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Billy Mayophus Rasco

November 8, 1932 November 15, 2019
Billy Mayophus Rasco
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Obituary for Billy Mayophus Rasco

Rev. Billy M. Rasco was born November 8, 1932, in Tarrant County, Texas. As a boy, Billy learned the family trade of making mattresses and box springs working with his parents, Arvie and Anna Rasco. Billy eventually built and operated Rasco Bedding Factory in Athens, Texas. Rev. Rasco's passion was serving his Lord Jesus, with his first and only love, Dorothy, for 68 years. In 1951, before the marriage I do's, both living in Athens, but in separate homes, drove to Recklaw, Texas, every Sunday to pastor the Assembly of God church there. They married in 1952 and soon started building a family and training them in ministry. Rev. and Mrs. Rasco built and pastored East Side Assembly of God in Athens from 1957-1975. While still pastoring, they began to travel in ministry. They resigned from East Side in 1975 and formed the Gospel Contenders family band, which fulfilled his life-long passion of having a Christian band. The Gospel Contenders continued traveling and supporting local churches and ministries, nursing homes, singings, and wherever God would open the door. In 1983 they joined Rose Center Assembly of God in Tyler, Texas, as the music ministers, where they served until 1987. From 1987 to 2009 Rev. and Mrs. Rasco supported local churches in music ministry at God's direction. In 2009 they joined Payne Springs Assembly of God. Even when Rev. Rasco was unable to attend due to illness, his pastor, Rev. R. C. Betz, would bring the message personally to Rev. and Mrs. Rasco on Sunday afternoons. Rev. Rasco is survived by his wife, Dorothy Rhodes Rasco, son Frank Rasco and his wife Sherry, daughter Anita Rasco, son Rickey Rasco and his wife Reda, daughter Diane Monroe and her husband James, and daughter Davina Smith and her husband Mark, 11 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. On November 15, 2019, surrounded by his family and Rev. Betz, Papa left the arms of his loving bride and was received into the arms of his loving Savior. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 19, 6:00pm-8:00pm; the funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 20, at 1:00pm. Both will be held at Payne Springs Assembly of God Church, 5503 FM316, Payne Springs, Texas.


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Visitation

Tuesday

19

Nov

6:00 PM 11/19/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/19/2019 8:00:00 PM
Payne Springs Assembly of God Church

5503 FM 316
Mabank, tx 75124

Payne Springs Assembly of God Church
5503 FM 316 Mabank 75124 tx
United States

Service

Wednesday

20

Nov

1:00 PM 11/20/2019 1:00:00 PM
Payne Springs Assembly of God Church

5503 FM 316
Mabank, tx 75124

Payne Springs Assembly of God Church
5503 FM 316 Mabank 75124 tx
United States
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