Charles Alanceson Raines
Charles Alanceson Raines (1928-2014), writer, scholar, educator, and Southern gentleman, died on February 4, 2014, at his home in upstate New York. Mr. Raines was a graduate of Centenary College and Tulane University. He taught English at Centenary and at the City College of New York on Staten Island.
In addition to his wife, Kathleen Ordway-Raines, he is survived by his one son, Dr. Robert Charles Bozeman Raines, and wife, Kathleen McCutcheon Raines, of Bluemont, Virginia, and four grandsons: Dallas Alanceson, Devon McCutcheon, Max Devereaux, and Charles Bozeman, and two brothers, Harold Raines of Marshall, Texas, and Quinton Raines of New York City. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian Dudley Raines and Hoyt E. Raines.
Remembered for his gentle nature and his quick wit, once in a classroom, he listed a series of events from the life of Shakespeare on the board. A hand shot up from a grade-obsessed student: "Professor Raines, are we responsible for that?" His reply: "You couldn't possibly be. It happened hundreds of years ago."
Deeply admired and beloved by those who knew him, he will be profoundly missed.
Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 6, 2014