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Rickey Smiley & Brandon Smiley

Source: The Rickey Smiley Morning Show

After taking two days off, Rickey Smiley returned to host his show on Wednesday and took a moment during his Rickey’s Unleashed segment to offer up his gratitude to God and every single person who called or sent him a message regarding the tragic news of the passing of his son Brandon Smiley, which Rickey shared with the world on Sunday.

He expressed his current state, the difficulties processing, and all the wonderful memories he cherishes, especially the 6 to 13-year-old days.

After sharing a few of those memories and giving thanks to specific individuals and his fraternity, he shared one last message with everyone who may want to do anything for him: Get out and serve.

He said he would lead by example starting Thursday.

“Tomorrow I’m going to serve the Homeless at the Salvation Army. And if you want to do anything for me. I don’t need no flowers. Go and make a donation to the Salvation Army. Let’s fill up these pantries, just because my son died, I want to make sure that somebody is able to eat. Somebody is able to get a hot meal. I’m gonna put on an apron tomorrow. And I’m going to serve. Through my pain and still serve God because it ain’t about me. This is about God and doing God’s work and doing his ministry. So I thank you and I thank you God for my life and I just appreciate the opportunity to speak from my heart this morning.”


Please follow @RickeySmileyOfficial for any updates regarding Brandon, Rickey and the family and we continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Listen to Rickey’s entire message below from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Scroll to the bottom to read a portion of the transcript.


Rickey’s Message For Those Who Want To Do Something

“And I just want to say thank you and I just want to take the time to thank you, God’s father. God our real daddy. You wanted him to be with you. I’m sure you could do a much better job than I can. You even created me and created my granddaddy. And so I’m just thankful and grateful this morning and I’m appreciative. So that’s why I’m here. I’m on the radio this morning because other people was at the Funeral Home yesterday. You hear me. Other people was at the Funeral Home yesterday with clothes burying their loved ones, not just me.”

“And I want y’all to pray for all the families. They got to bury a loved one this weekend. God bless you. Thank you and to God be the glory. What a wonderful loving God that we serve and I stand proud and I stand on the rock of God this morning. I thank him for my life, the good, the bad, the storms and I thank you for the rain. I thank you for the ugly, I thank you for everything. I don’t care how bad it gets, I’ll never curse God…”

“So I thank you and I thank you God for my life and I just appreciate the opportunity to speak from my heart this morning.”


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