The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Friday, March 1, 2019 at Travelers’ Home Baptist Church, Travelers Home Church Rd., Ideal, Georgia, where Reverend Carl Munns is pastor. Reverend David Thomas, pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church, Ideal, Georgia, will officiate. Interment will follow at Lebanon Cemetery, Ideal, Georgia
Willie Lee Raines was born November 24, 1941 in Roberta, Crawford County, Georgia to the late Charlie Raines and the late Nellie Williams Raines. He was educated in the public school system of Crawford County and Macon County. He was preceded in death by eight siblings, Nancy Raines Bivins, Remus Raines, Sr., Thomas Raines, Roosevelt Raines, James Raines, Leona Raines, and Lucille Raines. Willie Lee lived in various communities including Florida and Mauk, Georgia where he was employed as a vegetable farmer. Willie Lee enjoyed singing with the Crown of Heaven whereas he played the guitar.
He married the former Joyce Tookes Raines of Montezuma, Georgia and to this union they were blessed with two daughters, Willie Mae Raines Holt of Macon, Georgia and Ella Mae Raines who preceded him in death. Other survivors include one brother, Deacon Bennie Raines, Montezuma, Georgia three sisters-in-law, Juliette Hosley Raines and Mary Nell Tookes of Ideal, Georgia and Bessie McCant Raines, Oglethorpe, Georgia. And a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.