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Nellie B Rackley

April 21, 1929 — November 29, 2021

Nellie Rakestraw Rackley, 92, of Dallas, Ga., passed away on Nov. 29, 2021. She was born on April 21, 1929, and lived in Paulding County all of her life. A member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, she retired from Lockheed Martin after 15 years and spent 15 more as a greeter for Walmart. She loved her time there and all the customers she got to know. They loved her ever-present smile. Fellow churchgoers and Walmart shoppers will always remember her impeccable appearance, and family and friends will cherish memories of a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed collecting things, most of all angel figurines.

Mrs. Rackley is survived by daughters Kay Morris, Teresa Laird Philyaw, and Pam Newsome; sister-in-law Clay Lee Rakestraw; grandchildren Jana (Peter) Chesney, Tracy (Rick) Woodall, Kristie (Greg) Smith, Paul (Leslie) Laird, and Ryan Newsome; and great-grandchildren Ella and Ada Chesney, Jackson Klima and Kaitlyn Woodall, Tal and Mary Grace Smith, and Anna and Finley Laird.

Preceding her in death were parents Calvin and Ella Rakestraw; brothers J.C., Eldridge, Grady, Clinton, and Whitey Rakestraw; sisters Addie Bell Gurley and Annie Graham; sons-in-law Randy Morris and Dickie Philyaw; loving husband of 59 years Willard Rackley; and infant daughter Sherry.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Poplar Springs Cemetery fund.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 3, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. A service will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Don Rackley and the Rev. Lamar Rackley officiating. Interment will follow at Poplar Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Peter Chesney, Rick Woodall, Greg Smith, Paul Laird, Jackson Klima, and Tal Smith.

The service will be streamed live on the Clark Funeral Home Facebook page. Please be aware that there is a short technical delay before it posts, but once available it will remain so indefinitely.

Clark Funeral Home in Hiram, Ga., is honored to care for the family during this difficult time. Condolences may be shared on the tribute wall of our website:

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