Mrs. Juanice Burton Raby, 80, passed away Friday evening, Nov. 29, 2019, at her home in Itta Bena surrounded by her family. Visitation was from noon until 1:30 Monday at Greenwood Delta Funeral Home, and graveside services followed at 2 p.m. at Itta Bena Cemetery. The Rev. Andrew Kappenman officiated. 

A native and lifelong resident of Itta Bena, Mrs. Raby was born to E.R. and Nancy Belle Woods Burton on March 18, 1939. She graduated from Humphrey High School, where she was an excellent basketball player. She loved to cook and tell funny jokes to anyone who would listen. Mrs. Raby owned and help operate Raby’s Grocery for over 40 years in Itta Bena with her husband. She also loved to travel and shop.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Raby; her parents, E.R. and Nancy Belle Burton; and a brother, Ellis Burton.

She is survived by her three sons, Keith Raby (Gayle) of Greenwood, Mark Raby (Jennifer) of Itta Bena and Terrell Raby (Kay) of Del Rio, Texas; brothers Barlene Burton (Joann) of Ellisville, Curtis Burton (Myra) of Ackerman and David Burton (Sandra) of Morganza, Louisiana; sisters Mildred Adams of Grenada and Clara Guest of Parchman; and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Matthew Raby, Michael Raby, Mitchell Raby, Matthew Sellars, Trey Winters and Cody Goss. Honorary pallbearers were Grayson Winters and Brantlee Sellars.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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