John A. Rains, 82
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Funeral services for John A. Rains, 82, of Elida, will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 9, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, Elida with Rev. Michael Rinne officiating, assisted by Rev. Herb Gage. Burial will follow in the Elida Cemetery with Justin and Nikki Rains, Kendra and Alex DeLaVarga, Gary and Brandy Rains, Misty Rains, Tammy and Zach Bingham, Matthew and Maranda Hymes and Chad and John Hatcher serving as pallbearers. Those desiring to make memorial contributions may send them to the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home, 2200 S Ave I, Portales, NM 88130.
John A. Rains was born March 7, 1932 in Melrose, NM to the home of Marion Claude and Vera (Jackson) Rains, and died at his home in Elida, May 6, 2014. In the mid 1940's, the family moved to Post, TX where he graduated in 1949. Later that year, John moved to Elida with his family and started working at Kemp Lumber Company, which he eventually purchased. John worked there for over 60 years before retiring in 2010.
On January 23, 1953 in Portales he married Billie Don Hodges. Three children were born to their home, a son and two daughters.. After serving in the Army in Fort Smith, AR, they returned to Elida where they made their home.
John was a member of First Baptist Church, Elida where he served faithfully for over 40 years as a deacon, a Sunday School Teacher and a Trustee. John also served on the Elida School Board, the Elida Fire Dept., and on the town council. He was a member of the Elida Lions Club.
John is survived by Billie, his wife of over 61 years of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Jane Rains of Roswell; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Herschel Dixon of Elida, and Terri and Dale Hymes of Lubbock; seven grandchildren Justin (Nikki) Rains of Amarillo, Gary (Brandy) Rains and Misty Rains of Portales, Kendra (Alex) De La Vega of San Antonio, TX, Tammy (Zach) Bingham of Albuquerque, and Matthew Hymes and Maranda Hymes of Lubbock; 12 great-grandchildren Jake, Trent, Hallie, Colt, J.J., Jack, Jill, Jolly, Kimberlee, Hagen, Taylen and Myles; three sisters, Evelyn Gordon of San Jon, NM Juanita Graves of Dalhart, TX, and Anita (Leeman) Pape of Barry, TX as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. John was preceded on death by his parents, two brothers, Marion Claude, and Olan (Dutch) Rains, and two brothers-in-law, J. D. Gordon and Donald Graves.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455,wheelermortuary.net.
500 East 3rd Street Portales, NM 88130
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on May 8, 2014