First Posted: 12/31/2008

ARARAT Mrs. Mary Lee Rawley Cropps, 87, of Ararat, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, as her loving family surrounded her bedside in a circle of prayer. She was born in Surry County on Dec. 19, 1921, to the late James and Jessie King Rawley. A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Mrs. Cropps had been a dedicated member and Church Mother of Stewart’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church since 1959. Surviving are her daughters and son-in-laws, Lois Cropps of High Point, Cladys and Tollie Graham of Augusta, Ga., Mary Nell Hylton of Yadkinville, Clara Bell and Hugh Dobson of Yadkinville, Jessie and Brian Johnson of Ararat, Phyllis and Eddie Dowell of Roaring River and Margaret Cropps of Rocky Mount; one son and daughter-in-law, Grover and Brenda Cropps of Ararat; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Altin Reynolds of Mount Airy, Mattie and Steve Stevenson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Jessie Strickland of Mount Airy, Frances and McClain Smith of Mount Airy and Gracie Rawley of Culpepper, Va.; her brother, James William Rawley of Mount Airy; a brother-in-law, Jesse Cropps (Unice); a special Aunt, Helen Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Lee Cropps; a granddaughter, Lorretta M. Cropps; a sister, Annette Cropps; and a brother, Granville Rawley. A Graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in the Dobson City Cemetery with Elder Rodney Keen officiating the services. There will be a wake held Friday in the Chapel of Moody-Davis Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Moody-Davis Funeral Home is serving the Cropps family. Online condolences may be made at

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