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Raphael Ette
  • 19 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 22, 1996
  • Date of passing: Jul 23, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Mansfield, Texas, United States
Let the memory of Raphael be with us forever

Raphael Ette, 19, born on June 22nd 1996, left to be with the Lord on July 23rd 2015.

He is survived by his loving and devoted Parents; Eddie and Elizabeth Ette, and 4 siblings. 

May his soul rest in perfect peace with the Lord. 

This memorial website has been created as a place for all of Raphael's loved ones to share memories, photos, video and messages. 

Raphael was a beautiful soul and an immensely loved son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew and friend. Through this website we will ensure that his memory lives on. 

Feel free to share your thoughts and memories of Raphael. 


At the parents request, no wake keeping is planned. Please forward any contributions or donations to:

Option 1:
Raphael Ette Fund at Bank of America
Acct No: 4880 4959 0287
Routing No: 111000025

Option 2:
Make checks payable to :
Raphael Ette
705 E. Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010

Funeral Services were held on Friday July 31st at Calvary Church of Irving.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ngozi Oji on 2nd August 2015

"Eddie Junior or Raphael as we all call him left an indelible remark on me the last time I had an encounter with him,  I was moving my Office stuff from my office to my home, Eddie junior moved all my stuff,  at the age of 17 full of energy and vitality, looking forward to going to University, I saw the sparkle in his eyes when he talked to me about college. I also noted the care and protection he provided to his younger ones and also towards his mum . Little did I know that that will be the last time I will talk to him again. May your gentle soul Rest In Peace Perfect Peace!, Adieu ! Adieu ! Adieu !; my son till we meet again to part no more."

This tribute was added by Akpan Chichi on 1st August 2015

"The Ette family, may the good lord be your strength and may his grace sustain you. You will always be in our prayers. May Raphael's beautiful soul rest in peace Amen. Charles Akpan and family."

This tribute was added by Judy Akpabot on 31st July 2015

"Eddie and Elizabeth,

There are no words to express to any parent when you have experienced this magnitude of a loss of a child. Only God can comfort and console you. Raphael will be missed, but God has a purpose for all things that he does. Please be comforted for his life and all he did while he was on this earth. In all things, give praise and thanks to God. We will continue to pray for strength for your family. We love you!
Judy Akpabot for The Akpabot family"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Davis-Ette on 31st July 2015

"Raphael although your spirit left us more than a week ago today your physical body left us and once again we cried because we will miss you tremendously. Your parents and siblings were so strong as they watched you go. I hope you never doubted for a moment the love everyone felt towards you. I don't know why you chose to leave us at this time but may God bless you and keep you. He is the creator of everything and is always in control. Love Carolyn"

This tribute was added by Robert Turley on 30th July 2015

"Raphael's wonderful smile will be dearly missed by this world! I am so proud to have been able to coach him! He had so much enthusiasm for all he did. May God give strength and peace to the Ette family! The loss is great, but his impact on this world was greater!"

This tribute was added by John Jones on 30th July 2015

"Eddie & Elizabeth , We are both very sorry to hear of your  lost our prays are with you all if we can do any thing to help you all please let me know may God love help guide you all through this tough time and help you all think about the good times you all had with your son Raphael.    John & Rosaland Jones"

This tribute was added by Eny Ntuk on 30th July 2015

I still cannot believe it! Still in shock that you, my friends' son is gone! Raphael, I still remember my conversation with you at your high school graduating party in your house as you were about going into college. You dad was so proud of you and telling me of all of your achievements and I was too! I said for you to put your head down and study well and you replied with that wide and warm signature smile of yours, "Yes uncle, I will!". You were a bright and promising young gentleman! You were the most polite, well-mannered youngman one would ever meet. You would always seek me out in gatherings to just say "Hello Uncle!", flashing that smile always! We will miss you immensely! Rest In Peace, Raphael!

