Sara Nell (Rhodes) Raines, 81, of Timpson, Texas, passed away on July 3, 2022, in Garrison, Texas. She was born on February 4, 1941, in Timpson, Texas, to the late James Berry and Bertha Mae (Hall) Rhodes. Funeral service will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas. Interment will follow at Timpson Missionary Baptist Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 9:00-10:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.
Sara Nell Raines passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at Garrison Nursing Home in Garrison, Texas surrounded by her loved ones. She was born to the late Berry and Bertha Rhodes in Timpson, Texas on February 4, 1941. Sara is survived by her husband, John Raines; her children, Pam Hendricks, Brenda Mackey, and Johnica Raines; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Berry and Bertha Rhodes; brothers, James Earl and Gene Rhodes; and her son, Wayne Hooker.
Sara attended Timpson High School, home of the Timpson Bears. She was the mother of four children and loving wife to John Raines. Sara and her husband owned Raines Feed Store in Timpson, Texas for over 30 years while raising cattle and living the farm life. Later she became the Timpson High School special education aide where she retired after impacting many students’ lives. Everyone knew her as “Granny Sara”. She took such pride in helping mold and prepare the students for their future endeavors. Sara loved her time at THS and gained many grandchildren throughout her career. Granny Sara was just that, everyone’s Granny. Sara loved being outside, working in her yard and most of all loved her family time. Her house was full of laughter and chatter on all holidays and holds many memories of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her favorite meal was not only breakfast, but she loved cooking it. She was known for some good home cooking as she fed many children that came through her doors. You never left Granny’s house hungry. Little may know that Sara had one thing year-round in her home, a Christmas tree. She loved Christmas. The tree stayed lit with colorful lights, sentimental and homemade ornaments, pictures, complete with an angel on top. Every ornament held a special place in her heart. Her kitchen held her collection of roosters and a buffet full of pictures of her family. Pictures stacked so tight; you could barely see the ones behind. Her hall lined with more family portraits and patriotic décor to honor her one and only son, the late Wayne Hooker. Sara loved cards and signed every one with a drawn figure with outreached arms and “I love you this much”. She had the sweetest smile and contagious laughter. Sara loved her time at Garrison Nursing Home, especially visiting the Country Store. She filled her room with prizes won from her many games of BINGO. The staff of Garrison Nursing Home touched her life, and she loved each and every one of them as her own. Sara’s favorite color was pink, and she loved butterflies. She always told her loved ones when she leaves this earthly home, and they see a butterfly to think of her. Sara will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew her.
Sara is survived by her loving husband, John Henry Raines, Jr.; daughters, Pamela Hendricks and Bruce Windham, Brenda Mackey and husband, Charles, Johnica and Jason, and bonus daughter, Paula Mullins; grandchildren, Amber Renick and husband, Eric, Matt Harbinson and wife, Jayme, Haylee Hollman and husband, Josh, Derek Hendricks, Joseph Hendricks, Brittany Ragsdale and husband, Michael, Charlsey Kirk, Chaylon Mackey and wife, Katie, Madeline Lowery, Makenzie Lowery, Meredith Lowery, and Jennifer Hooker; great-grandchildren, Erica Renick, Claycee Renick, Logan Renick, Mayson Harbinson, Garrett and Luke Harbinson, Ally Kimbro, Baylor Kimbro, Bracken Kimbro, Macklyn Kirk, and Beckett Mackey; niece, Joy Rhodes; lifelong friend, Lovie Crawford; and many other family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Berry and Bertha Rhodes; beloved son, Wayne Hooker; and brothers, James Earl and Gene Rhodes.