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RAINEY Gordon Mumford Rainey, Jr. passed away on the morning of June 6, 2012. He was born on August 28, 1928 in Salvisa, KY to the Reverend Gordon M. Rainey and Lois Hatcher Rainey. He was predeceased by his brother Carlin Rainey and sister Hatcher Rainey. He was a graduate of The University of Georgia and received his Masters at Emory University. He was a Jazz Saxophone player, and considered joining the Harry James Band, but turned to teaching instead. In 1961 he joined the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co, serving as agency supervisor in the Atlanta Office. He was then appointed General Agent in Jacksonville and held that position for 35 yrs. He won many awards for his leadership in the agency. He was president of the Life Underwriters of Florida, President of the CLU chapter locally as well as State President. He was a member of Westside Rotary Club, the River Club, Timuquana Country Club and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Although he did enjoy golf, his greatest love was his family. He married Lin in 1962 and their only child, Gordon Rainey, III was born in 1964. He never missed one of his son's birthday parties, and he truly loved the cake! He loved attending any sports event that involved his son. After young Gordon left for college, one of his friends asked him if he was relieved to have an empty nest with peace and quiet, his answer: Well, I haven't finished raising Lin yet! In 1992 they were then blessed with a daughter-in-love, young Gordon's wife, Janet Fenton Rainey. Blessings continued to flow with two beautiful Granddaughters, Fenton and Isabela Rainey. He loved his girls and would always get a special smile on his face when they called and was very anxious to hear what event they wanted to share, or just to hear that they loved him. He was very committed to his church, growing up as a Methodist ministers' son, made him a true PK .... in every way! He met Lin and they were married in 6 weeks! Their 50th wedding anniversary would have been this September 21. A common bond they shared through all the years was music. Gordon loved the Big Band Era and he especially enjoyed our wonderful Orchestra. He spent many hours feeding his soul with the sounds of music ... jazz, big band, and classical. He also had a passion for Man's Best Friend, always walking his 4 legged children, letting them run and play in the park. He was a very compassionate man. His wonderful sense of humor, his gracious manner and his dry wit will always be remembered. He was the epitome of a True Southern Gentleman! A memorial Service will be held at the Ortega United Methodist Church. 4807 Roosevelt Blvd. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be sent to The Jacksonville Symphony or the Humane Society of Jacksonville. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

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Published in Florida Times-Union on Jun. 10, 2012.
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April 10, 2013
Lin --

Demaris and I am so very sorry to learn of Gordon's passing. We really regret not visiting with you both. I still have right here in my office that box you and Gordon gave me when we were at the White House -- such a thoughtful gesture, but even more special was a chance to spend a little time with you.

As you may know, Gordon was, for me, a great role model. He taught me to play a trumpet, of course, but even more importantly he taught me about life.

I hope you, your son, and your grandchildren will treasure all your times with Gordon. I know I will.

Jimmy Miller
Washington, Virginia
June 14, 2012
I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of Gordon. I was in the U. of FL Life Study Program with Gordon--he was such a vital member of our class and we shall miss him dearly. He was truly a charming person--I always thought of him as a perfect Southern Gentleman. May God be with each of you in your loss.
Diane Guy
June 12, 2012
Lin,my thought and prayers are with you and your family. he was truly a very special person and touched many. God bless you, stephanie
stephanie geiger
June 11, 2012
Lin, I want you to know that you and Gordon were a great example to me of how to do marriage right. I value your friendship and we are praying for you during this time. Keep the faith! JP
June 11, 2012
Gordon was such a wonderful, gentle man and always brought a smile to my face. He truly loved his family - and I know he will be greatly missed. My heart & prayers are with you - Cindy @ Dr. Schumacher's.
June 10, 2012
May the family find comfort in the memories. Keeping in mind the Scriptural hope of everlasting life can help to sustain us during difficult times (John 17:3)
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