Rayburn Nall, 79, of Crestview, FL went to be with the Lord Feb. 4, 2020 after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Rayburn was born to Belton and Margaret Nall of Conecuh County, AL on Sept. 19’ 1940. During high school he was an all-star athlete, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduation he served in the United States Navy for three years. In 1965, Rayburn married the love of his life, Faye Hall. Following their marriage, the two moved to Crestview, FL., where over the next 26 years he worked for Fairchild Hiller. During this time, he obtained his Airframe and Powerplant License. Thereafter he went to work for Gulf Electric and Bayou Mechanical before his retirement in 2008. Since his retirement he loved spending time gardening. He enjoyed spending time in the woods on the family farm hunting with his brother and grandsons. Rayburn was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Crestview for many years. He was a devout man who loved the Lord with all his heart, serving Him faithfully even to the very end of his life. God worked through him to show others what a Godly man truly is.
Rayburn was a 33rd degree Master Mason and also past Worshipful Master of Concord Lodge #50. Rayburn is preceded in death by his parents Belton and Margaret Nall, as well as his beloved daughter Kerry (Nall) Barbee, and grandson Jimmy Benson.
Rayburn is survived by his wife of 55 years Faye Nall, and his son and two daughters. James “Buddy” Benson of Chicago, IL, Donna (Nall) Odom and husband Randall of Crestview, FL, and Sendy Nall Sawyer of Tuscaloosa, AL. His survivors also include his siblings Glen Nall and his wife Janice, Virginia Martin, Margie Shires, Thomas Nall and wife Brenda, and Linda Ritchie. His wonderful grandchildren Tyler Reeves and wife Lauren, Jessa Schueder and husband Matthew, Haley Head, Drew Nall, Sennia Harper, Stran Sawyer, Carley Odom, Jimmy Benson, and Jacob Benson; and his precious great-grandchildren Emma, Braxton, Payton, Colston, Kenadee, and Zeppelin. As well as 6 nephews and 4 nieces.
Services will be held at 11 am on Friday, February 7, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Crestview, FL., with a visitation to begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at 3:00 p.m. at Arkadelphia cemetery in Evergreen, AL.
Flowers are welcome or donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com
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