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Monday, 18 January 2021 11:31

Charles Abernathy Rainey, Jr.

Charles Abernathy Rainey, Jr., age 77, a lifelong resident of Dinwiddie, VA, and beloved member of his community, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021. He was one of three children born to the late Charles Abernathy and Page Sawyer Rainey. Charles was a member of the first graduating class of Richard Bland College. He completed his education at the MCV School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1966. Soon after graduation, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served proudly for three years. Following his military service, Charles returned to Dinwiddie County to work as a Pharmacist at Dinwiddie Drug Store. In 1991, he became owner of the store, and continued to operate it until his retirement in 2018. Charles is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Townsend Rainey; daughters, Allison Leigh Rainey and Stephen Wood, and Austin Rainey Hudson and husband, Jason; grandchildren, Sydney Ann Hudson and Tucker Grey Hudson; sister, Mary Rainey Chappell and husband, Earl; brother, Donald Rainey and wife, Beverley. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Western Heights Baptist Church, 24416 Cox Road, N. Dinwiddie, VA 23803 followed by interment at the Rainey Family Cemetery in Dinwiddie. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, also at the church. The service will be live streamed on the Western Heights Baptist Church Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rocky Run Athletic Association c/o David Bunch, 19515 Courthouse Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841. Arrangements by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
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  • Comment Link Ron Redman Sunday, 31 January 2021 14:05 posted by Ron Redman

    I am sorry to hear about Charles. I was a year ahead of him in pharmacy school. I will always remember him as being friendly and cordial with a welcoming smile.
    Rest In Peace, Charles.

  • Comment Link Deb Hargrave Saturday, 23 January 2021 13:16 posted by Deb Hargrave

    I'm broken hearted. But so full of joy that I knew Charles. I so enjoyed just listening to him! He always had a good story that would make you laugh and words of wisdom that made you think. He never hesitated, even a second, to help you if you needed it. With my children, there were several times he would leave his home to go by the drugstore to meet Milt or I for something we needed to make sure the kids would be ok...smh. We loved Charles, his kindness and grace, and will miss him. Love to you all. Prayers for peace and healing.

    Deb Hargrave

  • Comment Link Thomas Ward Thursday, 21 January 2021 00:18 posted by Thomas Ward

    This may seem like a crazy thing, but I knew Charles only because he bought file cabinets from me during my 19+ years at Mega Office Furniture. I was struck the first time I met him by the fact that he was such a nice and sincere man, and I got that impression each time he came back in for another. In our country today, when so much is so divisive, we need more people like Charles that are simply good, honest, truly nice people. My condolences at your loss.

  • Comment Link Thom  Francene Green Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:28 posted by Thom Francene Green

    Judy, Allison and Austin— we were so saddened to hear of Charles’ death — it was a real shock. He was such a kind and nice man and I always enjoyed getting to talk to him at church and the drug store. He will be missed, not only by you all but by the community. Please know we are thinking of and praying for you all.

  • Comment Link Duck Adams Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:47 posted by Duck Adams

    Very sorry to hear of his passing. With over 40 years as a deputy sheriff and now the sheriff of dinwiddie county for 10 years I can tell you Charles was a pillow of the community. If everyone lived their life like Charles we wouldn't need a sheriff's office. My prayers are with the family.

  • Comment Link Sue Ann Holloway Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:46 posted by Sue Ann Holloway

    Charles was a wonderful person. We met in pharmacy school and I would see him at continuing education classes over the years. He was always the same...friendly with a ready smile. There was never any ice to break with him. Our last meeting was not long after he sold his store. Several of us had coffee after class and had a good time reminiscing about our days at MVC. Sending deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all of his family at this very sad time.

  • Comment Link JOHN JONES Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:07 posted by JOHN JONES

    Charles was a good friend. A true and honorable gentleman. Always upbeat and cheerful. He will be greatly missed!

  • Comment Link Eileen Simmons Tuesday, 19 January 2021 21:31 posted by Eileen Simmons

    In my 42 years in office nursing, Charles Rainey and Tommy Lee from Walnut Hill Pharmacy were the epitome of wonderful pharmacists that I loved talking to daily. Charles’ love for his patients and his wonderful demeanor made each phone call we had , such a pleasure. I was so sad when Dinwiddie Drug closed and I know longer got to talk with Charles. But I so enjoy talking to his daughter, Austin, at Sutherland Pharmacy. I was so happy when I was watching Channel 12 and I heard Charles had won the St Jude’s raffle house. God rewards the good ones! So sad he is gone now but I know he is in heaven with God and is pain free and happy❤️

  • Comment Link Denise Glass Tuesday, 19 January 2021 19:37 posted by Denise Glass

    Charles was a good guy. Always interested in knowing about family. He always asked about my parents when we’d pass at Dinwiddie Food Lion. God rest his soul. He will be missed by so many. Greatest heartfelt condolences to your family.

  • Comment Link Mildred, Wilburt,  Hattie Bonner Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:07 posted by Mildred, Wilburt, Hattie Bonner

    We don't have any words to express how we grieve at your loss. Our earnest prayers and thoughts are always to help you through the days ahead. Charles, will be greatly missed as he was appreciated and loved. May your memories bring you comfort.

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