Lowell Douglas Raker, 69, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at his home in Ivan, Florida, after a lengthy illness.He was a member of Whiddon Lake Primitive Baptist Church and was a lifetime resident of Wakulla County. He had attended college in Madison County. He was self-employed as a farmer. He owned and operated “Raker Farm”, and won the title of “Farm Family of the Year” in 1980. He had pursued various other fields of employment, including Insurance Salesman, Elected Official as a School Board Member of Wakulla County for eight years, Real Estate Broker, owner and operator of Raker Realty, fisherman with his Uncle Maurice Raker (aka Uncle Brother) at West Goose Creek, and owner and operator of Raker’s General Store on Highway 319, but his passion was riding his tractor.
He is survived by his dedicated wife of 50 years, Janie Glover Raker; a daughter, Jan Raker; a daughter Linda Diane Vause ( husband Wesley), and a son, Lowell Douglas Raker, Jr. “Doug” (Mitzi McElree). He has four grandchildren: Pamela Leigh Raker, Dustin Heath Raker, Gregory Wilson Stelter “GW” (aka “George”), and Trey Dalton Raker. He has three great-grandchildren: Mahaleigh Jane Raker, Ethan Fate Raker and Easton Gage Raker.
He is also survived by a brother, Dural Dalton Raker (wife Mary Ester); a sister, Gail Winona Dallis (husband Alan); an uncle Maurice Raker; three aunts: Winnie Raker, Hester Smith and Lavern Stokley; three nephews: Aric and Derrick Voorting and Dural Dalton Raker, Jr. “Chip”; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He is survived by several dear friends, including Henry Vause, Tommy Posey, William Glover, who was his farming instructor, and Barry Glover, who was his farming equipment manager. He had four step-grandchildren: Hailey McElree, Sydney McElree, Jessica Vause and Jamie Vause, and one step-great-grandchild, Jayden Vause. He has left behind so many more special people that meant the world to him throughout his lifetime and all the visitors during the past few months, as well as those who worked for him or helped him on the farm.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville. Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel, Crawfordville, FL is in charge of arrangements (850-926-3333 or bevisfh.com).
The funeral will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Whiddon Lake Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Whiddon Lake Cemetery. He had chosen his pall bearers to be Fred Strickland, Carl Stokley, Joe Duggar, Archie Simmons, Robin Sapp, and Pate Reynolds.