OBITUARY

John Kent Rawlings

September 18, 1933November 3, 2018

John “Kent” Rawlings, age 85, of Bryantown, MD passed away November 3, 2018 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his wife Doris Wetherald Rawlings and his beloved family. Kent is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Wetherald Rawlings, his sons Kenny Rawlings, Dale Rawlings, Phil Rawlings, daughters Elaine Vanlandingham and Karen Burch, 9 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and brother Robert Rawlings.

Kent was a salesman with Sears and Roebuck for over 40 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, jogging, camping, mowing the lawn or just relaxing in the sun. He loved yard sales, flea markets, talk radio (Dr. Gabe Mirkin and more recently Rush Limbaugh) and was an avid junk collector. His family enjoyed his self-given nickname of "Father RabbIt of Bryantown" and we could always expect to hear one or more of his numerous (and sometimes puzzling) Father Rabbit-isms, including “If your down by the lake, drop in" or "Do you walk to work or carry your lunch?" Kent was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to all. He was a simple man who was kind, gentle, and genuine with everyone he met.

Kent was the son of John Truman Rawlings and Erna Alice Schwein Rawlings. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sisters Annabelle Ennis, Betty Lou Sherrad, Arlene Nave, Doris Reed and grandsons Michael Rawlings and Dustin Kyle Vanlandingham.

The family wishes to thank Dawn Cleaveland and Kia Ford for all of their love, compassion and support during the last few years of his life and in his final days.

Friends will be received on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10am at the Cheltenham United Methodist Church, 11111 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, Maryland 20623. A service and interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cheltenham United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 146, Cheltenham, MD 20623.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment
REMEMBERING

John Kent Rawlings

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Victoria Clarkson

November 8, 2018

Dear Phil and Family;
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I will pray for your family's strength while you walk through this difficult time. May all of the wonderful memories he created bring you joy and may you be comforted knowing he is with the Lord. I wish you peace and love.
Victoria Clarkson

Judy Arthur-Rawlings

November 6, 2018

Kent was a special father-in-law, grandfather to all four of my children and great grandfather to my four grandchildren. We have many memories and give thanks for all he did for all of us. He will be missed by us all. Doris, I am glad for the 62 years you two had together. To Kenny, Dale, Elaine, Phil and Karen, I know you will all miss him and we are all sorry for your loss and ours. Goom-bye Kent. Love you all. Judy and family.

Brenda Wedding (Dixon)

November 6, 2018

Dear Rawlings family,
May peace, love, and comfort be with your family during this difficult time of loss. We go back many, many years of living across the street from each other on the Horseshoe. What a wonderful, sweet loving and kind man Mr. Rawlings was. Always treasure the memories you spent with him.

Deepest condolences and Horseshoe hugs,
Brenda

Karen Waters

November 6, 2018

Kent will surely be missed by so many who loved him. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. May he rest in peace...until we meet again. Love you Pop-Pop.

MARY KUCHARSKI

November 6, 2018

DEAR KENNY AND MRS. RAWLINGS, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF MR. RAWLINGS PASSING. HE WAS A GREAT GRANDFATHER TO MY NIECE AND NEPHEW AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR THAT. THEY LOVED HIM AND I KNOW WILL MISS HIM VERY MUCH. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

FROM THE FAMILY