OBITUARY

William "Willie" Raines

November 2, 1993February 6, 2019

William Devon Raines (Willie) born November 2, 1993, passed away February 6, 2019. Willie was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He graduated from Karns High School, class of 2012 and was employed by Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED). Preceded in death by his grandparents, Xen Devon (Red) and Mary Owena Raines, and Raymond Eugene (Gene) and Elizabeth Louise (Libby) Price. Survived by his parents, DeWayne and Angela Price Raines; aunts, uncles, Robert (Marilen) Price, Phillip (Linda) Raines, John (Arlene) Jackson, Ray (Janie) Jackson, Donald (Donna) Raines, Susan Burleson and Yvonne Leffew; special friends, Cody (Heather) Jefferies, Josh McPherson, Logan Underwood, Joseph Sisson, Kylie Henry and Chip Proffitt. Willie loved shotgun shooting sports, hunting, fishing, cars of all types and hanging with his friends. Enjoyed traveling across North and Central America, Caribbean and Europe. Willie was always eager to try new foods and adventures on his travels. Special thanks to the guys at Lucky 7 Sporting Clays who adopted Willie like a son. Willie passed away at home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous 3 year battle with colon cancer. Even after setback after setback with the treatments Willie fought on and kept fighting to the end. With this terrible cancer striking more and more people earlier in life please read about the indicators and see your doctor. Early detections is crucial to saving lives. When you are young you have a false sense of invincibility, cancer doesn’t discriminate by age. Thanks to all the staff at Thompson Cancer, Ft. Sanders Regional Medical, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Sarah Cannon Research Institute and Dr. Jeff McMichael. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Team Britton, 10629 Hardin Valley Rd., Suite # 175, Knoxville, TN 37932 or to Young Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St., Knoxville, TN 37919. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 2-6 pm at Hunter Valley Farms Pavilion. Condolences may be left at www.weaverfuneralservices.com.

Services

24 February

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hunter Valley Farms

Pavilion


REMEMBERING

William "Willie" Raines

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Lisa & Skip Clay

February 20, 2019

Dear Dewayne & Angie,

Our hearts are so grieved and saddened as we think of you in these days. Our deepest prayers are with you both for God's fullest comfort and peace.

With all our love,
Lisa & Skip Clay

Kathy McMillan

February 11, 2019

DeWayne and Angie,

Words cannot express, but I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Willie from the Bring Your child to Work Day that we had at Wackenhut and what a nice polite young man he was. I hope you can take some comfort in the fact that raised a young man to be proud of as an Eagle Scout and many other accomplishments he made. You are my prayers for comfort and peace.

Kathy McMillan

Ruth Harp

February 11, 2019

What can I say about Willie? So much. Of course, words can not express our profound sadness. Willie and Wes (our son) were inseparable from ages three to nine, when we moved from Knoxville. They were brothers, playing and even bickering and laughing, mostly laughing. There are memories of two boys swimming at Bibbie's, of many trips to Dollywood, Washington D.C., of many sleepovers, dinners, and just hanging out constantly. Wes and Willie even invented their own language. The opened a "bar" in Libby's downstairs, made signs for drinks they served just in time for Libby's friends from church to be "served" (to Libby's surprise!) There was jumping from the barn onto straw bales, running in the woods and just plain adventuring outside. Angie and Bibbie took Wes on a cruise where the boys had a great time, of course. They both loved getting dressed up for dinner. The Raines and Price families took us all in, we felt like family and we were treated as such. Willie always promised me a red dress (I made him promise, not his idea). He would go along with it. He was a blessing to us, our other son, and we cherish memories of a boy so full of life, who loved cars and teasing and his family beyond words; of course, he turned out to be a fine young man. We love you Angie and Dwayne, you all are much in our thoughts as is our other son.

Debbie Underwood

February 10, 2019

From the Time my husband Tom and I met Willie we both really enjoyed his personality. When he was 16 driving his elcamino backing it in to a space , having a little trouble took all the teasing from the car club and laughed along with them. He was raised right. He will be missed. So glad I got to met him and his family.

Art Miller

February 10, 2019

Dewayne and Angela, and extended family, I am so sorry to hear of Willie’s passing. Know that he is rejoicing with his family in heaven and you will see him again. Donnie and Donna told me of his strength thru all his illness. I know it’s a terrible time for you but know your are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Art Miller, Clinton

Scott McGaha

February 9, 2019

Today has been an extremely difficult day for the CED family. We lost a great co-worker and I lost an amazing friend. Willie Raines was my inside guy for the last two years and always made me look good. I would talk to him 3-4 hours every day and he always picked the phone up when I called. He never got mad at my stupid questions and always had the answer for my customers. He was always so strong and had more courage than anyone I have ever known. He battled cancer the last three years and never got down. The last few months he would go to the bathroom sick, come out ask how he looked, say don’t tell Wes because I do not want to go home, and ask what’s next. He was the strongest, most positive guy I have ever known going through such a horrible disease. Willie I love you, you will always be the President of the “GETTIN IT” department and I will miss you horribly. I know you are now dancing pain free with your grandmother and that’s what I have to keep reminding myself. I love you so much and will continue bragging about you daily. Thanks for all the great memories and don’t worry about the loading dock anymore I got it from here. I love you!!!

Dr. David Knight

February 9, 2019

I was fortunate enough to meet Willie and get to know him. My son who is an electrician often spoke about him and their friendship. In this life we have the opportunity to impact those around us in a positive or negative way. I believe everyone who knew him would agree that he seized every chance to bring something positive to the table every time! May the peace of our Lord embrace your family, co workers and friends.

Pastor David

Harold Black

February 9, 2019

Dewayne and Angie, Words cannot adequately express my sorrow in your loss. Knowing Willie since his birth, I was always struck by his gentle kindness and willingness to pitch in and help without my even asking. I know the past three years were especially difficult and I admired both his tenacity and your incredible strength in helping him fight such a terrible disease. My heart goes out to you.

Beverly Keith

February 9, 2019

I regret that I never met Willie but I know his parents. What a blessing he must have been. I am thinking of you both during this sad time. What an amazing young man and son he must have been. Sending love to you both.

Bill Flick

February 9, 2019

Coworkers are family. It was an honor to have worked with Willie. Our love of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey was one of the things I’ll never forget. Also had the best time getting a chance to shoot with him, couldn’t compete with him, but enjoyed being part of his team that day. Old enough to be his dad, but loved him like a little brother. Gone too soon...love you Willie...

FROM THE FAMILY