Addie J. "A.J." Raines, 95, Bidwell, passed away at 4:17 A.M. Saturday, February 29, 2020 in the Hershel "Woody" Williams Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. Born July 24, 1924 in the Morgan Center Community of Gallia County he was the son of the late Edward and Rose Smith Raines. He owned and operated the Raines Hardware Store in Vinton for several years and later retired from the Gallia County Department of Highways with 30+ years of services. A.J. served as a Huntington Township Trustee for 2 1/2 terms and was a member of the Vinton Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and was a member of Post 4464, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a former member of the Disabled American Veterans. He married Irene Mulholand on January 1, 1947 in Rutland, Ohio and she preceded him in death on January 16, 2004 He is survived by his two daughters, Jeannie (Richard) Hampton, of Bidwell and Becky (Charles) Griffith, of Bidwell and son, Allen Raines, of Vinton. Three special grandchildren survive, Shane Hampton, Ashley (Josh) Roach and Stephanie (Alex) Beelen and three great-grandchildren, Parker Roach, Rayna Beelen and Grady Beelen. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Roush and by his brother, Carmel Raines. Family graveside services were conducted on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in the Vinton Memorial Park. Military honors were provided by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Detail Team. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cremeens-King Funeral Home, Gallipolis.
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