Rayola J. Major, of Hendersonville, ascended in Heaven on Thursday, November 10 at the Brian Center surrounded by her family.
Born in Bluffton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the Kenneth and Natalie(Steiner) Wiseley. She was preceded in death by a grandchild and her loving husband of almost fifty years, Robert.
Shortly after graduation from Arcadia High School in Arcadia, Ohio in 1948, she was married. Although the marriage ended a few years later, she had two children to whom she loved and devoted her life. She was employed by Eastman Kodak in Findlay, Ohio and eventually met the love of her life, Robert G. Major. They were married in 1960. In 1966, the family moved to Florida where she worked for the City of Fort Pierce before retiring in 1980 to Hendersonville. Realizing that early retirement was not for her, she worked for JC Penny before finally retiring after ten years. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
She leaves behind her daughter, Ragena White, son Rodney Pratt and wife Debbie, grandson Joshua Pratt and wife Samantha, all of Hendersonville and granddaughter Jennifer Dale and husband Weldon, and great-grandson Landon of Saluda. Also mourning her loss are her sisters Donna Hunter and husband Steve and Lana Arnold all of Hendersonville and many loving nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Kay Nelson, her in-home aide, Spring Arbor West and the Brian Center for their loving care. A special thanks to all those at Four Seasons Campassion for Life that were there with her in her final weeks.
A service to honor her life will be held 11:00 am Saturday, November 19, in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. The family will receive friends in the chapel following the service. Burial will follow immediately in Forest Lawn Memorial park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Four Seasons Compassion for life, 571 s. Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731.
I am so sorry for your loss. Ms. Major was a precious lady. My grandfather Wiley Jenkins and I worked with her at JC Penney in the late 80’s. She was definitely an encouragement to me as I was learning the ropes at my first real job. A true pleasure to know! You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.