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Gary Wayne Rakes, Sr. (Mus), August 22, 1949~March 18, 2016

Rakes, Gary copyGary Wayne Rakes, Sr. (Mus), died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on March 18, 2016 at 12:15 P.M. at the age of 66. Gary was born August 22, 1949 in Bentonville, Arkansas to the late Harral and Betty Rakes.

Gary was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, John Rakes.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of 48 years; a son, Gary Wayne Rakes, Jr. and wife, Brandi; a daughter, Kristen Hime and her husband, Robert Hime; 3 grandchildren, Julie Hime, Ilah Rakes and Mason Hime; 1 great- grandchild, Casyn Hime; he is also survived by one brother, Kenny Rakes; one sister, Mona Kincannon and husband, Bill Kincannon; and 5 nephews, Kevin Rakes, Kendale Rakes, Shawn McBride, Steve Ridenoure and Doug Stanberry; one niece, Rachel Center; and close family friend, John Hutton, who Gary thought of as a second son.

Gary was a family man, devoted husband and father to his two children. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Gary was a Master Electrician influenced by his late uncle, Bert Rakes. Gary went on to become a partner with Tom Campbell at Merit Electric where he later became sole owner with his son, Gary Jr.  Later, Gary and his son became Rakes Electric. The Campbell family were considered family to Gary and they remained in contact until his death. He was a member of the National Turkey Federation, Bella Vista Country Club, Stonebridge Golf Club and many hunting and fishing groups.

Visitation will be at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville, AR., 855 S. Happy Hollow Rd., Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 5-7 P.M. His service will be Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 2 P.M. Reverend Jasper Hankins will be performing the service and brother- in-law, Clif Chitwood will be presenting the eulogy.

Pallbearers are Robert Hime, Kevin Rakes, Kendale Rakes, Clif Chitwood, Bill Kincannon, Kenneth Center, Shawn McBride, Doug Stanberry, Charles Ridenoure and Steve Ridenoure. Honorary pallbearers are Darrell Vanbrunt, John Hutton, Loy Vanbrunt, Tyler Johnson, Josh Carroll, Mike Carrol, Leon Drain, Bradley Rice and Dennis Perkins.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association.

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    Weldon and Jacque Orand » 21. Mar, 2016

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family during this difficult time. God Bless

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    Name » 22. Mar, 2016

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Rakes Family. I enjoyed the friendship of Gary Jr. during apprenticeship school and enjoyed working through electrical projects with Gary Sr. May the Lords peace be with you at this time.

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    Denny Johnston » 22. Mar, 2016

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I worked with Gary a lot of years,it was always a pleasure, May he rest in peace.

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    Mrs. Roy Don (Donny) Smith » 22. Mar, 2016

    I was very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. He was always good to Donny and me. Donny referred to him as “uncle Gary”, because he loved him so. Gary passed 1 year to the day that Donny passed. May God comfort his family and lead and guide their future. ~ Robin & kiddos

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    Bilderback Family » 22. Mar, 2016

    Gary was not only our neighbor and life long friend he was our family and we loved him very much and he will forever be in our hearts. So thankful for all the wonderful memories we have shared. Our prayers go out to Sharon, Snoop, Kris and family, we love you all so much and will always be here for you. God Bless to all!

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    lloyd waddell » 23. Mar, 2016

    Sorry for your loss. All your families are in my prayers.

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    Susie Sarten Watkins » 25. Mar, 2016

    So sorry for your loss. He was a class mate and worked some with my brother in law. May he rest in peace

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    Steve Ridenoure » 28. Mar, 2016

    Words can’t express how I feel about losing Uncle Gary. He was always there for me and our whole family. His absence has truly broken my heart. I find a little comfort in a quote from General George S. Patton “It is foolish and wrong to mourn men who have died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” I do thank God that our family was blessed with Uncle Gary. He was a tremendous influence in my life as well as others. His memory will live on forever in the hearts of those who loved him. I will close with another quote from an unknown author “How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to.”
    Love ya Uncle Gary