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Geraldine Rains, age 90, of Clinton, NC went to her heavenly home on February 3, 2018 at Sampson Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born January 7, 1928, Geraldine was the daughter of the late Jasper Rains and Clydia Jacobs Rains in Clinton, NC. Geraldine graduated from Eastern Carolina Indian School and received her Bachelor of Science in Education at Pembroke State College (University of North Carolina Pembroke).
During her long teaching career, she impacted the lives of the many students she taught at Eastern Carolina Indian School and Union Elementary in Sampson County, North Carolina. Many of her students still remembered her and greeted her when they saw her even today. She retired after 29 years of teaching.
As an active member of New Bethel Baptist Church, she taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir, member of the Woman’s Missionary Union, and served as Director of Vacation Bible School. Not only was she a devoted witness for Christ to her church family, she also shared her faith with her community.
Geraldine was well respected and envied for her zest for life and her beautiful gardens and yard. She was admired for her vibrant genre of flowers, especially her roses and azaleas, which bloomed in the spring.
In addition to her parents, Geraldine was preceded by her sister Sudie Bryant, and twin sister Maxine Bryant. She is survived by Ophelia Jacobs of Goldsboro, NC, Mable Goins of Fayetteville, NC, Seronia Brewington of Clinton, NC, James Perdie Raines of Knoxville, TN, and Vivian (Norman) Jacobs of Fayetteville, NC and a very dear friend Mary Roller Beck of Clinton, NC, along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The funeral services will be held at New Bethel Baptist Church located at 1165 Mt. Moriah Church Road on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3 pm with visitation from 2 pm – 3 pm. It will be officiated by Rev. Terry Cummings, Rev. Charles Locklear and Rev. Hubbard Lowery. Intermittent will follow in the New Bethel Church Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome, however Geraldine had a heart for missions. Donations may also be made to New Bethel Baptist Church Woman’s Missions Union.
Arrangements are by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville St., Clinton, NC 28328.
The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff of Sampson Regional Medical Center for their dedicated care during Geraldine’s time of illness. Extended thanks to friends and church family for your prayers, visits, love and concern.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”