With sincere compassion, we respectfully announce the transition of Rev. Albert Raby, Jr. A native of Baton Rouge, LA, and resident, of Galvez, LA; Rev. Raby transitioned Saturday, August 19th, 2023. He was 84. A Public Visitation will be held Friday, September 1st, 2023 from 1-3PM at The Church Of God in Galvez, LA. Public Visitation will resume at The Church Of God in Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday, September 2nd, 2023 from 10AM until the Homegoing Celebration begins at 11AM. Dr. Mark Dillard is the Pastor & Officiant, Bishop Dr. Vernon Phillips is the Eulogist. The Committal and Interment will follow at C. & C. Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Galvez, LA.
Rev. Albert Raby, Jr. was born December 21st, 1938. Albert received Christ at an early age. As a youth, he was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Morris. During this time, he was nurtured in Christianity, and also developed his love for ministry; later becoming ordained as a minister. After marriage, he joined The Church of God in Galvez, LA and served faithfully in several capacities. He loved knowledge and had several genres of education under his belt. After attaining a degree in Horticulture and Floral Design, Albert went on to explore entrepreneurship. His industrious life included owning and operating his own Florist Shop for many years. Later in life, he accepted a position with Galvez Middle School. There he served faithfully, until he retired after twenty-five years of dedicated service. Even as an older gentleman, he didn't stop there. Albert worked for ABC Career College for eight years until his health began to fail. Rev. Raby had many accomplishments. He was a man of honor and integrity. He was known for studiously working every task that he accepted. Whatever work his hands found to do, he would always be sure to see it through, and do it well. His hobbies included a passion for gardening, traveling, and more than anything else, ministry.
Faithful to God, and faithful to love, until the end...
After meeting and falling in love with Ms. Carrie Jackson Buffert; they shared more than three decades of love for one another, family and also ministry. It was never a surprise to find them working together, worshipping together, and always traveling together. Albert and Carrie were joined in Holy Matrimony on October 26th, 1991. Until he took his last breath, they stayed by each other's side continuously through every test, trial and triumph. Those who remain comforted by the fullness of his life, and cherish his memory are; his dedicated wife of thirty-one years: Min. Carrie (Cora) Raby; his daughters: Nicole (David) Roberts, Monique (Kelvin) Davis, Nichole (Corey) Washington, & Henreatta (Andre) Ellis; two sons: Yusuf (Andrea) Buffert and Tsavo (Abby) Buffert; grandsons: Nicholas Roberts, Brandon Roberts, Reginald Day, Jr., Nicholas Day, Aaron Day, Aayan Ellis, Daven Buffert, Tsavo Buffert, Jr., Ace Buffert & Kingston Buffert; granddaughters: Blake Davis, Raina Davis, Spencer Davis, Arielle Day, Tatyana Asi Asante and Aliyana Ellis, Zurishari Williams, and Ketura Kemp; four great-grandchildren: Levi Williams, Nicholas Day, Jr., Isabella Day, and Isaiah Johnson; brothers: Clyde Raby, Robert Raby; brothers-in-law: Emmanuel Jackson & David (Carnita) Jackson; sisters-in-law: Bernice Jackson, Carolyn Jackson, Alfredia Jackson and Gwen Jackson; special cousins: Rev. James R. Barrett, Wendell Mack, Barbara Little, Deborah Hollins, Evelyn South, and Robert Scott; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Saturday, August 19th, 2023, with the love and prayers of those who loved him, and his dutiful wife by his side; "Pop" as he was affectionately called, transitioned from earth to glory. He was a faithful steward until death. He is preceded in death by his parents: Albert Raby, Sr. and Sylvia Hannah Redd Raby; two brothers: Hermon Raby & Walter Raby; one sister: Oedies Raby Frazier; and an aunt who raised him as her own: Elnora Barrett.
Jackson Professional Funeral Services is grateful to Rev. Raby's family for entrusting the final care and arrangements of their loved one to our caring and dedicated professionals. We also acknowledge and appreciate Mr. Jonathan Rose, Sr. and the professionals at Desselle's Funeral Home for their compassion & assistance. Your continued prayers, and sincere support, are solicited for Rev. Raby's family as they navigate through this experience.