Virginia Ferrell Brown Rawls

September 21, 1931 - November 2, 2021

09/21/1931 - 11/02/2021

Past Services

Saturday November 06, 2021

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Following the celebration of life service!

Saturday November 06, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Social hour with food and fellowship!

Saturday November 06, 2021
1:00 pm

RICH SQUARE, NC – Virginia Ferrell Brown Rawls, age 90, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at the Scotland House in Scotland Neck NC. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Rawls was born in Rich Square on September 21, 1931, a daughter of the late Otis Carson Brown and Grace Blowe Brown. Ferrell was a longtime, faithful member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Aulander. She was a devoted homemaker, a loving wife and mother to her beloved boys. She attended East Carolina Teachers College (ECTC) where she was a proud Pirate. She also worked over the years with the family farm, Rawls Hereford Farm, worked at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, with Belk Tyler in Ahoskie and with Dr. John Stanley’s medical practice in Woodland.

Being with her beloved family and friends was the biggest joy in her life!  She had a warm spot for holidays and for any family get-togethers.  She loved her vegetable garden, her azaleas, and her roses especially. Ferrell also loved doing her artwork, particularly in her later years.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Rawls, a brother, Otis Brown, two sisters, Sue Brown, Billie Lemaster as well as two brothers-in-law, Charles Brown and Warren Browning.

Left to cherish her memory are her three beloved sons; Martin Keith Rawls of Aulander, Jeffrey Neal Rawls and wife Tracy of Raleigh and Clay Brown Rawls and wife, Theresa of Ahoskie, NC. She was tremendously proud of her two granddaughters, Meredith Rawls of Durham and Anna Rawls of Washington, DC, two sisters; Margaret Browning of Winston Salem, NC, Ruth (Jack) Boyer of Concord, NC; and a brother, Wilson (JoAnne) Barnes of Suffolk, VA.

The family will receive friends and family at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, 116 Short St., Rich Square on Saturday, November 6, 2021. All are welcome for social hour from 12:00-1:00 pm, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 1:00pm also at the funeral home. Rev. Mickey Willard will officiate.  Burial will follow in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Rich Square.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 221 Pleasant Grove Road-Aulander, NC 27805 or online by visiting clicking here or to Community Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation,

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square, is handling the arrangements for the Rawls family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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A Jean Jones
2 years ago

Clay and Family…so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She was such a sweet sweet, classy woman. I haven’t seen her in over 20 years, but can remember so many wonderful conversations with Ferrell.

Teresa Turner
2 years ago

Clay, Keith, and Family.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs Ferrell was such a sweet person. Have HOPE and rely on THE COMFORT AND PEACE only THE LORD can provide. Cherish all the beautiful memories.
Much LOVE,
Teresa “Reesie” and DallesTurner, and Ann Wiggins

Deborah Fairless
2 years ago

I am so sorry for you loss. I have such fond memories of your mother at all the Christmas open houses. I know in time you will find peace in your memories

Brenda Hollowell
2 years ago

My sincerest condolences to the family. Peace and comfort to her sons and all who knew and loved her.

Eleanor and Keith Hollowell
2 years ago

Clay and family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May God comfort you in this sad time.

Doug Joyner
2 years ago

Sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a very sweet soul. May Christ comfort you through this time of loss. Praying for you. God Bless

Kay B. Edwards
2 years ago

Clay and Family, sincere condolences in the loss of your mother. She was a kind and sweet lady. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Reynolds Funeral Home
2 years ago

Clay, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

John Pace
2 years ago

Dear Clay, Jeff, Marty, My sincere condolences to your family and loved ones on your mothers going home to be with the lord. I do cherish the memories of her and your dad from our youth. My warmest regards.

Judy Northcott
2 years ago

Clay, I am so sad to learn of your Mom passing. She was a dear friend to me. In later years I didn’t get to see her as much as I would like to. I first met her when we both worked at (Vidant) Roanoke Chowan Hospital. It was so very easy to be friends with her, we could laugh and giggle like two teenagers over the most frivolous things. She was the sweetest & kindest and always acted like a lady and kept herself looking like a lady. She always spoke of her family with love. I will truly miss her and so will many more. May God comfort each one of you.