Reggie Wayne Rathburn, Sr.

November 12, 1959 - December 6, 2014
Reggie Wayne Rathburn, Sr.


Reggie Wayne Rathburn, Sr., 55, of Florence, SC, formerly of Leland, NC, went Home to be with the Lord Saturday, December 6, 2014 at his residence. Born in Augusta, GA, November 12, 1959, a son of James Vernon Rathburn and the late Mary India Smith Rathburn of Easley, SC, Reggie was a 1978 graduate of North Brunswick High School. He was a member of Peace Freewill Baptist Church and employed at Flowserve Corporation. Reggie lived his faith in God daily and was a blessing to many. Together with his father, surviving are his wife, Pepper, and their children, Jasmine, Reggie Jr., Matthew, Ezekiel, and Joanna; a brother, Dean Rathburn and wife, Allyson, of Leland NC, their two sons, DJ and Joshua; a sister, Joanie Scruggs and husband, Terry, of Easley, SC; and mother-in-law, Renee Clements. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451. A service to celebrate Reggie’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Long Leaf Baptist Church, 317 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28412, with Pastor Eugene Ridley officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Kings Cemetery. Please share memories and condolences with the family by clicking on the “Sign Guest Book” tab above. Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 525 Village Rd. Leland, NC 28451 910.383.3511


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  • December 09, 2014
    Jason Berdeau says:
    With a heavy heart it saddens me to hear of Reggie's passing. I worked with him at Flowserve and got to know him well. He was a good man, father and husband. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as you go through this time of loss. May the Lord hold you all in his loving arms and give you comfort and know that Reggie is in Heaven smiling down on us all. You will be missed my friend. Jason Berdeau

  • December 11, 2014
    mirabda ringley says:
    Pepper and family, just wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear of reggie's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers . Love david, miranda and jordan ringley

  • December 10, 2014
    Cathy Harrelson Alsup says:
    So sad for your loss of Reggie, but I know he is resting peacefully now and with no more pain. He was a big part of our life when we all lived in Leland! We went to church together and visited often, so our friendship was close and enduring! I will always remember him fondly as being a sweet, kind, loving spirited man filled with the love of God. We'll be praying for his family everyday with much love. God bless you all!

  • December 10, 2014
    Doug and Kim Frock says:
    Doug n I met The Rathburns on a sunny beautiful day at the Lynches River Boat Landing the summer of 07! As Mom did all the work(always lol) we headed down to the water and a precious lil boy named Matthew gave me a blue airhead! My heart has forever loved him since. As we moved on down the ramp there was four more beautiful children who each won our hearts in differant ways and ONE awesome man. From that day forward we formed a great friendship that turned into feelings of family. We camped alot that summer and every summer thereafter! We learned more from those beautiful chldren and Pepper n Reggie than could ever be taught anywhere about the outdoors.As Doug spent hours..... listening to Reg and learning......Pepper had already in minutes(LOL) taught me the same and tons more!!!! R laughter being from Reg taking forever to get through one thing will forever keep us laughing♡ That being said the times we spent laughing and loving is to many to share. WE LOVE EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF THEM AS THEY WILL FOREVER BE IN OUR HEARTS! R.I.P. OUR FRIEND ♡♡♡

  • December 10, 2014
    Pat Dexter says:
    We're so very sorry for Reggie's passing, having prayed with you for so long for healing. We know that this is God's plan- to heal Reg through bringing him to Heaven, but that this brings you all great pain as you miss your beloved. Reg was a quiet but strong man with unshakable faith. He did his best to take care of his family . He fought the good fight. He has finished his course. For you who remain we pray strength, grace, and peace. Praying for all your needs to be met in Christ at this present time and in the days to come. We love you and the kids, Pepper.