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Glynn G Raby Jr.

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Glynn G Raby Jr.

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23 Jun 2023 (aged 98)
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Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
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Glynn G. Raby, Jr. passed on June 23, 2023, at the age of 98.

After graduating from Tech High School in 1942, Glynn enlisted in the United States Army as the country prepared to join the fighting of World War II. He was assigned to H Company of the 9th Division of the 2nd Infantry and found himself landing on the beach in Normandy just a few days after D-Day. His unit fought their way through France, refused to be slowed down by the Battle of the Bulge, and moved forward into Czechoslovakia to aid in the liberation of Pilzen, Czechia. His meritorious service to the world has been recognized numerous times by the United States, as well as France and the Czech Republic. Among other awards, his bravery earned him a Bronze Star, admittance into the French Legion of Honor, and the Czech Liberation Medal.

Following the end of World War II, Glynn returned home to Memphis, Tennessee to his studies at Memphis State University and ultimately met and married the love of his life, Mona Yarborough (d. 2008). He began working for the Federal Housing Administration in 1947 and remained there for 35 years, until his retirement. Glynn was a lifelong Presbyterian, having been a member and deacon at Lamar Heights Presbyterian and Second Presbyterian churches in Memphis.

Glynn and Mona were able to return to Europe on several occasions in the 1980s and 1990s to visit many of the places Glynn had only seen as battle fields. His adventurous spirit never faded as he was blessed to return to the Pilzen Liberation Festival in May of 2016, where he was able to pay a return visit to the nearby town of Rokycany, where he directly aided in the town's liberation from Nazi control. He was named an honorary citizen of the town and was able to help lay a wreath in memory of his fallen brothers.

Glynn was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mona, his sisters Evelyn Raby Perkins, Marianne Raby Moore, and Norma Jean Raby; his brother Richard Raby; his son-in-law William Jeter. He leaves his daughters, Linda Raby Jeter (William), Carol Raby Stewart (David) both of Memphis; grandchildren Alicia Jeter, Ashley Stewart Jamison (Trey), Andrea Jeter, of Memphis, and Patrick Stewart (Gillian) of Nashville. He will continue to watch over his 5 great grandchildren: Noah, Conley, Ford, Loftin, and Caroline.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. all in the Riverside Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations in Glynn's memory be made to Forever Young Senior Veterans in Collierville, TN and Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TM, 38119. (901) 767-8930.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Glynn G. Raby Jr. please visit our Sympathy

CLICK HERE FOR MEMORIALS OF OTHER 1942 CLASS MEMBERS.
Glynn G. Raby, Jr. passed on June 23, 2023, at the age of 98.

After graduating from Tech High School in 1942, Glynn enlisted in the United States Army as the country prepared to join the fighting of World War II. He was assigned to H Company of the 9th Division of the 2nd Infantry and found himself landing on the beach in Normandy just a few days after D-Day. His unit fought their way through France, refused to be slowed down by the Battle of the Bulge, and moved forward into Czechoslovakia to aid in the liberation of Pilzen, Czechia. His meritorious service to the world has been recognized numerous times by the United States, as well as France and the Czech Republic. Among other awards, his bravery earned him a Bronze Star, admittance into the French Legion of Honor, and the Czech Liberation Medal.

Following the end of World War II, Glynn returned home to Memphis, Tennessee to his studies at Memphis State University and ultimately met and married the love of his life, Mona Yarborough (d. 2008). He began working for the Federal Housing Administration in 1947 and remained there for 35 years, until his retirement. Glynn was a lifelong Presbyterian, having been a member and deacon at Lamar Heights Presbyterian and Second Presbyterian churches in Memphis.

Glynn and Mona were able to return to Europe on several occasions in the 1980s and 1990s to visit many of the places Glynn had only seen as battle fields. His adventurous spirit never faded as he was blessed to return to the Pilzen Liberation Festival in May of 2016, where he was able to pay a return visit to the nearby town of Rokycany, where he directly aided in the town's liberation from Nazi control. He was named an honorary citizen of the town and was able to help lay a wreath in memory of his fallen brothers.

Glynn was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mona, his sisters Evelyn Raby Perkins, Marianne Raby Moore, and Norma Jean Raby; his brother Richard Raby; his son-in-law William Jeter. He leaves his daughters, Linda Raby Jeter (William), Carol Raby Stewart (David) both of Memphis; grandchildren Alicia Jeter, Ashley Stewart Jamison (Trey), Andrea Jeter, of Memphis, and Patrick Stewart (Gillian) of Nashville. He will continue to watch over his 5 great grandchildren: Noah, Conley, Ford, Loftin, and Caroline.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. all in the Riverside Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations in Glynn's memory be made to Forever Young Senior Veterans in Collierville, TN and Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TM, 38119. (901) 767-8930.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Glynn G. Raby Jr. please visit our Sympathy

CLICK HERE FOR MEMORIALS OF OTHER 1942 CLASS MEMBERS.


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