Donald R. Rayburn Jr., age 72, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at The Crossing at Clarity Hospice at 8:40 a.m. A resident and native of Baton Rouge, LA. He retired as owner of White Oak Upholstery. Visiting at Ascension Funeral Home, 426 W. New River St., Gonzales, LA on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Survived by his mother, Martha M. Rayburn; three sisters, Sandra Scott, Donna Loflin and husband, David, and Teresa Rayburn and fiancé, David Luneau; two brothers, David Rayburn and wife, Mary, and Mark Rayburn and wife, Lori; nieces and nephews, Angelina Hasty, Tommy Loflin and wife, Cristy, Ashley Loflin and her daughter, Kaylee, Taylor Loflin, Dustin Loflin, Daniel Loflin, Traci Rayburn, Lanie Rayburn, Michael Rayburn, Christopher Biby, Joshua Scott, Brooke Goff, Greg Goff, and Mike Goff; and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Donald R. Rayburn Sr. Please visit the online guestbook.
So sorry to hear Jr passed. I’m Out of town until June glad Johnny called, I would never known . I love and miss all of y’all. Hug aunt Martha and tell her from Skip Prayers to all
Billy skip RayburnBaton Rouge, LA
Thank you Don for being such a great friend to my sister Karen. My whole family laughed with you through life’s journey. May you find the peace that only The Good Shepard can give. Comfort and prayers to your mom and family.
Keiley Williams WellDenham Springs, LA
I was with Don and think that I took the picture of him with the plate of crawfish and corn.
I last spoke with Don, it couldn't have been more than three weeks before his passing. Never a thought that it would be the last time in this life to hear his joyful laugh.
I'm Glad I Touched Shoulders With You
THERE'S A COMFORTING THOUGHT at the close of the day,
When I'm weary and lonely and sad,
That sort of grips hold of my crusty old heart
And bids it be merry and glad.
It gets in my soul and it drives out the blues,
And finally it thrills through and through.
It's just a sweet memory that chants the refrain:
" I'm glad I touch shoulders with you! "
Did you know you were brave, did you know you were strong?
Did you know that I waited and listened and prayed,
And was cheered by your simplest word?
Did you know that I longed for that smile on your face,
For the sound of your voice ringing true?
Did you know I grew stronger and better because
I had merely touched shoulders with you?
I am glad that I live, that I battle and strive
For the place that I know I must fill;
I am thankful for sorrows, I'll meet with a grin
What fortune may send, good or ill.
I may not be wealth, I may not be great,
But I know I shall always be true,
For I have in my life that courage you gave
When once I rubbed shoulders with you.
For you my FRIEND!
Joseph Doyle HendersonSAINT MARYS, GA
I met Don about 15 years ago when I worked with plantation
homes and he would do work on settees and chairs. We got
to be good friends and then almost 6 years ago I got cancer and lost contact for a couple of years. When I was finally able to be active again, we reconnected and then Don was ill and we were able to spend time together and we then became great friends. I believe our illness brought us closer together and we would talk for hours about what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. Don
wanted to go back to Florida and just sit on the beach and I wanted to go to California and walk on the ocean beach.
I love Don and will never forget him and I am humbled and greatfull that he was my friend. I will miss you Don.
Linda Allemandenham springs, LA
My friend, it’s just too hard to believe you are gone. “You have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the sky on laughter silvered wings . . . In peace go, my brother.” (High Flight by John Magee) You were such a force in life, and you changed my life for the better. The memory of our shenanigans in Jacksonville, FL will forever bring me joy. I love you.
Karen WilliamsDenham Springs, LA