August 14, 2001, Tuesday - December 4, 2020, Friday
On Friday morning, December 4, 2020, at approximately 9:13 AM, Ryan Liam Fite went to be with the Lord, due to a fatal crash that occurred north of Big Spring, Texas.
A 27-year-old man driving a Ford pickup failed to yield right-of-way at a stop sign on FM 846. This resulted in his vehicle colliding with a Silverado pickup, driven by a 37-year-old man and his passenger 19-year-old Ryan Fite, who were traveling on highway 1584 headed to their first job of the day.
The 37-year-old driver was airlifted to Lubbock with incapacitating injuries. Ryan Fite was pronounced dead on the scene. The 27-year-old man sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to a Big Spring Medical Center.
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At the time of the wreck Ryan's superintendent [Buddy], who was in the accident with Ryan, saw (had a vision of) Jesus and Ryan standing in a magnificent white room, then Buddy heard Jesus voice telling him it was not his time.
This is a beautiful picture of Jesus personally being there to welcome Ryan to Heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:8 "To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord."
(Immediately at death our Spirit leaves our body and goes to Heaven to be present with the Lord.)
Jesus Personally Welcomed Ryan to Heaven
Let’s all make sure Heaven is Our Home too
Accepting Jesus Christ is Very Simple
Romans 10:9,10,13 "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. 10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation. 13 For whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
The decision to accept Jesus as our Savior is extremely important, because Our Soul is Eternal! If we do not accept Jesus as our Savior while we are living, one second after we die it will be too late.
God is not mad at us! He isn't counting our sins and holding them against us. He wants to have a personal relationship with us. He does not evaluate our lives and actions by how good we are. He knows we can never live up to His perfect standards. This is why God Himself provided the way for us to be judged "not guilty", and to receive forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life. There's no righteous deed we can do that will earn us a place in Heaven. We come to Christ empty-handed. We can take no credit for our salvation. This gift cannot be worked for, earned, or achieved. It's dependent solely on Christ's generous sacrifice for us.
Titus 3:5 "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us."
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are you saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no man may boast."
The majority of people think if they are good and do good works, they will enter Heaven. But entering Heaven is not based on being good, it’s based on having a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we are saved, the Bible says we then become the children of God. So God is our Father, and Jesus becomes not only our Lord and Savior, but he is also our elder Brother.
To have this relationship we need to say something like, “Dear God, I Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die on a cross for me. I believe His blood was shed to cleanse me from all my sins and He rose again to give me Eternal Life. Jesus, I love you for all you have done for me, and I ask you to please forgive me, come into my heart, and be my Lord and Savior. Thank You Jesus!”
If you have said this prayer, let people know that you are a Christian. In the Bible Jesus said …
Matthew 10:32 "Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in Heaven."
The following analogy will help you understand this Heavenly Relationship.
For example, if you went and found the most beautiful home in the country, and you knocked on their door, and you said, “Excuse me, I’m moving in with you because I am a good person”.
What do you think the owner of that home would say to you?
“No, you are not!” Right, you surely wouldn’t expect him to say, “Sure, come on in”, because you have no relationship with him!
Yet people go through their entire lives, they have nothing to do with God, they deny Jesus as the Son of God, which God said is the only way into His house, and then at the end of their lives they come and knock on His door and say, “Excuse me, I’m moving in with you because I am a good person”.
You see, God offers to be their Father throughout their whole life, but they push Him away. So God is their Creator, but He is not their Father until they invite His Son, Jesus, in as their Savior. Then they become God’s children and they have the privilege of living with Him for all eternity.
Our standard of "good" and God’s are two different things. God’s standard is perfect, and that’s a really high standard, so we can’t stand up before a holy God and say, “I’m pretty good, so let me in”.
Thank God our salvation is based on a relationship with Jesus Christ and not based on us being good or none of us could be saved!
“Adapted from an excerpt from Wiese”
Jesus died on the cross as the only One Worthy to pay the penalty for our sins demanded by the Holiness of God:
2 Corinthians 5:21 "For our sake He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the Righteousness of God."
John 3:16 “God so Loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have Eternal Life.”
Acts 4:12 "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near."
For all Eternity you'll be glad you did.
