Rainwater Obituaries M - Z

Obituaries M - Z
Jacob S. Rainwater, 1836-1906, Washington
James Rainwater, 1813-1894, Washington
James H. Rainwater, 1849-1890, Arkansas
James Wood Rainwater, 1866-1930, Arkansas
Jesse Mercer Rainwater, 1880-1946, Alabama
John Kifer Rainwater, 1834-1920, Washington
Josiah W. Rainwater, 1843-1934, Texas
Leah Rainwater Forch, 1903-1985, Washington
Mary E. Sparks Rainwater, 1829-1889, Washingon
Mary Elizabeth Rainwater Dorr, 1866-1889, Washington
Mary Elizabeth Rainwater Webb, 1849-1929, Texas
Miriam Josephine Rainwater, 1889-1984, Texas
Nancy Hewitt Rainwater, 1851-1895, Arkansas
Nellie Pintler Rainwater, 1865-1938, Washington
Paul Edward Rainwater Sr., 1885-1945, Texas
Presley Rainwater, ca 1866-1946, Washington
Roscoe Rainwater, 1883-1972, Texas
Simon Rainwater, d. 1908, South Carolina
Susan Frunly (Freeney) Rainwater Richards, 1856-1947, Georgia
Susan Rainwater White, 1856-1947, Washington
Terrell Rainwater, 1846-1913, Texas
Walter Odell Rainwater, 1900-1954, Texas
William Cody Rainwater, 1902-1972, Texas
William Foster Rainwater, 1883-1938, Louisiana
William Franklin Rainwater, 1886-1973, Tennessee

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Jacob S. Rainwater, 1836-1906, Washington

Death of Jacob S. Rainwater
After an illness of only nine days of pneumonia, Jacob S. Rainwater passed away at his home on Robinett Mountain, Wednesday evening at 10 o'clock. He was aged seventy years, seven months and twenty-one days. The funeral occurred Friday morning at 10 o'clock from the family residence on the mountain.

Mr. Rainwater was an honored citizen, a successful farmer and a good father. The remains were laid to rest in the Dayton Cemetery.

John* S. Rainwater was born in Tennessee, February 12, 1836, and when quite young went to Arkansas, and from there to Missouri where he married Lucinda Williamson, and from there came across the plains with an ox team in 1864 to Oregon. In 1869 he returned to Missouri and in 1876 he came to Dayton, where he has lived ever since. He was twice married and by his first wife had eight children, five of whom still live, and three are dead.

His second wife whom he married here, was Miss Nellie Pintler, from whom he had nine children. From his first wife the living children are Mrs. Frank Finkle of Robinett Mountain, Mrs. Susan Hunt, Preston Rainwater, Mrs. Etta Dale of this county, and Mrs. Dyer Pettijohn of Twin Falls, Idaho. From the second wife the living children are Leonard, Robert, Jessie, Lloyd, Harvey, Harold, Agnes, Leah and Ada, all of whom are at home.

* John S. is a typo. From Columbia Co., WA newspaper, handwritten date is 6 Oct 1906. Contributed by the late Ray Rainwater. View a copy of the original

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James Rainwater, 1813-1894, Washington

Rainwater - In this city, January 9, 1894, James Rainwater, aged 84 years.
James Rainwater was the father of J. K. and Jacob Rainwater and Mrs. Abner Neal, of this city. Mr. Rainwater has been in ill health for a number of years and for the past year and a half has been confined to his bed almost continuously.

From a Columbia Co., WA newspaper. Contributed by Ray Rainwater.
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James H. Rainwater, 1849-1890, Arkansas

Mr. J. H. Rainwater died at his residence in this city [Camden, AR] Sunday morning. He had been sick and lying at Death's door a long time and his death was not unlooked for. His remains were buried Monday morning at nine o'clock. He leaves a wife, several children, and large numbers of relatives and friends to mourn his death. They have our sympathies.

[Beginning of paragraph is missing] . . . by his contracts and faithfully discharging all financial obligations. He was true to his friends, and generous in disposition. His wife and four children, three boys and one girl, survive him. He was a Mason and was laid to rest by members of that order. He had been in wretched health for the past year. Being careful and prudent he left his affairs in good shape. His will, which was made several years ago, urges the payment of all his past debts and gives the residue of his property to his wife and children.

