February 25, 1920
Union County, MS
September 12, 1999
Sunflower College (College)
1947-48 Memphis Legionnaires (SPBL)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)
1947-48 Birmingham Vulcans (SPBL)
1947-48 Mobile Gulls (SPBL)
1953-54 Whiskered Wizards (Independent)
Rakestraw served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. After finishing at Sunflower College, he played bounced around the Southern Basketball League for the 1947-48 season.
Rakestraw's younger brother, Tye, played basketball at Delta State College in the late 40's and would kill his own wife in 1982 before committing suicide.