Susan Marye Dabney Rawls, 89, of Crystal Springs, died at Hardy Wilson Hospital on May 10, 2010.
Visitation will be held between 5:00 and 7:00 Wednesday, May 12, at Stringer Funeral Home, Crystal Springs. Services will be held at 10:00 Thursday, May 13, at Holy Trinity, West Railroad Avenue, Crystal Springs. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs is handling arrangements.
She was born on October 13, 1920 as the youngest of four children to Conway Dabney and Ella Nora Johnson Dabney. “Susie” completed her education at Crystal Springs Consolidated School before attending Ole Miss where she met Hollis Clifton Rawls, Jr., whom she would later marry.
Susan traveled to Washington D.C. to work for the Navy as a civilian employee and alter joined as a WAVE. She completed training in South Carolina and her exploits as an aerial gunnery instructor were featured on the Cannel 3 Veteran’s program recently. She had returned to Mississippi to work with her brother, William Moncure Dabney, M.D., before marrying Cliff Rawls in 1946. They celebrated their 60th anniversary while still in good health.
Susie was an avid bridge player from the age of ten, and also enjoyed fishing and spending time with numerous cousins after Cliff retired and they returned to Crystal Springs. Many of the relatives referred to her fondly as The Boss, and niece Susan Campbell gave her the most accurate shirt that she loved: “I’m not Opinionated, I’m just always right.”
Susan Dabney Rawls was a faithful communicant of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Crystal Springs, being christened in the church in 1920, married in it in 1946, and her funeral will be there in 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for Holy Trinity, P. O. Box 812, Crystal Springs, MS 39059.
Susie was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings.
Survivors include: her sister, Ella Nora Dabney Campbell; her son, James Clifton Rawls, wife Dana, and daughters Erin and Jill, all of Atlanta, and daughter Ella Dabney Rawls Tardy of Crystal Springs.