Wednesday, May 11, 2011

'Granny' Rainwater's Rites in Fairburn -- "1955"

This article is the obituary for my great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Hammond "Rainwater". She was born April 27, 1857 and died January 1, 1955. She was married to Ephriam Dawson Rainwater.

‘Granny’ Rainwater’s Rites in Fairburn

Funeral services for 97-year-old Mrs. E.D. Rainwater of Fairburn, one of Fulton County’s oldest citizens, were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church.
The Rev. Toombs McGaughey, the Rev. W.L. Dillard and the Rev. W. E. Woody officiated with burial in the churchyard.
Mrs. Rainwater died Saturday at her home, leaving a total of 194 immediate survivors.
Known affectionately as “Granny,” or “Aunt Ann,” She lived all her life within a radius of three miles of Fairburn.
She recalled running from the Yankees during the War Between the States during the siege of Campbelltown.

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Until She became bedridden about three months ago, Mrs. Rainwater spent her time either reading her Bible and postcards she got from friends, or crocheting “Bible markers” in the shape of the cross. She had been a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church 75 years.
Members of her family said her mind was clear until the very end.
Granny was proud of the fact that she had read the Bible, given to her by a son, through 10 times. She frequently read it to one or other of her 10 children, 65 grandchildren, 108 great-grand-children, or 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Known to about everyone in South Fulton County, she lived on Clark Rd. She was married to E.D. Rainwater for 69 years before his death in 1944.

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Her Birthday in April brought her large family together for an annual reunion each year.
Her survivors include sons, J. B. and A.D. Rainwater of College Park, H.C. and F.B. Rainwater of Atlanta and G.F. Rainwater of Fairburn, and A.C. Rainwater of Hapeville;  daughters, Mrs. Hugh Dailey of College Park, Mrs. J.H. Cochran of Fairburn, Mrs. Tommy Brock and Mrs. R.C. Campbell of Atlanta; sister, Mrs. Maggie E. Duncan of Waycross, and a brother, the Rev. E.G. Hammond of Atlanta.

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