James Richard Rains was born July 19, 1943 in Memphis, TN, the son of the late J.D. and Mary Grace Busby Rains. He was united in marriage to Frances Brewer on June 1, 1968. Mr. Rains retired from the Wayne County Board of Education and was a retired minister. He was also a United States Air Force Veteran 1963-1967, a member of the American Legion Post 130, Lions Club, the Retired Teachers Association, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Waynesboro, TN. Mr. Rains enjoyed wood working, traveling, fishing, camping, and spending time with family. He departed this life on September 26, 2022 in Columbia, TN at the age of 79 years, 2 months, and 7 days.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Brewer Rains of Waynesboro, TN; two daughters, Jennifer Rains Weber and husband Steve, Jr. of Columbia, TN and Kimberly Rains Nichols and husband Hugh of Lawrenceburg, TN; a brother, Rocky Ray Rains of Savannah, TN; a sister, Summer Rains Poole and husband Cliff of South Haven, MS; a brother-in-law, Jim Meredith of Adamsville, TN; two sisters-in-law, Millie Rains of Duncanville, TX, and Cherry Rains of Bells, TN; six grandchildren, Mark Weber, Claire Weber, Matthew Weber, Garrett Nichols, Luke Nichols, and Sam Nichols; and several beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Rains is preceded in death by two brothers, Randy Rains and Gerry Rains; and a sister, Sandra Rains Meredith.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Waynesboro, TN with Bro. Mickey Brackin, Luke Nichols, Sam Nichols, Matthew Weber, and Mark Weber officiating. Burial followed in the Ralph Cole Cemetery with Shackelford Funeral Directors of Wayne County assisting the family.
Pallbearers were Mark Weber, Matthew Weber, Luke Nichols, and Sam Nichols. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the American Legion Post 130.