GREENSBORO Frank Paul Rakestraw died peacefully at Wesley Long Palliative Care, December 9, 2012 after a brief illness.
Funeral Services will be conducted at First Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012. Interment will be at 4 p.m. at Smyrna Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 3350 NC Highway 65, and Reidsville, NC 27320.
Frank was born in Reidsville, N.C. on August 19, 1944 to the late Benjamin Paul Rakestraw and Eva Sykes Rakestraw. He attended Elementary, Junior High and graduated from Reidsville Senior High School. Frank graduated from UNC with a B.A. in History. He served two years in the U.S. Army serving a year at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and a year in Heidelberg, Germany.
Frank began his career with Blue Bell in 1969 and retired in 2009 as Senior Purchasing Manager with VF Jeanswear. He loved his God, Sunday School Class, Family, Friends, Tar Heel Sports, Politics and travelling with Mary.
Frank was a member of Crescent Rotary. He joined the club on August 2, 1982 and served as club President from July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1990. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, a sustaining member and benefactor. His last public service was chairman of the Guilford County Equalization and Review Board. He resigned in November 2012.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mary C. Rakestraw, brothers-in-law Thomas C. Childrey and wife, Lorene of Burlington, N.C. and Robert L. Childrey and wife Judy of St. Paul, Minnesota, many cousins, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Forbis & Dick Funeral Home, North Elm Street from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on December 12, 2012.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693, American Red Cross, 1501 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, NC 27405, Hospice and Palliative of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC 27405 or First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave. Greensboro, NC 27401. Frank will be remembered as a good and decent man with an incredible sense of humor and memory.
Online condolences may be made at www.forbisanddick.com