Elizabeth, Eddie and Siblings:
Please accept our condolences! I do not have words enough to comfort you all at this time of this heart-wrenching grief for this loss of Raphael! But my family and I will keep you all in our prayers and ask that the Holy Spirit would hold you all close to Him, comfort you and give you an encouraging word or two to go through your day.
God bless you and keep you! Amen!!!

Eny, Marie Ntuk & Family"

This tribute was added by Felicia Washington on 30th July 2015

"Elizabeth, Eddie, Seth, Faith, and Hope you all are like family to us. We love you all with all our hearts. Elizabeth I remember the first time I met you for the first time. Our Kya and Hopie declared themselves best friends in kindergarten. Seems like yesterday. I have adored you and your family since the start. Raphael was the sweetest, kindest, most respectable young man I've ever met. I was so proud to see him grow up into this intelligent, funny, talented, and handsome young man. My Nae had a crush on him the first time she laid eyes on him. My heart is so heavy and the pain of losing him is so great. He will never be forgotten. He touched so many in so little time. I'm so thankful to have had him in my life. You are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Raphael❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Deborah Johnson on 30th July 2015

"Raphael, Raphael.....what can I say?  Losing you is a great loss!  My greatest reward is that I told you how proud of you I was, the last time I saw you.  My greatest regret is that I did not take the opportunity to get a selfie with you on July 4th, as I did not know that would be the last time I would see you.  Such a quiet strength about you.  Such a loving and devoted son and brother.  You touched so many lives.  Oh how I wish you would have reached out to someone in those final moments.  There are no words that can completely comfort a parent that loses a child; only God's peace and the prayers that surround them can bring them comfort during this time. My Hope is in Glory certainly had new meaning today when I listened to it in the car and cried for the millionth time. You were my adopted nephew but you were so near and dear to my heart as your sister and I prayed for you so many times. God truly did a miracle in you these last months, creating in you who HE called you to be.  I am so happy to know that you wanted nothing more than to be close to Jesus. That is comforting.  I know you are dancing and singing before the LORD, as well as entertaining everyone in heaven.  LOL.  I know Jesus waited for you at heaven's gates with open arms. That is comforting.  You are so loved and will be dearly missed my brother. Keep watch over your family and send the angels to guide them and comfort them.  
Auntie Deborah"

This tribute was added by Jessie Scott on 30th July 2015

"We will always remember Raphael, who was always joyful, kind, polite, loving and so much fun to be with.  In times like these, let’s also remember that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.  The mountains may move and be cast into the sea, but our God is steadfast and strong, always by our side to strengthen and uphold us.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He is with you, embracing you with His unconditional love.  Lift up your heads, be strong.  Give all praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is  our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. We love you very much.
Jessie Scott and family."

This tribute was added by jimmy clark on 30th July 2015

"What a huge loss Raphael was so good and kind, and it's sad to hear he was tricked by the devil. polite and good, was he.....those are the ones that evil ones goes at the hardest.....he was a remarkable person, ......and it's painful to realize he's gone now, but the truth of his compassion will live on.....and  his  life was not for naught......he will never be forgotten. ....for God has his soul in peace friend all his family....."

This tribute was added by Betty Williamson on 29th July 2015

"Eddie & Elizabeth

My first memory of Raphael is seeing that big beautiful smile; I believe he was about four, mannerable with a huge appetitive.  I didn’t see him often but I always inquired about him and his sibling, and it made my heart smile to know that he was doing well, a good young man with loving parents.  I am deeply saddened by the loss of your Son, you and your family are in my prayers.  May Raphael soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by HELENA IWEAJUNWA on 29th July 2015

""Ette Family"

No amount of words I can say will bring your baby boy back but all I can is pray for you at this time of need. May God be your support and your light and we are saddened by this news. God bless you all and lead you through. Amen."

This tribute was added by Shannon John on 29th July 2015

"My prayers are with your family and my most heartfelt condolences. I am deeply sadden by the news of Raphael passing. May our Lord comfort and bless your family during this time of grief. May God give you the comfort and peace and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace. May the Lord bless you all!!"

