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Helen Gentry Rawls

September 10, 1927 ~ July 9, 2018 (age 90)

 Graveside service for Mrs. Helen Gentry Rawls, age 90, of Darnell, LA; will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Epps Cemetery, in Epps, LA with Bro. Paul Hunter officiating. Under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home in Oak Grove, LA.

Mrs. Rawls passed away Monday, July 9, 2018 at the age of 90. She was born on September 10, 1927. Mrs. Rawls lived her entire life in the areas surrounding Old Floyd and Darnell in West Carroll Parish where she impacted the lives of countless students throughout her decades of teaching school. More importantly, she worked alongside her husband of fifty-nine years, Alfred L. Rawls, on their farm raising tomatoes, peaches, and other produce, as well as a small herd of cattle. Mrs. Rawls exemplified the importance of unconditional love, hard work, and dedication to her family and others around her throughout her life. Even though she was limited by poor health in her final years, Mrs. Rawls continued to be a dedicated member of the Midway Church of God and the William Carroll Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution until her death.

Mrs. Rawls is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred L. Rawls; father, James Paul Gentry; mother, Minnie Viola Smith Gentry; brothers, James Hershel Gentry and Pete Gentry; sisters Sarah Pauline Eaton and Allah Lee Kilpatrick.

 Survivors include her 2-sons, Alfred Rawls, Jr. and wife, Lyde of Darnell, LA. and Leland George Rawls and wife, Judy of Farmerville, LA; 3-grandchildren, Meg Rawls of Dallas, TX., Chip Rawls of Bastrop, LA., and Peyton Rawls and wife, Samantha of Monroe, LA; 4-great grandchildren, Gavin, Gaige, Addy, and Tripp Hudson; sister, Faye Lowery of Hattiesburg, MS; numerous cherished nieces and nephews, her church family, friends, and neighbors.  

Pallbearers will be Paul Eaton, Jim Gentry, David Rawls, Donny Rawls, Mitchell Rawls, Gavin Rawls, Nick Kilpatrick, Randy Hales   

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Baptist Children's Home at 7200 Desiard St., Monroe, LA 71203 and the Methodist Children's Home at 904 Deville Ln., Ruston, LA 71270.  

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