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Jack Rakestraw

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Jack Rakestraw passed on to his heavenly home on September 24, 2022. He was a native of Marietta. He is survived by his children Jackie Johnson of Marietta, Cindy Rakestraw of Euharlee, Mark Rakestraw and wife Teri of California, Susan Stephens of Woodstock, and Joel Rakestraw and wife Ann of Hiram. He is also survived by his grandchildren Stephen Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Mary Daugherty,  John Taylor, Robert Taylor, Zachary Rakestraw, Lindsay Rakestraw, Brandy Scott, Courtney Stephens, 22 great-grandchildren, and 5 great, great-grandchildren.

Jack was an Army veteran. After his service in the military, he acquired employment at General Motors in Doraville and remained there until he retired. In 1953 he married the love of his life, Norma. They remained together for sixty years. Jack and Norma made their home in Marietta where they raised their family. He and Norma originally joined Austin Avenue Church of God in Marietta in the early 1960s and were members of the church at the time if their passing. This church is now known as GraceLife Church on Allgood Road in Marietta.

Jack loved God, his family, and his church. He was a practical jokester that loved fishing and sports. He played on the Church of God softball team in his younger days. As a sports lover, he became a major fan of the Marietta High School football team and attended the games from 1947 up until he lost his sight in 2013. He was proud of the fact that he raised up his entire family to be avid fans of the University of Georgia football team the Georgia Bulldogs... and to that, we must all say, "Go Dawgs!"

The memorial arrangements are as follows:

Visitation will be Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 10-11 am with the memorial service beginning at 11. GraceLife Church is located at 1083 Allgood Road in Marietta, phone 770 971-4232. Interment will be at a later date in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the GraceLife Church Strong WAL Foundation.  This ministry honors our former pastor, Walter A. Langdon, who originated the idea of supporting retired ministers and their wives through monetary gifts.  GraceLife Church is able to do this on a monthly basis. Jack was a great proponent of this idea and contributed throughout the years himself. Contributions can be made at the church the day of the funeral by envelope marked Strong WAL Foundation or through our online giving app, Pushpay.

8 Comments To "Jack Rakestraw"

Mary Daugherty On Oct 05 2022 at 12pm
Pawpaw my life will never be the same without you in it. I love you. Tell my daddy hi and kiss MawMaw for me. Reply to this comment
Susan Stephens On Oct 05 2022 at 12pm
My Daddy loved the Lord and told everyone he knew about Him. He's in heaven now with God and our mother. I can only imagine what that was like for him. God help me to be strong and courageous and to continue being the example my Dad was to me. I love you Daddy and I'm going to miss you so much..... Reply to this comment
Connie Manders On Oct 05 2022 at 12pm
There’s one fact I can state about Jack Rakestraw……he knew his Bible and was concerned about everyone’s soul. He’s always held a place in my heart. Reply to this comment
Josh On Oct 05 2022 at 12pm
I love you Paw Paw. You will truly be missed by so many. Give Maw Maw a big hug for me. Until we meet again, Love always and forever. RIP. Gooooo Dawgs! Reply to this comment
Josh On Oct 05 2022 at 12pm
I love you Paw Paw. You will be truly missed .Give Maw Maw a big hug for me. Until we meet again. Love always and forever, RIP Goooooo Dawgs!!! Reply to this comment
Joe & Janie Brewer On Oct 05 2022 at 12pm
We are going to miss Daddy Jack immensely. He's always been so good to us, like his own children. We loved him so much. Loved getting into deep conversations with him about scripture in the Bible. I know he's been welcomed into the Kingdom of God and has been reunited with Norma, the love of his life. He's whole again with both eyes to see the majesty of Heaven's glory! Reply to this comment
Dakota Daugherty On Oct 05 2022 at 12pm
I spent a lot of time with paw paw and he was always talking about God, the stories of his life, and how I "shouldn't take no crap from these long haired boys". There's not one moment that I don't miss him. He was such an amazing man and a great pawpaw. Reply to this comment
Jackie Johnson On Oct 05 2022 at 12pm
I love you daddy. When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. See you soon. Reply to this comment
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