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Rev. Dan Raley

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Thursday, May 21, 1953 - Friday, April 11, 2014

Reverend Dan Raley of Slocomb went home to be with his Lord on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Flowers Hospital.  He was 60.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Slocomb with Rev. Brad Price, Rev. Carlisle Weed and Rev. Scott Byrd officiating and with Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory of Slocomb directing.


The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until service time.


In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Slocomb First Baptist Church Youth Department,  P.O. Box 428, Slocomb, AL 36375.


Bro. Dan was born May 21, 1953 in Washington County, FL to the late Charles Burton and Deravene Conaway Raley. Bro. Dan possessed a humble and compassionate spirit and epitomized Christ as he walked with him daily. He was active in gospel ministry for over 45 years. He was not only the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Slocomb for over 28 years; he was, in fact, the pastor of the entire Slocomb Community. When not engaged in ministry, Bro. Dan enjoyed spending time relaxing at his lake house, fishing with his grandchildren and spending time with family and friends. His message was Christ, his hope was heaven; he fought a good fight, finished his course, kept the faith and has now received from his Lord a crown of righteousness.


Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Cecilia Godwin Raley, Slocomb; one daughter, Brittany Berry (Mark), Slocomb; two sons: Braxton Raley (Alexis), LaGrange, GA and Brantley Raley (Je Hui), Ramstein AFB, Germany; seven grandchildren: Trenton, Tanner, Logan, Asher, Madden, Savannah and Salinger; one sister, Cheryl Andrews (Bill), Dothan; nieces, nephews, extended family and his brothers and sisters in Christ.




Funeral Service

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014



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Grant, Lakresha and Addison Hendrix

As the pastor of our family for nearly 30 years, through family things to Lakresha and I's wedding and the birth of Addison, Bro. Dan as always been there to offer words of encouragement and most of all the word God through prayer and the Bible. We mourne his departure from this life because he will be deeply missed but celebrate his home going to be with our Lord and Savoir. It was a blessing knowing that our God could say job well done my good and faithful servant. Too Bro. Dan's family our hearts pour out, if there is anything you need we're here.

Billy Byrd

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of sorrow and the days ahead. Bro. Raley will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Billy & Sonja Byrd

Tom&Penny Vickers

Great Man I always thought the world of him.

Mr. Gregory Welch

I so sorry about brother Dan he was a very good friend of mine. we share many thoughts together though out his life ...Yes he has fought the good fight and will be rewarded by God's Word. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY...GREGORY

Sylvia Maine

Bro. Dan was and will continue to be an inspiration to everyone who knew him. My Mother, Lady B. Mulkey, believed him to be the most wonderful person she had ever met. One thing we do know, he is with the Lord and meeting everyone who has gone before. May God bless and keep you all. He will truly be missed by everyone in our family. Sylvia Maine

Gloria Raley Baragona

Cecelia, Brittany, Braxton, Brantley,and Cheryl: My heart is so heavy with sadness at the loss of my dear sweet cousin. He was very special! But I rejoice, knowing that he is in Heaven now--with Uncle Burt, Aunt Sally, Granddaddy and Grandma Raley, his cousins, aunts and uncles, and all of his ancestors who came before him. We can all take comfort in knowing that. I love you all!

Melinda Flippo Everitt

Bro Dan was such a loving and kind person. He always had a smile and hug for you whenever you saw him. He will be missed and I know him and dad our having an awesome time in heaven. Love you so much Bro Dan! Praying for you all through this difficult time.

Kelley Kitchens Dougherty

Bro. Dan was one of the kindest loving men I have had the pleasure to meet. While it has been many years, I still value the sermons and the extra time he gave to the youth at Bagdad Baptist. It pains my heart to hear of your loss. My prayers and sympathy to the family.

Glenn kristie nick watford

So sorry for your lost. You all are in ours prayers. We love you!

Virginnia Reid

Cecelia, Barc, Britteny and Brantley, We are so grieved over your loss. Bro. Dan meant so much to me and our children. Ginna was the one who contacted me early this morning for she saw it on facebook. Our prayers are with you. Virginia and the Reid family

Martha Price

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for all of you. Having experienced the loss of Roger almost four years ago I know how broken hearted all of you are, praise The Lord is walking those streets of gold today. May God keep you in his arms and see you thru. Martha.

