Mr. Joe Daniel Rawls


Joe Daniel (Danny) Rawls transitioned to our Heavenly Kingdom on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the age of 74.  He was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on November 6, 1946.

After graduating from Malabar High School in 1965, he joined the Air Force and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Upon returning, Danny married his childhood sweetheart, Evelyn J. Reed. To that Union was born one son, Jason Rawls. He later transferred to the Army to retire with the rank of Sergeant Major. He then took his skills to the U.S. Government and worked at Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) Columbus as a Labor Relations Officer, where he retired in 2007.

Danny was a faithful member of First Church of God, under Bishop Timothy J. Clark, where he served as a Man of Valor and on the Funeral Team. He was a Past Grand Master of St. Mark’s Lodge #7, where he continued to serve as wise counsel.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, but most of all those grandsons – relaxing with the oldest, shopping with the middle one and enjoying a good laugh with the youngest. When he wasn’t just hanging out, Danny was attending football games, track meets and wrestling matches to support them. Go Hawks and Pickerington Tigers! Danny also had a love for fishing and held the best annual family fish fries.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Wilma Rawls; brother, Harold Frank Rawls; sister, Phyllis Jackson.

Danny is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Evelyn J. Rawls; son, Jason (Patricia) Rawls; grandchildren, Josiah, Joshua and Justus Rawls; sisters, Dorothy L. Still and Wilma Y. Rawls; brother-in-Law, Arthur Jackson; nieces, nephews and loving family members and friends.





Masonic Service at 9:00am; Visitation 9:30am – 10:45am followed by 11:00am Home Going Service Friday, October 15, 2021 at First Church of God 3480 Refugee Road. Entombment 1:00pm Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages


  2. Charles and Patti ( Cash) Ray

    Evelyn and Jason, Our Prayers are with you and the Family. Weeping may endure for a night but JOY cometh in the morning. We Love You!!!

  3. God is good God praying for your family

  4. Thomas and Faye McLain

    To our dear friends Evelyn and Jason Tom and I send our condolences and prayers! It seems like a part of our childhood is now gone! Praying for comfort for all of us!

  5. Evelyn, So sad. Sorry to hear.

  6. Angelette Rawls Bannister

    Dear Evelyn, Jason and the rest of the family,
    Please except our heartfelt condolences on the loss of our kind, loving, caring cousin Danny. He was always such a pleasure to be around. We will miss his smile and his laughter, that always lit up the room. Know that our family is praying for your comfort and your peace and that we are just a phone call. We love you more than you know.

    Joe L. and Angel Rawls and Family

  7. Dear Sister Evelyn, so sorry to hear of your loss to you and your family. He’s resting now, so you can rest assured that he’s in good hands with the Lord. I am praying for the peace and comfort that the Lord affords you in this time.

  8. Khalil & Joyce Ali

    Love you dear family. We offer condolences and prayers to the family.

  9. James E. Whatley

    My deepest sympathy and prayers for Evelyn and the Rawls Family. Danny was such an out-going fun person to be around especially through the years of being raised together in Mansfield. May the Grace and Peace of God be with you always!

  10. Kim Hairston-Dismuke

    Praying for you Evelyn and Family. God knows what we can bare and praying your strength in him.

  11. Cousin Danny will always be remembered, honored, respected and loved. He was and is a great man to all that knew him. Our deepest, sincere condolences go out to our family and loved ones in this time of need. Love always, The Currie’s (Angela, Anthony, Oretha & family)

  12. Myrna & Louis Byrd

    Praying for the Rawl’s Family. Danny would light up the room when he walked in. He will truly be missed.

  13. Evelyn and family,
    Pete and I are so sorry for your loss of Danny. Our prayers are with you.
    Love and condolences.

  14. Catherine Schaffer

    My deepest sympathy for the the loss of a great man. I enjoyed working issues with Dan at DFAS,
    he was such a wealth of knowledge .

  15. Dan & Nonnie Carter

    To Evelyn and the entire family we would like to extend our condolences. May God continue to bless and comfort the family. Some 56 years ago Danny was the best man at our wedding in Mansfield Ohio. Evelyn, Danny will always hold a special place in our hearts. Evelyn and Jason we are praying that God will mend your broken hearts.

