Mother Gracie M. Ranie was born in Scott Ferry on July 23, 1933. She was one of ten children born to the late Robert T. Keith, Sr. and Cora (Rouse) Keith.
Mother Ranie was called home to be with the Lord on Feb. 16. She was preceded in death by her sister, Sara Keith and Brothers Robert T. Keith, Jr., William E. Keith and Cornelius Keith.
At an early age, Mother Ranie was a member of St. James A.M.E. In 1986 she moved to St. Petersburg and became an active member of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ. In 1995 she returned to Wewahitchka and became a member of Carter Temple First Born Church. She was one of the Mothers of Carter Temple until the Lord called her home.
Mother Ranie leaves to cherish her memories seven children: Linda Gant (Paul) of Port St. Joe, Jerry Ranie, Anna (Merle) Nickerson and Benjamin (Ben) Ranie (Carolyn) of Wewahitchka, Dale Ranie of St. Petersburg, Sylvia Ranie of Brandon, Carol (Ranie) Fletcher (James) of Hawthorne, CA., and godson Kenneth Gray (Bobbi) of Lynn Haven. She leaves behind eight grandchildren and five sisters; Ada Dozier, Lillian Russ and Nervene Colvin (John) of Wewahitchka; Stella Scott and Annie Granberry of Tacoma, WA., one sister-in-law, Denise Keith of Wewahitchka and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and many special friends.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. – Revelations 21:4