Randall and Laura Johnson

Bro Dan is so much apart of who we are today. His investment in our lives and his love will never be forgotten. Still the best preacher I have ever heard! We look forward to spending eternity with him. Our prayers are with Cecelia , Braxton, Brantley and Brittney, as well as all of his family.

Sherry Fillingim

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He wAs a very special person and a wonderful Pastor. We will always remember him and you all. He made our time at Slocomb First Baptist Church a time very dear to our hearts. May God Bless you all now and always. Sherry,Andy, and Brandon Fillingim

Lori Brooks

Such a great man of God who touched innumerable lives with his joyous spirit, unwavering faith,. He will be missed by many whose lives will never be the same again. I personally know mine will. not. I was very blessed t have had the privilege of knowing and loving him, along with so many others. We will see him again in glory.

Tommy White

Cecilia, I always loved Dan's spirit. He was a man of compassion. It will take a long time to adjust to being without his presence. Praying and thinking of you and your family.

Shirley Mitchell York

Cecelia I am so sorry to hear about Dan. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow and in the days ahead. May God Bless you you all. Prayerfully yours Shirley NBHS Sr.1971

Mark, Melinda, Kelsi and Emma Brazelton

It is hard to express in words what an impact Bro. Dan and the family had on this young married couple with a new baby when we moved there. We learned so much about ministry through his example of love and compassion. He will be greatly missed here but what a celebration and reunion it will be one day with him and all the others he has touched. We are praying for you Cecilia, Braxton, Brantley and Brittany. We wish we were there to love on each of you in person. Lots of love and prayers.

Adrian Thomas

Bro. Dan was a great friend and mentor to me. He has done so much for me and my family. He will be greatly missed. Love to the family!!!!

Cindy Dykes

Brother Dan was a great man with a wonderful spirit. He will be missed more than words can say.

Barbara Saunders

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We all know where he is today but he will be missed here so very much!!! He was a great man and leader of the church. I enjoyed all the talks and advice he shared with me.... Our hearts are heavy but we can look forward to seeing him again one day!!!

Karen Sue Coleman Leonardi

I went to Jr. High School in Bratt with Danny. So sorry for your loss. I am so glad I found him on facebook and was able to see a little into the man of God he had become. Thank God we know where he is now. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers and remembering this fun-filled boy I knew. He was the boy you could never forget. Karen Sue Coleman Leonardi


I will always treasure my memories of brother Dan. He was a good man. I share in the sadness at the loss of him from all of our lives, but rejoice in knowing he's in glory. God bless.- Suzanne Butler

Margarett Bond

My prayers go out to his family,his church family,and the entire Slocomb area.Brother Dan touched many people's live's including mine. He was one of the greatest men I've ever known. He taught me the real meaning of my salvation. Bro. Dan will always hold a place in my heart. My God give you all comfort. Without a douth the Angels in Hevan are singing as The Lord welcomes him home.

Donnie & Kelly Sowell

As our pastor at Bagdad Baptist for many years we loved Dan, Cecilia, and children. God Bless you all, your in our prayers and we love each one of you and our prayers are with you all.

Tammy and Greg Hendry

One of the finest representatives of Slocomb and His extended Church Family, "A true Man of God", You will be dearly missed "Brother Dan".

June & Dan Calloway

Our prayers are with the family of Bro. Dan. He meant so much to our family and to the parents of June Hundley Calloway. My husband and I appreciate the time he spent with our family during the entire time he was at Slocomb Baptist Church.

Stephanie Leavins

Mrs. Raley, and Brittany. Baby I want to extend my deepest sympathy to all of you for the loss of my brother In Christ & your wonderful husband & Brittany's wonderful dad. I talked to brother Raley about three months ago & he booked me for a concert May 4, for the Sunday morning. It's going to be so different ministering at the church and him not being there. But I know he Will be there in spirit & we will dedicate the whole concert/service to him. As hard as it will be, I'm looking forward to seeing you again. You are such a wonderful woman of God. And I'm honored to call you my family. We are definitely praying for you sweetheart. I love you so much with all my heart & please give Britney a kiss from me.

Stephanie Leavins

I love you so much Mrs. Raley & Britney. God bless you both baby. He was a wonderful man of God & still is.

