Thomasville Times Enterprise


March 5, 2014

Rosa Rackley Rich Willis

THOMASVILLE — Services for Rosa Rackley Rich Willis, 87, of Coolidge, are at 11 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2014, at Silverhill Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Warren C. Hope will officiate and interment is in Peaceful Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers are deacons of the church. Mrs. Willis died March 1 at Glen-Mor Nursing Home.  Born Oct. 7, 1926, in Coolidge, she was the seventh of eight children of the late Benjamin and Pearlie Rackley. A sister, Catherine Jones of Linden, N.J., survives her. Mrs. Willis is fondly remembered for her sharp wit, delicious recipes, beautiful flowers and love  of God, church and family. A devoted Christian, she joined Silver Hill Baptist Church at an early age and, for as long as she could, joyously attended whenever the doors were open. A faithful and dedicated member, she served her church in many positions: A highly respected Sunday school teacher, an enthusiastic participant in the choir, the church clerk, a trustee and a member of the mission. She was also a long term Silver Hill representative at the union and association where she served on several committees. In 1995, Silver Hill honored her by selecting her Mother of the Church. A graduate of Moultrie High School in Colquitt County, she later attended the lunchroom management programs at Fort Valley State and Morris Brown College. For more than 30 years, she was employed by the Thomas County School System as a lunchroom manager and cook, where she was lovingly known for her gentle smiles, sage advice, compassion and tough love dispensed with kindness and dignity. Upon her retirement, she was awarded honorary membership in the Georgia Food Service Association for her dedication to the children of Thomas County. In 1945, she married Albert Rich Sr. and they had four children who survive her: Marjorie Rich of Basking Ridge, N.J., Dr. Mary (Ronald) Scruggs of Thomasville, Christine Rich of Albany, Albert (Rachel Williamson) Rich Jr. of Atlanta; a son, Mott Riley (Valynncia) Willis Jr. of Thomasville from her later marriage to Mott Riley Sr.; a sister, Catherine Jones of Linden, N.J.; a loving nephew, Jimmy Rackley of Atlanta; a special cousin, Norman Winn of Coolidge; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, LaTanya (Jason) Williams of Union City, Nikki (Percy) Grantham of Fleming Island, Fla., Tarshia (Carlos) Benifield of Riverdale, the Rev. Telvis Rich, MeShele Madison, Eric and Michael Willis of Atlanta, Trey Willis of Tifton, Jordan Willis and Kristiana Hester of Thomasville, Nya Grantham of Fleming Island, Fla., Gabrielle and Grant Williams of Union City, Kyndall and Lauryn Wright of Thomasville and Isiah, Noah, Faith and Katherine Madison of Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Jackie Rackley; her husband; and six siblings, Eula Mae (Lucy) Clemons, Homer Clemons, Addie Newton, Lucille Thompson, Willie D. Rackley and Ernest Rackley. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home


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