J. H. Rainwater was progressive in his ideas and gave freely to every enterprise which had the upbuilding of our county and city for its object.

from unknown Camden, Arkansas newspaper, ca Aug 1890
Contributed by Frances Rainwater Taylor

James Wood Rainwater, 1866-1930, Arkansas

W. Rainwater, Widely Known Arkansas, Dies
Funeral for Retured Banker, Merchant to be Held Sunday

Wood Rainwater, aged 64, widely known throughout Arkansas and the nation as a banker, merchant and writer, died at a local hospital at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage on December 16. Ten days later he was removed to the hospital where he remained until his death.

Funeral services will be held at the home, 1709 North Spruce Street, at 2 p.m. Sunday in the charge of Rev. Hay Watson Smith and the Rev. John Van Lear. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park in charge of P. H. Ruebel & Co.

Mr. Rainwater retired from active business in 1928 after 40 years as a banker and merchant at Morrilton, coming to Little Rock to live. He went to Morrilton in 1897 as a bookkeeper for the firm of Doyle & Henley. Three years later he went into business for himself, becoming a member of the firm of Earle & Rainwater. Still later, this general mercantile business became Rainwater Bros., Mr. Rainwater being associated in it with a brother, Mr. Knight Rainwater, now dead.

When the Rainwater Bank was formed, Mr. Rainwater became president, continuing in this post for 15 years, or until his retirement.

About five years ago, he and the late Charles Frauenthal and R. E. Earle formed the Merchants Plant Food Company of North Little Rock, a firm dealing in Fertilizer. Mr. Rainwater was elected president and retained this post even after his retirement from his other business.

In addition to these activities, Mr. Rainwater was a leader in many other business enterprises. He aided in the formation of a ginning company, a cotton compress and other concerns at Morrilton.

Mr. Rainwater became widely known, however, probably more through his writings than through his business enterprises. His articles, published in newspapers and magazines and reprinted throughout the country, gained wide attention. He steadfastly refused to accept payment for these humorous, philosophical articles, although several attractive offers to write professionally were made him. His writings and his spoken wit gained him the title of "Will Rogers of Arkansas".

Mr. Rainwater was a native of Oakland, Miss. He graduated from the Mississippi Male and Female College at Sardis and attended Goodman's Business College at Nashville, Tenn. before going to Morrilton.

Surviving him are his widow and two daughters, Miss Margaret Rainwater of Little Rock and Mrs. Ralph Farris of Fort Smith; his mother, Mrs. J. A. Rainwater, and a brother, Loid Rainwater of Little Rock, former state bank commissioner.

From unnamed Arkansas newspaper, dated 25 Feb 1930. An extensive list of active and honorary pallbearers (paragraph 3) was omitted. Contributed by William Rainwater. View a copy of the original

Jesse Mercer Rainwater, 1880-1946, Alabama

19 November 1946, Anniston Star, Anniston, AL

J. M. Rainwater Rites Today
Funeral Services Will Be Held Tomorrow Afternoon at Colonial Chapel

Jesse Mercer Rainwater, a former official of the Coca Cola Bottling Co. in Ga, died this morning at 5:04 am o'clock at his residence - 321 East 15th Street, after a lengthy illness.

A son of the late Joseph H. and Letitia (Williams) Rainwater, he was born in Greene Co.,Ga 15 Sep 1880. He was educated in the Greene Co. schools and went to Atlanta as a young man to become connected with the Coca Cola Bottling Co.

Later Mr. Rainwater was sent by the late J. B. Whitehead to Birmingham, and later to Charleston, SC to open plants for the Co. In 1902, Mr. Rainwater and the late John E. Reed purchased the rights to bottle Coca Cola in the Augusta, Ga territory. Messrs Rainwater and Reed were owners of the Augusta plant for 16 years with the exception of the two years when his cousin, Charles V. Rainwater, was associated with him.

Mr. Rainwater, due to ill health, retired from business several years ago. He remained in Augusta until 1940, when he established residence in Anniston. He had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Augusta since 1902.

On 18 Oct 1905, Mr. Rainwater married the former Miss Julia Matthews Jones of Augusta. Five children were born to that union as follows; Julian M. Rainwater of Philadelphia; Harry V. Rainwater and Ralph L. Rainwater of Anniston; Miss Virginia Rainwater of Anniston; and Frank P. Rainwater, who is teaching at the Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tenn.

Mr. Rainwater also is survived by one grand-child, Julia Nan Rainwater; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. H. V. Rainwater; one brother, I. V. Rainwater of Birmingham; one sister, Mrs N. H. McGiboney of Greensboro, Ga; one nephew, I. V. Rainwater, Jr. of Washington, D. C.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. R. L. House of Anniston.

