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Rev. Billy Gene Raby
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“What a beautiful life well lived! Our family and our church family loved and respected Bro. Billy as our cousin (through Peggy) and as our pastor at...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Teresa Vincent - Graham, KY

“My most sincere condolences Peggy. We shared a lot in our lives. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Chappell - Greenville, KY

“Peggy & Family,I'm so sorry for your loss. My greatest memory of Bro. Billy was when he was pastor at Pickett's Chapel and I just began my career as...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Lanny Garner - Campbellsville, KY

“Peggy, Lessa, David, and Mary Beth, I love Billy and each one of you . My prayer is that God will wrap his arms around you and give you Peace and...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Sedona Arnett - Greenville, KY

“Billy Gene was one of those pastors I was proud to call a colleague in the ministry. His kindness and joy was a true witness to the life of Christ. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Wofford - Henderson, KY

“I thank God for this good and kind man. It was a blessing to serve in the United Methodist Church ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Ted Burke - Coworker

“Your family is in our prayers. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Bro. Raby and Peggy are very special people and like family to us! Love them both so much....Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Roger and Virginia Garner - KY

“Lessia I Am So Sorry To Hear About Billy . He Was A Great Man. If You Need Me I Am Here For You. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Pam Jarvis - Powderly, KY

“Peggy, David, Leesia, and Mary Elizabeth,We are sending love, condolences, and prayers. We loved Billy and Peggy so much. Good, decent, God loving...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Debbie and Ronnie McIntosh - KY

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SPRINGHILL, TN - Rev. Billy Gene Raby, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home on December 27, 2020, after a strong fight against dementia. He was born October 23, 1939, in Greenville, KY. He spent most of his life in his beloved Kentucky and lived his final years in Spring Hill, TN.

The funeral service will be held at 10am on December 30, 2020, at Tucker Funeral Home, 113 North Third Street, Central City, KY. Burial will take place immediately following the service with military honors at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, 5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard, Hopkinsville, KY. The service will be recorded and aired for friends and family at a later date. In person attendance will be limited to family only due to Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure the health and safety of all loved ones. To honor his memory and all those who have suffered from dementia or Alzheimer's, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at https://
act.alz.org/site/Donation2. Also, a tribute page is located at tuckerfuneralhomes.com.

Billy is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Peggy Ann (Henderson) Raby of Spring Hill, TN. He is also survived by three children, Lessia Marie Roberts of Spring Hill, TN; David Wayne Raby (Selena) of Winchester, TN; and Mary Elizabeth Frith (Scott) of Brentwood, TN; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Billy proudly served his country. For many years following his service, he was an electrical engineer with Tennessee Valley Authority. Then, he was called to the ultimate service of sharing the word of God as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Billy began his ministry in 1976 as the pastor of O'Roark and Stuart's Chapel United Methodist churches in Logan County, KY. He continued his ministry throughout southcentral Kentucky for decades before retiring from the United Methodist Church as an Elder.

Billy was a graduate of Pembroke High School, Western Kentucky University, and Lindsey Wilson College and completed programs of study at Vanderbilt University Divinity school, Emory University and St. Paul University. He was also actively involved in the Emmaus/Chrysalis community in Kentucky where he served as Spiritual Director for many years. A true Kentuckian, Billy loved basketball and especially enjoyed watching the University of Kentucky Wildcats. He enjoyed playing basketball and baseball and coached both sports for youth and adult teams for many years.

Countless lives were positively impacted by Billy's life and ministry. He will be forever remembered and revered for the work he did for his heavenly father here on earth and the amazing example he set for everyone who knew him.

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