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Myrtice C. Rakestraw

Died April 30, 2005
The Dallas New Era
Thursday, May 5, 2005
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Services Held for Mrs. Myrtice C. Rakestraw

Mrs. Myrtice Croker Rakestraw, age 83, of Hiram, Georgia, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2005.  She was born September 1, 1921 in Hiram, Georgia, daughter of the late William Edwin Croker and the late Alice Moon Croker. She attended Hiram School for 12 years and graduated in May 1939 as Valedictorian of her class. During her senior year in high school, she only attended school half of a day in the morning and then going home to care for her dying mother. Upon graduation from high school, she met and married Grady C. Rakestraw on December 3, 1939. To this union they had two sons, Lowell G., born January 6, 1942 and Wendell O., born February 5, 1946. She was a wife, mother, and a homemaker during these years of her life, caring for her husband, children and also her father (William E. Croker) for twenty years. She raised her family caring for household duties and also worked as bookkeeper for The Hiram Gin Company until February 1958, which time The Gin was torn out and a feed mill was started. She served as bookkeeper for the Hiram Milling Company until April 1, 1969 at which time her and her husband sold their part to her brother, Mr. John O. (Ben) Croker, Sr. who ran the mill business for many years. She attended the New Harmony Primitive Baptist Church all of her life. During this time in April 1959, she was saved and joined the church where she attended until 2 months before her death. She served as a member of the New Harmony Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Committee for many years working for the upgrade and beauty of the cemetery. Upon the death of her husband, Grady C. Rakestraw in August 1969, she started L.P.N. School at Paulding Memorial Hospital in Dallas, graduating 4th in her class at the age of 48 years. She worked for the hospital for 17 years as a night shift nurse, retiring in 1987, Upon the death of her 2nd husband Mr. G. L. Sedam, she returned to work at the Paulding Nursing Unit, retiring for the last time at the age of 76. During her married years in the home, she cooked and waited on many people that her father, husband and children would invite to come and eat. She always had food to feed everyone that came to her house. She also loved and respected the widow women of Hiram for many years, taking then to church, funerals and grocery shopping. The legacy she leaves behind is that she was a caring , compassionate, and loving person that not only loved God, her family, neighbors, friends and co-workers, but also wanted to help others in the same way.

Surviving are her sons and daughter-in-law, Lowell G. Rakestraw of Hiram and Wendell O. (Bee) and Linda Rakestraw of Centre, AL; a sister, Geromie E. Ragsdale of Hiram; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, May 2, 2005 at 2:00 pm from Clark Funeral Home in Hiram with Rev. Louie Hornsby and Bee Rakestraw officiating.

Interment followed in Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations, may be made to the New Harmony Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Bea McClung, PO Box 622, Hiram, GA 30141.

Clark Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

(Transcribed as Published)

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