Our sympathy to the family. She was a precious lady and enjoyed visiting her while at Friendship. Mildred Hipps
August 29, 2013
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THOMPSON, Shirley Rakes, 86, of Roanoke, devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, August 23, 2013 in Richmond, Va. She was born September 29, 1926 in Bluefield, W. Va., a daughter of the late Charles and Macy Ann Ashworth Rakes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Nell Rakes; and a son, Frank Michael Thompson. Mrs Thompson worked as a legal secretary and retired as a bookkeeper with Roanoke Apple Products. She was a member of Shenandoah Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Frank M. Thompson; son and daughter-in-law, Mark E. Thompson and wife, Deborah of Richmond; grandchildren, Mark Aaron Thompson and Elizabeth A. Thompson; brothers, Charles S. Rakes and Steven B. Rakes; sister, Sylva R. Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Shenandoah Baptist Church 6520 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, Va. 24019. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Rd., by the Rev. Robert L. Alderman. Interment will follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home. 366-0707. This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.