Ralph Franklin "The Rabbit Man" Dispain, 91, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in an Athens health care facility.
He was the son of the late Cyna and Joe Dispain. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Cayci Higgins; his daughter, Bobbie Holloway; his brothers: Howard and Reed Dispain; his brother-in-law, Doyle Trew; and his stepson Roy Higgins.
He was retired from Maytag after many years of service. He owned and operated T & D Movers for many years. He was a well-known auctioneer and loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, working in his vegetable and flower gardens and raising his chickens and rabbits. He was affectionately known as the "The Rabbit Man."
Heattended Cloverleaf Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Tennie Dispain of Cleveland; his daughters: Della Sutton of Lamontville, Shirley Haney of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Angie Richardson and her husband, Ricky, of Calhoun; his son, Ralph Dispain Jr. of Cleveland; 19 grandchildren; his numerous great-grandchildren; his stepdaughters: Phyllis Taylor of Marietta, Ga., Sherri Hartgraves and Becki Higgins, both of Cleveland and Marquetta Turner of Jonesboro, Ga; his stepson, Mike Taylor and his wife, Barbara, of Cleveland; his sister, Mary Trew of Cleveland; his half brother, Floyd Haney and his wife, Mae, of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted today, Sept. 2, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services Wildwood Chapel with his family officiating.
Interment will follow in Fort Hill Cemetery with Tyler Swafford, Michael Hartgraves, Christian Swafford, Clayton Taylor, Trevor Richardson and Bob Coleman serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Swallows, Jeremy Williams, Eric Green, Bobby Hutton and Frankie Wilcox. T
he family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. today.
You may share your condolences and your memories with the Dispain family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.
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