Private funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Waights G. Henry, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. The family has requested that floral designs be omitted. Pallbearers will be Ernest Stewart, M. M. Birmingham, John W. Buttram, Drayton Bernhard, J. W. Moore and Maynard A. Craig.

Transcription from DAR records, contributed by Glidie Rainwater Mobley.

John Kifer Rainwater, ca 1834-1920, Washington

John K. Rainwater Has Been Prominent Citizen of This County Since 1865
John K. Rainwater, one of Columbia's earliest settlers, passed away Sunday morning at 9 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Robinson. He was 86 years of age and almost his entire last year was spent in illness.

John Rainwater was born in Tennessee January 3rd 1834, and in early life moved to Arkansas. From there he came to this country in 1865, and ran a sawmill in partnership with the Robinett for whom the mountain is named. At one time Mr. Rainwater had a large farm in Asotin county, and was also a wheat farmer there. He was identified with the Chronicle for a while with his son-in-law, O. C. White. He was very successful in all his business ventures and was able to retire some years ago.

After Mr. Rainwater had lived in this country for a number of years, and had amassed considerable money, he made a trip to his old home in Arkansas, and was so enthusiastic in his praise of Washington that he induced a number of friends to come out here, among whom were the Hanger, Honeycutt and Gillis families.

The funeral was held from the Robinson home Monday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock with Rev. W. C. Gilmore of the Congregational Church officiating, and the service at the grave was conducted by the Masonic Order, of which Mr. Rainwater had been a member for over 50 years.

The deceased is survived by six children, who are: Arthur Rainwater of Casper, Wyoming; Mrs. Lilah Muncy of Spokane; Mrs. O. C. White of Olympia, WA; Mrs. Wm. Robinson of Dayton; Mrs. Frank DeSerlay of Seattle; and Mrs. Frank Green of Pasadena, CA.

From the 25 Aug 1920 issue of unknown Dayton, Columbia Co., WA newspaper. Contributed by Ray Rainwater.
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Josiah W. Rainwater, 1843-1934, Texas

Josiah Wilson Rainwater was born and reared on a farm near Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky, October 11, 1843. Volunteered for service in the Union Army of the Civil War, November 5, 1861, and was discharged at the close of the war on January 13, 1865. Was married to Elizabeth Jane Weddle on January 11, 1866. to which union was born seven girls and two boys, all of whom are living and present at the time of his decease.

He was in the mercantile business at Waterloo, Kentucky and made Postmaster there. He served as Tax Assessor and Collector for a number of years in Pulaski County, Kentucky.

In 1890, he sold his holdings and moved to Williamson County, Texas. There he lived on the farm for a number of years, establishing the Post Office, Waterloo, Texas, and served as Postmaster for some time, engaging in mercantile business there. Took an active part in school affairs and for many years was a member of the Board of Education.

In 1907, he sold his holdings and moved to Wilbarger County, Texas where he resided on his farm northeast of Oklaunion until he moved to Vernon in 1919 where he made his home until his death.

He was made a Director in the First State Bank of Oklaunion in 1914 to 1927. Joined the Baptist Church in March, 1871, and was active in church work until recent years. Was a member of the Board of Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Vernon until his death. Was raised as a Master Mason in Kentucky in 1867 and served as Worshipful Master for a number of years, last membership being with Vernon Lodge A.F. & A.M. #655.

Assisted in enumerating United States census, years 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900 and 1910.

His father was Bartholomew Rainwater, who was a school teacher. Was born in Stokes County, North Carolina, January 20, 1804. His mother was Nancy McLaughlin, born August 2, 1807.

Josiah Wilson Rainwater was a Captain under General Grant in the Civil War.* He was in the army five years and was wounded twice in the right leg and once in the left arm.

He passed away at his home in Vernon, Texas, March 16, 1934.

From the Vernon Daily Record, 17 Mar 1934. Transcription contributed by Frances Aderholt Smith.

*This information is incorrect. The highest rank Josiah W. Rainwater attained was Ordinance Sergeant. His divisions served under Generals Rosecrans and Sherman, but he only served under General Grant in the sense that Grant was the commander of the entire Union Army.

