Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 25, 2014

Robert Lee Raines, Sr.

PRINCETON — He was the son of the late Mabel White Raines and Arthur Raines. Born October 21, 1935 in Montcalm, but grew up in Wyoming County.  Bob graduated from Herndon High School, made All-County in both baseball and basketball and All State Honorable Mention in both.  An alumnus of West Virginia University, School of Mines 1956 and while at WVU he was a member of the baseball team.

Bob’s entire career was devoted to the coal industry. He began as an engineer at the Deerfield Mine, and then went with Semet-Solvey Division, Allied Chemical Corporation.  He left to join Pocahontas Land Corporation in 1966 as a mine inspector and retired in 1995 as President.

He was inducted into the Wyoming East High School Hall of Fame and Herndon High School Hall of Fame, both in 2003.  He was also inducted into the WV Coal Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bob was a member of the Princeton Presbyterian Church, EPC.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda B. Raines of Princeton, his daughter Debora Kay and husband Mike of Mason OH., their children Mike, and Brooke Maze and her husband Mike, Robert Lee Raines, Jr. and his wife Pam of Lyman, SC.; Michael David and wife Jackie and children, Casey and Jason Mitchell all of Knoxville, TN. Granddaughter Kaylee Raines and great-grandson Brody Chandler.  Bob is also survived by granddaughter Morgan Kelsey Deverin, her parents Michelle and Keith and sisters Myra and Macy. Daughter Janet Lynn Decker and Brenda’s son Aaron Jason Dalton preceded him in death.

He is also survived by brother Buddy Eugene Raines and wife Judy of Princeton, Jerry Nelson Raines of Princeton; Larry Bruce Raines and wife Sandy of Beckley; and sister RoseAnn Goddard of Bluefield VA.

His sister-in-law and her husband, Betty Jarvis and Tom of Johnson City, TN and a host of nieces and nephews.

His extended family of Dr. Todd Smith and his office staff of Blue Ridge Internal Medicine; his caregivers, Idena Mitchell, Chasity Worth and the staff of Hospice Compassus.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM, a homecoming service to celebrate the life of Robert L. Raines Sr. will be held in the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Ed Pettus officiating with William S. Winfrey II doing the Eulogy.

Entombment will follow in the Chapel of the Wildwood of the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday from 11:00 A.M. until the service hour at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be shared with the family via

Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Jarvis, Keith Deverin, Phillip Murphy, J.D. Fairchild, Jerry Tennant, Connell Ware, Burton Perry, Steve White and Greg Morgan.

Bob’s wishes were, and the family hopes that you will, in lieu of flowers, make any memorial contribution to Princeton Presbyterian Church, 1809 Main Street, Princeton WV 24740 or Bluefield Union Mission, 2203 Bluefield Avenue,  Bluefield WV 24701.


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