Charlotte Christine O'Neal Raybon, 92, from Fairfax, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Sandpiper Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Pleasant.
She was born July 5, 1920, in Fairfax, to the late Gilmore S. and Susie B O'Neal. She grew up and attended school in Fairfax. After graduating from high school with honors, she attended Winthrop College and graduated from Duke University with a degree in nursing in 1941.
She served her first tour in the United States Army during World War II from 1942 through 1946, with the 65th General Hospital unit, composed of Duke University faculty, staff and nurses in Malvern, Worchestershire, England, and then at Botesdale, Suffolk in East Anglia. The 65th's second position was in the heart of the 8th Air Force, the only American force in Western Europe in active combat (at that time, early 1944).
The doctors, nurses, and enlisted men of the 65th General Hospital lived through some of the most difficult times in history, and, at the end of the war, the 65th General hospital was highly commended for its outstanding service by General Eisenhower; General Spaatz, Commander of the 8th Air force, and the Surgeons General of both the Army and the Air Force.
Christine then served a second tour, having earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant, from 1947 through 1949 at Ft. Bragg, N.C., where she met and married Jesse B. Raybon. They were happily married for 62 years.
Christine had been an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairfax where she served as organist for many years. She also was active in the nursing field in Allendale County prior to her retirement.
Christine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jesse B. Raybon; brothers, Gilmore, Elliott, and Algie O'Neal; son, Jesse Benjamin Raybon Jr.; and grandson, Richard Bryan Raybon.
Christine Raybon is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Chad) NeSmith of Franklin, Tenn.; sons, Richard (Vicki) Raybon of Mt. Pleasant, and Simms (Janet) Raybon of Lafayette, La.; brothers, Floyd (Wink) O'Neal of Augusta, Ga., and Harry (Anne) O'Neal of Mt. Pleasant; She is also survived by her grandchildren: Chrissa (Chad) Matthews of Aiken, John Henry (Gray) Mole Jr. of Barnwell, Benjamin Raybon III, and Jeremy Raybon of Beaufort, Robbie (Frances) Raybon of Americus, Ga., A. Kristin (Adam) Patterson of Washington, D.C., and Jessica and Sara Raybon of Lafayette, La.; Her great-grandchildren include Haze and Madeline Matthews, Hunter, O'Neal, Finn, and Chase Mole, Hawkins and Gates Raybon; She is further survived by numerous nephews, nieces, other relatives, and many friends.
Visitation was held at 2 p.m., Jan. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by the funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Martin Mathis, at 3 p.m. Burial followed at the Fairfax Cemetery.
Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of arrangements.
The People-Sentinel 01/16/13
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