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Leah Rainwater Forch, 1903-1985, Washington

Leah Forch, 82, of 507 3rd St., died Tuesday, September 24th at the Hooker Annex.
The memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 27th in the Hubbard-Rogg Chapel. The Rev. Lyle Arnold officiated. Private interment followed at the family plot in the Dayton City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton Historical Depot Society or the Columbia County Ambulance Fund through the funeral home.

Mrs. Forch was born on March 29, 1903 on Robinette Mountain near Dayton to Jacob and Nellie Pintler Rainwater. She grew up and attended schools in the Dayton area. She graduated from Cheney Normal School, receiving a life diploma in teaching in 1927. She returned to Dayton where she taught school on Jasper and Eckler Mountains.

She married George Balding on Nov. 30, 1928. He died in 1958. She married Adam Forch on April 30, 1966. He died in 1968.

Mrs. Forch was active in the United Methodist Church and had recently attended the United Brethren Church at the time of her death. She was a member of the Elizabeth Forrest Day Club, the Dayton Garden Club and the Order of Eastern Star, and she sang in two community productions of the Messiah. She enjoyed world wide travel. Mrs. Forch was noted for her quilting and embroidering ability.

She is survived by a sister, Jesse Thompson of Moses Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Dayle Rainwater of Dayton and Harry B. Rainwater of Walla Walla. She was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.

From a Columbia Co., WA newspaper. Contributed by Ray Rainwater.
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Mary E. Sparks Rainwater, 1829-1889, Washingon

Died in her home in Dayton, Washington, 30 Dec 1889, Mrs. Mary E. Rainwater, wife of J. K. Rainwater.
Sister Rainwater was born in Tennessee, Nov 25, 1829. Her parents moved to Arkansas when she was a girl. She was married to J. K. Rainwater Nov 27, 1853, came across the plains in 1864, lived in Willamette, Oregon until 1868, then came to this city where they have lived up to this time. There were born them seven children, all grown and married, except the youngest daughter who is still at home, and all are now living except Mrs. C. R. Dorr, who died not quite one year ago. The children are: Mrs. Delila Muncey, wife of Geo. A. Muncey, of this city; Mrs. Susan J. White, wife of Hon. O. C. White of Olympia; Mrs. Sarah A. Greene, wife of Lieut. Greene of Prescott, Arizona; Mrs. L. Ellen Robinson, wife of Wm. Robinson of this city; Mr. A. I. Rainwater of Garfield Co.; Mrs. Mary E. Dorr, wife of C. R. Dorr of this city; and Miss Nannie E. Rainwater, who still remains at home.

Sister Rainwater was converted and joined the M. E. Church in her girlhood days. She was for more than 40 years an exemplary christian. She and her husband are the only ones now known who were among those when the church organized in Dayton 21 years ago. During all these years, she has been a faithful and earnest christian worker; her pastor found her a true and tried helper. Only a few days previous to her death she was quite active in securing a carpet for the parsonage, giving of her own means as well as of her time. She was a faithful member of the Eastern Star of this city which did not lessen her interest in church work. Her funeral was preached by the writer 1 Jan 1890 in the M. E. Church to a large audience. The Star of which she was a member first paying their tribute of respect, the sermon following. Thus closes a long and useful life. Age 60 years, one month and 25 days. God bless the sorrowing ones. Their loss her eternal gain.
W. T. Ford, Pastor, M. E. Church, Dayton, Wash.

From the 4 Jan 1890 issue of unknown Dayton, Columbia Co., WA newspaper. Contributed by Ray Rainwater.
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Mary Elizabeth Rainwater Dorr, 1866-1889, Washington

Mary Elizabeth, sixth child and fifth daughter of John K. and Mary E. Rainwater, was born in Benton County, Oregon, January 12, 1866, and was the first of seven children to meet death. The family removed to this place in 1869 where they have since resided and where Lizzie, as she was called by loved ones, attended school, grew to womanhood, was wooed and won, being united in marriage to Charles R. Dorr on the 22nd day of October, 1884. She was taken sick on the second of this month and from the first had a presentiment that she would not recover. Worn with watching and nursing her little son through a severe attack of typho-malaria, she was unable to withstand the rapid inroads of a complication of diseases, and with a perfect smile of trust, sank peacefully to rest at half past one o' clock Monday afternoon.

The funeral was held at the opera house on Wednesday under the direction of Rainbow Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star, of which she was a worthy member, and the first to cross the dark river. Elder D. G. Strong preached the sermon, which by its strong, advanced thought, brought comfort and consolation to the mourners. Besides her husband and two little children, Harry and Anita, Lizzie leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to sorrow over her sudden and early departure. She possessed a most amiable disposition, was ever a dutiful daughter, an affectionate sister, a faithful wife, and a tender, loving mother.

