Sawyer Jameson Raines, age 13 of Whispering Pines passed away Monday, December 2, 2019 at his home. 


Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday at First Baptist Church Carthage with Pastor Brian Murphy officiating. Burial will follow at Cross Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church starting at 12:00. 


Sawyer was a student at New Century Middle School and played percussion in the band. He had lots of interests including reading, drawing, watching movies and photography. Most every morning on his way to school he would take a picture of the sunrise for his mother. He loved animals and talked frequently about being a veterinarian or zoologist.  


He is survived by his parents Lt. Col. Jim Raines and Allison Smith Raines of Whispering Pines; brothers Wilson Raines and Conner Raines; maternal grandparents Danny and Marsha Smith of Euharlee, GA; paternal grandmother Pat Raines of Cartersville, GA; Maternal great-grandparents Senate and Dottie Wilson and Helen Nelson all of Cartersville, GA. 


Services are entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage.

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Funeral Service: December 7, 2019 2:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Carthage
108 McNeill Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Room: Sanctuary

Visitation: December 7, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Carthage
108 McNeill Street
Carthage, NC 28327


Room: Sanctuary

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  1. We are lifting you up in or prayers for the Lord to give you strength and comfort during this time. May your heart be filled with the love and memories of Sawyer that you shared with him. Neil, Jenifer, Ben, Matt, Collin Wolfe

  2. From one parent to another, I send my love and prayers for you all. This has touched the life of many of us near and far

  3. We are heartbroken and pray for a Peace and Comfort only God can give. We love you Rains Family.
    Brandon and Natalie Chambley
    Cora and Wells

  4. We are praying for God’s comfort and strength during this time of sorrow. We remember Sawyer and his sweet smile each time we spoke at FBC. Cling to all the memories of Sawyer and know you will see him again in heaven. Al and Catherine Graham.

  5. All of you have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard about Sawyer. May you be comforted by the prayers being said for you.

  6. Jim and Allison: We are devastated beyond words to learn of his loss.
    Words are simply inadequate.
    Jay and I simply want to tell you how much your family is cared for, loved and that we will keep you in our
    prayers and are here should you need anything.

  7. To the family of Sawyer my heart aches for you. I met your family when we did the study at the Prim home. He was such a sweet young man. No words can express the pain you feel, but I know God will lead you through. Praying for your peace.

  8. Dear family, I dont know you but I’m almost a year into your new journey. My son Aidan (14) died dec 8, 2018. He had gone to new century too. I asked parents to get you my contact info in case you want to reach out in the future. To much to say here and right now you are just functioning.

    I know my Aidan made sure Sawyer was welcomed with loving arms and probably legos!!!

  9. Jim and Allison, our family is truly so sorry to hear about Sawyer. There are no words, but please know you are being lifted up in prayer.
    Nancy and Brannon Traywick

  10. Jim and Allison, We are so very sorry for your loss. You are and have been in our thoughts and prayers since we heard about Sawyer.

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