Rakestraw, Thomas Neil (Cleveland)

Monday, March 5, 2018
Thomas Rakestraw
Thomas Rakestraw

Thomas Neil Rakestraw, 76, passed away peacefully at home on March 3, 2018.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Joyce Rakestraw, as well as by his parents, Bennet and Vernice Rakestraw, and brothers, Jack and Dan Rakestraw.

Survivors include, children, Jane Branam, and her husband, Randy, Gina Varnell and husband, Warren, Toge Rakestraw, and his wife Becky, and Timmy Rakestraw and Candy Brown; six grandchildren, Leah Stevenson, Joe Branam (Ashley), Ben Branam (Tammy), Kyley Rakestraw, Kiefer Rakestraw (MeKalah), and Kassidy Penny (Jordan); two great-granddaughters, McKenzie Stevenson and Promenade Rakestraw; one great-grandson, Harrison Penny; and numerous other extended family and a host of special friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 5, from 2-4 p.m. at Companion Funeral Home, at 2419 Georgetown Road NW, Cleveland, Tn. 37311.

The celebration of life funeral service will begin at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor James Massengale officiating the service.

Following the service, Thomas will be laid to rest in the Pine Hill Presbyterian Cemetery, in McDonald, Tennessee, with Seth Flowers, Tommy Suits, Daniel Massengale, Kiefer Rakestraw, Mike Holden, and Warren Varnell serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald “Booger” Davis and Jerry “Rock” McConnell.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Thomas by visiting his memorial guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.

Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Rakestraw family with his final arrangements.


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