Cheryl Barrow

Cecelia, my heart & prayers go out to you, your children & grandchildren! It's been forever since you & Dan were at Goodhope, but I have so many great memories from then. We were all so young & Dan was like another teenager, when he came to lead us! You both were such a blessing to me, Doyle, our church & community. Love to you all, Cheryl & Doyle Barrow

Todd & Lisa Shaw

Cecilia & family, Our prayers go up for you all during this difficult time. Dan was so instrumental in encouraging Todd as he began his vocational ministry! We are sorry for your loss and the loss of such a great Kingdom servant on this earth. May you be comforted by your memories of his godliness and God's love. After FL Baptist, Todd went on to serve as youth minister at churches in Jensen Beach, FL and Ocala, FL, as asst. pastor of a country venue church in Ocala, and then on to form a non-profit ministry that served the racing community as a track chaplain. I have served as youth teacher, nursery director, ladies' Bible study leader, women's ministry coordinator, and have been involved with prison ministry for 14 years, along with homeschooling our two children. Our family has been greatly impacted by the many lessons learned along the way, including our time in Malvern & Dothan. Our son, an Eagle Scout, graduates from high school this year and will be studying Police Science to become a public servant. Our daughter will begin high school in the fall and they both serve in the youth praise band. We appreciate the contributions to our spiritual growth while we were there under Dan's leadership and we are confident that the many lives he has touched along the way have been similarly impacted. We're sure you'll hear many stories of how he's helped many others. Earth will be the lesser and Heaven greater for his absence & presence, respectively. We hope you and your family feel the prayers being sent for you. Deepest condolences.

mike & teresa garrett

dear family,dan & I were friends as teenagers- 2 preachers sons on the run.dan looked at girls, I looked at cars.we spent a week at his grandmothers one summer. I left home & got married & we kind of lost touch.dan was serving the lord & I was serving the devil.the lord never gave up on me-finally got my heart right.teresa prayed me through it.we are married 43 years this December.i have a severed spine,diabetes,a pacemaker,and died twice during open heart surgery in Birmingham. living for the devil was not healthy for me.cecilia hold your head high- dan did it right.the lord gave you one of the best husbands I have ever known & he is in heaven waiting for you. Cheryl- I always thought you were so pretty,you & dan got along so good for bro & sis.hey that brother is up there waiting for you ,too. my pastor tommy white mentioned dan's passing in his sermon this morning and my jaw dropped-I did not know. I will always regret not getting back in touch with dan. he was one fine Christian man.

Teresa Pritchett

Bro. Dan you will so be missed.You helped me thur a terrible time in my life.When my oldest son Anthony Campbell died.You were there for me and my son Lee Campbell.You were an amazing Pastor and man.Slocomb will be losted without you.My prayer for the family.GOD is so smiling now.

Teresa Pritchett

My prayers are with the family.Bro.Dan was an amazing Pastor.He helped me so much,when my oldest son Anthony passed.Thank-you so much Bro Dan.You will be so missed.

Pat Moore

What a wonderful man of God. Brother Dan got me through some tough times with his wonderful words and caring prayers. He will always be remembered with love. I pray for all of you at this time of great sorrow in your lives. I also know that God is rejoicing because he has brought such a wonderful person home for good.

Liz Menges Smith

Ceceila I do not know where to start, I am so sorry and you and your family will be in my prayers. Dan was a good person. God be with you. liz

Elizabeth Mclendon

My love and prayers are with y'all !! Dearing the time of your lose !! Bro Dan Was a good Christin man and we know We're he is today with our Jesus and we Will see him again one day !! Love y'all

Frank Bowman

Cecilia I am sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. My prayers are with you and your family. I remembered you at New Brockton High School.

Josh Wood

Sad news that hit home for me all the way from Japan. If I wasn't here for training I'd be there with everybody showing my love of Bro. Dan and everything he represented. Our community lost a good one, but now we have another angel to watch over us in heaven.

Angie granger

So sorry to hear about y'all lose!!! But happy for Bro Dan, he often times said if you heard he'd died don't believe it, because he just started living!!! You'll greatly be missed! So thankful for all the messages The Lord put on you heart!!! Myself, jesse & Seth all came to know The Lord because of you!!! Thank you! Family in my thoughts and prayers!

Richard Deck

I was deeply saddened to hear of Dan's passing. I always enjoyed talking to him at the lake house. I wished we had had more time to fellowship. I will miss him very much. Cecilia, Anything Linda and I can do, please don't hesitate to ask. Richard and Linda

John Yetter

Cecilia, I count it among my many blessings to have known and spent time with both Bro. Dan and you on my range. I'm sure you could have found a better 'coach' anywhere, but appreciate the time we had together. Bro. Dan was indeed a 'called' man of God who lived for his Savior daily; who pined for the lost; encouraged the saints; and exalted our Savior. He will be sorely missed here upon this earth, but is far better off praising our Lord in His presence. In this your time of need, may God grant you peace beyond all understanding and may He bless and comfort you and your family each moment of each day.