Life is short and ETERNITY is far too long not to be sure where you will spend it!
When this life ends ... Make sure you know where you will be.
You may live a hundred years on earth and feel it is an extremely long time,
but a million years will only be a few seconds of your time in Eternity.
You will be in one place or the other!
Be sure you spend your Eternity in Heaven, not in Hell.
I can imagine the Lord handing Ryan an exquisite Lightsaber in Heaven and saying, "Ryan, you're going to love this one. I had it special made just for you."
In Loving Memory of
Ryan Liam Fite
Condolences and Shared Memories
Ryan was really, truly, an amazing friend. I have so many stories about the times that he made me feel actually wanted which isn’t always easy to come by. He always seemed to have such a difficult time saying goodbye and honestly? It was really an honor that he actually wanted to hang out with me that much. Not only was he just an amazing friend, he basically got me my old job. He let my friends and I into the theatre for a movie and suddenly I was offered an interview. Working with him was even more amazing than just being his classmate since he always made the work day so fun. When he quit, he left me a really sweet little note saying how much fun he had working with me, and I still carry it in my wallet to this day. Each Christmas he gave amazing gifts and I’m devastated that I won’t be able to try to pay him back this year. Last year he gave me a full blown lightsaber! So expensive right? I barely even felt like I deserved such a gift and he gave it to me without a second thought, I am just so honored that he thought I was that important. When he took my Dad’s class, he left a note at the end of the year telling him that he “raised his daughter right” and while I probably shouldn’t have seen it, I’m so glad that I got the chance to read it. He was just such a special guy and it hurts so much that I can’t just text him and ask if we can hang out anymore. He had one of the most unique senses of humor I’ve ever seen and it made it all the more fun to hang out with him. So thank you, Ryan’s parents, for raising him right.
I didn't know my brother too much but he was way too young to pass on. I can only hope that he may rest peacefully with our Mom. May he forever stay in our memories and our hearts.
Bob and June Kimmel:
We are so terribly sorry for your loss. Our hearts hurt! Sending our love and prayers to this family.
I now realize even more how blessed I have been to have taught Ryan while he was in band program at Big Spring ISD. He was a special kind of student to me and there was never a moment that he took for granted in working to be the best role model for the Drumline that he was a part of within the Steer Band. He kept in close contact after he graduated and never failed to put a smile on anyone’s face. This news has shattered my heart, but I rejoice in knowing that one day I’ll see Ryan again through the hope of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I will forever remember Ryan Fite. Praying for James and Amanda, and all who loved this precious soul. My deepest condolences to you all.
I had the pleasure of being Ryan's first supervisor at his first job at the movie theater. I remember a shy and a little frightened young man at first but then he quickly blossomed into a confident and very efficient young man. He has such an amazing soul and we had many moments of laughter over his time with us and after as well. I will remember him always. It’s not every day we get to know a star and he was a star that shone the most brightly.
Ryan was an amazing young man and I am proud to be able to have called him my friend. As a manager, you are not supposed to have favorite employees, but Ryan was truly my favorite. Every shift we worked together at Cinemark was full of laughter, fun, and joy. That was thanks to Ryan. His caring spirit could brighten up any room, and his humor was never ending. My heart goes out to his family, and his friends. The memories he has left for those who were touched by his presence in their lives will never be forgotten, myself included. Rest in Peace brother.
Oskar Milla lit a candle in memory of Ryan Liam Fite, and left a message:
Mis condolencias a la familia, y mucha paz en este momento difícil. Mis bendiciones al joven Maestro Pokémon. Saludos desde Chile.
My condolences to the family, and much peace at this difficult time. My blessings to the young Pokémon Master. Greetings from Chile.
Ryan was nothing short of amazing. I am thinking, praying, and crying with you all during this most terrible time. He was literally, the world’s best nephew and I am so blessed to have known him, and truly blessed to have been a small part of his life. I'm here when needed. I love you all.
I'm sorry for your loss. Stay strong with wonderful memories. My condolences.
James and Amanda. Ann and Don. I am so sorry for the grief and pain of loss you are experiencing right now. Words seem so inadequate... just know you are in my prayers and my heart. I love you all!
