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Hilda Rakestraw Bailey, 88, passed away Wednesday,
September 17, 2014, at Indian Path Medical Center,
Kingsport, Sullivan Co TN.
She had been residing at Preston Place, Kingsport,
for the past two years, but was originally from
Surgoinsville and Church Hill, Hawkins Co TN.
Born April 3, 1926, she was a lifelong resident of
Hawkins County and was an active member of First
Baptist Church in Surgoinsville. She was a wonderful
wife, mother; sister, aunt, and friend to all. She was
well known in the community as a wonderful cook,
always bringing food to church, neighbors, and
friends. She loved to make delicious candy and
desserts. She also loved to garden in the summer and
put up foods for the winter. She retired from working
at Hawkins County Enrichment Center where she was
a cook and later assisted in P.E. Hilda played high
school basketball at Rogersville High School and
taught her son to play!
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry
Lee Bailey Sr.; parents, Roy and Maggie Rakestraw;
sisters, Frances Rao, Opal Smith, and Georgia Ball;
brother, Kenneth Rakestraw; and best friend, Bobbie
Hilda Bailey is survived by her son and daughter-
in-law, Harry Lee (HL) and Ellen Charles Bailey,
Parker, AZ; “Special Daughter”, Shirley Nichols and
husband, Jerry; sister, Betty Lewis, Preston Place,
Kingsport, TN; brothers, Billy Rakestraw, Rogersville,
TN, and Reece Rakestraw, of GA; and special friends,
Sarah Williams, Patsy Norris, Nina Bowers, and
Teresa Jones, along with her oldest friend, Ilene
Rimer and family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Preston
Place for the wonderful care she received during her
2 years of residency at the facility. They would also
like to thank the staff at Indian Path Medical Center
for their excellent care during her stays.
Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday,
September 20, 2014, at Carter Trent in Church Hill,
or friends may also call anytime at the residence after
A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday,
September 20, 2014, at 1 p.m., in the funeral home
chapel, with the Rev. Larry Parrott officiating. Music
will be provided by the Rimer Girls.
Burial will follow at Hawkins County Memorial
Gardens, with Tony Burchfield, Chris Rakestraw,
Billy Rakestraw, Louis Rimer, Perry Dykes, and Jerry
Nichols, serving as pallbeaerers. Clifford Light and
Lynn Norris will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family request in lieu of flowers, donations be
made to the Alzheimer’s Resource Center at Preston
Place. Checks can be made out to Preston Place,
2001 N John B Dennis Hwy Kingsport TN 37660,
Attention: Heather Harrell – ARC.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Church Hill is serving
the Bailey family.