From a Columbia Co., WA newspaper. Contributed by Ray Rainwater. View a copy of the original

Mary Elizabeth Rainwater Webb, 1849-1929, Texas

2 August 1929, Dallas Morning News, Section A, page 3
Mrs. Mary Webb, 80, Dies at Dallas Home

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Webb, 80, resident of Dallas since 1886, died Thursday evening at her home, 3818 Hall Street. She was a native of Milton County, Georgia, having been born there on June 24, 1849.

Surviving are one daughter, Miss Ethel Webb of Dallas, and three sons, C. H. Webb of San Antonio, O. B. Webb of New Orleans, La., and J. H. Webb of Dallas. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday from the residence. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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3 August 1929, Dallas Morning News, page 6
Mrs. M. E. Webb, Dallas Resident 43 Years, Dies

In the death Thursday night of Mrs. M. E. Webb, 3818 Hall Street, another of those links which bind the greater Dallas of today to the hustling little Dallas of nearly half a century ago was broken.

Born in Milton County, Georgia, June 24, 1849, as Mary Elizabeth Rainwater, Mrs. Webb went through the stirring scenes of the Civil War. Her mother's home was directly in the path of Sherman's march to the sea, and was used by General Sherman as headquarters for his officers while in that section. The courteous treatment of the "little rebel" and her mother by these officers, the booming cannon, and the pall of smoke from burning villages and cities which marked the course taken by the invader as he crossed Georgia on his famous march all made a vivid impression on the young schoolgirl's mind, which never faded. The impression made by the Yankee officers did not go very deep, however, as she married Captain James H. Webb, a young office in General Joseph E. Johnston's army, when she was 17.

Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Webb moved to Dallas in December, 1886, and had lived here ever since, celebrating her 80th birthday, June 24. A member of the First Baptist Church here for nearly 43 years, she saw it grow in membership from less than 500 to over 5,000.

She is survived by a daughter, Miss Ethel Webb of Dallas, by three sons, Charles H. Webb of San Antonio, Ollie B. Webb, assistant to the president of the Texas and Pacific Railway, New Orleans, and James H. Webb, president Southwestern Engraving Company, Dallas, and by a niece, Mrs. John F. Knott of Dallas. Funeral services will be held at the family residence, 3818 Hall Street, at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. In the absence of Dr. Truett, Dr. Marshall Craig of the Gaston Avenue Baptist Church will conduct the services, assisted by Robert H. Coleman, assistant pastor of the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Roy Chandler, John F. Knott, Robert Short, R. S. Shapard, Frank Jensen, R. G. Beauford, Guy Cahoon, and W. B. Todd.

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Miriam Josephine Rainwater, 1889-1984, Texas

Graveside funeral services for Miss Miriam Josephine Rainwater, 2193 E. Cherry, were held Mon., April 16, at Five Mile Cemetery on West Keist Blvd., Dallas. The Rev. Blake Dunagan of DeKalb officiated. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Miss Rainwater died Friday, April 13, at Cherry Street Manor. She was the daughter of Charles A. Rainwater & Cornelia Jane Veazey Rainwater. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

From the 19 Apr 1984 edition of the Lamar County Echo

Nancy Hewitt Rainwater, 1851-1895, Arkansas

Mrs. H(arvey) S. Rainwaters, (from Johnson) departed this life on last Wednesday evening. The funeral exercises were conducted at the residence of the deceased on the following day by Rev. Henderson, after which the remains were followed to their last resting place in the Gerrian’s Chapel cemetery by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. The afflicted family have the sympathy of all in this sad bereavement.

From the 25 Jan 1895 edition of The Springdale News, "Obituaries of Washington Co., AR, Vol. 2, 1893-1902", Barbara Pickering Easley and Verla Pickering McAnelly.

Nellie Pintler Rainwater, 1865-1938, Washington

Columbia Residents Succumb; Funerals Are Scheduled For Monday
DAYTON, Dec. 10 - Mrs. Nellie Rainwater, resident since 1974, died Friday at the Brining hospital after an illness of several months.

Funeral services will be held from a chapel at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Frank Van Doren at the Christian church in charge. The body will lie in state until 1:45 p.m.

