Clintwood Viet Nam Veteran Passes AwayPosted By theherbwoman
Date Sunday, 30 December 2018, at 11:27 p.m.
Earlier this evening, Clintwood Virginia Viet Nam Veteran Jerry K. Raines, age 71, passed away at his residence at Heritage Hall, in Bassett, Va.
Widely known for his superior skills on the guitar and his vocal range, Jerry had an exceptional ability to play any instrument. His first love was 'bluegrass music', which began when his mother, Vandora Raines, gave him his first guitar at the age of 16, and taught him his first three chords, G, C and D. Self taught, he learned to read music and made hearts light and feet tap with his clear tenor and his nimble fingers on the strings.
Suffering from liver failure, kidney failure and heart blockages, Mr. Raines had asked his sister, Jennifer R. Killen, for a Bible as his Christmas present this year. Today, Mr. Raines suffered a massive mycardial infarction and was found deceased in the chapel at Heritage Hall.
Jerry was an honored member of the Unites States Marine Corp. He defended his country in the Viet Nam War, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his defense of his unit when they were surprised by the enemy combatants and nearly over ran. Mr. Raines, a Mortarman, got his weapon in action and single-handedly staved off the attack until reinforcements could move up and hold his unit's position.
Jerry is survived by his sisters, Jennifer R. Killen of Bassett, VA, Patricia R. Mullins, his primary caretaker, of Bassett, VA, Marsha R. Turpin, Wytheville, VA, Susan R. Bridges, Meadows of Dan, VA, and brother, Christopher E. Raines, of Abingdon, VA, and numerous neices, nephews, and grand neices/nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Fred C. Raines, Jr and Vandora Rider Raines, one sister, Donna R. Meade, and one nephew, Jack Martin (Marty) Killen.
Funeral arrangements will be conducted for the family by Collins Funeral Home of Collinsville, VA. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.