Al Rakestraw

Al Rakestraw, 74, of Liberty, passed away July 18, 2019, at Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center in Liberty. He was born February 6, 1945, in Pasadena, TX to the late Bill Youngblood and Virginia Francis Powers.

In July 1963, Al joined the United States Navy where he proudly served his country during Vietnam on the USS Coral Sea until June 1967. After his discharge, he became a police officer in Baytown, TX, although he enjoyed law enforcement he could not support his family, so he sadly retired from law enforcement and took a job at Bayer Corporation as a safety superintendent, where he retired in 2001. Al was a very faithful servant to the Lord and his community. He was a very loving Husband, Father and Paw Paw. He loved his family and friends with all of his heart and helped out any way possible when needed. Al loved to garden, travel, take cruises with his beloved wife and family, and had a passion for leading music at Calvary Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and son, Benjamin Bythewood.

Those left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Brenda Rakestraw of Liberty; son, Rusty Rakestraw and wife Mary of Anahuac; daughters, Beverly Palumbo of Baytown, Natalyn Royer and husband Mitchell of Anahuac, and Dianna Rakestraw of Stafford, VA; daughter-in-law, Amy Bythewood of Woodville; brother, Keith Rakestraw and wife Paula of Liberty; 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of loving family and friends.

A memorial service of remembrance with Military Honors will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Liberty with Reverend Rick Edwards officiating. A gathering of Mr. Rakestraw’s family and friends will be Saturday, July 27, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. also at Calvary Baptist Church in Liberty.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Calvary Baptist Church Missionary Fund, 15 County Road 129, Liberty, TX 77575

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