Eleanor Rayburn

March 27, 1920December 7, 2013

Eleanor Hill Anderson Rayburn, age 93, died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at her residence. She was the born March 27, 1920 in Pontotoc County, MS to Dabney Benjamin Anderson and Julia Sadler Anderson. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc and a retired school teacher. During her twenty-five year teaching career, she taught Third and Fourth Grades and some Latin classes, at Beckham School and Pontotoc City Schools. She enjoyed playing bridge and reading.

Services will be at 1 PM Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc with Rev. Michaele Woods officiating; burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her sisters: Sarah Anderson Gillespie of Pinola, MS, Genevieve Anderson Yancey of Mill Valley, CA, Julia Anderson Holmes of Pontotoc, MS and Roberta Anderson of New York, NY and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Dr. Charles Rayburn, one sister: Grace Lindley Anderson Thompson and a brother: Dabney Benjamin Anderson, Jr.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2 013 from 11 to 1 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc, MS.

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  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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December 24, 2013

Aunt E was the kindest, smartest and most influential person I've ever known. I owe everything that I am to her. She is missed by all.


December 21, 2013

I miss you every minute of every day and love you to the moon and back.

James Hood "Shorty" Turner

December 11, 2013

We would like to express our sympathy to the family of such a sweet lady that touched so many lives at Beckham School. May God be with you in the days ahead.

December 10, 2013

Our family sends sympathy and much love to all of you in this time of sorrow. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness, yet in celebration of the life of such an outstanding lady.
Bettye Jean Morrow Butler and Family

Melanie (Suzi) Rish

December 10, 2013

Probably one of the best, If not the best teachers I ever had. God Bless you Ms Raburn, You blessed the lives of so many of us...

Sarah Dabney Gillespie

December 9, 2013

My dear, sweet, clever, Aunt E. You could always come up with a witty remark and here I sit with no words to express how much we will all miss you. Love, love, love.

From the Staff of Browning Funeral Home

December 9, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.