EMMA JEAN JENKINS RAINEY was born on April 27, 1935, in Halifax County, North Carolina, to the parentage of the late Thomas Jenkins and Parthenia Jones Jenkins. She peacefully responded to God’s summon to her heavenly home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, North Carolina.
During her early life, she professed faith in Christ and became a member of the London Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, where she served in many capacities and remained faithful and active until ill health prevailed.
Emma Jean received her formal education through the Halifax County Public School System and graduated with the class of 1952, from the former John Armstrong Chaloner High School in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She furthered her education and attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.
She was united in Holy Matrimony for fifty-six years to the love of her life, Arthur Rainey, who preceded her in death in February 2011. God blessed this union with four children. She was a loving wife, a dedicated mother, and a genuine friend. Her warm smile, unselfish devotion, and pleasant demeanor will be forever retained in the hearts and minds of her family and everyone whose life she touched in so many special ways. One of her greatest joys was going out to dinner on Sundays with her sisters.
Emma Jean was employed with the Halifax County Public School System as a Librarian and impacted the lives of hundreds of students for over thirty years. Her locations included William R. Davie Middle School, Everetts Elementary School, Brawley School’s Extended Day Program, and McIver Elementary School. She also served as Media Specialist at Halifax Community College in Weldon, North Carolina.
She was a member of the Enfield-Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., sang with the Community Memorial Choir, prepared income taxes, and was often called upon to serve as Mistress of Ceremony at many church services, funerals, and community functions.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Aldo Ray Rainey; her grandson, Aldomar Rainey; and her sisters, Mable J. Brown, Alice J. Lewter, and Ruby B. Raikes.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memories of her life and reflect upon the abundance of love she shared are her children, Artez Rainey (Phyllis) of Dolton, IL, Anthony “Tony” Rainey of Durham, NC, Angela Renee Jones of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Timothy Silver of Washington, DC, Linda Edmondson of Mililani Town, Hawaii, and her “son of the heart”, Arthur “Bootlum” Ponton of Newark, NJ; her grandchildren, Mye’sha, TaShe (Trey), Alexus (Derrick), Angelica, Maceo (Willette), Wayne (Shantay), Corylis, Brandon, Angelo, and Ashton; sixteen great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marie J. Sledge (Kenneth) of Jamaica, NY, and Mildred Dowtin and Evelyn Alexander (Roosevelt) all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; her brothers, Thomas Jenkins of Brooklyn, NY, and Joe Mack Jenkins of Roanoke Rapids, NC; one uncle, Otis Jones (Sharon) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; another daughter-in-law, Delphine Rainey of Raleigh, NC; three sisters-in-law, Gertrude Rainey and Lois Price of Littleton, NC, and Naomi Phipps of Baltimore, MD; another brother-in-law, Dennis Lewter of Roanoke Rapids, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will all miss her earthly presence.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the London Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Elbert E. Lee, will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, June 9, 2014, from 7:00-8:00 P.M.