Joseph R. ‘Joe’ Rayburn

Published 5:00 am Monday, April 28, 2008

Services for Joseph R. “Joe” Rayburn, of Ruth, will be held at11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, at New Life Apostolic Church inSummit with burial in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. The Revs.Kenneth Patten and Marc Rutland will officiate. Jones FamilyFuneral Services in McComb is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the church, and onWednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Mr. Rayburn, 22, died April 26, 2008, at his residence. He wasborn in McComb on Sept. 5, 1985, to Jose Illescas and VickieTurner.

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He was an ironworker with R.K. Wallace Construction since he was18 years old. Joe was a member of New Life Apostolic Church inSummit. He graduated from Enterprise High School. His family andfriends said that Joe has always been a hard worker and he had funno matter what he was doing.

Preceding him in death were his grandfather, Jose Illescas; hisgrandmother, Maria Luiss Peineds; his uncles, Carl Eugene Rayburnand Carlos Peineds; and four aunts.

Survivors are his wife, Tiffany Champagne Rayburn, of Ruth; hisson, Deston Blade Rayburn, of Ruth; his grandparents, Carl E.Rayburn Sr. and Marion Rayburn, of Ruth; his stepfather, AbairTurner; his stepmother, Pat Illescas; his brothers, Tracy Billiotand Jennifer, of Jayess, Jeremy Rayburn and Wendy, of Ruth, andStacey Rayburn and Candy, of Ruth; his sisters, Torrie Ruthland andMarc, of Larto, La., Nichole Cannon and Frankie, of Ruth, and MariaIllescas, of Houma, La.; his 12 nieces and nephews, Jessie Powell,Kelly Rayburn, Adelyn Rayburn, Kaylee Rayburn, Hannah Rayburn,Lilly Bell Billiot, Larissa Rayburn, Dylan Rutland, Lane Rutland,Dalton Billiot, Collin Rutland and Gavin Cannon; his aunts anduncles, Doug and Jere Sue Rayburn, Gary and Mary Rayburn, Larry andFlo Rayburn, Prissy and Johnny Olivier, and Tammy Babin; and manyrelatives and friends.

Pallbearers are Tracy Billiot, Jeremy Rayburn, Stacey Rayburn,Marc Rutland, Jake Babin, John Falgout, his son Deston Rayburn, TimBowman and Kyle Smith.