Wayne Rawlings, 88

Wayne Rawlings, 88 of Brady passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at the First Christian Church with interment in Rest Haven Cemetery. Wayne was born on May 11, 1918, to E.W. and Mildred (Hinds) Rawlings in East Liverpool, Ohio. He spent his childhood years in Pennsylvania and Ohio, graduating from East Liverpool High School. Wayne joined the Army Air Corp in 1941 in order to serve his country during World War II. He piloted a B26 Marauder, flying 61 successful missions over France and Germany, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Wayne met his wife, Laurissa Bratton in Lubbock while in pilot training. They were married Feb. 5, 1944, and enjoyed 60 years together before her death on Feb. 29, 2004. Wayne owned and operated Rawlings Quality Foods for many years and later worked at Wal-Mart after retiring from the grocery business. He loved to fly his Cessna 172 and was an avid golfer, playing often before ill health forced him to give it up. Wayne was a member of the First Christian Church where he served as an elder and a board member. He was very active in the Lions Club and the local VFW. Survivors include three children, Steve Rawlings and wife, Brenda, of Washington, D.C., Beth Rawlings of Wimberley and Terry Rawlings and wife, Diane, of Canyon Lake and Brady; brother-in-law, David Bratton and wife, Quita, of Rochelle; grandchildren, Kori, Celeste, Bianca and Rebecca Rawlings and Stephan and Lara Hardeman; great-granddaughter, Anastacia Valdez; niece, Mitzi Angley; nephews, Lewis, Bill and Don Bratton. Pallbearers were Don Bratton, Bill Bratton, Lewis Bratton, Trey Angley, Terry Rawlings, Stephan Hardeman, John Hendley, and Jim Whitten. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Brady Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorials may be made to either the Lions Club or the VFW.

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