James William Rains, known as "Honey" to his family and "J.W." to his friends, left this world to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at the age of 71.
J.W. was a lifelong native of Cedar Key and a recent seven year resident of Cross City.
J.W., who grew up in Cedar Key, was born on Aug. 4, 1942 in Demory Hill to Joseph "Joe" Alfred Rains and Mary Louise Gilley Rains.
J.W. attended Cedar Key High School where he graduated as Salutatorian with Honors and received Academic Scholarships. J.W. was a valuable member and seasoned player of both Cedar Key High School's Football Team and Basketball Team.
J.W. went on to attend the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in Geology and served in the ROTC. Although J.W. pursued his ambition to become a Geologist, his heart led him back to Cedar Key to follow in the footsteps of his father, where he soon became a "Legend" as Cedar Key's BEST Commercial Fisherman. J.W. began his journey down this chosen career path unknowingly at the tender age of six years old. Even through college, J.W. knew working on the water was his greatest passion, and those who knew J.W., knew he could never turn his back on his heritage.
Upon his return to Cedar Key, Honey married the Love of his Life, Teresa Virginia Campbell on Dec. 20, 1963.
J.W. was of Baptist Faith and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Key until he moved to Cross City in 2006, where he became a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.
J.W. was a faithful Mason of the Brown's #51 Masonic Lodge in Chiefland for more than 40 years.
J.W. lived for the Lord, his family and his friends. His kindness and compassion for others, his ability to always see the good in everybody and everything, was endless. For J.W., the glass was always half full. J.W. never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.
J.W. will always be remembered by everyone who knew him for the never ending twinkle in his eyes, his genuinely warm smile, and his quick wit and humor, which always had the ability to make those around him laugh.
J.W. enjoyed worshiping the Lord, singing for the Lord, spending time with his family, fishing, reading, karaoke, gardening, cooking, wrestling and football. J.W. was a diehard FSU Fan………….Go 'Noles!
Honey is survived by his Loving Wife, Teresa, of 50 Years; his Loving Mother, Mary Ingram; his Loving Daughter, Tina Rains Morris, who he affectionately referred to as "Daddy's Little Princess" and his Loving "Son", Kenny Morris.
J.W. was preceded in death by his Father, Joseph "Joe" Rains, his Brother Samuel "Sam" Rains, and his Sister, Juanita "Nita" Rains Bishop.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Rick Gooding's Funeral Home of Cross City.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of James William Rains to The American Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.org/donate/ or to The
Honey, We Love You 48-10 to the Moon and Back and 10 Buckets, Always and Forever.
Rick Gooding Funeral Home
16984 SE Highway 19
Cross City, FL 32628
Published in Chiefland Citizen on Oct. 31, 2013