Mrs. Rachel Vinson, 81 of St. Pauls, NC peacefully passed on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Graveside services will Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Wayne Memorial Cemetery, 2925 US 117 South, Dudley, NC 28333. Viewing: Monday 1-6 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel.
Deaconess Rachel Selena Whitley Vinson departed this life and joined her husband, J. Billy Vinson to live forever in heaven on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
Rachel Selena Whitley Vinson was born on August 16, 1939, in Goldsboro, North Carolina to the late Henry and Willie Ann Whitley. She was the tenth of sixteen children. Rachel attended Dillard High School, graduated and married her high school sweetheart on September 1, 1957. They were married for 55 years and this union was honored with three children, J. Billy Vinson, Jr., Thomas Wayne Vinson and Yvonne Vinson Johnson.
Her service in the church consisted of being the church secretary, singing in the choir, ushering and leading the children's ministry. For the youth, she took them bowling and skating. If you needed a ride, Rachel even drove the church van. In addition, Rachel was a part of Vacation Bible School, loyal Sunday school member and a faithful member of the Deaconess Board.
As a believer of the word of God, she felt like the Apostle Paul, that a Christian's joy should be determined by their relationship with Christ, not by one's circumstances. Deaconess Rachel was an inspiration to her family and friends, where she remained faithful and an encourager to many. Anyone who knew our mom could always come by for Sunday dinner.
She leaves this legacy to cherish: sons, J. Billy, Jr. (Jackie) and Thomas (Nicole); daughter, Yvonne; brother, Dock W. Whitley of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Jehoram (Barbara) Whitley of Bear, Delaware and Marvell (Joanna) Whitley of Magnolia, New Jersey; sisters, Deloris (William) Riley of Chester, Pennsylvania and Barbara A. Cottrell of Buffalo, New York; seven grandchildren, Brianna, Jasmine, Nathaniel, Alicia, JaVaughn, Sierra and Lauren; ten great grandchildren; adopted daughter, Belinda; a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, family and friends.
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