Flags lowered in Walton County in honor of beloved deputy

Walton County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Ethaniel Rakestraw. Contributed photo

Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy Major Ethaniel Rakestraw was a beloved member of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office for 41 years. His death Thursday has been met with sorrow by everyone who knew him or had occasion to meet him during his years of service. Today, flags are at half-mast at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Walton County Government Building and the Historic Courthouse in Monroe in honor of Major Rakestraw.

“We offer our condolences to his family and his friends. Major Rakestraw was a friend and mentor to many throughout the county. He will be missed,” Walton County Government said in a press release. Visitation and viewing will be at the Government Building on Hammond Drive, Monday from noon until 7:00 pm. Funeral will be at Mt. Enon on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. He will be buried at Hill Haven Memory Gardens And Mausoleum

Condolences and fond memories continue to pour in for a man who was deeply respected in the community.  His escort home by WCSO vehicles was shared on the Facebook page, along with the hundreds of comments.
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