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Tonya Blackwell Rayl


Tonya Blackwell Rayl, 47, a native of Granville County passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at her home in Oxford. She was born August 29, 1973.

Tonya worked as manager at the Creedmoor Dollar Tree up until four years ago, when her health declined due to cancer.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor by Rev. David Richardson.

Tonya leaves behind her two children, Danielle Blackwell and David Rayl; her mama, Jean Whitfield (John); her siblings, Rhonda Schwarze (Andy), Chris Blackwell, Augustine Gover, John Whitfield, Jr. (Amber); her Granddaddy, CB Brogden; her loving nieces and nephews, and Larry Rayl, Jr., father of David Rayl. She was preceded in death by her daddy, Richard Blackwell; Belle “Granny” Thacker, and Annie Lee “Granny” Blackwell.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Transitions Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.


  • Juanita Ellington Posted August 18, 2021 5:34 pm

    Jean, I am so sorry to hear this. Praying for you and your family.

  • Michelle Willis Posted August 18, 2021 10:20 pm

    I am so deeply sorry to hear this! Praying for all of you at this difficult time.

  • Deborah Watson Posted August 18, 2021 10:52 pm

    Jean, I’m am so sorry ,I feel your pain & I know where you are at in your mind right now. Lost! Just remember no-one can fill that empty-ness but God, He will give you & the family the straight you will need day by day. Love you all

  • Jennie Bailey Posted August 19, 2021 8:07 am

    Jean I’m sorry to hear about Tonya she was amazing condolences to you and your family during difficult times.

  • Shirley Elliott Posted August 19, 2021 6:48 pm

    Jean, you and the family are in my prayers.

  • Tiffany Bolton Posted August 19, 2021 7:17 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Tonya. She was my boss and so near and dear to my heart. Heaven truly gained an angel.

  • Martha & Paul Mckee Posted August 20, 2021 2:48 am

    Sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in our prayers.

  • Tammy Jackson Posted August 20, 2021 5:40 pm

    Jean, very sorry about your loss. Tonya was such a kind person to all. When we saw her she always had a smile on her face and had some great talks and many laughs also. She will be missed. Heaven gained an Angel for sure. Love and prayers to you all.

  • Martha Bailey Posted August 22, 2021 1:29 am

    David and I are so sorry to learn about Tonya. Our thoughts prayers are with the family.

  • Darlene Bea Posted August 22, 2021 3:28 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss.What I know about she earned her wings.Prayers to the family and children

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