This tribute was added by Diana Emah on 29th July 2015

""Ette Family"

The Lord of heaven will be your strength during this time of loss. There are no words to express how I feel. One thing I know is that God will give you peace and comfort. Raphael was a brilliant young man who was loved by many. He will never be forgotten. His gentle spirit will forever live on through the many souls he touched while here on earth.

I am so happy I had a chance to experience his delightful smile on my graduation day back in May. His gentle smile I will always remember.

An angel of God's perfect creation! Raphael we say "goodnight" but not "good by" We will meet on the other side. Rest Well!

With Love,

The Emah Family"

This tribute was added by Deji Adegunle on 29th July 2015

"It was a big shock, may his soul  rest in peace and may the Lord comfort the entire family......"

This tribute was added by Uko Essien on 29th July 2015

"Elizabeth & Eddie,
I have been troubled by the rather unusual/ radical nature of your son's departure & have labored in prayer for your family. Among other things, I have asked the Holy Spirit to comfort & furnish you with revelations of why this event was allowed. I know He is faithful & granted that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him & have been called according to His purpose, deeper meaning shall yet come to you, providing coveted peace & closure faster than you could ever imagine. Please accept the Essien family condolences; we love you / share your grief but know that God loves you even more. Remain blessed & collected!
-pastor uko essien, for the family."

This tribute was added by Liza Kenyanya on 29th July 2015

"You will be forever in our hearts~ We love you Raphael ○°○"

This tribute was added by A'raeyona Baker on 28th July 2015

"I love you so much ette !! You truly are my angel you kept me going even when I wanted to give up . you always said " When You Feel Like Giving Up Place Your Hand Over You're Heart Feel That ? its Called Purpose KEEP GOING " I will love you forever for that . me and you stayed laughing and joking all the time you always told me I had no rhythm but I was okay with that .. I received Christ so I know I will see you again . I love you to pieces and I have fell in love with your mom I have just adopted her as my second mother lol . I see where you're sweet spirit comes from . I love you soo much my swole baby"

This tribute was added by A'Breia Baker on 28th July 2015

"May the Lord Bless you all. We all question why this happened but only God truly knows why. We are mourning something that's so sad but honestly should be rejoicing because Ette is in a better place. We are all family, I will continue visiting weekly and Seth will forever be my little brother and the girls will forever be my little sisters. May God Bless Y'all in this hard time. I love you all!!!"

This tribute was added by Oluwasanmi & Natasha Owoseni on 28th July 2015

"May the Lord bless you all and strengthen you daily bro Eddie and sis Elizabeth and children. It was such a blessing to meet you all and may Raphael's beautiful heart and love continue to strengthen you and may his loving memories bring smiles to your face. Dry your tears and rejoice, you've brought your children up in holiness and the Lord will reward you for all that you've committed to his hands. God bless you, may he keep you, may he forever cause his face to shine upon you, may he be gracious unto you all your days. In Jesus name"

This tribute was added by Udy Essien - Harper on 28th July 2015

"My Dearest Brother, Elizabeth and family,

I am so lost for words at such devastating and heartbreaking news. I give God all the glory regardless for Raphael's life even for such a short time. As I read through all the tributes, memories and outpouring of love towards him on Twitter and Instagram, I am quite overtaken by how much he touched so many lives at such a young age, and regretted the fact that I was not opportuned to be in his life to share in such fun memories. I never knew that seeing him just a year ago at Sifon's graduation was going to be the last time on Earth. He will forever be missed! Remain strong in the Lord, and be comforted by his loving, fun memories. Rest in His Mighty Arms Peacefully my precious Raphael till we meet again! #RipEtte."

This tribute was added by Mike Essien on 28th July 2015

"Eddie and Family,

May the Good Lord be your Strength and Peace as you and yours deal with this incredible loss.  Words are limited, but know that my family will include you in our prayers.  Lord knows!  Humans like us are limited in capacity to understand.  May you be held together and comforted by His Grace.  Peace!"

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