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BIRCENDIA ANTONYCE CHURCHWELL-RAYFORD was graciously born to the parentage of Mr. Nyle A. Churchwell Sr. and Mrs. Birdia M. Williams Churchwell in Houston, TX, December 4th 1959. She peacefully transitioned to her heavenly presence with the Lord on October 8, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was educated in the Houston Public Schools at Lockhart, Southland, Lanier Junior High School, HSPVA, and Jack Yates High School. She continued her education on an Engineering and ROTC Scholarship at Prairie View A&M University and completed specialized technical certification at San Jacinto College with many honors and awards.Bircendia leaves to cherish memorable times, a loving and devoted husband, Mr. Arnold Rayford; her parents - Mr. Nyle A. Churchwell Sr. (Mary) and Ms. Birdia Churchwell; two sisters - Jacquelyn Churchwell and Quiana Smith; one brother - Nyle A. Churchwell Jr. (Dorothea); two nephews and one niece-Brian and Nyle III, and Brittany Churchwell; and a special aunt - Mrs. Thomie Lee Garcia and family, and a host of other relatives and many friends.Visitation will be held at McCoy & Harrison Chapel from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Wednesday, October 14th 2009. The Funeral Services will be at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Avenue at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 15th 2009. The Interment will be at Paradise South Cemetery.(Cullen Blvd. - Pearland, TX).

Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2009