Ruth Elizabeth McLaughlin Rayburn

ruth rayburn

October 2, 1934 ~ November 2, 2023

Born in: Erwin, TN
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Ruth Elizabeth McLaughlin Rayburn, 89, of Asheville, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2023 at the Elizabeth House.

Born October 2, 1934 in Erwin, TN, Ruth was a daughter of the late William Issacc McLaughlin and Clara Lee Williams McLaughlin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Junior Rayburn, sisters, Edna Arrowood and Stella McLaughlin Tittle, and brothers, Arthur McLaughlin, Joseph McLaughlin and Lewis McLaughlin.

She is survived by a daughter, Clara Rayburn Mizell (Doug); sons, Jay Rayburn (Sherry) and Jeffrey Rayburn; grandchildren, Paul Stockwell, Nita Stockwell Simmons, Stephen Stockwell, Karyn Stockwell Hoffelt, Charity Rayburn Hodges, Sgt. Jayme Rayburn and Timothy Rayburn; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery, with Pastor Ronnie Owen officiating.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: November 8, 2023 10:00 am

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Ruth was a wonderful friend.She was an encourager and I loved her very much.She will be greatly missed. Thankful she is at rest with the Lord Jesus! Betty Shepherd

  2. Ruth was a faithful prayer warrior for Crossfire Ministries and supported the ministry of Crossfire as the Lord led her.She was a great friend of my mom Betty Shepherd.We thank God for her. Randy Shepherd and Jamie Johnson Crossfire Ministries

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