Thursday, February 4, 2016

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." Matthew 25:21

On this day, Thursday, February 4, 2016 we are celebrating the life and times of our dear Bro. Milton. May God bless the memory of this wonderful servant of God.

Funeral services for Bro. Milton Rawles will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016, 10:00AM, at Toledo Bend Baptist Church, 10347 Hwy. 111 W., Anacoco, LA, with Rev. Kenny Graham, Rev. Bill Russell, and Rev. Arvin Harrell officiating. Burial to follow in Good Hope Cemetery under the direction of Jeane’s Funeral Service. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, from 5:00 – 9:00PM at Toledo Bend Baptist Church. Jeff Milton Rawles was born on September 17, 1940, in Crowville, LA to Wilson and Mary Rawles. He passed away on January 31, 2016 , at the age of 75 in Anacoco, LA. He was a minister of the gospel at many churches for 52 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilson Lee Rawles and his mother Mary Emma Rawles. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Glenda Lafae Rawles. Sons: Byron Milton Rawles and wife Shawn of DeFuniak Springs, FL and Derek Alan Rawles and wife Crystal of Westlake, LA. Brother: Cleon Rawles of Winnsboro, LA. Sisters: Dorothy Goins of Anacoco, LA, and Marilyn Abbott and husband Al of Spring, TX. Grandchildren: Chaise and wife Hannah, Corey, Callie, Draike, Morgan, and Cayson Rawles. Great-Grandchildren: Dakota, Remington, Camden, and Avery Rawles.

As many of you know Bro. Milton came over to assist in the rebuilding of our home after Hurricane Ike. That was in the fall of 2008. While working with his son Byron, Bro. Milton suffered a massive heart attack followed by a stroke. He was given up for dead many different times during his treatment here in our area but with God's provision he was able to be discharged to his home in Florida in the Spring of 2009. Some time later their local assembly where they attended, Faith Independent Baptist Church, had a special celebration to dedicate a newly renovated foyer in honor of Bro. Milton and his wife Glenda's many years of serving the Lord. Bro. Milton was still greatly impaired at that time but God had brought him so far after his dealing with so many great health challenges. On that special day the Pastor recognized their service and then he did something different, he played an audio of a sermon Bro. Milton had brought during Sunday School in March 2008. That was about six months before he came to our area and suffered his collapse. I wanted to share that audio with those who might want to take the time to hear our "preacher boy" doing what God had called him to do. It's likely not the kind of preaching very many people hear today. May God bless the hearing of His Word as delivered by His servant. Amen.

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