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Obituary for Gary Mitchell Raby

Gary Mitchell Raby, 63, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2023.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of Barbara Ann Watson Talley and the late Bobby Joe Raby. In addition to his dad, he was preceded in death by a brother, Randy Raby. Gary was a mechanic and a carpenter by trade. He was a member of Mt. Sinai Assembly of God. He enjoyed woodworking, knife making, and making jewelry. His family said that “Gary could make or fix anything”.

Gary is survived by his mother, Barbara Watson Talley of Lumberton, NC; wife of 32 years, Lena Huscusson Raby of Franklin, NC; three daughters, Violet Lorraine Sontag Elliott (Jairo) of Franklin, NC, Stasia Lynn Raby McMiller (Kelvin) of Orlando, FL, and Dusty LeAnn Collins (Randy) of Lenoir, NC; one brother, Mike Raby of Franklin, NC; and two sisters, Sandra Thorndyke of Lumberton, NC, and Michele Raby of Franklin, NC. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A graveside service will be at 3pm on Thursday, March 23 at the Roper cemetery. Mike Raby will officiate the service.

The family will receive friends from 1pm to 2pm at Macon Funeral Home on Thursday, March 23, before going to the cemetery for the service.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.