In memory of
Andrew "A.J." Rawls passed away on Sept. 4, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska, at the age of 68. A.J. was born in Vidalia, Ga. on Nov. 2, 1949, to Alene Rawls and Lewis Rease. He served in the U.S. Army for 12 years and the Alaska Army National Guard for 13 years, retiring in 1992. A.J. was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. A.J. served as an enforcement and appeals officer for Alaska Child Support Services for more than 20 years. In 2001, A.J. pursued a hobby in winemaking, producing and sharing hundreds of extraordinary wines over 17 years. In 2003, A.J. began winning awards at the winemaking competition at the Alaska State Fair. On Sept. 3, 2018, A.J.'s wines won 29 awards. A.J. was extremely passionate about genealogy and thoroughly enjoyed spending endless hours researching and sharing information about the McRae, Rawls and Phillips families. One of A.J.'s greatest accomplishments was hosting his final family reunion for 700 family members in Vidalia in August 2018. A.J. also enjoyed catching the big fish in Alaska and Mexico. A.J. is survived by his wife, Vernadetta; son, Andrew (Kimberly) of Seattle, Wash.; and daughters, Lorine Hall (Carey) of Anchorage and Shariff Jones (Raymond) of Atlanta, Ga.; and grandchildren, Chaunti, Chandler, Nylia and Loren. A.J. was preceded in death by his parents; and loving grandmother, Inez Phillips. Friends are invited to join us on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at Legacy Funeral Home, Heritage Chapel at Angelus; 440 East Klatt Road, Anchorage, AK 99515. A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. Handwritten notes about your favorite "A.J. Story" are encouraged. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040 Oklahoma City, OK 73123; "In Memory of Andrew Rawls - Cancer Research." A second service and military burial will take place in Vidalia, Ga., on Sept. 22, 2018. Services cared for by Legacy Funeral Homes Heritage Chapel at Angelus Memorial Park.
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