Billy Gene Raybon, 83, of Cobb County, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 15, 2013. Mr. Raybon was born in Opp, AL and was the son of the late Daniel Richberg and Mamie Spivey, both of Opp, AL and the stepson of the late Clyde Raybon, all of Opp, AL and Howard Carr of Columbus, GA. Bill is survived by his only wife of 62 years, Laura Ann Ramsey Raybon of Columbus and Cobb County, GA. He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Raybon Hardeman (Bill) and his brother, Bobby R. Raybon (Nora) of Columbus, GA. He is survived by his sisters, Shirley Raybon Baker of Salem, AL and Debbie Raybon Collins (Charlie) of Columbus, GA and his brother, Dr. Michael Carr (Kathy) of Brighton, CO. He is survived by his four children, son, David Raybon (Donna) of Dandridge, TN, always his favorite daughter, Tricia Raybon Veller (Craig) of Marietta, GA and sons, Jim Raybon (Annette), Dallas, GA and Rev. Dr. Paul Raybon (Anne) of Asheville, NC. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren, Sam Raybon, Dallas, GA, Caitlyn Raybon, Dillsboro, NC, and Will and Kate Raybon of Asheville, NC. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own children. Bill’s friends say he was born with a book in his hand. After the Lord and his family, his greatest interest was education. He was educated in the Columbus Public Schools, graduating from Jordan Vocational High School. He continued his education at the Conn School of Music at Butler University in Elkhart, IN. Numerous courses in the electronics field began his adult education in the US Navy AirForce. He received his Associates Degree from the University of Georgia. His primary interests were Music, Business, Finance, History, Electronics and Politics. Mr. Raybon felt there was no limit to education and always recommended further schooling to both his family and friends. He was a people lover in all areas of his life, a caring person, one who could be trusted for whatever the situation required. Among Mr. Raybon’s significant interests were music and local politics. At a very young age, he learned to play musical instruments, the first being the trumpet, from an itinerant man staying the nights at a local Salvation Army. From there, in his high school days, under the tutelage of Robert M. Barr, he perfected his talent with the tuba, winning first places and accolades throughout the U.S. He was often asked to accompany premier musicians when they played with the Columbus Symphony. In his senior year at Jordan High, he received six (6) scholarships to various colleges because of his musical abilities. At Butler University’s Conn School of Music, he perfected his playing of many of the brass instruments. Music was a joy in Bill’s life. He served in the US Naval Air Force from 1951 through 1955, the beginning of his first adult employment, but those who knew him know that he began working at age 10 selling the Grit newspaper on the downtown corners of Columbus, always to help support his mother, sisters and brother. It is said Bill was born a mature man, skipping his childhood. After serving in the NAS, he went to work for Lockheed Georgia in 1955 and filled many positions until he retired in 1988 as a Project Coordinator in Contract Administration. After retirement he continued working and volunteering. He served in the various PTA’s of his children’s schools, often as President. His love of education led him to serve on the Cobb County Board of Education from 1983 to 1988 and as Chairman in 1988. He was always the one his family and others sought for advice. One of Mr. Raybon’s dearest loves was serving the Lord. He and his wife, Ann, left Smyrna 1st Baptist Church (FBC) in 1959 to help in the beginning of a new mission, LaBelle Heights. He was a diligent worker at LaBelle for 41 years, being involved in all aspects of the Church. Returning to FBC in 2002, he continued his service to the Lord in both the Choir and Orchestra. His greatest gift to his family, community and church was to teach them, by example, why the Lord has put us here. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 16th 2014 from 5:00 to 7:30 at Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna. Services for Mr. Raybon will be held at Smyrna First Baptist Church on Thursday, July 17th 2014 at 2 pm with the Reverend Chuck Allen officiating and music by Jim and Dean Wallace. Burial will be at Georgia Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s name to the local American Cancer Society or The Salvation Army.