William Frederick Rainey ’46

William Frederick Rainey ’46 of Columbus, N.C. died March 17, 2007, in Inman, S.C. After graduation from Decatur Boys High, Decatur, Ga., he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served overseas with the 2nd Marine Division in action against the Japanese at Saipan and Tinian Islands in the Pacific. Following WW II, he graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in civil engineering and married the late Leila Swink Grady of Kenly, N.C. Before moving to Tryon, N.C. in 1979, he was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, S.C., where he served on the board of deacons and was an elder. He was chief engineer at Reeves Brothers, Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., corporate headquarters from 1966 until his retirement in 1988. He was a registered professional engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Survivors include one son, William F. Rainey, Jr., P.O. Box 33878, Charlotte, N.C. 28233-3878; and one daughter, Sarah Jo Rainey Tunno, of Spartanburg, S.C.; two grandchildren, Edward Logan Rainey and Anna Kathryn Rainey Crockett both of Winston-Salem, N.C. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lelia, of forty-eight years; a brother, Hiram Watson Rainey Jr., and a sister, Sarah Gray Rainey Glausier.