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Doris Ann Rakes Black

April 15, 1941 ~ October 13, 2023

Doris Ann Rakes Black entered in Jesus arms on Friday, October 13 in Sebastian, Florida.

She was born in Bedford, VA in 1941 and graduated from Manchester High School in 1959 and became a Registered Nurse from Grace Hospital in 1962.  After working in several nursing capacities, she became the owner of The Counted Thread Cross Stich Shop in Chesterfield County from 1985 to 2001.

Doris was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ as an active member at Stratford Hills UMC where she held several leadership positions.  She also was active in Richmond Emmaus Community serving as Weekend Lay Director on Walk R57 and also served one term as Community Lay Director.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, William Louis Rakes and Cora Rakes of Chesterfield and her brother, William Rakes, Jr.   She leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Hank, three children, Roger Vaughn (Karen), Robin Swan (David), and Henry III (Jennifer), and 3 grandchildren, who became the love of her life.

Her remains will be cremated in Sebastian and her ashes will be spread in Richmond at a date to be determined.


Sara St John

October 17, 2023, 9:42 pm

So sorry to hear of Doris’ passing. She lived a full life and I know her family meant the world to her. May she rest in peace.

Cliff Cusick

October 21, 2023, 1:45 am

Hank, please accept my deepest condolences. I am so sorry.

Vicky Davis

October 21, 2023, 2:52 am

Mrs Doris inspired me in so many ways, she gave me guidance, a job, help me get a job, she talked to me just like my mother would, and she was a wonderful cook. Love you my friend. Rest in peace, until we meet again.


October 21, 2023, 8:38 am

I’m so very sorry for the loss of your precious Doris. She definitely blessed our lives and we will never forget her. Many prayers for you and your family.

Jeannie Lutz

October 21, 2023, 7:06 pm

Hank, I know that you are hurting.Doris the among the very best individuals I have known. I will pray for you to receive comfort and peace. All the best.


October 27, 2023, 8:46 pm

Hank – my deepest condolences for your loss. No words adequately convey the emotions when we lose someone we love – only time can temper our hurt.
Your friend,
Walt Yasiejko

Carolyn Plante

October 28, 2023, 6:43 pm

Thank you Hank for sharing this with me. Doris was a great lady and I am so glad you had so many years together, with children and grandchildren that you both shared memorable tines with. God bless you and your family and please let me know if there is anything you need. I am right arou nd the cirner.


Jeff Elliott

October 29, 2023, 3:42 pm

Hank and Henry,
I am so sorry for your loss. After reading the obituary, I realized that we had a connection to Doris. My wife visited the Counted Thread many times and always welcomed the guidance and suggestions Doris offered. You both are in my prayers.

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