1948 ~  The Tribute of Life  ~  2018

Mr. Lemuel Gordon Raynor, 69, of Goldsboro, NC, departed this life on Saturday, May 13, 2018 at his residence. 


A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, 12:00 noon at Woods Chapel FWB Church, 928 E. New Hope Rd., Goldsboro, NC.  Interment – Wayne Memorial Park Cemetery, Dudley, NC with Masonic rites.  A public visitation will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at The Bishop Lonnie E. Holloway Sr. Memorial Chapel, at the funeral home.  A wake will then be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Woods Chapel FWBC where Masonic rites will be given from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00p.m.


Lemuel was born June 8, 1948 to the late Leslie and Mary Emma T. Raynor and went to his heavenly home on Saturday, May 13, 2018 at his home.    He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, La Toya Taylor; a sister, Mary Alice; brothers, John Earl, Leslie, and Edward Pearsall; and uncle, Lemuel Gordon Raynor.

He attended Wayne County Public Schools where he graduated in the Historical Class of 1969 from Dillard High School.  After graduating high school, he saw the need to help others and started working at O’Berry Center.   His compassion and drive kept him at the Center for over 33 years as a dedicated worker and retired in 2005.

Lemuel found that helping others was his ministry in life.  On Saturdays, he and his brother-in-law, Jonathan, would visit the rest home where his brother and many others throughout Goldsboro resided.  He always went there with a smile on his face or a joke to share.

Lendy, as he was called by his family, exemplified faith and loyalty by the numerous service organizations he was involved in.   They included, the Best Grove Lodge #392 where he served as Past Master, Ulis N. Dawson #83, CA Whitehead Consistory #188, and the Shriners Mizpah Temple #66 where he served as the Outer Guard.

Lemuel was a member of St. Mark Church of Christ but later joined Union Grove Free Will Baptist Church where he found a place where he could continue to serve the Lord as he served others.  He also served as a Trustee and Chairman of the Men’s Day Service for 2018.

“Big PAPA” and “PAPA”, as he was known to his grandchildren, loved and admired them as they grew up.  The children were always eager to spend some quality time with “PAPA”.


Lemuel leaves to cherish his memories; Henrietta Raynor of the home; two sons, David Brewington of Raleigh and Blane (TaKisla) Hooker of Greensboro; two daughters, Marquita Hooker of Goldsboro and Ashley Hooker of Greenville, SC; ten grandchildren, David Brewington Jr. and Danessa Brewington of Brooklyn, NY, Ebony Eaves of Knoxville, TN,  Denijah and Jeremiah Hooker of Goldsboro, Malachi, Nehemiah, and Mariah Darden of Greenville, SC, Blane Hooker III and Skylnn Hooker of Greensboro, NC; sisters, Juanita Murphy, Jewel Raynor, Marilyn Raynor, and Shirley (Levi) Darby, all of Goldsboro; one brother, Robert Raynor of Goldsboro; mother-in-law, Laura W. Prather of Goldsboro; sister-in-law, Martha Raynor; brother-in-laws, Reginald (Felicia) Prather of Zebulon and Johnathan Prather of Goldsboro; his road partner; three dedicated friends, James Smith, Othaniel Britt, and Thaddues Coley; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relative, and friends.