Pastor Rafael Roberto Familia Morel, 67, of Rocky Face, departed this life Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at the local hospital.
Pastor Familia was born June 3, 1946, in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, a son of the late Rafael Familia and Saturnina Morel. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Carmen Familia.
Pastor Rafael was a minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than 43 years.
Pastor Familia is known and loved to be the most compassionate, loving, caring man. A dedicated and loving minister, father and grandfather, we will carry his memory in our heart forever, until we meet again in heaven where the best is yet to be.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Norma Esther Gonzalez Familia; son and daughter-in-law, Rafael R. and Bellanira Familia of Savannah; daughter and sons-in-law, Esther Familia-Cabrera and David Cabrera of Tunnel Hill, Keren E. Familia-Christensen and Bjarne Christensen of Denmark; grandchildren, Bryant, Emely and Brandon Familia, Katherine and Richard Cabrera, Elizabeth Christensen; brothers, Rafael B., William, Miguel Familia; sisters, Elba, Altagracia, Lilliam and Alba Familia; several nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Pastor Rafael Roberto Familia Morel will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with Pastor Samuel Garcia officiating.
Interment will be at Collegedale Memorial Park Cemetery in Collegedale, Tenn.
The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and after 10 a.m. Monday until the service hour.
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.