RONALD TED RAKES, 86, of Kenova, W.Va., went to be with his Savior Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021, at the Kenova United Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Richards and Pastor Scott Byard officiating. Interment with Masonic rites will be conducted at Dock’s Creek Cemetery. Ted was born January 30, 1935, in Huntington, a son of the late Pete and Virginia Wilson Rakes. Ted spent many terms as a councilman for the City of Kenova and was a tireless worker devoted to the best interests of the city. He was a volunteer for many years at Cabell Huntington Hospital, providing words of encouragement, humor and prayers to those in need. Ted had an Insurance and Income Tax business in Kenova for several years. He was a devoted member of the Kenova United Methodist Church and devoted brother in the Kenova Masonic Lodge No. 110 AF&AM where he was the lodge secretary. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty Lorine Barry Rakes; son, Jeff Rakes; brothers, Willie, Ray and Elza Rakes; and son-in-law, Terry Methax. Survivors include his children, Debbie Rakes Methax and Scott Rakes (Tonya); four grandchildren, Jimmy Methax (Lisa), Jamey Methax Holt, Zachery Rakes and Isaac Rakes; great-grandchildren, Bailey Swanson, Mackenzie Methax, Joshua Methax; daughter-in-law, Stacie Rakes; several nieces and nephews; and many cherished friends. Ted leaves behind several cherished friends, especially his best friend, Jim West. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021, at the church. Masks and social distancing will be required. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
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