Rachel Granger Gill
Black Mountain - Rachel Granger Gill, a resident of Highland Farms and formerly of Weaverville and Atlanta, died on January 22, 2014.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 2pm at Weaverville First Baptist Church.
Born October 26, 1931 in Hickory, NC, Rachel was the daughter of the late D.D. (Buck) Granger and the late Ethel Carter Granger. She was one of eight children born to Buck and Ethel, and grew up during the rural Depression, a circumstance that influenced her whole life. Rachel graduated from Mars Hill Junior College (1952), Wake Forest College (1955), and Southeastern Baptist Seminary (1985).
She is survived by her husband, Everett (Buddy) Gill; son, Stephen T. Gill of Decatur, GA; and granddaughter, Maris T. Gill; daughter, Emily Gill of Asheville; and sister, Josephine Fleming (John) of Orlando, FL.
In 1964 the family moved to Penn Center in low country South Carolina where they worked for four years in the civil rights movement. When they moved to Atlanta, GA, Rachel was editor of Alternatives Magazine and later was a feature writer for Missions USA, a publication of the Southern Baptist Convention. Traveling with a photographer to chronicle ministries in urban and rural missions throughout the United States, she won several national awards for her work.
As a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur GA, Rachel was one of the first two women deacons ordained by a Southern Baptist church in Georgia. She held congregational leadership positions in the church during several decades of significant change.
Beginning with a gift of piano lessons from her grandmother, Rachel became church pianist while in high school. She developed a lifetime of music, and sang with Acapella groups and church choirs, including Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (Asheville).
Rachel served on the boards of Seeds Magazine and The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. The family requests that any gifts on Rachel's behalf go to organizations that give direct aid to people in need or that effectively promote peace.
Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.
Harwood Home For Funerals
208 W State St Black Mountain, NC 28711
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2014