2 Timothy 4:7-8:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. In the future there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me on that day; and not only to me but to all who have loved His appearing.”
Paul Quentin Rayburn, 82, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a friend to many, peacefully passed away on Saturday morning, January 30, 2021 in Groesbeck, TX, with his wife of 37 years, Catherine Rayburn by his side. Known by many as “Pops”, his sons and wife had the opportunity to share tender moments with him before the Lord called him home.
Pops was a good father, who always took care of his children and did his best to teach, guide and serve them. He adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pops never met a stranger and was a friend to all. He extended these qualities to many of his children’s and grandchildren’s friends over the years. Pops’ big hugs and ready smile will be missed by many.
Paul was born on October 5, 1938 in McKenzie, TN, to David Todd Rayburn and Mary Pauline Blaylock Rayburn. The Rayburn family moved to Texas where Paul and his two brothers attended Sweeny High School.
After high school, Paul served in the United States Army. He was stationed in El Paso, TX at Fort Bliss. Paul left the Army to work primarily in the Petrochemical Industry on the Gulf Coast. He loved western movies, youth rodeos, fishing, and hunting with his family. He was an avid bass fisherman and a member of the local Bass Club in Alvin TX. He took up the game of golf after retirement and enjoyed the game and the comradery he found at the Hillcrest Golf Club.
Paul met the love of his life while attending his dear friend’s daughter’s wedding. They danced, and soon after he married Catherine Louise Freed of Clear Lake, Texas on September 2, 1983. They moved to Alvin, Texas where they continued to dance and raise their sons. Paul and Cathy were long time members of The Hangar Square, square dancing club and they danced all over the states and back. They attended The First Presbyterian Church of Alvin Texas together and Paul could be found volunteering and cutting the grass in the summers.
Paul is survived by his wife, Catherine Louise Morris Rayburn.
His children; Corey and John Klier, Michael and Melissa Rayburn, Steven and Stephanie Rayburn, Brian and Tonya Freed.
His grandchildren; Clayton and Emilie Rayburn, Myles and Alicia Rayburn, Coleman Rayburn and fiancé Gilda Ramirez, Miranda Rayburn, Mary Beth Rayburn, Makenzie Rayburn, Kenneth Rayburn, Alexis Mott and fiancé Craig Guy, Ashley Mott and Heather Mott.
His great-grandchildren; Asher Rayburn, Jair Ramirez, Elijah Rayburn, Sage Ryan Rayburn, Coleman Ward, Kannon Ward and Karson Ward.
His brother; David Duane Rayburn and wife Dorothy Rayburn.
His in-laws; Wanda Rayburn, Cynthia Buit, James and Brenda Morris, Patti Morris and Martha and Tom DeRocher.
Nieces and Nephews; Terri and Monty Hannah, Lorin and Chris Furlow, Erin and John Pickens, David and Stacey Rayburn.
In addition, Paul is survived by many more beloved relatives, extended family and friends.
Paul is preceded in death by; his parents, Todd and Mary Rayburn, his brother, Bobby Todd Rayburn and nephew, Ricky ‘Sam’ Rayburn, all of Sweeney TX.
We are thankful to God for the staff at Groesbeck LTC, for the superior care that they gave to Paul during his time there.
Isaiah 32: 1-3:
“Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.
Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
First Presbyterian Church, 302 S. Johnson St., Alvin, TX 77511
A Celebration of Life will be held February 21, 2021 in Groesbeck TX.