Pat Brantley McHargue

Cecilia and family. Jerry and I extend our condolences to you and your family. You will be in our prayers.

Peggy Danner

We wish to extend our most heart-felt sympathy. Brother Dan was one of the most likable, caring people I have had the opportunity to meet. He was what you expected when, you hear the word Christian. We have known Brother Dan, for over thirty years. He was a Blessing to every life he touched. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Danner, Johna Roberts,& Gabe Adams families

Rodney Harper

As a young pastor in Slocomb in the 1990's, Bro. Dan was always an encouragement to me. He was not only a great preacher but a good-hearted man who always had a kind word for everyone. We both shared a passion for collecting sports cards and shared together our hobby experiences. I appreciated his "realness". I remember how he supported and cheered on each of his children at the Slocomb High football games. When someone like him goes to be with the Lord, there is a deep sadness in this present realm that the world has lost something good that will only be regained on the other side when all those who know Christ go to be with him. I consider it an honor and a privelege to have had Bro. Dan as a part of my life during that brief time while I was a pastor in Slocomb. May God Bless and Comfort all his family and friends.

Debbie Davis Hester

I'm so sorry to hear about Dan's passing. His dad was our pastor when we were young teens. His family ministered wonderfully to our community and Dan was a good friend. While I know he's in a better place, my heart breaks for his family. I recently lost my dad and know how difficult it is to lose those we love. Know that I am praying for your family today and in the days ahead. May our Heavenly Father wrap His loving arms around you even now.

Rick and Marcia Harris

What a great man of God You were, Bro . Dan! Thank you for all the sermons you preached and the life you lived. You married us, you baptized our children, you gave us such joy! We love you Cecelia, Braxton, Brittany and Brantely! Praying for all your family! We will see you again Bro .Dan.


We are so sorry to hear about Bro. Dan. He was our pastor and friend at Bagdad for many years and we truly loved him, Cecelia and the family. Together we had many good times and fond memories at Bagdad First Baptist.

amy and don

This is a face and voice we will miss seeing around slocomb! Loved his love for God Family and Community. What a joyous reunion he is having now. My love and comfort to his family until they see him again.

Greg and Gail Roland

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Laurie Parker

Buddy and I are so sorry, you and your family are in our prayers.

Kris and Joyce Flippo

Brother Dan was a great pastor and friend of our family. He has rejoiced with us and comforted us in times of sorrow. Never meeting a stranger and always having a servants heart.May God comfort you all in this time of his passing and rejoice in knowing we will all see him again one day!

Rhonda Stevens

I am so sorry to hear about Dan. I had not seen him since high school in New Brockton, but even then he was a good, kind and gentle spirit. God's speed.

Fred&Sandra Johnson

Love and prayers for the family.

Fred &Sandra Johnson

Sending love and prayers for the family. The Johnsons. Milton,Fl.

Fred&Sandra Johnson

So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for the family . The Johnsons Milton ,Fl

Mark Quattlebaum

One of the greatest men of GOD I have ever known. He was more that my pastor he was a friend. He gave so much of his time for his church & his church family. Always there to give a hug or a kind word of encouragement. We lost our grandfather a week ago & Bro. Dan gave me a call to let me know we were in his thoughts. That's the kind of man he was, just a phone call. He was so giving of his time. What a legacy for his family always remember the man he was & thank you to the family for sharing this man with the rest of us in the church & the community. Thank you Bro. Dan for giving to the LORD!!! I know you have a great place in the kingdom of heaven.

Charles & Martha Norris

We are saddened to hear of Bro Dan's homegoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time as you adjust without him. We met him many years ago when jis dad and mom were pastoring orange hill baptist church in chipley. They were very good friends with us. I know that he is rejoicing with them now. Charles & Martha Norris

Trull Hill

Dear Cecilia and Family; I only learned of Dan's homecoming tonight and needless to say I was completely shocked. You have my deepest sympathy and will be in my prayers. Dan was truly a genuine Christian and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed. If I can ever be of help to any of you please feel free to call on me. Yours in Christ, Trull Hill

Virginia Miller

Bro. Dan led me to a personal relationship with the Lord many years ago in a revival at Shiloh Baptist in Hartford. Very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

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