Rhea F. Raines-April 25, 2011

Rhea F. Raines left his earthly tent, April 25, 2011 and, by the Grace of God, is in the presence of The Lord Jesus…Hallelujah!!
A memorial service will held 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Chaparral Hills Baptist Church, 4000 W Cherry with Alan Burkhalter officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Rhea was born November 5, 1926 to Lola J. and Barney L. Raines in Glenpool, Oklahoma. He served in the US Navy in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Rhea married Suzanne Peterson July 15, 1945 at Waurika, OK.
At the age of 30 Rhea gave his life to Jesus. He was ordained a Baptist Minister October 28, 1956 and served several churches in the panhandle. He graduated from West Texas State College, in 1959, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He worked in the banking industry until 1973 then he and Suzanne became the owners of Raines Boot and Shoe repair, retiring in 1992. Rhea loved teaching the Word of God, he volunteered tirelessly in the ICU waiting room at BSA and Randall County Jail and made a difference in many lives.
We are forever grateful for the love and care Dad received at Ussery-Roan STVH. Very special thanks to Odyssey Hospice you are simply the best! Dad loved all of you!
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Suzanne, an infant daughter, and sisters Delores Jean Raines and JoAnn Copeland.
He is survived by two daughters, Thunda A. Wigley, of Amarillo and Terresa M. Chapman of Scott, AR; a son, Bryan Frank “Biff” Raines of Pflugerville, TX; four sisters, three brothers, seven grandchildren, eight, almost 9 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the building fund of Chaparral Hills Baptist Church 4000 W. Cherry Ave.; Alzheimer’s Research; Odyssey Hospice 6900 I-40 West, Suite 150 or a favorite charity.
The family will be at 3408 Clearwell in Amarillo.

0 Replies to “Rhea F. Raines-April 25, 2011”

  1. Rhea was a blessing and a profound influence on my life. He was the first teacher preacher I ever knew and opened up scripture for me in a new and living way. I am deeply saddened for his family’s loss, but I can be happy for Rhea now as he is truly happy in the Lord’s presence. We are all better for having known him!

  2. Bless our sweet Rhea! I worked in SICU at BSA and loved Rhea from the first day we met. Who wouldn’t love as geniune and caring a person with a smile that would light up a room. He was always ready with or prayer or piece of candy to help your day improve. I most respected that he used his unfortunate experience as the husband of a patient in ICU to help our patients family members as a volunteer. Rhea exuded the love of Jesus EVERYDAY and I’m sure he is being rewarded as a type this note. My prayers to Rhea’s family and thank you for sharing him with us!

  3. Your dad was a great man. I met him as I worked at BSA. He always had a smile. That how I live my life today, always with a smile.

  4. Rhea was a wonderful Christian gentleman. He served well as both a pastor and a hospital minister. It was my great blessing to have been his Director of Missions and work alongside him as he served in Panhandle.
    Larry Heard

  5. The gift of healing worried souls was MR. Raines / 12 yrs ago at BSA he minestered to us when my dad was in icu / his touch is still felt even today / god bless you Rhea and your family / your time on earth was just one a special time thank you

  6. Dearest Raines family,
    My love and prayers go to you. Rhea was a bright beacon of light, a caring man who always had the best of intentions. Rhea is one of the most dedicated, caring and compassionate men I have had the fortunate of knowing. Rhea served his Lord well and will be missed by all.

  7. Dear Thunda and family,
    I am so saddened to hear of your loss,I know you loved your Dad so very much and you Thunda truly have a servant’s heart. It was such a pleasure to know you and your Dad. My memory of Rhea is him always having his bible in his lap or carrying it around, it was never too far from his finger tips. I pray God comforts you and all your family during this time.
    Sincerely, Amy (Activity Asst.)

  8. TO Rhea’s Family:
    I am sorry to hear of Rhea’s passing. Rhea was like a Father to me when I started at the American National Bank, my Freshman year at college in 1959. Rhea was always there when I needed help and gave me great advice which has helped me through out my life. He was a wonderful, passionate man whom I will always respect and remember.

  9. Thunda, I wanted to meet you..because Rhea told me how you were named.
    Rhea trained me to take his place in the ICU waiting room at BSA on Thursday mornings.He brightened up every place where he appeared!
    He was a wonderful,kind and precious man!
    He always had a smile on his face and an encouraging word for everyone.
    I know you will miss your DAD!

  10. Dear Thunda and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, but I know he must have been a wonderful man—-look at his family. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sweet sorry.

  11. Dear Thunda and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, I know he was a wonderful man—-look at his family. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sweet sorrow.

  12. I never saw Mr. Raines without that wonderful smile. “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” Love to the family. Kathy Hackler Jones

  13. I know Brother Rey will be greatly missed by all who know him. He baptized me and I used to time his sermons. His family was our family and our family was his family. I am so sorry for the family and this world’s loss but so thankful and joyful for Heaven’s gain.

  14. Dear Thunda and Family,
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Although we grieve at Rhea’s passing, we know that he is with Jesus and that is where his heart has been for years.
    We love all of you.
    Nancy Jones, Steve and Jennifer, Big Spring, TX

  15. My prayers are with the family of this wonderful man. I worked in ICU at BSA for many years. Rhea always had a pocket full of little tootsie rolls. He always gave me two – one for each side of my mouth! What a wonderful man and a wonderful legacy he leaves behind. I am thankful I was blessed to know him. May God give you all comfort and strength. You know where your he is — and I’ll bet he made sure you know where you are going! God bless you all.

  16. Ray was a good friend and we will miss him very much. You have our condolences. Your loss is great but he is spending his days with Jesus.Love Bobbie and Linda Rollins,at SouthGeorgia Baptist Church.

  17. We met Rhea while our father was in BSA ICU from August until February, and your father was the one constant that we could always count on. He was such a man of God and would pray with our Dad daily….he would come find us when he was moved to rehab. after losing both of his arms from a bacterial infection. You truly had an amazing Father and my sympthany is with you at this time, but always remember he is among many friends now.
    Mary Lou Lozier and Mark Simmons.

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