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1916 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Miles Rainey Obituary
Miles S. Rainey

Hattiesburg

Miles Standish Rainey, 97, passed away at 9:04 pm on Friday, November 15, 2013, at his home in Hattiesburg, MS, surrounded by family and friends. Services will be held Monday, November 18, 2013 at Mr. Rainey's beloved Oak Grove United Methodist Church, where he was an active member for more than seventy years. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am with services to follow at 11. Graveside services will follow immediately at Dixie Cemetery.

Mr. Rainey is survived by his wife of seventy-six years, Lillian Donald Rainey, 93, two daughters, Cecelia Burks, of Oak Grove, and Renae Doleac (Larry), of Hattiesburg, two sisters, Lucille Williams and Winnie Drane, both of Hattiesburg, grandchildren, Mechelle Seigle (Paul), of Melbourne, Australia, Stan Burks (JoEllen), of Oak Grove, Miles C. Doleac (Lindsay), of Hattiesburg, Regan Doleac (Dallas), of Ridgeland, MS, great grandchildren, Brett Chandler, of Texarkana, TX, Cassie Chandler, of Jackson, MS, Josie Burks, of Oak Grove, and Christian Kyle Doleac, of Hattiesburg.

Mr. Rainey was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and held a post with the Mississippi Department of Transportation for over forty years. He oversaw the building of some of the state's most significant roads, highways and by-ways. It was a fitting occupation. He could build virtually anything from scratch. And he was a man who spent his life bringing people together or at least building bridges, literal and figurative, on their behalf. He never met a human being he was unwilling to help to the best of his ability and, as his Lord had commanded him, he prayed even for those who crossed him.

He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and tireless Christian, the latter not in a holier-than-thou or exclusivist or Hallmark-y kind of a way, but as a shining exemplar of Jesus' admonition from Luke 6:31 to "do to others what you would have done to you." Anybody who ever spent any time with him knew well: he was the real thing. He did more than believe in Jesus. He lived Jesus. And, like Jesus, his compassion came without judgment or cost. With all the resources and energy he had at his disposal, he cared and provided for his family, immediate and extended, and ministered to those in need, whether members of his church or complete strangers who somehow found their way up his gravel driveway, and not just by talking, but through random and specific acts of kindness, both large and small.

Mr. Rainey, as many know, was famous for his impassioned prayers, public professions of faith and his sublimely simple admonition to those seeking council: "Trust in the Lord and the rest will follow," he'd say. In one of the last of those prayers, he spoke frankly to Jesus, saying: "Lord, I'm ready to meet you and shake your hand." He literally went forth with arm outstretched on Friday evening, surrounded by the love he himself had instilled so effortlessly.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Rainey and his family request that donations be made in his name to either Oak Grove United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund, dedicated to the provision of meals for the poor and the elderly, or the Mississippi Children's Justice Center, which provides care and support for the state's neglected and maltreated children.

Donations may be mailed or dropped off at Oak Grove United Methodist Church: 4915 Old Highway 11, Hattiesburg, MS 39402 or mailed to Mississippi Children's Justice Center at 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.

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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Nov. 17, 2013
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