Otis Rainey (1927 - 2013)

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Otis Rainey, age 85, of Baker, passed away March 23, 2013 at the VA Hospice Facility in Biloxi, Miss. Otis was born July 24, 1927 in Middlesboro, Ky.

His wife, Shirley Rainey; son, Owen Rainey; and three sisters, Margie Ward, Lena Browning, and Evelyn Black preceded him in death.

Survivors are his three daughters, Cathy Heckman, Carla Padilla, and Susan Jordan; one son, William Cady; two sisters, Shirley Rife and Wanda Benson; three brothers, Cawood Rainey, Wallace Rainey, and Ronald Rainey; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Otis lived his life in service to his country and others. He joined the U.S. Navy in World War II and stayed with the U.S. Navy until his release at the end of hostilities. Otis then joined the U.S. Air Force, or USAF, and served in multiple capacities until his retirement from the Drone Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in 1973.

While in the Air Force his meritorious service to his country earned him three Bronze Stars. Otis loved the Air Force, and his service commitment extended beyond his retirement from the USAF when he joined the Civil Service as a fireman until his retirement at Hurlburt Field in 1993. Otis had a total of 44 years of service to his country and tours in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Otis also served as a child advocate in Lake Wales.

Funeral services begin at 12 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Pyron Chapel in Baker, with Rev. Neil Thompson officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Committal services will follow at Pyron Chapel Cemetery with full military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force.

Flowers are being accepted. Share memories and condolences with his family at www.daviswatkins.com.

Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Crestview Memorial.

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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Mar. 27 to Apr. 26, 2013
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