  16. Evelyn and family, sending my heartfelt sympathy and prayers, have known and been friends with you and danny for many years and love all of you very much, remember to look to the hills where all your help will come, God will comfort you and give you peace.

  17. Evelyn and Dr J you are in my prayers. Danny RIP no more pain

  18. William and Madeline Cummings

    Evelyn and Jason so sorry to hear of your loss. We will continue to pray for your strength in the Lord.

  19. Patricia and Joseph Johnson

    So sorry about the loss of Danny. We all grew up together in Mansfield.
    My prayers are with you and the family.

  20. Tillman Franklin Jr

    May You Rest in Peace my friend. No more suffering. And MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL and The Peace of GOD comfort’s the Family for TOO GOD BE THE GLORY BLESS HIS NAME ❣️ FAMILY ELDER TILLMAN FRANKLIN JR AND FAMILY AMEN HALLELUJAH ❗

  21. Barbara L Simms

    My heartfelt Sympathy to the Family,
    May you be surrounded by God’s love and gentle care.
    My Condolences,
    Prayer & Love
    Barbara Simms

  22. Barbara L Simms

    My heartfelt Sympathy to the Family,
    May you be surrounded by God’s love and gentle care.
    Prayer & Love
    Barbara Simms

  23. Myra and Al Whitney

    Our beloved cousin, Danny Rawls was a loving cousin who supported us tirelessly with affection and encouragement. We praise God for his life and lifelong memories with us.

    Myra and Al Whitney and Sons

  24. James T. Caldwell

    Evelyn, Jason praying for you and your family. Missing my friend, R.I.P. Joe D. Rawls, we had some great times with our friends and family growing up.

  25. Barbara (Quet) Mathews

    My sincere condolence & prayers to you
    Praying God will give you His comfort & strength .know that God can & believe that God will carry you through. I will continue to lift you & your family up in prayer
    Love you

  26. I will be praying for you and your family. Just know that God will be there to comfort you and your family. I remember Danny when we were young. He will always be in your heart.
    May the peace of God and His love surround you.
    Love you
    Elder Carrell Gandy

  27. Jason and family, so saddened to hear of Mr. Rawls passing. It has been a while since the old neighborhood and this one was such a shock and hurts us all. There are no comforting words, but just know as Elder Gandy writes, he will always be in your heart and live on through all of our memories….a loss for words Jason, prayers for the family. Nothing but love..

  28. John Arcudi, Rock Hill, SC

    Dear Evelyn and family: It is with great sadness the I send these condolences and sympathy to you and your family. As you know we grew up in the same neighborhood and went to school together. There was not a greater person than Danny. I Keats looked forward to seeing and talking with him at our reunions. Rest in heaven, Danny.

  29. Lucky & Berinda Thomas

    Evelyn & Jason
    I just wanted to say how sorry Lucky & I are to hear of Dan’s passing,
    May God be with you, and jason. Lucky and I will be praying for you
    both. I worked with Dan at DFAS. our blessing to the both of you. If there
    is anything you need please let us know.

  30. William (Bill) Claybrooks & Family

    To Evelyn, Jason, and family. My heart is filled with great sadness, and I send these condolences and sympathy to you and your family. May GOD continue to bless and comfort the family. Danny and I started school together in the first grade. A lifelong friend, and brother, MAN I miss you. R I P my brother.

  31. To Evelyn and family I was completely taken by surprise at your loss. I pray the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart. May the loving memories of Danny comfort you.
    Love you

  32. On behalf of the First Baptist church family of Mansfield Ohio, we send our condolences to Evelyn, and your family during this time. Our thoughts, and prayers are with you.
    Pastor Jeff Jones…

  33. Dear Evelyn and Family,
    Your loss is shared by so many. May your faith keep you close to our Lord Jesus Christ. We are praying with you and for you for God’s comfort and strength.
    Connie Oliver and Family

  34. John/Elouise Knight

    With deep sorrow and eternal regrets for the RAWLS family during this time of sorrow and the loss of your love(d) one.

  35. Charles and Karla Moore

    It’s during times of great loss that the love of family is so vital. Please know that both Karla and I love you tremendously and you are always in our thoughts and prayers.

