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Iris Castleberry Raney

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Born 10-7-1922 -- Died 10-4-2007

Iris Castleberry Raney was born in Spring Hill, Texas, on Oct. 7, 1922, and died on Oct. 4, 2007, in Horseshoe Bend, Ark., after a 9-year fight with Alzheimer's disease.

She attended junior college, at Kilgore, Texas, where she was on the original line of the Kilgore Rangerettes, the first precision drill team of its kind in 1940.

She served as a pharmacists mate in the United States Navy during World War II.

Iris dedicated her life to music, the church and her family.

She completed her BA degree in sacred music at Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn., and moved to Dallas, Texas, with her preacher husband and served Lake Park Church for 25 years in countless ways including director of music, choir director, soloist and organist.

She taught private piano as a member of the Dallas Dunning Piano Teachers Association for 22 years.

She and Klahr moved to Horseshoe Bend in 1988 where she was active in golf and was a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir.

She is survived by: two brothers, George William Castleberry of Petaluma, Calif., and Richard Aaron Castleberry of Austin, Texas; a sister, Mary Lea Baker of Austin, Texas; two daughters Lea Thompson of Celina, Texas and Patricia Raney Stumpf of Oso Ridge, N.M.; one son, Klahr F. Raney III of Horseshoe Bend; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Klahr Raney II.

Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend. Arrangements were under the direction of the Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel.