Harold “Hank” Miller Raines, Sr., of Cuthbert, Ga., died Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Patterson Hospital. Graveside funeral services will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ashburn, Ga., at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 10, 2011. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:30 A.M. until hour of service at Perry Funeral Chapel.
Born February 10, 1933, in Charlottesville, Va., Hank graduated from Ashburn High School, attended Georgia Military Academy and the University of Georgia. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became the first male admitted to the School of Nursing at Georgia Southwestern College, Americus, and the second male to graduate in Georgia. In 1961 he accepted the position of Administrator at Patterson Hospital, Cuthbert. Serving as the Second Administrator of that hospital, he planned and supervised the building of the Joe-Anne Burgin Nursing Home and the renovation of the hospital, leaving in 1980. After serving as Administrator of hospitals in Dawson and Cordele, he moved to New Mexico, Administrator of hospitals in Santa Rosa and Ft. Sumner. He was Past President of the Cuthbert Rotary Club and a former board member of the Randolph Federal Savings & Loan. Active in community affairs, for many years he coached Pee Wee and Little League baseball, and worked with the Boy Scouts. A member of The First Baptist Church of Shellman, he taught Sunday School for several years.
Preceded in death by his parents, David and Lillian Raines, of Ashburn, he is survived by six sons: Harold (Hal) Miller Raines, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio; Dr. Michael Patrick (Barbara) Raines, Americus, Dr. John (Matt) Mattox (Celeste) Raines, Odenville, AL; William (Bill) Calhoun (Sallie) Raines, Smithville; Robert Patterson (Tracy)Raines, Stockbridge, and Ashton Lawrence (Sarah) Raines, Taylor, Michigan; three daughters, Jane Raines (Jim) Holmes, Cummings; Amy Elisa Raines, Cordele, Amanda Kay Raines (Chris) Jones, Cordele, and Allison Raines Phenix City, AL; a brother, Johnny (Pam) Raines, Danielsville; two sisters, Nancy Hall, Knoxville, TN; Carole Spooner, Greensville, SC; twenty grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Shellman Brotherhood c/o Aubrey Scarborough, P.O. Box 65, Shellman, Ga. 39886, or a charity of choice.