Words don't feel adequate, but I'm so sorry for your loss. Ryan was an amazing friend to my boys, Joseph and Matthew.
There are absolutely no words to describe the loss of this incredible young man. He was such a loving and kind soul. He gave the best hugs. I’ll always remember him as that sweet little boy with soft eyes and the sweetest giggles. Praying for peace.
Eddie and Tina Earls:
James and family I am so sorry to hear about Ryan I know from the bottom of my heart this is the most heartbreaking and painful thing to go through May God Wrap His Loving Arms around your whole family.
My heart is broken. Condolences to all the family. Prayers going up for all of you. It’s not goodbye, but till we meet again. 💔
Your Mother was my BEST friend... If she were still around, you may have been like a Son to me. I wish I could've gotten the chance to know you... My solace today is knowing that you are with your Mother in Heaven looking down on all of us. As they say, in a better place... Tell your Mom to save me a spot in the alto section young one... And I'll see you.
Sherri and Bill Wigington:
Dear Fite family, we are so sorry to hear about Ryan. We did not know him personally but he did excellent work with a very nice smile every time he did plumbing in our home. We understand that just kind words from strangers cannot even begin to help ease the pain right now but we did want to let you know that we will be lifting your family up in prayer.
I got the pleasure of being on the BSHS Drumline when Ryan was a freshman. I saw a good kid with a great talent. He always had a smile on his face, and would always be able to make you laugh. He had a genuinely sweet soul and never knew an enemy. If he met you once, he knew you as a friend. Rest well Ryan, till we meet again.
Ryan was such a sweetheart. I was in band with him over the course of about 6 years. He was a great person who always showed kindness to me and was always so himself. I was never very close with him, but he was truly one of the kindest people I have ever met.
I do not know what words fit in this time. I do not have words to comfort Ryan’s family. I just say, “It is too soon” to complete his duty in the World. He was a quiet and smiling student in my class. He will be missed but not be forgotten. My deepest sympathy and prayers to Ryan’s family.
My deepest condolences to the family. Ryan was a great friend and classmate. He never failed to make me smile, even on the worst of days. He’ll never be forgotten.
Dude. When I lived in big spring. You were my best friend. Even tho you were so much older than me. I looked up to you so much. I thought you were the coolest person ever, you were good at video games, you were nerdy. Dude I thought you were amazing. We hung out so much too. And when I moved you were the first person I said goodbye too. I know since I moved we haven’t talked as much but we were still close. I’ll miss you dude. Rest in Peace.
You will be missed. I love you so much Ryan, I will miss all the times we hung out and everything we shared. Rest easy love.
My deepest condolences to your family. Ryan was such a great friend and classmate. He never failed to make me smile, even on the worst of days. He will never be forgotten.
Praying for your family. I’ll miss you Ryan. My heart truly breaks for you, I still can’t believe it’s real.
You are loved. You will be missed. The world was better for your presence. The tragedy of your passing will forever be overshadowed by the love and joy you unselfishly shared to those around you. I love you Mimi, I love you more baby were our last parting words. I will always hold them close together, with the memory of your sweet smile that will be enough. It will sustain me until we meet again.
I am so sorry for your loss! May God hold you in his arms thru this tough time!
Skeet218022 avid Pokémon player:
My condolences to you and the family and group, may God bless his soul.
My condolences to the family, May God bring you closure and Rest in Paradise Ryan...... A Pokémon buddy.
Your fav Pokémon be with u xx.
Amy Leggett & Paisley Osborn:
My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. He was such an amazing kid and turned out to be an amazing young man. ❤️ The Leggett Family
James, I am sorry for your loss. I pray your family will find strength together in this tough time.
Rachel and Larry Lowry:
We didn’t know Ryan, but we knew James. There are no words that can alleviate the grief and suffering that is happening. We are both so sorry for your loss.
Bob & Geri Gibbs:
Our Condolences. There are no words to ease your pain but to let you know we are praying for you that somehow God can give you Peace that only He knows how.
Agustin Gaitan Jr:
In memory of Ryan Liam Fite, Agustin Gaitan Jr lit a candle.
There are not words that could ever comfort your family. Please know that my heart is thinking about and praying for each person, family, friend effected by your passing. Sending love and hugs.
