John E Rakes

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John "Papa John" Rakes, age 80, left to be with the Lord on Friday, May 29, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday (May 31, 2009) at Lighthouse Assembly in Carthage with the Rev. Herman Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Cross Hill Cemetery.

A native of Slab Fork, WV he was the son of the late G. Reid Rakes and Lilly Bowman Rakes. A son, Melvin Rakes, preceded him in death. He was a US Navy veteran, began a career in the steel industry and later retired as a self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by his precious wife of 42 years, Julia Simpson Rakes; sons Mike and Tim Rakes both of Carthage; a daughter, Vicki St. Clair of Converse, SC; two stepsons, James Joines of Goldston and Philip Joines of Carthage and a stepdaughter, Dawn Joines of Carthage; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Saturday (May 30, 2009) at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home and other times at the residence.

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  1. He will always be remembered as you share the stories and the memories of how he lived his life
    and how very much he meant, may you find comfort…And, throughout this difficult time, may you also know the deep sympathy and concern that is felt for y

  2. Dear Julia and family,
    I\’m sorry that Uncle John has passed away. I\’m glad I was able to see him at his 80th birthday party. Please accept my sympathy. He was a hard working, good, kind hearted man who loved all his family. May memories of happy t

  3. Ms. Julia,
    I am so sorry to hear about John. I didn\’t find out until Sunday night, else I would have been with you guys to celebrate his homegoing. We have lots of great memories of some fun times so many years ago. I pray the strength of the Holy S

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