Mrs. Delana Janet Jordan Rayburn was born March 10, 1942. She was born, raised, and lived in the Cross Roads community for 79 years, where she knew every story, family tree, and person. She was a member of Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Camden Central High School, and worked for many years as the secretary for the Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Center.
She was known for her ability to feed others. She lovingly served up both food and advice often. Sitting in her kitchen would fill your soul and you would not leave hungry. Many favorite meals are remembered – chicken and dumplings, hot beef and rice, white cake with fudge icing, steak and gravy, biscuits and gravy, pickled beets, homemade kraut, vegetable beef soup, meatloaf, coconut cake, ham and dumplings, and chocolate chess pie, just to name a few.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 65 years, David Rayburn. Also surviving are her children Tammy (Buck) Carter and Steve (Wendy) Rayburn.
She was Memomma to her surviving 4 grand-girls: Shanna (Jason) Kennon, Sheena Chandler, Kyla (Lee) Phifer, Katilyn (Wes) Hudson. She often told them that had she known that great-grandkids were so great, she would have skipped the grands. Surviving great-grandchildren include: Klayton Kennon, Aubrey Hudson, Knox Kennon, Piper Chandler, Kase Kennon, AbbiKate Hudson, and Blayke Phifer.
She was known as Aunt Lana by many special nieces and nephews, who all knew she loved them dearly.
She adopted many grandkids and always said she would be Memomma to anybody that needed a grandmother. Special friends included the Cheryl Dion family, Debbie, Jennifer, and a whole host of others. Once you were in her circle, you never left, and you were always loved unconditionally.
She was active in the Benton County Relay for Life, having survived both lung and breast cancer. She supported St. Jude and the Benton County United Way. She loved diamonds, rocking babies, Christmas, roosters, flowers, ironing, and family. She left a legacy of unconditional love, fierce loyalty, and stubbornness.
Memomma entered into Heaven the morning of Thursday, February 17, 2022 at her home.
Upon her arrival, there was a happy and long-awaited reunion with those who preceded her in death. Her parents Lynch and Nelle (Oxford) Jordan, Brothers Jimmy, Billy, and Bobby Jordan and sister Diane Jordan Muller, her beloved side-kick Homey, a precious baby of her own and a great grandbaby that she never got to meet on this earth.
Visitation with her family will be held at Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church in Camden, TN on Friday, February 18, 2022 from 5:00-8:00 pm and again Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11 am at the Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Derrick Jowers and Bro. Randy Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Cross Roads Cemetery.
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