Mrs. Rachel Tanner Josey, age 81 of Highway 242 in Sandersville, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at her residence. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Davisboro Baptist Church in Davisboro, with burial to follow in Brownwood Cemetery in Sandersville. Reverend Larry Glover will officiate. Pallbearers will be Eugene Prosser, Eddie Josey, Randy Josey, Tim Franklin, Mike Franklin, Wayne Veal, Gerald Meadows, and Stevie McLvried.

Rachel was the daughter of the late Melvin L. Tanner and the late Thelma T. Tanner. She was the wife of the late Verlon E. Josey. Rachel spent most of her working career as a secretary for Franklin Propane, working from 1977 until her retirement in 2010. She enjoyed watching her “soaps”, especially “The Young and the Restless,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Rachel also found pleasure in crocheting and never missed listening to “Willie’s Roadhouse.” In addition to her parents and her husband, she is proceeded in death by her daughter, Melvie Lorraine Josey; sisters-in-law, Sarah Hicks and Winnie McLvried; and brother-in-law, Hugh Josey.

Rachel is survived by her daughter, Teresa Melvina Josey Titsworth (Bob) of North Augusta, S.C.; son, Lewis V. Josey (Jennifer) of Sandersville; sister, Catherine T. Hiller (Ray) of Martinez; special nurse and family member, Lynn Goldman; grandchildren, Brandon Josey, Hunter Goodson, Evan Josey, Rachel Ann Josey, Connor May; several great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Rachel Meadows of Augusta.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at May and Smith Funeral Home in Sandersville.

Donations may be made in Rachel’s memory to Davisboro Baptist Church, C/O Chris Griffith, 101 Wynnbrook Drive, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors is in charge of these arrangements.

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Rachel Tanner Josey