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Jim Raynor died Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He was born June 8, 1933, in Wilson, NC, the only son of Albert Oscar and Alice Lee Raynor. Jim graduated from Coon High School, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, and graduated from Barton College (formerly Atlantic Christian College). He was employed in both private and public sectors as a financial accountant, geological surveyor, and an auditor. He retired after 20 years of service from the NC Department of Transportation, Internal Audit Department, 2000.
Jim served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps 1954-1956.
Jim was known for his kindness and service to others. He served as a Greenville Boy Scout Leader and Secretary of the Zebulon Rotary Club. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor James G. Martin. Jim was a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh, NC. He served in many leadership capacities. He was an elder and deacon, served on the First Presbyterian Church Foundation of Raleigh, Inc, Congregational Unity and Well-Being Committee, two terms as Sunday School Superintendent, Moderator of the Education Committee, Church school class officer including president, vice president, and secretary in the Koanonia Class and Tom Albright Class. Most recently, he was named Elder Emeritus. He was a current member of the Rick Brand Class. Jim served on the William Peace University (formerly Peace College) Foundation Board of Directors for 14 years.
Jim enjoyed being a collector. He amassed a coin and wine collection and authentic plane models. He was a "history buff" when it came to WWII airplanes. Discussing the design, construction, and operation of airplanes with pilots gave him much pleasure. He was an artist and especially enjoyed painting duck decoys. Landscaping and gardening were among his favorite pastimes
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, of 43 years. He was proud of their two goddaughters, Meg Williams Consolino and Emily Lauren Hall. Jim and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the United States while on professionally related missions.
Friends and family are welcomed to an inurnment service in the First Presbyterian Church's Columbarium, Monday, July 29, 2013, 11:30 AM, followed by a Memorial Service in the church sanctuary at 1:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Friendship Fund and/or the First Presbyterian Church Our Hope for Years to Come Building Fund , 112 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601; Glenaire Continuing Care Center, 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511-3802, and/or the Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, 27607.
Arrangements are by Cremation Society of the Carolinas. Online condolences at
Published in The News & Observer on July 28, 2013