  36. Evelyn, Jason, Patt and Boys,
    I’m so so sorry for your loss. Danny will always hold a special place in my heart, as he was always one of my favorites on my hygiene schedule. His smile was contagious. Please know I’m praying for all of you.
    Hugs and Love, Sue Pickford

  37. Altrece Monsha Hogans

    Mr. Rawls,
    Our prayers and sympathy are extended to you and your entire family. May you find comfort in God, and the many memories you and your family have shared with your Dad. Blessings and peace.

    Ms. Hogans
    Marion Franklin High School

  38. Michael and Charlynn English

    Hello Evelyn and family, I’m so sorry about your loss. I have such fond memories of you and Danny when we were growing up in Mansfield
    May God put a seal of protection around the family. God Bless

  39. The Brancifort family

    Our prayers are with your family. We know he will be greatly missed!

  40. Curt/Bea Mariner & Family

    To Evelyn, Jason and family:
    Our hearts ache with you on the loss of our beloved friend, brother and uncle. Danny will be greatly missed and we will forever treasure the time you all spent with us in Arizona. May you find comfort in the presence and love of God during this time.

  41. O’Neal & Frieda Jones

    To Evelyn and family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. May our God comfort your hearts and give you peace. Sending love and prayers.

  42. Pickerington. Central Senior / Varsity Team

    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

    “ Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    Isaiah 41:10

  43. Tiffany Cartier White

    To The Rawls Family,

    Sending my love and prayers to you, Aunt Evelyn and Jason during this most difficult time. I loved Uncle Danny’s candor and humor and I thank him for his service to our country and for being a man and a leader of quality.

  44. To Evelyn and family,

    Dan made DFAS a better place to work; it was an honor to know him, work with him and be anywhere near his gracious, large smile – he was such a good, wise man.

  45. William Horton#7

    To the family,
    Danny, as I knew him will be deeply missed by his Masonic brothers.Our thoughts are with you.Rest in peace my brother.

  46. I worked with Mr. Rawls for many years at DFAS. He was a consummate professional and good friend. He always looked not only our possible courses of action, but what we should do and what was right. DFAS was and is a better place because of his influence.

  47. My Deepest Condolences. Dan was a wonderful person, and I will always remember him taking me under his wing while he worked at DFAS.

  48. I’m sorry for your loss. Mr. Rawls was kind and surely made me laugh. May you have peace and remember all of the good times you had with him.

  49. I am so sorry for this loss to your family! Please know that my family and I are praying for you.

  50. Richard and Tonie Holland

    We are sending the family of Danny Rawls our deepest and heartfelt condolences.. May God continue to comfort the families during this difficult period.. Our prayers Are continuing in the mighty name of Jesus….

  51. Jacqueline Conner

    I am so sad to hear this news. I wanted to share a story. Dan Rawls stood by me when I was going thru a rough time and my Job was trying to fire me. He kept telling me to get me together and Grow up because I was a mess. When Dan did see me later on. When, I got it together. Dan said My Little Girl has grown up and that meant alot to me. Considering the fact I lost my DAD. My prayers are with the family for Peace and Comfort of the loss of a Great Man. Much Love

  52. To Dan’s family and friends,

    I worked w/Dan for many years at DFAS, he kept me out of trouble several times! 😉 Loved his down to earth personality and his great sense of humor. A great loss to many, i am sure. My deepest sympathies to all.

  53. So sorry to hear of Dan Rawls passing. He was a great guy and fun at work at DFAS. May he Rest In Peace

  54. So sorry for your lose. Mr Rawls was such a pleasure to talk to . He was a kind and gentle man, always had a smile and a laugh. We would talk during his dialysis time ,I was one of his nurses. He will be missed and remembered.

  55. To the Family of Joe Daniel Rawls,
    Evelyn, we were so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I remember the good time when we were all together at our School Class Reunions and Mansfield Reunions. Take care and God will see you all through!
    With Love,
    Ruthie Johnson and Family

  56. Jeffrey and Serbennia Davis

    To the family of SGM Rawls, we send love and prayers. We have fond memories of Army service with him. He will be missed!

  57. Rick Gardner -Lancaster, OH

    I served with Danny in the 347th PSC reserve unit. I always liked him and respected him. He was a fair man. I’ll never forget him pulling up to drills in his caddy with the personalized plates “DANNY”. Rest well my brother mason.

  58. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember Danny from Malabar. A very kind person. Dorothy, praying for you and your family. May God bless you.

  59. I am saddened to find out of Mr Rawls passing.My prayers and best wishes goe out to his family.

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