October 29, 2020

Rev. Luther Nix Raines

4113534_wlppRev. Luther Nix Raines, age 84, moved from Holly Drive to Heaven, his eternal home, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 after several months of failing health.

Luther was a well-known Minister in the Church of God. He accepted his calling into the ministry while attending his home church, the Sugar Valley Church of God.

His first Pastorate was the Crane Eater Church of God, later, Heartly Bridge in Macon, Bowdon Church in Bowdon, GA, Hollywood Church of God in Toccoa, GA, and The Hogansville Church in Hogansville, GA.

He organized and built the Franklin Church of God in Franklin, GA, and pastored there two different times. He also served in the Church of God’s Evangelic Team in Doraville for several years. Also, we must not forget his button ministry. He proudly served his country in the US Army.

Luther was the son of Lawrence and Liza Raines. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Russell, Pete, Bill, Frank, and Bud Raines; and his sisters, Fannie Harmon and Liz Taylor.

Luther married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Blankenship Raines, when they were not much more than children. They have been married for 64 years. She has been his biggest supporter and cheerleader in all his endeavors, serving by his side, shoulder to shoulder, serving God and loving others.

They have one son, Ronnie Raines of Adairsville, who blessed them with two grandsons, Kevin D. Raines of Franklin, GA, and Dustin Raines of Eastman, GA. Their pride and joy is their great-grandson, Kolten Nix Raines.

He is also survived by his sisters, Bertia McKeehan and Nora Lee Pickens; and sisters-in-law, Bernice Raines of Texas City, TX, and Avanelle Raines and Gracie Sutherland of Calhoun. Many nieces, nephews, and others will miss him very much.

Upon retiring from pastoring, he returned to Calhoun and actively served as Layman in his church, the East Calhoun Church of God, and worked part-time at Gordon Central High School as long as his health permitted.

He loved his church and church family, however, he loved his Lord more! His greatest desire is that you would, too, so you may meet him again in Heaven!

A service to celebrate his life was held on Saturday, February 18th at 1:00 PM from East Calhoun Church of God, with Ministers Keith Reid, Tim Reid, Kevin Raines, and Jared Raines officiating.

Burial, with Military Honors, followed in the Old Sugar Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Josh Raines, Timmy Hamil, Ken Kagey, Kim King, Trevor Parker, Jacob Temple, Eric Hall, and David Raines.

Honorary pallbearers were Rev. and Mrs. Jared Raines, Rev. and Mrs. Norris Sexton, Rev. and Mrs. Dwaine Shadix, Rev. and Mrs. Johnny Parker, Rev. Debbie Kendrick and Harvey, Rev. Audry Wilson, Rev. and Mrs. James Shope, Rev. and Mrs. Roy Smith, Rev. and Mrs. Junior Clayton, Rev. Danny May, Rev. and Mrs. Terry Smay, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Norrel, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Freddy Sinnamon, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Carey, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hamil, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Joy, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Mize, and Jack McGaskey and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Couey.

The family would like to thank the Northstar Team for their special care and compassion for Luther during his illness.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com.

Funeral arrangements for Rev. Luther Nix Raines are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.


  1. Tim Massa says

    I was unable to go when Preacher Raines passed due to my health. I had him on my mind during the night. I know nobody will see this because it was several years ago. He was so good to me and knew I was a baby in my Faith. He had a way of teaching me that was so perfect for me. I looked up his obituary because we were talking about Mrs. Erlene Shelnutt. She would pick up Jason prior to his seizure which is how most people remember him by. But Judy has told me he was going 100 miles and hour 24/7. I told Preacher Raines that me and Judy had recently married. He said Tim that young boy could pray. He said he would pray for his Mama sister and her husband every Sunday morning. He laughed when I told him about Judy’s Mother and Step Father they were there cooking out and the dog got to when he saw Jason he would run and hide. Preacher Raines know that this old fleshful sinner learned alot from you. I am still stubborn about some things like when I told you that Jesus did get mad at the Temple due to greed and the thieving from the people. I think about you at times and know you work is still working today. I just know their are others. Love you Preacher and Mrs. Raines. Also when I searched your name on Heard Citizen. You and Jason passed away several years apart but I scrolled down to leave this comment and Jason’s obituary was the next one to show on the page. The Lord and the words of the Faith that you taught and shared are still remembered. I pray that trough the Holy Spirit you feel my heart this day. Your calling to share the good news. God knows what he’s doing because you’re calling was truly from the Throne Room of Mercy and Grace.

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