Stanley Heard Rayborn, Jr., known by everyone as Junior, passed away at Lakeland Regional Health on March 9, 2021. He was 79.

Junior was born on February 23, 1942 in Lakeland, where he remained a lifelong resident. He had many hobbies, those of which include fishing, camping, music, vacations, spending time with his many grandchildren, and dancing with his wife, Mary. He was a Florida Gators fan, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a member of Webster Memorial Baptist Church and enjoyed helping others. Junior was quite the character and was known for his jovial personality by his loved ones.

Junior is preceded in death by his parents Stanley Heard Rayborn, Sr. and Hazel Rayborn; and brothers Roy Rayborn, Joe Rayborn, and Danny Rayborn. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Rayborn; sons Kim and Timothy Rayborn; daughters Tammy Rayborn Irvin and Michele Rayborn Riley; brothers Edward and Donnie Rayborn; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; all of which reside in Florida.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.

A brief moment of darkness
Was all that I knew
Before Heaven’s Gate
Came into my view.

Loved ones and friends
I had missed for years
Welcomed me with arms open
And many happy tears.

All the hurt, fear and pain
That I have ever known
Is gone from my life
Now that I’m finally home.

I know that you miss me
But please dry your eyes
I will always be watching you
From my home in the sky.

A cool breeze on your face
A touch of light rain
I will send as a reminder
That we will be reunited again.

Life on earth is but one
Brief moment in time
I am finally home
Eternity is mine.”

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