Wanda L. Rash-Pritchett


A very multi talented Lady with a Big Heart. Known as Wanda Loraine Rash-Prtchett, (Song Bird), was born to her parents Elder Way Spikes and Estelle Rash on April 21, 1961 in Columbus, Ohio. Wanda attended West High School and Fort Hayes Career Center. She was a talented musician and songstress from the age of 3. She truly loved the Lord and was a lover of music. She could play every instrument made. She loved her flutes who she named Freddy and Roger. Wanda loved to Garden, cook, feed everybody and give anyone a place to stay. At an early age she dedicated her life to Christ and was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. During high school she made up her mind that she was going to be an entertainer and travel the world. She sang with many groups throughout the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio and was a member of the Randolph Seals Columbus Mass Choir under the direction of Randolph Seals, The Joe Mitchell Singers, Chosen Gospel Group, The Crowd Pleasers, Hypo Funk Band, Fresh, Battle Plan and was a original member of Roger Troutman and Zapp. She made Dayton, Ohio her home and got to travel the world and meet and touch many lives. Wanda rededicated her life to Christ and became a faithful member of Hearken Unto the King under the Leadership of Apostle Christopher Evans and Pastor Tamara Evan, where she served as Minister of Music and helped several churches in Dayton, Ohio. She was a faithful member until her untimely illness.

She loved her family and was always praying for them and anyone who needed or wanted her to pray for them. Wanda had a beautiful voice and a big heart. In the recent months, sister Wanda's health would not permit her continuous participation in her labor of love; however her presence in the Lord's House to hear the Lord's Word was her spiritual lift.

at 9:45am, on Wednesday September 10, 2014, with her baby sister Yvette by her side, Wanda went Home to be with the Lord.

She is preceded in death by her father Elder Way Spikes, brother Arnold Spikes, sisters Sheila (Spikes) Donelson, Lynette Thomas and Desiree Garland, uncles John and William "Bill" Rash and Monroe, James and Bunky Eskridge, aunts Elizabeth Wilburn, Jeri___________, Patricia Davie, Grayce Toles, Mary Spikes and Della Bryant. . Left to cherish her memory, husband David Pritchett, daughter Shannel Rash, mother Estelle U. Rash, sisters Deborah Johnson, Yvonne Wheeler, Yvette Winston, Karen Watson, Vlora (Dale) McAfee and Nikki Masten, brothers Wayne (Coretha) Spikes of Rochester NY, Roy Spikes, Andre (Carolyn) Spikes and Charles (Marcy) Masten, 4 sisters in law, 1 brother in law, aunts Patricia (Ray) McCall Steele and Jean Rash, uncles Lindsey Hansford and Harvey Tolls, special friends Jannetta & Michael Warren, Linda Brooks, Marshall Jones, Billy Beck, Greg Jackson, William "Bootsy & Patsy Collins, Neal Cobb, Gina Bonner, Dolly King, The Stewart, Gladden and Craft Families, God Mother Rebecca Banks, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
"Servant of God, Well Done; now rest from thy loved employ; The Battle has been fought , our victory won; just enter thy Masters joy."

Condolence Messages

  1. LaTonia Sims-Harper

    As we think about our loved ones who have died and how they leave an imprint on our hearts, we find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. I hope the scriptures I am sharing with you below, bring you a bit of comfort today, and always, when you think about Wanda. May the God of all comfort embrace you all.
    Acts 24:15, "es;there is going to be a resurrection ”
    Revelation 21:4."es;GOD…will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."es;




  3. GOD BLESS the family at this very sad time with the loss of Wanda.. My prayers are with you & know that things will get better has time goes by. I loved Wanda like a sister, a true entertainer & long time friend. She suffers no more and is playing her flute and singing praises with our Lord right now. May she rest in peace and one day prayerfully we will meet again.
    Much Love

  4. Wanda Rash was a very special person in my life she encouraged me as I encouraged her. we built a unbreakable sisterhood. I can say that she loved the lord unconditionally in sickness and in health she continuosly gave him praise. Which bring me to this scripture
    "es;My Flesh my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever"es; psalm 73:26 I wrote a special poem for Wanda called:
    Behind those rose colored shades there was a lot of joy and a lot of pain.
    Behind those rose-colored shades music danced in your head every day.
    Those rose-colored shades were your signature of cool as you stood on the stage sang and played your flute. I can hear your laughter and I can see your smile I can hear your voice of encouragement coming from a very warm place. Your voice made me shudder, and sometimes cry as I listened to you sing I was mesmerized. I cherish our sisterhood and the time I spent with you it was full of laughter, crying together, sharing secrets, encouragement, and love.
    Love always your sister and friend you will always be in my heart until we meet again.

  5. Shay (Jenkins) Hunt

    My sincere condolences to Wanda's family; I was shocked and saddened to hear the news. I've known Wanda since our days at Fort Hayes as singer/musician 'friends'. Her smile could brighten any room and her singing voice could lift you to 'higher heights'. Family, you are in my prayers; remember "es;Earth has NO sorrow, that HEAVEN cannot heal."es;

  6. Karen Summers-Britton

    I remember Wanda from West high school and Northwest. We were kind of close. My condolence are with you all doing this time.

  7. Our sincere condolenses go to the family Wanda. She was truly a gift to all who knew her and she will be sadly missed. May God Bless you all and give you strength during this time of bereavment.
    With Much Love,
    Gail Barnett and The Canabar Staff

  8. My sister in Christ and Music is now with a great gathering and performing with many of her great counterparts….No goodbyes…just save me a seat in the sax section my sister. Performed with her and Sugarfoot (ohio players) when they came from Dayton at GJ's Lounge….beautiful spirit…heaven has a great one….

  9. Darchelle L. Williams

    "es;Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning"es;. I remember my last phone conversation with my friend Wanda. It was last year when I was very ill myself. She prayed with me, gave me words of encouragement, reminiced about the beautiful Music we often made together and as always…we ended our call with I love you and God Bless you. She will be sadly missed here on Earth and many of us will weep as we suffer a great loss, but we can also feel great joy in knowing that she is now with The Lord and reaping her Heavenly reward. My condolences go out to her family. May God grant you Peace, Love and Music.

  10. To Wanda's Family and Friends:

    Please accept condolences at this time. I hold on to the resurrection hope that will end such sad occasions as this one.

    Do you long for comfort in the face of death? One sure source of comfort can be found in the Bible’s resurrection accounts. Reading such accounts, meditating on them, and visualizing the events can make the resurrection hope more real to you. (Romans 15:4) These are not just stories. They actually happened to real people like us, living at a real time and in a real place. Let us focus briefly on one example—the first resurrection in the Bible record.

    Hopefully that hope will fill your hearts today too.

  11. Thanks for all you gave, you gave yourself from your heart.

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