Russ and Jeannie Rutledge:
James and Family, Our heart breaks for you and please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
You will be missed dearly good friend.
You will be sorely missed my friend.
In memory of Ryan Liam Fite, Anonymous lit a candle.
Dillon, Cash & Sadie Sorrells:
In memory of Ryan Liam Fite, Dillon, Cash & Sadie Sorrells lit a candle.
I am so sad for you. You have had to deal with so much in life. God bless you and give you peace.
In memory of Ryan Liam Fite, Mia lit a candle.
My condolences on your loss. I can’t even imagine the pain you are going through Ryan was definitely heated on life. Y’all are in our prayers.
My condolences to the family. Sending prayers and hugs.
In memory of Ryan Liam Fite, Marisol Keaton lit a candle.
Marjorie Hinojosa and Family:
So sorry for your loss. Words cannot convey the sentiment of your loss. You all are in our prayers.
So sorry for your loss.
In memory of Ryan Liam Fite, Anonymous lit a candle.
Mary Lou Hall:
I’m so very sorry beyond words for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he Rest in Peace.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you that added measure of strength during this time and the days ahead. Prayers are being lifted for your family. My deepest condolences.
Our sincere condolences to you, Amanda and your family. I am so sorry for your loss and you are in our hearts and prayers. Love Tracy and Jaime
In memory of Ryan Liam Fite, Marissah Edwards lit a candle.
When you came with Mitch to lunch you seemed like a very funny and great guy.
Rest in Peace and fly high!
I am truly sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan was one of the best kids I knew. Always so kind.
Janet and Jeff Nelson:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May peace and grace be with you. Love Janet and Jeff Nelson
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
August 14, 2020, Age 19
2 Corinthians 5:1 "For we know that if our earthly house [our physical body] ... were dissolved [through death], we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (We will have an eternal body.)
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 “I would not have you to be ignorant, ... concerning them which ... [have died], that you sorrow not, ... as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which ... [have died] in Jesus will God bring with Him. 15 ... We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not ... [precede] them which ... [have died]. 16 For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
I See Something
Written & Directed by James Fite
Starring Ryan Fite and Alyssa Wellner
After realizing they are all alone at home, a brother and sister, Liam (Ryan Fite) and Madison (Alyssa Wellner), try to determine if there is something outside the windows watching them. As the night proceeds, they find that fear is enhanced by the imagination.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 "Behold, I ... [tell] you a mystery; We shall not all ... [die], but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead(shall be reunited with their bodies and) shall be raised incorruptible, and we [the living, also] shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality."
(What a marvelous promise for Christians, dead or living, to be changed instantly. In a moment, in the blink of an eye we will be changed from mortal bodies into beings with glorified bodies. This means a perfect, immortal body like Christ’s body, which can never be hurt, sick, or die again.)
Philippians 3:20-21 “We look for … the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our ... [earthly] body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious [resurrected] body.”
1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He [Christ] shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are ... [temporary]; but the things which are not seen are eternal [everlasting].”
Ryan was the Drum Line Leader in Band during his Senior Year of High School.
Black Plumbing Big Spring, TX
December 8, 2020 at 5:16 PM
Good Morning Friends and Family,
It is with a sad heart that we need to provide an update as to the horrific event that took place Friday. On Friday, our company suffered a tragic accident at our Big Spring, Texas location. Our superintendent and his apprentice were involved in a major traffic collision. Ryan Fite, 19, an apprentice of ours since May of 2019 was pronounced dead at the scene. Buddy Murray, our superintendent, was care flighted to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Buddy was in critical condition most of the weekend, but with prayers, support from our team, family, and community we expect a full recovery. His road to recovery will be a long one. So, our prayers are with Buddy, his family, Ryan Fite’s Family, and the driver of the other vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
Ryan’s visitation will be this Tuesday, December 8th from 8:00am to 9:00pm at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 9th at 2:00pm at Mt. Olive Cemetery. On Wednesday, December the 9th from 12:00pm-5:00pm our company will be attending Ryan’s service.
We ask everyone to please continue to pray for Ryan’s family, Buddy, his family, the driver of the other vehicle, and all our Black Plumbing Team.