Timothy Wayne Raines, age 56, born on April 24, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee passed away on June 15, 2013 off the coast of Louisiana, while spearfishing, his favorite sport. Tim was a resident of Prairieville, Louisiana and owner of Tiger Bend Upholstery. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Dana Edelmann Raines, son Taylor Wayne Raines, daughter Danielle White Ragas and son-in-law Rene Ragas, and two grandchildren, Packard and Sullivan Ragas, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Parents, Durl and Fay Raines of Batesville, Mississippi. Siblings, Linda Raines Baker, Brenda Raines Baker, and Roger Morris Raines. Brothers-in-laws, Nathan Edelmann Jr., Brad T. Baker and Steve Baker, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his son, Heath Floyd Raines, Grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jack Raines of Potts Camp, Mississippi and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Morris of Etta, Mississippi. Tim spent his childhood in the Olive Branch, MS area and his youth in the West Union, MS area before moving to Prairieville, LA. Tim attended West Union High School in Etta, Mississippi. Tim was a past member of Bethel Baptist Church in Etta, Mississippi and a current parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Prairieville, Louisiana. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a member of the Git'em Dive Club. He was also a certified underwater scuba diver and Coast Guard certified boat captain. Family, friends, fishing, boating, golf, and traveling were Tim's passion and joy. He was very active and loved being outdoors. The visitation will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Prairieville, Louisiana on June 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 3:00 pm. An open door Celebration of Life will be held at Sno's Seafood and Steak House in Gonzales, Louisiana at 5:00 pm till. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the United States Coast Guard, the Blake Terry Foundation, and the numerous volunteer scuba divers who risked their own lives to search for Tim.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 24 to June 28, 2013