Major (ret.) Shelly Troy Raines, 84, of Columbus, GA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Sep 18, 2016. Born and raised in Slocum, Texas, he was the youngest of six children.
He attended school in Slocum and graduated as Valedictorian of his class.
In addition, Shelly had perfect attendance for all 12 years of school. He attended Texas A&M on a full scholarship and served in the Corps of Cadets.
He enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War and stayed on to have a glorious twenty year military career, Shelly served two tours in Vietnam and received numerous battlefield commendations. He retired in 1973 at the rank of Major and settled in Columbus, Georgia, where he lived for over 40 years.
Shelly owned a small business called Custom Computers and a nursery specializing in roses called Roseland. He also worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield until he was eligible for a second retirement. Shelly was an outgoing, jovial man with a hearty laugh and a deep bass voice. He sang with a quartet known as the Gospel Travelers for many years. S
helly was survived by his two daughters, Ann Raines Williamson, of Lilburn, Georgia, and Mary Raines Caldwell and her husband Michael, of Navarre, Florida, as well as his six grandchildren: Finley Lea Williamson V, Helen Margaret Williamson, Mary Katharine Williamson, Arthur Alexander Williamson, Hugh Anderson Caldwell, and Troy Raines Caldwell.
Shelly was a beloved uncle to his many nieces and nephews. In addition, he made many friends of all ages and all walks of life. Shelly was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Greenhaw Raines, his parents and his five siblings.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Sep 23 from 6-8 pm at A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur, GA. The funeral will take place on Saturday, Sep 24 at 3:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, 30307. In lieu of flowers, loved ones may contribute to American Cancer Society or the Emory Winship Cancer Institute.
Published on September 21, 2016