Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 18, 2014

Ernest R. Raines

BREAKS, Va. — Ernest R. Raines, 93 years of age of Breaks, VA, passed away on June 14, 2014 in Calhoun, GA, surrounded by the love of his faithful and devoted wife, his children and grandchildren. His life exemplified his love of family, God, community and country.

Ernest was born on April 30, 1921 in Breaks, VA, to Joseph and Dana (Sutherland) Raines. He was a World War II veteran, an ex-POW, held degrees from Berea College and East Tennessee State University, spent 37-years in the Buchanan County Public School System, retiring after serving as school Superintendent. In his retirement he wrote his life story titled “One Man's Journey” and was inducted into the Buchanan County Hall of Fame.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ethel Musick, his brother, James Raines and brother-in-law: Arnold Estep.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 68-years, Shirley Estep Raines, Breaks, VA; his children, Ernest Gary (Marina) Raines, Glendale, CA, Jim (Arlene) Raines, Ridgetop, TN, David Greg (Susan) Raines, Breaks, VA, Lisa Carol (Andy) Miller, Villanow, GA; 9-Grandchildren: Jonathan, Steffan (Beatrice), Jacqueline (Kit), Christa (Matt), Aaron (Larisa), Hannah (Brandon), Haley (Luke), Holden and Cierra; 7-Great-Grandchildren: Ethan, Casi, Quinn, Lucca, Logan, Mikka and Mattias; his sister, Marcie (Borden) Morrow, Daphne, AL; his brother, Everett (Lucy) Raines, Johnson City, TN; his sister-in-law: Nora Estep, Knoxville, TN; his brother-in-law: Howard Estep, Knoxville, TN; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services for Ernest R. Raines will be conducted Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy, VA with Pastor Paul Henry officiating with burial to follow in the Ernest R. Raines Cemetery, Breaks, VA.

Friends may call at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel Thursday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Active Pallbearers will be Jonathan Raines, Steffan Raines, Kit Kohler, Matthew Demaree, Aaron Raines, Holden Raines and Luke Young.

Honorary Pallbearers will be former colleagues of the Buchanan County School System, valued care givers and Dr. Clint Sutherland.

Full Military Rites will be conducted at the cemetery by members of Childs-Gentry Post No. 7360 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the American Red Cross, 2025 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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