JD Rayburn, age 81, was called home peacefully on July 9, 2023. He was a longtime resident of Algiers Point in New Orleans, Louisiana and Melbourne, Australia.
JD was born in Purvis, Mississippi, son of the late Jimmie Ruth Rayburn (née Powell) and Thomas David Rayburn. He graduated from high school in Wiggins, Mississippi and attended the University of Southern Mississippi studying architecture. He served in the Army from 1964 to 1968 as a radio operator stationed at Herzo Base in Herzogenaurach, Germany. While stationed in Europe he traveled extensively and especially loved Spain.
JD worked as a contractor in home renovations and as a restaurateur. His passions were his daughters and grandchildren, New Orleans music, especially blues, architectural and home design and motorcycles. He loved dogs and children and had an innate ability to connect with them.
He is survived by his two daughters, Belinda Wright and Savanna Quinnell, six grandchildren, Maddison, Zac, Ellie Mackenzie, Abbie Cate, Harper and Billy Morgan and great grandson Bodhi, all of Melbourne, Australia. He is also survived by his cousin, Alicia Burnett and her husband Arthur of Waynesboro, Mississippi, and many more cousins and their families on the Powell side.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Azalea House at the New Orleans VA Medical Center for their care and kindness.
Memorial services will be held privately at a later date. The family invites you to share memories and condolences on line at www.mothefunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Make-A-Wish International at www.worldwish.org. Mothe Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.