Nellie Pintler was born in Meeker county, Minnesota, April 16, 1865, and came here with her parents when nine years old. She was married to Jacob Rainwater in 1884. The family lived on Robinett mountain for a time, but had maintained a home in town some time before Mr. Rainwater's death in 1906. Mrs. Rainwater was active in the Christian Church and the Women's Relief Corps until her health failed.

Surviving are nine children: Leonard Rainwater, Spokane; Robert Rainwater, Kentland, Ind; Lloyd, Harry and Harold Rainwater and Mrs. George Balding, Dayton; Mrs. Russell Thompson, Spokane; Mrs. Walter Stone, Auburn; and Miss Ada Rainwater, Seattle; three sisters, Mrs. Mary McRayde, Dayton, Mrs Effie Hatley, Sumpter, Ore; and Mrs. Winnie Mohundro, Clarkston; and two brothers, Dr. Wilbur Pintler, Stayton, Ore; and Austin Pintler, Sumpter. She also leaves 21 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

From the Union Bulletin, page 11a, Dayton, Columbia Co., WA. Contributed by the late Ray Rainwater. View a copy of the original

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Paul Edward Rainwater, Sr., 1885-1945, Texas

Paul Edward Rainwater, 60, retired electrical contractor and former resident of Dallas, died early Tuesday at his home at Grapevine, Tarrant County, where he moved ten years ago.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Paul Edward Rainwater Jr.; three sisters, Miss Hattie Rainwater, Atlanta, Ga; Miss Josephine Rainwater, Paris, and Mrs. W. H. Ponder, Nashville, Tenn., and two brothers, Charles Veazey Rainwater, Pensacola, Fla. and Highland, N. C., and E. M. Rainwater, Atlanta, Ga.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Grapevine Baptist Church with the Rev. P. E. Hand, Dallas and the Rev. J. S. Abernathy, Grapevine, officiating. Burial will be at Grapevine Cemetery*.

From 5 Sept 1945 issues of the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. *For reasons that are not at all clear, Paul E. Rainwater's grave was moved from Grapevine Cm. to Five Mile Cm. in Dallas sometime prior to 1970.
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Presley Rainwater, ca 1866-1946, Washington

Press Rainwater, 80, died at his home at 1200 South Third Street, Monday evening at 7:20.
Funeral services will be held from the Rogg & Watson chapel, Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Earle C. Miller of the Christian church officiating and burial will be made in the family plot in the Dayton cemetery.

Born in Albany, Oregon, February 4, 1866, he came here 71 years ago and followed farming until his retirement. He was married to Alice M. Weedon December 24 1888. There was only one child born to this union, Fred Rainwater, born October 14, 1893 and was drowned near Star on July 8, 1904.

His wife, Mrs. Alice May Rainwater, died May 7, 1936. Surviving are Alvin Burdick of Spokane, who was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Rainwater as their own son; five half-brothers and four half-sisters who are: Leonard R. Rainwater, Spokane; Robert Rainwater, who lives in the east; Mrs. Jessie Thompson, Spokane; Lloyd, Harry and Harold Rainwater and Mrs. George Balding, Dayton; Mrs. Walter (Agnes) Rainwater*, Auburn, Wash.; and Miss Ada Rainwater, Bremerton.

From the 19 Sept 1946 issue of unknown Dayton, Columbia Co., WA newspaper. Contributed by Ray Rainwater. *Mrs. Walter (Agnes) Rainwater should read Mrs. Walter (Agnes) Stone. View a copy of the original

Roscoe Rainwater, Nov 1972, Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX

Former Banker, Insurance Man Dies at Age 89
Roscoe Rainwater, 89, a retired banker and insurance man who served four years with some 40,000 Americans who participated in construction of the Panama Canal early in the century, died at 2 pm Wednesday in a local hospital. Mr. Rainwater resided at 2128 Mesquite Street.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 pm Friday at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Robinson, pastor, and Rev. Jack Duncan, pastor of the Oklaunion Baptist Church, officiating. Interment with Masonic graveside rites will be in Wilbarger Memorial Park under the direction of Henderson-Fields Funeral Home.

Mr. Rainwater was born July 4, 1883 at Waterloo, KY, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Josiah W. Rainwater. He moved to Texas with his family by train in 1890 to the Taylor, TX area. His parents moved to Wilbarger County in 1907 while Mr. Rainwater, serving first as a stenographer then later as a paymaster for Panama Canal construction workers, was in Panama from 1905 to 1909.

