Family of Donald Glenn RAINEY (74) & Geraldine EDWARDS
Denis Rainey has carried on the family tradition established by his grandfather, Frank Paul Rainey. He is a member of Rainey & Associates, Inc. which has, from 1952-1998, bought, sold and liquidated over 225 million dollars of furniture in 116 furniture stores located in 94 cities in 30 states. Denis recalls his family's past: "At Christmas and at the end of another year, we all began to get nostalgic about past years and past Christmases. The more I think back and think about what I learned from my Grandparents, my aunts/uncles, and my parents. The two most important things in life to them were/are love for God and love for Family. They taught this and more importantly, exemplified it in their lives. "If the church doors were open, the Rainey, Wilson and Bates families were there. Sunday mornings were spent in Sunday School and then in the "Rainey" pew in the Sanctuary. I never had to remember which one was the Rainey pew because Granddaddy would always be at the end of the pew before any of the clan got there. Sunday nights were spent in Training Union and then we always sat with Grandmother and Granddaddy Rainey's good friends on the other side of the Sanctuary, Grandmother and Granddaddy Edwards. One special Sunday evening every year the Rainey cousins would always get to skip Sunday night Church. We got to walk to Grandmother and Granddaddy Rainey's house after Training Union to watch "The Wizard of Oz" on their color television. Of course, one might say that just going to Church does not a Christian make and this is true. But I know that my Grandparents are smiling in Heaven because if the weren't already aware that their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren know Jesus as their Savior and will one day be with them in Heaven, the first grandchild to join them has already told them. We will all be there, but while still on earth their example is carried forward by children and grandchildren and their spouses who are Sunday School teachers, Deacons, Children's leaders, Committee chairs and more." Was family just as important? Grandmother and Granddaddy Rainey were separated by death before they could celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. However, all three of their children have celebrated theirs and their grandchildren are well on their way to celebrating their 25th anniversaries soon. Most holidays were spent with the entire family, even though members of the Rainey and Wilson families worked together everyday. Even the family working together has not changed, my father, my sister and I still open the furniture stores daily and are in the offices or selling furniture together along with my wife and often our children. "In an age when God and Family take second place to many things, I am proud to know that one day I will stand with my Grandmother and Granddaddy and be able to say, "Grandmomma, Granddaddy, we weren't perfect but see -- we listened and watched you. We got it right -- God and Family are the most important things in life and eternity."
On 16 Jun 1979 when Denis Glenn was 22, he married Mary Ann EVANS, daughter of James EVANS & Doris VESTAL, in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee.
They had the following children:
150. Julie Lynn RAINEY. Born on 16 Aug 1959 in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
On 21 May 1983 when Julie Lynn was 23, she married Christopher Lee SPRATT, in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee. Born on 22 Mar 1959.
They had the following children:
151. Jill Marie RAINEY. Born on 24 Aug 1961 in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee.
On 7 Jun 1986 when Jill Marie was 24, she married Craig Stephen THOMAS, son of Oscar THOMAS & Opal JOHNSON, in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee. Born on 14 Jan 1965 in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois.
They had one child:
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