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Jeff D. Raley, Sr., of Bellevue

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Jeff David Raley Sr., 55, died on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Vashti.

Jeff David Raley, Sr.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Bowie with Scott Wesley and Larry Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Buffalo Springs Cemetery under the direction of White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

Mr. Raley was born Oct. 17, 1955 in Dallas. He graduated from Midway High School in 1974 and attended college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. Jeff married Peggy Gee on Aug. 25, 1978 in Buffalo Springs, and was a longtime resident of Vashti. Jeff was an independent dozer operator and an ordained minister. He was also the prayer minister and a charter member of the New Life Church in Bowie.

Mr. Raley is preceded in death by his infant son, Aaron David Pryor Raley; daughter, Daisy Kendra Elise Raley; two brothers, Richard Arlan Raley and Charles Mark Raley.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Peggy Raley of Vashti; a son, Jeffrey David Raley, Jr., of Bowie; a daughter, Maryann Raley of Vashti; three granddaughters, Daisy, Kloee, and Jazzy Raley, all of Bowie; parents, Ralph and Mary Musgrove of Buffalo Springs; grandmother, Lillian Musgrove of Paradise; four sisters, Jerri Harelle of Bellevue, Misti and Billy Orton of Vashti, Joni Raley of Buffalo Springs, and Leah and Ronny North of Eric, Oklahoma; brother, Alvis Ray (Bubba) and Kristi Pryor; four sister-in-laws, Brenda and Tony Fox, Becky and Jerri McDowell, Paula Lambert, and Patricia Ralston all of Wichita Falls; brother-in-law, Benny and Wanda Gee of Lake Charles, Louisiana; twenty nieces and nephews; and twenty-five great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Raley was the oldest of 120 grandchildren; all are decedents of grandparents J.D. and Mary Ann Clark.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at White Family Funeral Home.

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