Blanche Raymell Brasher
Blanche Raymell Brasher
  • September 11, 1929 - November 10, 2017
  • Jackson, Tennessee

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Blanche Raymell York Brasher, age 88, went to sleep in her bed and woke up in her heavenly home on November 10, 2017. Raymell was preceded in death by her parents, Claude H. York and Gertrude French York, her sister Adene and her husband of 71 years Raymond Brasher.
Raymell was born in Bemis, TN on July 11, 1929. She attended Bemis schools and played basketball at J. B. Young High School. She left school at 16 to marry Raymond but earned her GED later in life. In the early years of her marriage, Raymell stayed at home with her children. Later, she was employed at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in the laundry and sewing room for a number of years. She was also a Gray Lady Volunteer at JMCGH at one time.
Raymell loved to read and watch NBA basketball with Raymond before he passed away. She loved gospel music, especially watching The Gaithers on TV. Raymell and Raymond loved traveling with the Keenagers at church until their health failed. She was a faithful caregiver to Raymond in his last years.
Raymell's greatest joy was her family. She loved to cook and made the best chicken and dumplings in the world. Her grandchildren especially loved them, along with her marble cakes. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play sports and supported them in all their endeavors. Raymell was an excellent seamstress who made hundreds of garments over the years for herself, her daughters, granddaughters and their baby dolls. She crocheted in her later years and participated in a sewing group at her church. For many years, she worked hard canning and freezing food from Raymond's garden. She was a true example of a Proverbs 31 woman.
Raymell was saved when she was 14 and baptized at Herron Chapel Baptist Church in Bemis. Her eternal hope was in Jesus Christ, her Savior and Lord. Raymell and her family faithfully attended church wherever they lived. She was a member of First Baptist, Bemis TN for the last 55 years, where she sang in the choir, worked in the nursery and was a greeter until her health failed. Raymell loved going to church and missed the fellowship when she could no longer attend. We are thankful to know that she is completely healed and happy in Heaven.
Raymell is survived by her daughters: Beverly (Danny) Wheeler and Emily (Jim) Oakley of Jackson TN and Lisa (Jay) Buford of Franklin TN; seven grandchildren Anna Wheeler Maggard, Kerby (Rhyan) Wheeler, Rachel Oakley (Daniel) Russom, Ryan Oakley, Ashley Buford, Christie Buford (Mike) Kerrigan and Spencer Buford (financee Katy Ayers); and seven great- grandchildren Adrienne, Abigail, Macy, Audrey, Eloise, Lucy and Callan.
Funeral services for Raymell will be held at George A. Smith & Sons South Chapel on Monday, November 13 at 1 p.m. Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Burial will follow at Ridgecrest Cemetery.
George A. Smith and Sons South Chapel, (731) 427-5555