Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Williams Hay Raysor, 88, of 2981 Locust Ave., Denmark, formerly of Blackville, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Bethany Baptist Church, Blackville. The burial will follow in Hope Memorial Cemetery, Barnwell.
Mrs. Raysor died Saturday, July 13, at her residence.
Born Dec. 23, 1924, in Barnwell County to the late George Williams and Inez Felder Harley, she was raised in the home of her maternal granduncle and grandaunt Toll and Martha Hay of Blackville. On Sept. 9, 1939, she married the late Leon Raysor Sr. in Blackville. With this 44-year union of love, they were blessed with 14 children (seven sons and seven daughters). For a number of years, Mamie worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. After her youngest child reached maturity, she returned to school and earned her high school diploma from Denmark-Olar High School on May 7, 1978, and graduated with highest honors in English. At an early age, she joined Bethany Baptist Church, which was once located at “Old Ashley Station.” Mamie served the church for more than 80 years in many capacities: as deaconess, missionarypresident and teacher, church treasurer, Vacation Bible School director and Sunday school teacher. She will also be remembered for her strong, anointed, lead-singing voice in the church choir.
Surviving are seven sons, Leon (Sharon), Louis (Patricia) and Thurmon Raysor, all of Brooklyn, N.Y., Deacon Leo (Lisa) Raysor of Valley Stream, N.Y., Dr. (Rev.) Cecil (Dora) Raysor of Charlotte, N.C., Douglas (Alice) Raysor of Montgomery, Ala., and Reuben Raysor of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven daughters, Annie R. (Johnnie) Hutchinson of Summerville, Leona (Marrion) Butler of Sumter, Mary (Reggie) Seel of Portland, Ore., Josephine Raysor-Smith and Shelby Raysor, both of Denmark, the Rev. Inez Raysor of Blackville, and Carol (Earl) Chatman of Branchville; two adopted daughters, Mattie Raysor and Patricia B. Raysor, both of Brooklyn; a sister, Maybell F. Jackson of Charleston; an adopted brother, Angus Brabham of Riviera Beach, Fla.; three sisters-in-law, Ethel R. Williams of Brooklyn, Luttie Raysor of Jersey City, N.J., and Lizzie Felder of Charleston; two special cousins, Earline Priester Sanders and Clyde Priester Jr., both of Blackville; 32 grandchildren; and 51 great-grandchildren.
The family will be greeting friends in the Voorhees College gymnasium, Denmark, after the burial. The family will also be greeting friends at the residence.
The Denmark Chapel of Carroll Mortuary will be in charge of the services.