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Obituary: Judith Gail ‘Judy’ Rayburn, Whiteland

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Judith Gail ‘Judy’ Rayburn

Rayburn, 66, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Franklin. She was a resident of Whiteland.

She was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Russell Springs, Ky., to Grady and Eva Ona “Oney” (Wilson) Popplewell.

Judy loved children and recently worked in local day care ministries.

Judy, along with her former husband and best friend, C.J., founded and grew C J Rayburn Race Cars in Whiteland. They started the business in the 1970s, and she was still passionate about it until her death.

She enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, writing poetry and planting flowers.

She was a member of Whiteland Missionary Baptist Church.

Judy loved family gatherings and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include three children, Eva (Donald) Goeb of Franklin, and Carla Rayburn-Pohl and Kim (Steve Wagers) Rayburn, both of Greenwood; former husband, C.J. Rayburn of Whiteland; two sisters, Betty Ashbrook and Barbara Herron, both of Whiteland; a brother, Danny (Sherry) Popplewell of Franklin; mother-in-law, Alma Rayburn of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Donny (Miranda) Goeb, Emily (Rob) Fricke, Justin Shaw, Haley and Samuel Pohl, Trevor Rayburn and Jackson Flater; two great-grandchildren, Sofia Shaw and R.J. Fricke; friend, Larry Parton of Whiteland; several nieces and nephews; and her dog, Roscoe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Maxine Bolin and Loretta Hare; and three brothers, Billy, Jimmy and Joe Popplewell.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, 729 U.S. 31 North. Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

True to Judy’s giving spirit, her last act was the gift of sight, by donating her eyes to Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank.

Information: 535-6880, www.jessenfuneralhome.com

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