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Don E. Rainey December 14, 1952 - December 3, 2016

Don E. Rainey was born December 14, 1952 in Mt. Vernon, IL to Floyd and Mary Lou Rainey. He passed December 3, 2016 after a long illness. He was a graduate from the University of Missouri at Rolla with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Don was well-known in his area of expertise, preventive/predictive maintenance and vibration analysis. He became an expert in his field with a career spanning decades working for companies like W.R. Grace and Kimberly-Clark in Memphis. His last position with Azima DLI offered him the opportunity to lend his mind to a variety of industries from steel mills to the defense industry. Don is survived by his daughter Jessica Lyons, as well as her husband John and two grandsons, Jack and Tate of Southaven. He also leaves behind a sister LeeAnne Craven and a father, Floyd Rainey. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lou Street Rainey.  A memorial service honoring Don will be held Saturday, December 10 at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven, MS. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at the same location.  The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Baptist Trinity Hospice of Collierville, TN.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tennessee or to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.


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    J.D. Madlin says

    My heart goes out to all family and friends of Don. I met him a few times here at work and we were able to chat a bit about things other than work. I often heard of his work and work ethics in the field and the high praise his peers would speak of him. On behalf of my family and our Azima DLI family, our prayers are with you all. God Bless

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    James Hess says

    My sincerest sympathies on the passing of Don. I recall a sharp witted man with a keen and dry sense of humor. In recent years I enjoyed forwarding emails to him regarding various aircraft which he apparently was quite knowledgeable about. To his family I say smile because there were lots of good moments…….

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    Heather de Jesus says

    Don Rainey is very dear to me. He was like a second father to me. He helped mentor me here at Azima DLI as well as in general with his fatherly advice. I miss him greatly and my heart and thoughts are with his family at this time.
    Very respectfully, Heather

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    Ronaldo Sullivan says

    I remember getting a call from Don shortly after joining Azima DLI. It was a warm and welcoming call that helped me transition into my role. Over the years here, Don was always available and willing to share his deep and varied experiences. He will be missed as a significant contributor to the development of our chosen profession. May the loving memories sustain his family in these difficult times.

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    Mike Huber says

    I had the great pleasure to work with Don at Kimberly-Clark. He was the consummate professional and an engineer’s engineer. He had a great sense of humor and was a friend to one and all. He has made the world a better place. I will not forget him.

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    LeeAnne (Rainey) Craven says

    My brother was an amazing person with an incredible mind, sense of purpose and sense of humor. He was incredibly intelligent, and loved his work. He was a recognized expert in his field and always told me he would never retire, because he loved his profession so much. I have wonderful childhood memories of making each other mad, shooting off rockets behind the house, his yellow gyroscopic spaceship, raising baby rabbits, and catching wood lizards. He introduced me to great music, science and curiosity about how things worked. He took his pesky little sister to see 2001:A Space Odyssey for the first time, and helped me make sense of it. I think my own love of science is all due to his influence. He was an amazing musician who played by ear, and inherited our mother’s singing abilities. He always made me feel smart and capable, and was proud of some of the crazier things I did. He loved his daughter, son-in-law and grandsons absolutely, and with all his heart. He was so proud of Jessica and all she has accomplished. His love for our parents, and my family overflowed. I will miss him ………….

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    Sheila Emmons says

    My deepest sympathies to Don’s entire family. I spoke with Don every couple of weeks up until Thanksgiving and he never for a moment gave up the fight. That’s Don, truly brave and courageous to the end. My heart is very heavy with his passing but I know he is in a much better place looking down upon all of us and smiling. I will always remember Don for his incredible love of his family, his hardy laugh, his funny stories and his kindness. May the Rainey family find comfort in the fact that they are not alone in their grief and have the support of all of us in this time of sadness. May God bless and keep you, my friend.

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