He married the former Gertrude Caughron of Taylor, May 23, 1906, during one of his visits home and took his young bride back with him to Panama. His wife preceded him in death several years ago.

Returning to Wilbarger County on vacation in 1909, he resigned his Panama post and joined the old King Bank and Mercantile Co. at Oklaunion. He later organized the First State Bank of Oklaunion in 1913, which he headed as president.

He also founded Rainwater Insurance Agency in Oklaunion in 1909, and moved the agency to Vernon in 1929 when he left the bank. Mr. Rainwater operated the insurance business, although he was later joined by a son as a partner, until he retired in 1961.

He had served 61 years as a deacon, initially with the Oklaunion Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Vernon, of which he was a member at the time of his death. A 32nd Degree mason, he had been a member of the Vernon Blue Lodge for 61 years.

Survivors include four sons, Compton Rainwater of Oklaunion, Johnie Rainwater of Vernon, Eugene Rainwater of Fort Worth, and Clois Rainwater of Irving; a daughter, Mrs. Christine Lee of California; a sister, Mrs. Molly Aderholt of Taylor; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Members of the Vernon Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers.

From the Vernon Daily Record, Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX, Nov 1972. View a copy of the original

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Simon Rainwater, 1908, South Carolina

Death of a Young Man
Simon Rainwater, aged sixteen, died yesterday. The remains will be shipped to Newport, Tenn. for interment.

From the 15 Aug 1908 edition of The Spartanburg Herald, 15 Aug 1908, pg 1, Spartanburg, SC. View a copy of the original

Susan Frunly (Freeney) Rainwater Richards, 1856-1947, Georgia

Mrs. Susan Richards, a very old lady, formerly of Woodville and Bairdstown, died at Union Point at the home of her stepson, Mr. Thomas Richards, last Friday [14 Apr 1899] and was buried at the Bairdstown cemetery last Saturday. The funeral exercises were conducted by the Rev. T. P. Burgess, a Presbyterian devine.

She was born in Milledgville march 3rd, 1825. She was the daughter of Elijah and Finetta Frunley*, and was the last of her immediate family. In early life, she was united with the Methodist Church at Laurel Branch in Wilkerson County and has lived a consistent Christian.

In December 1846, she was married to Mr. Leander Rainwater of Powelton. Mr. Rainwater lost his life at the second battle of Manassas. She afterwards married Mr. James Richards of Woodville, who died in 1871, leaving her a widow for the second time.

21 Apr 1899 edition of the Greensboro Herald & Journal; from “Greene Co., GA Deaths, 1860-1918,”, by Fred W. McRee, Jr.
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Susan Rainwater White, 1856-1947, Washington

Susan Jane Rainwater White passed away early Christmas morning at the home of her daughter in Hollywood, California. Mrs. White, widow of Oliver C. White, was the second of John K. Rainwater's seven children. Her youngest sister, Nancy DeScrisy of Des Moines, Washington, is the only remaining member of the family.

The Rainwaters came to Washington when Susan was a girl in her middle teens. When she was 19 she was married to Mr. White, who was the school teacher at that time. She went to school to him for one year, but as he said, he went to her for nearly 64 years.

The Whites spent the greater part of their lives in Olympia, after leaving Dayton in 1880. They moved to southern California 30 years ago. Mr. White died eight years ago at the age of 92, and Mrs. White would have been 91 in January.

She is survived by a son, Col. Will R. White and her daughter, Mary White Arbury, with whom she made her home. There are also nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild to mourn her loss. Mrs. White was active in club work and was active in the home until her recent illness.

From a Columbia Co., WA newspaper. Contributed by Ray Rainwater. View a copy of the original

Terrell Rainwater, 1846-1913, Texas

Friday, 7 November 1913, Sulphur Springs Gazette

T. Rainwater
An old time and highly esteemed former citizen of Sulphur Springs died at his home in Mexia on Monday night. He lived here for a number of years and was in the photographer's business. His remains were brought here and services were held at the Methodist church, Rev. J. B. Gober officiating.

From "Hopkins Co., TX Obituaries Prior to 1939, Vol. 1" by June England Tuck

Walter Odell Rainwater, 1900-1954, Texas

Death Claims Official
Walter Odell Rainwater, 54, prominent Carpenter's Gap and Sinclair Community farmer died at 4 pm Friday of a heart attack, while sitting in his pickup truck in front of a local garage. He was dead on arrival at Anson General Hospital.

