Frances Bernice Rainey, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on January 11, 2024, at the age of 97.
Born on May 17, 1926, in Greenville, SC, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Lawrence Kennemore and Beulah Bagwell Kennemore.
Frances was happily married for 70 years to the late James Horace Rainey, her high school sweetheart. She and her husband shared a high school love story, both attending Parker High School, and eloping shortly after.
Frances took pride and joy in creating a warm and loving home for her family. She enjoyed reading, solving word puzzles, and indulging in various crafting activities such as crocheting, ceramics, and cake decorating. Frances was an active member of her community, working at the polls until she was 90 years old and serving as the President of the PTA and a dedicated room mother, always ready to chaperone any event for her children.
Frances also had a culinary prowess that was renowned among her loved ones. Her mouthwatering dishes, including homemade biscuits, cornbread, and macaroni and cheese, always brought smiles to the faces of her family and friends.
Frances cherished the holiday season, and Christmas held a special place in her heart. She delighted in decorating her home with twinkling lights, and her family fondly remembers the tradition of receiving a box of nuts and fruit each year.
Frances was a member of Piedmont Park Baptist Church.
Left to cherish her memory are her three loving children, Pam Aikens and husband, George, Allen Wayne Rainey, and Randall Keith Rainey; and her two precious grandsons, James Aikens, and Brian Rainey and wife, Lesley.
In addition to her parents and loving husband, James, she was preceded in death by her brother Harold Kennemore.
A visitation will be held Thursday, January 18, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Downtown, immediately followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
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