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Deacon Jimmy Rogers Raines, Sr.

Memorial for Deacon Jimmy Rogers Raines, Sr.

Born in Carthage, Texas on Jul. 23, 1936
Departed on Aug. 24, 2014 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
11:00 am
Cemetery: Walnut Grove Cemetery
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Deacon Jimmy Rogers Raines, Sr. was born on July 23, 1936 to the late Reverenced & Mrs. Wade Raines.

He attended public school in Carthage, Texas and after graduation went to college to become one of the first African Americans to enroll in Tyler Junior College. After two years, he enrolled at Butler College where he received a Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) degree in Science and a minor in History. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and was quickly assigned to the 98th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. He remained at the General Hospital for three years and returned to the States in 1962.

He was employed at Pimbleton High School in Marshall, Texas to teach Science for one year. In 1963, Jimmy Raines returned to Austin to reunite with his High School Sweetheart, Joy McCoo and they married on June 23, 1963.

In the Fall of 1963, Jimmy Raines began employment at the 'Original' LC Anderson High School teaching Social Studies. After working five (5) years, he took a sabbatical to attend Sam Houston State University to pursue a Masters of Art (M.A.) degree in History. His Thesis was about the 'The Brunett 9th Calvary in Texas,' with the purpose to ascertain the significance of the 9th Black Regiment.
"…News concerning the Black Calvary was not readily available, especially in Texas, so Deacon Raines wrote a letter to then- Congressman Jake Pickle to ask him to check out everything he could on the Black Calvary. Congressman Pickle complied with the request and sent it to Deacon Raines."

Later, in the spring of 1975, he attended Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) in San Marcos to obtain his certification in Administration . Deacon Raines returned to full employment after being contacted by Dr. Charles Akins to become a History teacher at the 'New' LC Anderson High School in the Fall of 1975, which was during the turbulent times of 'desegregation.'

Deacon Raines accepted Christ at an early age. He was baptized and become an active member of the Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Carthage, Texas. After moving to Austin he joined Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, a teacher for Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. In 1992, he joined Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and was active in several organizations: Men's Ministry, Deacon Board, Church School, Senior Ministry, Marriage Ministry, Bible Study, and Member Orientation.

He is survived by his devoted wife Joy, their son Jimmy II, two sisters Bonnie Sue (Joe Roy), Margaret Ann, one brother Wade Raines, Jr., two great God-grandchildren Zandria and Zuriel Davis, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.

He was a life member of the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP).

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