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Sara (Bankhead) Rainey

Born: Mon., Oct. 20, 1930
Died: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 14, 2019
Location: Wright Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Sun., Dec. 15, 2019
Location: Mt Zion No 2 AME Zion Church

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Mrs. Sara Bankhead Rainey, 89, of 22 Maiden Lane, York, SC completed her earthly journey on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with dementia.  The oldest of ten children, she was born October 20, 1930 in Hickory Grove, SC to the late Willie, Sr., and Martha Meeks Bankhead.

Sara attended schools in Chester and York Counties, graduating from Finley High School in Chester, SC and Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, SC.

She was employed at Tylon and Sullivan Carson in York, SC.  She was a faithful member of Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Hickory Grove, SC, serving as Class Leader for many years, and for a brief period on the Usher Board.  She also served on the Missionary Society and Stewardess Board.

Sara was an affectionate person in her community, helping to raise many children, especially the boys and three special adopted daughters: Patricia Patton, Alvina Jefferies, and Wanda Reid.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Howard Rainey; two brothers, Johnnie Bankhead and Willie Floyd Bankhead, Jr.; two sisters, Tecola B. Isom and Willie Meg Johnson; a son-in-law, Paul A. Darby; and two brothers-in-law, Marshall Rawlinson and John Robert Sanders.

Sara is survived by one daughter, Lisa A. Darby of York, SC; two sons, William D. Rainey (Hayvonia) and Craig Rainey (Dorothy) both of York, SC; three sisters, Baby Ray Sanders, Magdalene Rawlinson both of York, SC, and Arby D. Bankhead of West Palm Beach, FL; two brothers, Stancy L. Bankhead (Ollie) and H. Carl Bankhead both of Hickory Grove, SC; three sisters-in-law, Rose H. Bankhead of San Jose, CA, Geneva Bankhead of York, SC, and Geneva Watson of Aiken, SC; a nephew, Ronald Watson (Christine) of Anderson, SC; three grandchildren, Jabbar Rainey, Chavis Darby and Marquirta Brown; seven great-grandchildren, Eriyonia Rainey, Tiana Darby, Devine Byers, Derayven Rawlinson, Detorien Rawlinson, Makenzie Rainey, and King Darby; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She also leaves two special cousins, Jettlue Meeks and Sarah McKnight.

Special thanks to her caregiver, Leora Marron, and all the doctors and staff at Agape Hospice!


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Charline Curtis
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Zeta Tau Omega Chapter, WPB, FL.

To Soror Arby Bankhead and Family - Our Deepest Condolences on the loss of your sister - Mrs. Sara Rainey. From the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Zeta Tau Omega Chapter of West Palm Beach, FL

pat nance
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
Please know that my mother- Ruby Nance- and I are remembering you with prayer. I cannot be there with you but you but you will remain in our prayers and thoughts as God give you continual strength during this difficult time
Pat Nance
Greensboro, North Carolina

remain in our prayers and thoughts as God give you continual strength during this difficult time.

Curtis McCoy
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Rainey and Bankhead Family, may God continue to bless and keep you in his care, weeping may endure for a night but Joy will come in the morning.

pat nance
   Posted Sun December 15, 2019
All of the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
We cannot be with you during this time and we will continue to pray for your strength and comfort that God will provide.
Ruby and Pat Nance
Greensboro, North Carolina

Sandra McKnight
   Posted Sun December 15, 2019
To my Bankhead/Rainey Family,
I pray that the Peace and Love of GOD comfort you all during this time of sorrow. To Lisa, Darrin, and Craig remember the precious memories you shared with your Dear Mother. May they serve as anchors of strength during your moments of grief. Rest assured that Cousin Sara is at peace now.
Sincere condolences,
Sandra McKnight

"And I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!'" Revelation 14:13 NLT

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