He moved with his parents to Jones Co at the age of 7; was active as a farmer and had held the office of county commissioner of Pct #4. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

He was born 27 Feb 1900, dying the day before his birthday. He was married to Bessie McLaren on 5 Jun 1931.

Funeral will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Anson. The Rev. J. N. Easterwood, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt Hope Cemetery here.

The body will lie in state at the family residence in the Sinclair Community until shortly before time for the service. Lawrence Funeral Home here is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rainwater is survived by his wife; a daughter Mrs. Jimmie Sue Thompson, of Anson; six brothers --G. A. Rainwater; A. L. Rainwater; J. C. "Nig" Rainwater; A. B. Rainwater; Maedgen and Johnnie Rainwater--all of Anson; and 3 sisters Mrs Ruby Russell, Anson; Mrs J. F. Moran and Mrs. M. E. Burton both of Abeline, Tx.

From unknown Anson, Jones Co., TX newspaper, 27 Feb 1954. Transcription contributed by Glidie Rainwater Mobley.

William Cody Rainwater, 1902-1972, Texas

22 May 1972, The Conroe Courier

Funeral services for William Cody Rainwater, 69, of Spring, TX, were held Monday, 22 May at 2 pm in Metcalf Chapel of The Pines, with Mr.Bob Johnson officiating. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery with Metcalf Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.

Rainwater was born in Cain's Store, KY on 15 Oct 1902 and died in Conroe on 19 May 1972. He was a member of the Church of Christ and had lived in this county since 1945.

He is survived by his son Clyde Rainwater of Spring.

Pallbearers were Fred Arthur, Pete Gillen, Nick Nicholson, Alfred Robinson, Maurice Champion, Jesse Yates and Ralph Dollar.

Contributed by Glidie Rainwater Mobley.

William Foster Rainwater, 1883-1938, Louisiana

New Orleans Times-Picayune, 9 Oct 1938

W. F. Rainwater, 55, paid final tribute Waynesboro, Miss-8 Oct
Funeral services for W. F. Rainwater, 55 years old, who died at his home near Boice, in Beat Three, after a long illness, were held Thursday at the New Hope Methodist Church, the Rev. J. W. Loudenslager of the Waynesboro Methodist Circuit officiating. Interment took place in the New Hope Cemetery.

Mr Rainwater, a native of Wayne Co., was the son of the late John and Mrs. Elizabeth (Saxon) Rainwater. He was active in civic affairs and co-operated in development of the agricultural and educational interests of the county. For a number of years he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Advanced Consolidated School. He was a member of the New Hope Methodist Church.

Survivors include his widow - Mrs Purro Nett Graham Rainwater of Wayne Co., and the following children; Clyde of Florence, SC; Homer of Stillwater, Okla; (Edward) Harriman of Maricaibo, Venezuela; Mrs Frank Corriere of Laurel, Miss; Mrs F. L. (Inez) Robinson of Mobile, Ala; Orman (McClellan) of Honolulu, Hawaii; George, Mattie and Grace of Wayne Co.; also one brother-Luther H. of Wayne Co., and two sisters, Mrs Mollie Gatlin and Mrs Phronia (Saphronia) Taylor of Laurel, Miss.

Transcription contributed by Glidie Rainwater Mobley

William Franklin Rainwater, 1886-1973, Tennessee

The Stewart-Houston Times, Tuesday, March 27, 1973, page A-2

Funeral services for William Franklin Rainwater, 87, were conducted at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 24, 1973, at Asbury United Methodist Church by the Rev. Cylos Decker. Burial was in the Settle Cemetery with Nave Funeral Home of Erin in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rainwater, retired farmer of Route 2, Stewart, Tennessee, died Thursday in Trinity Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born in Stewart County February 8, 1886, son of the late Tom and Ida Soods1 Rainwater. His wife, Mrs. Delorse Settle Rainwater proceeded him in death July 17, 1967. He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church.

Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Christine Hildreth, Tennessee Ridge, Tenn.; Mrs. Mabel Lane and Mrs. Estelle Land, Granite City, Ill.; Mrs. Betty Wright, Collinsville, Ill.; Mrs. Ida Reynolds, Melvindale, Mich.; four sons, J. T. Rainwater, Erin, Tenn.; Earl Rainwater, Stewart, Tenn.; Odell Rainwater, Lincoln Park, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. Lula Ward, Wayne, Mich.; Mrs. Thedus Perry, Madison, Ill.; seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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