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Reverend Roy J. Rackley

Reverend Roy Joe Rackley of Chesterland, Ohio, passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on March 6, 2023, at the David Simpson House of the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a director/supervisor for the Job Corp. In 1963 he helped found J.E.N.A  (Jesus Everlasting Now and Always) Church in Houston and was the minister and spiritual leader of the church.

He continued in this capacity and also functioned as a Spiritual Lecturer until 1983. Starting in 1988 he became a monthly speaker at Unity Church of Beaumont, subsequently pursuing ordination and becoming the full time Spiritual Leader during this time.

In 1991, Rev. Roy began the process of becoming a licensed and ordained Unity Minister. He completed the training for Licensed Unity Teacher and applied for and was accepted into the Field Licensing Program and was ordained in 2001.

He served as Minister of the Unity of Southeast Texas from 1992-2007. He was also a member of the UWM Field Licensing Ministry Team from 2002-2008 and was a prolific volunteer for many causes throughout his life.

After moving from Texas in 2007, he began serving as the Minister of the Unity Church of Christianity in Chesterland and proudly led the church’s ministry for the past 16 years.

Rev. Roy was born on December 6, 1938, to Florence Virginia and Walter Weldon Rackley in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was proceeded in death by his parents; brothers Donald, Weldon, and Jack; daughter-in-law Ann Allen; and foster son Larry. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of his life will be on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at Unity Church of Christianity, 7887 Chalet Drive, Chesterland, OH 44026, beginning at 11 AM.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Reverend Roy’s name to Unity Church of Christianity or by clicking HERE.

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