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Avie James Rainwater, Jr

Male 1929 - 2009  (79 years)

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  • Name Avie James Rainwater 
    Suffix Jr 
    Born 12 Jul 1929  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jan 2009  Florence, Florence, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I304180  Martin Family
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2015 

    Father Living 
    Mother Living 
    Family ID F134724  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    +1. Living
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F137780  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Jul 1929 - South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Jan 2009 - Florence, Florence, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes  Died:
    • Avie James Jimmy Rainwater Jr. died on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at McLeod Hospice after suffering a cerebral aneurism. A Celebration of Life service will be held 4 p.m. today at Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

      Mr. Rainwater was born July 12, 1929, in Florence to the late A.J. Rainwater Sr. and Madge Timmons Rainwater. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Leila Drake Rainwater; two children, Christelle Rainwater Conner and Dr. Avie Rainwater III, and their spouses Darrell L. Conner Jr. and Karen Gadberry Rainwater; as well as six grandchildren, Dal Conner, Drake Conner and Christopher Conner, and Dr. Chelsea Rainwater, Seth Rainwater and Joshua Rainwater. He also leaves a sister, Everal Rainwater DeWitt and is predeceased by his brother, Robert R. Rainwater and brother-in-law, Sam DeWitt.

      Mr. Rainwater was a 1950 graduate of The Citadel and a member of the Summerall Guards. Subsequently, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force before returning to Florence to run the family business, Rainwater Gas and Oil Company. In the late 1950s he entered the mortgage and construction business. By the early 1960s, Mr. Rainwater saw the social and economic conditions in the South were changing and he proceeded to develop the first mortgage-financed subdivision in eastern South Carolina to be marketed to the black community, Spaulding Heights in Florence. After his Christian conversion in 1972, Mr. Rainwater was invited to serve on the Board of Directors of Logos International Publishing Company. In the following years, he traveled widely in support of Christian missions throughout the world, including trips to Asia, Europe, Israel and Latin America. During his life, Mr. Rainwater started and managed several businesses and maintained a lively interest in business, financial and world affairs while being an avid reader as well. However, his most significant legacy is one of enthusiastic service to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As said in Romans 10:15, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.

      In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either of the following: The Kings Academy at 1015 S. Ebenezer Road, Florence, SC 29501 or to Wycliffe Bible Translators at: www.wycliffe.org.

      Published 2009-02-07

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