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James Hulen "Pappy" Raines, 88, of Advance, passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at St. Vincent Hospice.
He was born Jan. 20, 1928, in Coles County, Ill., a son of the now late James Sidney and Ada (Davis) Raines.
James was an avid Atlanta Braves fan, and loved watching his kids and grandkids play ball. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes, gardening, traveling to Tennessee and spending time with his family.
He served his country in both the Navy and the Army. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and then in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his son, Kenny Raines (Rhonda Copeland) of Tennessee; daughters, Brenda Benge of Advance, Jackie (Tony) Covington of Advance and Carla (Mike) McCandless of Crawfordsville; brothers, Delbert (Betty) Raines of Marietta, Ga., and G. F. Raines of Gainesboro, Tenn.; grandchildren, Rachel Wilkerson (Brad Rye), Sarah (Jason) Meek, Chad Benge (Jessica Scott), Casey Benge, Cory (Kimberly) Benge, Kelli (Nathan) Litza, Ashley (Chris) Harris, Robert Niehaus, Tyler Covington, Mackenzie Covington, Logan McCandless and Haley McCandless; and 14 great-grandchildren and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alta Marie (Williams) Raines; and sister, Helen Apple.
Family and friends will gather from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Advance Community Christian Church in Advance. Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the church, with Pastor Steve Vitaniemi officiating. James will be laid to rest in the Jamestown I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.porterfuneralhome.us.
Published on September 12, 2016
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