Mr. Aaron Coy ‘Papa’ Rawls, age 87 died at the Heritage Hospital in Tarboro on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Mr. Rawls was a native of Bertie County. He was born to the late George Perry Rawls and Ophelia Rawls. Mr. Rawls was married to the late Nancy Mitchell Rawls for many years. He moved to Scotland Neck and worked as a mechanic for Bright Morris Motors for many years, then Winfield Chevrolet, and later worked for the town of Scotland Neck. Mr. Rawls also enjoyed several years of self employment as a mechanic. Following the death of his first wife Mr. Rawls was married to Gertha White Lovegrove and they were married for thirty-seven wonderful years. After retirement he enjoyed fishing and spent many happy times on the Chowan River. Due to declining health, Mr. Rawls became a resident of the Guardian Care Nursing Home in Scotland Neck where he lived for three years. Mr. Rawls did not have biological children of his own; however he was blessed with five wonderful step children. Mr. Rawls was especially close to his granddaughter Sharon Braddy. Preceding Mr. Rawls in death other than his mother, father and first wife are his twelve brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Gertha White Rawls, one step daughter, Louise L. Braddy and her husband Mahlon all of Scotland Neck, four stepsons; Harvey Mitchell of Knightdale, Donnie Mitchell of Rocky Mount, Carlton Guill of Portland, Oregon and Billy Lovegrove also of Scotland Neck. Surviving also are twelve grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
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I have fond memories of uncle Aaron coming to visit when we were kids. He was very gentle and lovable. He tried to teach me to play the gituar, but I was tone deaf. He is the end of the line for dad’s brothers & sisters.
We are praying that God will grant you the strength and courage that you need at this difficult time.
In sympathy and love,
Thomas & Jean
Uncle Arron was a great uncle to me when I was a little girl. My father was James Wilmer “Quilly” Rawls, his brother. He brought many smiles to my life many years ago.
Mrs. Rawls, Louise and Mahlon, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Aaron was a special person that always had a smile and something funny to say when I saw him.
Sharon, I must tell you that Aaron always played and cut-up with our children when we saw him, especially when we would see him at the BBQ Stand on Saturdays. I know you must have many wonderful memories that you can hold dear in your heart. God Bless You all.