Leova Robert Rainey Jan. 26, 1915 - July 29, 2012 Resident of Oakland Leova Robert Rainey was born to Isaac and Dora Rainey on Jan. 26, 1915 in Omaha, TX. After his mother died in 1918 he was raised by his grandmother in Clarksville, TX. He accepted Christ at an early age in Texas. He finished Cheatham Clarksville High School in 1933. He joined one of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in 1933 to finance his college education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas College, Tyler, Texas in Aug., 1939. He married Mildred Hackett in 1941 in Kilgore, TX. Mr. Rainey moved to Oakland, CA in Oct., 1942 and sent for his wife soon after. They both joined the Beth Eden Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. J. P. Hubbard in late 1942. Leova Rainey was inducted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He was honorably discharged as a Steward's Mate First Class on March 17, 1946. He worked 32 years for the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company. He volunteered tirelessly for the NAACP receiving his Life Member Award in Feb., 1981. He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a member of Monarch Lodge #73. He was a tremendous booster of Black Businesses in the local area that included Bates Hall and other establishments. He leaves to mourn his devoted wife, Mildred, his companion o f71 years, a grandson, Brian Dickerson of Dallas, TX, two nieces; Janice Lindsey and Brenda Johnson Beedles both residents of Texas. He was deeply loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed. Memorial service will be held at 11am on Aug. 14, 2012, at the Beth Eden Baptist Church, 1183 10th St, with the Rev. Dr. Gillette O. James, Pastor, officiating. Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home FD-443 (510) 654-8558
Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 12, 2012.