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October 12, 2021


Mother Raye Mell Toomer

November 23, 1941 - October 02, 2021

On November 23, 1941, Mother Raye Mell Toomer was born to the late Cleve and Emma Bolton. She married Rodis Shelvy Toomer on April 4, 1959. To this union, five children were born. Raye was raised in Bogalusa, LA, where she attended Central Memorial High School. She attended Sweet Beulah Baptist Church while living in Bogalusa. She later joined the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Franklinton, LA, under the leadership of the Late Apostle Jimmie Robinson; she remained a faithful member until her health begun to fail.

Mother Raye Mell Toomer was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, sister, friend, and Christian woman. She will always be remembered for her sweet personality, warm smile, selfless acts, angelic singing, sense of humor, and unconditional love.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Rodis Shelvy Toomer, five children: Rodney Toomer, Sr., Robert Toomer, Sr., Ronald Toomer, Sr. (Evelyn), Regina Toomer, and Reginald Toomer, all of Franklinton, LA; a brother, Cleve Bolton, Jr of Bogalusa, LA, 21 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 14 great great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mother Raye was preceded in death by her parents, Cleve and Emma Bolton, siblings, Clara Harden, Rose Marie Hall, Willie J Bolton, Helen Jefferson, Ruby Lee Johnson, and William Bolton.

There will be a drive through viewing on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at Crain and Sons Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held at the Powerhouse Praise and Worship Center 12323 Hwy 1048 Roseland, LA 70456 with Overseer Marvin Vernon, Sr. – Pastor Officiating. Interment – Sweet Home Cemetery. 

Crain and Sons Funeral Home, Franklinton are in charge of arrangements. 

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