On June 26, 2021, Tommy Raley passed into his eternal home. This is a passing he had looked forward to; a rest after over 50 years of service to our Lord and Savior. Tommy was born June 21, 1941 to Elbert and Margaret Raley in Frost, TX. After being called to the ministry, he attended Bible Baptist Seminary and worked in his home church for nearly 10 years. He then felt the call to missions, and began traveling the US raising support for a future ministry in the country of Colombia, South America with a happy and bold heart. He was also privileged to serve in the country of Mexico and pastor three churches in Florida, Kansas, and Texas. His guidance for being a good pastor came from I & II Timothy, which he read weekly. One of his greatest accomplishments was to lead the World Baptist Fellowship Mission Agency in Arlington, TX for 25 years. Some of Tommy’s greatest loves were for missions, pastors, and churches. He demonstrated that love throughout his life.
He treasured his sons and when speaking of them would call them “my boy.” He was so proud of them and their families. He was a wonderful “Pawpaw” who showed his family what it meant to serve the Lord. Each year at Christmas, he would read the Christmas story from Luke 2, while grandchildren and great-grandchildren laid on the floor, listening intently. At each family member’s birthday, he made a point to sing Happy Birthday in Spanish to them, whether in person or over the phone. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke his words were full of wisdom. His life at home mirrored what he preached from the pulpit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Margaret Raley. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Linda of the home; sons Michael and wife Kim of Arlington, TX; Andy and wife Tracie of Azle, TX; David and wife Cindy of Keller, TX; and Joel and wife Shannon of Mansfield, TX; granddaughters Rachel Green and husband Bruce, Brittany Womack and husband Stephen, Talia Barker and husband Asher, Rachel Raley, Chloe Raley, and Kailey Raley; grandsons Brandon Raley and wife Sarah, Cody Raley and wife Lindsay, Curtis Raley, Jake Raley, Kyle Raley, and Johnnie Wilds; ten great-grandchildren, a sister, Oris Patterson and husband James (Bud) of Crowley, TX, as well as a host of family and friends.
Funeral Service will begin at 2:00pm Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at Pleasantview Baptist Church, 4400 Pleasantview Dr., Arlington, Tx 76017 with Pastor, Jimmy McNeil officiating and family will welcome guests with visitation at 1:00pm. Interment will be at Emerald Hills Memorial Park following service.
Memorials can be made in Tommy Raley’s name to World Baptist Fellowship Mission Agency, P.O. Box 13459, Arlington, Tx 76094.
Ellianna Martinez (3/22/09 - 5/31/21). AKA Squirt, Monkey, punk, and many other endearments. But you were Ellie, our sweet, precious, goofy, burst of life. You shined a loving light on our lives for 12 blessed years that we will cherish forever. The Lord called you home, and the best part of us left this world with you. We have loved you, love you still, and will always love you with all that we are. Ellie, our precious angel, rest in blissful peace until we see you again.
Ellianna is survived by her parents, Selestino Martinez Sr. and Gerrilynn Harper; her brothers, Selestino Martinez Jr., Gabriel Martinez, and Schyler Harper; and her sister, Rose Harper. She is also survived by many more family members and friends who will miss her deeply.
Services: A visitation will take place from 10am to 12 noon on Monday, June 7th at Birdville Baptist Church, 3141 Carson St., Haltom City, 76117 with funeral service to start at 1:00 pm.