D. Bowen. A few years later, Robert gave and dedicated his life to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and faithfully served in the stewardship of deacon, up until God called him home.

Deacon Pride leaves to honor and cherish his legacy, his aunt Aquilla Walker, Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, Melvin Pride (Linda) and David Pride (Petralaine); eight sisters, Ola May Bradford, Cynthia Miller (Don Allen), Wanda Pride, Rebecca Freeman (Michael), Janet Pride, Loquetta Buckley (Neal), Rosalie Thomas-Petes (Troy); son, Earlroy Pride (Gracie); two daughters, Romanda and Robin Pride; 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many-many friends.

Deacon Robert Pride was preceded in death by both parents, Willie "Bill" and Armanda Pride; his grandmother, Ms. Adline Williams; three sisters, Beverly Jean Pride, Sandra Jean Bradford, and Shirlene Anderson; three sisters-in-law, Darlene Dumas, Joyce Dean and Lizzie Mae Dumas; two brothers, Paul and Willie Pride; brother-in-law, Fred Dumas; his first wife, Rose Pride; grandson, Lawrence Pride; two sons, Roland and Robert Pride; and second wife, Minnie Pride.

Visitation for Robert will be held from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 3, 2013. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2013. All services will be held at Frye Chapel & Mortuary, 633 N. 7th St., Blythe, 92225.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: Laticia Washington


We loved you for being the man you were to my mother, and even though we did not always see eye to eye, I would never wish loss on a loved one on anyone. You were truly appreciated, and will be deeply missed.

Laticia, Adon & Dasan

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Shannon Walters

I knew Robert when I was a kid. Always smiling. He's with our lord now. Love to all Pride family.

Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Gleeson Sr.

I remember Robert when I lived and worked in Blythe. I never saw a time where he wasn't smiling, happy and friendly. Robert was in my humble opinion the epitome of a good neighbor, good worker and a good man. When I worked patrol for the PD I'd see Robert working. He'd look at me and smile which was so infectious you just knew that "everything was gonna be alright". My condolences to all Robert's family. I'm certain that Robert is now smiling in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus, who is likewise smiling back to his friend now face to face.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Robin Bowers

Robert was an amazingly upbeat and joyous man. I don't ever recall Robert not having a smile on his face and excitement in his heart and voice. This world has lost an awesome man, Earlroy stay strong in your faith like I know you will, my deepest sympathies to you and ALL who knew and loved your DAD!

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Article comment by: Real Love

We just don’t understand the real cost of a loss, when a man loses a real man that raised him, by example, in love.
I have come to learn that when adversity comes, it is then, when our greatest Blessings are at the door of our faith. The Love that is spread and shared, the bridges that once upon a time seemed destroyed, are built anew, stronger, and makes the seemingly distance, much shorter than we imagined. And just when you think there is no deeper Love, Love proves us wrong and overwhelms us with God’s Glorious Unconditional Love. That unconditional Love, however "bitter-sweet" called a man home, called him out of the suffering, pain, and torment he would have faced if left here...I take comfort in knowing my dad did not suffer, when he left, he had a "deep peaceful sleep" on his face.

I have Honored, Praised, Thanked, and Loved my Father, my Dad, My Friend, my Godsend, of whom God Loved me with. Whom God touched me and many lives through, and have opened an ocean of Love that surpasses all understanding… As men, you seldom hear us talk about Loving another man. But true Love, when it overtakes you, you can't help but to let it be known. I Praise God today, for touching my life with His Love and moving me to a higher Love in Him today. A Love I would have never known, never felt, never experienced had it not been for my dad. I am going to miss him until I see him again †.
“All Praise, Glory, and Honor be to God”

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Emma Bowen

Pastor Lloyd and Mother Emma Bowen send love and prayers to Deacon Pride's family and love ones.

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Lynette Anderson

Pride family please find comfort in your dad's memories. He was an awesome man. When ever he'd smile and greet me, it was impossible to not smile myself. He was always warm and loving to all. I know he will be sorely missed. Please remember it's all a part of God's plan. Deacon Pride take your rest thy good and faithful servant.

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Sonny Baughman

How do you say good buy, to such a grate man. Robert touch every one heart he met.
Always happy and always had good thing to say about ever one.
R I P my old frend

Sonny Baughman
Antlers OK

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Sabrina Rascon

sad to hear of his passing, my condolences to the pride family. He was a great friend to my grandfather, Jimmy Jones, for many years. I have many childhood memories of going to pick up live stock from his farm. I can see it now, my grandfather, Jimmy Jones, and Robert kicking back drinking a nice hot cup of coffee. Rest in Peace Robby! :(

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Zamora

Robert was a school friend and every time he saw me on the class reunion float he would call out my name. He always had a smile and never a frown. Gonna miss you, Robert. RIP

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: kat lowe

I knew. Robert for many years I konw his daughter. Romanda she's a good friend of mine my heart goes out to her and her family I always called him mr.pride. and he loved it I'll. Miss him. Always.

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Slough

My condolences to the Pride family on their loss. Robert was a good man, and he will be missed by those of us who knew him.. RIP, Robert.

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Irene Esquibel

RIP Mr. Pride, my condolences to all the family

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Mclain

Mr. Pride you will be missed by many, thanks for the great times together.

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Gail Townsend

Robert Pride (THE PRIDE OF BLYTHE) Thank you for all of the years of dedecaited Service keeping our City looking good <3 I was honored to work with you. I will always cherish the fun, loving MEMORIES i have of you. No one will ever forget that FAMOUS HOWL <3 I Love You <3

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