Janice Lorraine Rathbone

April 11, 1947August 4, 2018

Janice L. Rathbone, 71, died on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Janice was born in Buncombe County on April 11, 1947, to the late James Leonard and Thelma Irene Shipley Sheehan. She enjoyed her family and sitting on her front porch. She was a faithful member of Woodland Baptist Church. Janice will be remembered as a caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Scott Rathbone; brothers, Jim, Bobby, Bill, and Riley and sisters, Zetta Mae, Ruth, Jean, Barbara, and Linda.

Janice is survived by her husband, David Rathbone, Sr.; sons, David Rathbone, Jr., and Tom Rathbone “Jennifer”; daughters, Brenda Carver “Grady” and Melissa Massie “Matthew”; and nineteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, August 7, in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations with Brother Jacob Massie and the Reverend Heath Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

A message of comfort may be left for the family and an online guest registry may be signed at



  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018


  • Committal Service

Janice Lorraine Rathbone

have a memory or condolence to add?

Tony Moore

August 7, 2018

David Hugh and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers today as you say good bye to your dear Janice. May the Lord hold you close and comfort you during the days ahead. Tony and Wendy

Jenene Brown

August 6, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family upon the passing of Janice I'm so sorry . I hope all of the family has comfort during this time . I hope all goes well I'll be thinking of the family. God Bless

Beth Burnette

August 6, 2018

Janice was a sweet lady whom it was a privilege and honor to know. She will be sorely missed. Love and prayers go out to all of the family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
-The Burnette family

One of your Grandchildren!

August 5, 2018

One of the most amazing women I ever got the pleasure of knowing... I am so thankful God chose her to he my Nanny. She was a strong woman and an all around wonderful good hearted person. She will be truly missed. Thank you Melissa and Brenda for all you did for her. I can only hope to be an amazing care taker and daughter one you both were to her. She was truly blessed to be loved by you two and so many others...I will continue to keep you two and the rest of the family in my prayers. I know you guys are hurting..but Nanny wouldn't of wanted you guys to feel any pain or saddness...just remember that. <3