WASHINGTON | Gates Rainner, age 58, formerly of Greensboro, died April 2, 2014. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Spokane Worship Center 1129 W. Jackson Ave., Spokane, WA. Burial with full Military Honors will follow in Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake with Hennessey Smith Funeral Home directing.
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Gates was preceded in death by his sisters, Leola and Viola Rainer and Polly Winston.
He is survived by his daughter, Alicia Ann Rainner; 8 year old grandson, Isaiah Gates Rainner; best friend, Michael V. Brown; dear friend, Dwight Emerson; brothers: Elmore Rainer (Annie), Walter P. Rainer (Sue), Henry Mickens (Mary), and Dayton Mickens; sisters: Lucy Rainer Moore, Cornelia Rainer, Elizabeth, Mary and Sheldon Robertson and Tempie Winston; aunts, Irene Evans and Lucy Rainer; numerous nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends whom he was deeply loved by. He was a close and influential part of Barbara, Chris and Mark Jackson and family.
Gates Rainner was born February 3, 1956, in Greensboro, Alabama, to Pennic and Elizabeth Rhodes Rainer. He was the youngest child of seven. He graduated from Sunshine High School in 1973. He served twenty five years in the US Air Force retiring as MSGT, and receiving the Meritorious Service Medal. Upon retirement he worked and traveled several years with Raytheon and Boeing. Gates dedicated his life to Christ as a child at Cassimore A.M.E. Zion Church, Greensboro, AL. He later became a Deacon and Director of Bible education at Spokane Worship Center (CLGI) pastor Quincy and Denise Tolliver. Gates also had a passion for basketball, karate, music: playing the guitar, drums, and keys. He is truly loved and dearly missed.
"If the way in which I held onto my faith during this battle turned just one soul to Jesus Christ it was all worth the fight" – Gates Rainner
Please visit Gates' online memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com and leave a message of condolence.
Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home
2203 N Division Street Spokane, WA 99207
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Apr. 8, 2014