Elizabeth Ruth Searcy-Rasberry was born on November 29, 1935 to the late Freeman and Annie Searcy in Cache, Arkansas. She was the youngest of six (6) children. She attended Everett-Pinkley School. She departed this life on April 23, 2020 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Elizabeth confessed a hope in Christ at Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church at an early age where she was also baptized.
She met & married Willie (Allen) Franklin, Jr.
Elizabeth lived the early part of her adult life in Clarendon, AR and Stuttgart, AR. She would later move to Detroit, Michigan where she would meet and marry Alphonzo Cooper Rasberry, Jr., after which they relocated to Indianola, Mississippi, and then Stuttgart, AR.
After returning to Stuttgart she would move her membership to Allen Temple Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Byrd, being a faithful member until her health started to fail.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, husband, Alphonzo Cooper Rasberry, one daughter, Verlene, two sons, Charles and Wayne, one grandchild, Kyle, one step-son, Reggie, one step-daughter, Betty, and her five siblings: Varnell, Blanche, Tossie Bell, Adolphus (Uncle Tank), and Mary Lee.
Elizabeth is survived by her children, Elizabeth (Thurman) of Little Rock, AR, Paul Lawrence of North Little Rock, AR, Norma Rena (Don), Yvonne Zanette, Efrem, Carol, and Willie Earl (Gena) all of Stuttgart, AR, one step-son, Dwayne of McClemons, MI, 17 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, etc. Too numerous to count.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 6:30PM – 7:30PM at Relerford Funeral Home in Stuttgart, AR. Graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 11AM at Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon, AR.
Professional services entrusted to Relerford Funeral Home, 301 S. College St, Stuttgart, AR. (870) 672-8901. Visit us at www.relerfordfuneralhome.com or Facebook: Relerford FH.