Dorothy Mae Rainwater
Dorothy Mae Rainwater, 92, former resident of Meridian, Miss. passed away at Bailey Manor in Fayetteville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2020. Stephens Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements.
Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at 11 a.m., at Stephens Funeral Home with visitation from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow at New Hope UMC cemetery in Waynesboro, Miss.
The daughter of the late Charles Dewey Graham and Ellen Jane Leggett, she was born June 20, 1927, in Shubuta, Clarke County, Miss. Dorothy married Velpo Rainwater on Oct. 8, 1950, in Wayne County, Miss. They settled in Meridian where they had one son, Mark Timothy Rainwater and daughter-in-law Deanna who reside in Hazel Green, Ala. Dorothy loved her church, she was involved in the United Methodist Group which included working in positions ranging from local, district, national and international levels. Dorothy also worked as a community volunteer, she was on the board of Mental Health Association, the Pink Ladies of Rush Hospital and the Ben Arthur Davis Garden Club. Dorothy attended Meridian Community College where she graduated with highest honors, while attending MCC she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dorothy's family and friends will miss her dearly.
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Published on January 20, 2020


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Dotty Erle Chain
Feb 04, 2020
Mark, I remember how your parents supported you in coping with your life challenges. For one example, they moved all Sun. School wall pictures, blackboard,materials & everything needed, from 2nd floor to 1st floor at Poplar Springs UMC so you could attend SS class with your classmates. They lived LOVE.
Gayle Pierce
Jan 25, 2020
I remember well your Mom, Mark, when she would come by the MCC library when we both worked there. Since leaving Meridian more than 25 years ago, I lost track of your family. When I saw Dorothy's obituary, I was reminded of how blessed her family was to have her for so many years. May God bless you all.