Bishop Willis L. Raines, Sr., of Sneads, FL transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Signature Health Care at the Courtyard, Marianna, FL.
Bishop Raines was the Pastor and founder of the United New Jerusalem Church of Jesus Christ in Mt. Pleasant, Florida. He was also the Chief and Founder of United New Jerusalem Church of Jesus Christ, Incorporated.
Homegoing services were held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. EST from the sanctuary of the Tabernacle Church of Christ Written in Heaven, 12425 Blue Star Highway, Gretna, FL 32333 with Bishop Willis Atkins, Bishop Willie Potter, Presiding Elder Done Kincy, Superintendent Delano Reed, Elder Willis Raines, Jr., Evangelist S. McMillion, Bishop Marvin Alls and Elder James Bighem, Officiating.
Interment in St. Peter Cemetery, Sneads, FL. Vann Funeral Home in charge.
Bishop Raines leaves to cherish his precious memories a loving and devoted family:
Wife: Mother Emily B. Raines of Sneads, FL
Ten Sons: Willis L. Raines, Jr. (Jackie) of Marianna, FL; Gustavus Raines (Sandra) of Port St. Joe, FL; Broderick L. Raines (Angela) of Marianna, FL; Kenneth L. Raines (Sarah) of Duluth, GA; Leonard E. Raines (Lawanda) of Apoka, FL; Christopher A. Raines (Vanessa) of Tavares, FL; Kendrick V. Raines (Cynthia) of Chattahoochee, FL; Craig M. Raines of Killeen, TX; Carlos K. Raines (Angie) of El Paso, TX and Jason L. Raines (Amanda) of New Orleans, LA
Seven Daughters: Belinda W. Hills of Tallahassee, FL; Karen D. Lewis (Reginald Sr.) of Sneads, FL; Angela E. McMillian (Darryl) and Sylvia L. Raines, both of Marianna, FL; Lavina L. Rodriguez (Nicky) of Pompano Bay, FL; Miranda S. Allen of Lawrenceville, GA and Elmira E. Allums (Niah) of Chattahoochee, FL
Two Brothers: Arsko Raines (Jane) of Plainfield, NJ and Harris L. Raines and friend Eva of Sneads, FL
Sisters-in-Law: Inez Davis of Sneads, FL; Sharon Holmes, Evette Holmes and Brenda Holmes, all of Daytona Beach, FL
Brothers-in-Law: Willie Holmes and Samuel Holmes, both of Baton Rouge, LA
Godmother: Mother Margaret Atkins of Orlando, FL
Two Very Special Goddaughters: Pastor Carrie Chappman and Lisa McCallister and numerous additional godchildren
42 Grandchildren, 30 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great, Great Grandchild
And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends