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Melissa Rakes Craighead

d. April 28, 2024

Shawsville

Melissa Rakes Craighead, 53 of Shawsville, passed away April 28, 2024.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mason and Regent Rakes; father, Morris Rakes; and brother, Ricky Rakes.

Missy is survived by her mother, Alice Rakes; husband, Paul Craighead; son, Zachary Craighead; sister, Donna Akers (Todd); aunt, Linda Hollandsworth; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Missy worked for Montgomery County for 26 years as a preschool teacher.  All of her children knew her as Miss Melissa.  Even after they were in high school they remembered her as Miss Melissa.  She was a wonderful loving wife and mother and a faithful church member.  She was there to help and aid anyone who needed it.   She always worried about family and tried to be there as much as possible.  When God called her Home He took an angel to where she belongs.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 5-7 p.m. at Horne Funeral Home.  Funeral Services are Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 1 p.m. at Park United Methodist Church, with Pastors Warren Cash and Mike Sanborn officiating.  Interment will follow in Piedmont Cemetery, Shawsville.

The family would like to thank all the friends, family, and nurses that were there for her.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Park United Methodist Church.

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Visitation

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Horne Funeral Home & Cremation Service

1300 S Franklin St, Christiansburg, VA 24073

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Funeral Service

Thursday, May 2, 2024

1:00pm - 9:00 am (Eastern time)

Park United Methodist Church

306 Park Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073

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