Alice J. Kornegay Rawlings passed away on Nov. 25, 2017, at her home in Hood River, Ore. She was born on Oct. 15, 1938, and was 79 years of age at the time of her passing. She was born in West Point, Miss., Clay County, to Riley N. Kornegay and Virginia Harpole Kornegay.
She was raised in Mississippi and graduated from West Point High School. After graduation, Alice moved to the big city of Atlanta, Ga., with her sister Mary. While living in Atlanta, she met her husband, Toby, at a dance hall. Toby, who grew up in Los Angeles, Calif., and was stationed at nearby Fort Bragg, N.C., as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. After a brief courtship, they married May 1, 1957 in West Point. They spent the next several years moving back and forth between Mississippi and California. In 1966, the family moved to Hood River, where she spent the rest of her life.
Alice was a loving, caring, warm person who always placed her family first. She had a wonderful sense of humor and the patience to raise seven children and be a supportive spouse.
She is survived by her seven children: son Steven Rawlings (wife Lenise) of Vancouver, Wash.; son Garry Rawlings (wife Machele) of Hood River; daughter Kathleen Rawlings of Hood River; daughter Karen Rawlings Simmons (husband Charles) of Lancaster, Pa.; daughter Carolyn Rawlings Uhlman (husband William) of Hood River; daughter Amy Rawlings of Portland, Ore.; and son Jeffrey Rawlings of Hood River; brother Charles Kornegay and sister Mary Kornegay Ward both of West Point; grandchildren Malia Rawlings, Drew Rawlings, Garry J. Rawlings, Richard Rawlings, Samantha Simmons, Kimberly Simmons, Nathaniel Mears; and great-grandchildren Payton, Eli and Aiden.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Toby Rawlings, son John D. Rawlings, her parents, and siblings Carroll Kornegay, Glory Faye Kornegay Brown, and Virginia Ann Kornegay.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 at Anderson’s Tribute Center. A graveside service will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 1235 Tucker Road, Hood River. Memorial contributions can be made in Alice’s memory to the Arc of Mid-Columbia c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www. AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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