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William R. Raines

December 29, 1931 ~ May 29, 2020 (age 88)


William R. Raines, age 88, of New Smyrna Beach, died Friday, May 29, 2020 at AdventHealth Daytona.  Born in Holly Hill to Colin and James Ashley Smith Raines, William was a lifelong resident.
A deputy sheriff, William was a United States navy veteran.  He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the Lions Club, New Smyrna Beach City Commissioner, and Vice Mayor New Smyrna Beach. William was an Eagle Scout, the Chamber of Commerce Manager and loved the Florida Gators. He was very passionate about yardwork. William enjoyed community volunteering a Florida Highway patrol auxiliary.
Survivors include his wife Carol; daughter, Barbara Raines, of New Smyrna Beach; step-sons, James (Luann) Fanelli, of New Smyrna Beach and John Fanelli, of Edgewater; sister, Mary Raines Busek, of Daytona Beach; 4 grandchildren, John Fanelli, Jr., of Edgewater; Zachary Fanelli, of Edgewater, Rosalynne Fanelli, of Edgewater, and Jessica Fanelli, of Longwood; 3 great grandchildren, Olivia Graff-Fanelli; William Graff-Fanelli; and Brooks Keffee. William was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers; Harry, Charles and Ray; 2 sisters, Gladys and Betty, and grandson, James L. Fanelli.
Funeral service was held at Settle-Wilder Chapel, and private family burial at Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations to the Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida Council, 1951 South Orange Blossom Trail, #102, Apopka, FL 32703.

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