The Commerce Journal


June 10, 2014

‘Bill’ Rainey

COMMERCE — W.M. “Bill” Rainey transitioned on May 23, 2014, at dawn.

Bill was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Delta County to Edna and W.M. (Mack) Rainey Sr. He graduated from Training High School at East Texas State Teachers College and attended college at the same. ETSTC is now Texas A&M University-Commerce. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Chamberlain Rainey.

Bill and Dorothy were in Washington, D.C., during World War II, but moved home to Texas in 1945. After a short time in Commerce, they moved to Kingsville. In 1957 they moved to Austin and lived there at their Kingsland lake home until moving to their ranch outside Clifton in 1977. The pull of the Hill Country brought them back to Central Texas in 1993 when they purchased their last home in Meadowlakes, a community inside Marble Falls. Dorothy transitioned on Oct. 1, 2008. Bill lived on his own until he moved into Gateway Gardens in September 2012.

Bill, having lived through the Great Depression and World War II, took lessons and impressions from those events to heart the rest of his life. He was incredibly generous to family, friends, and strangers. He never missed an opportunity to share what he had with anyone who needed a helping hand; and he didn’t know prejudice toward another whose race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or cultural background did not match his. He has only female direct descendants and he always supported them in pursuing their hopes and dreams and never hesitated to encourage them to be and do wherever their hearts led them.

Bill was a real estate developer. He and his business partner, Jim Brewer, developed Cottonwood Shores and several other properties in Lampasas, Kingsland, Evant, Adamsville, Center Point, Kerrville, and Killeen.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Ravelle Kundinger and husband Tom of Horseshoe Bay; granddaughters Heather Neary  and partner Jen Barrington and Channing Neary Adams and husband Roy, all of Austin; grandson Mark Kundinger and wife Aela and great-granddaughter Kaya, who live in San Diego, California; and two nieces, Jan Moore of Corsicana and Sally Hicks and husband  Judge of Portland, Oregon. Bill was close to his nephew by marriage, Brode Chamberlain and wife Christi of La Porte. Bill had many good friends and wonderful neighbors who kept up with and whose calls and visits made his last years with Dorothy so much easier.

His family is so thankful for the kindness he was shown by the staff and residents of Gateway Gardens, especially Mary, Susan, Sarah, Tara, and Betty. Bill was lovingly attended by very special caregivers. So much gratitude is given to Nancy Flores, Sheri Wisener, Rosie Franco, Ina Mae Schilling, Ann Burney, Maria Steele, and Elizabeth Landeros. The family could not have gotten by without the support and attention of Seton Highland Lakes Hospice.

Bill will be buried in Commerce alongside his wife and parents. Graveside was at 2 p.m., May 25, at Rosemound Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls in cooperation with Grace Methodist Church of Granite Shoals on June 7 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Seton Highland Lakes Hospice, First United Methodist Church, Marble Falls, or Grace Methodist Church, Granite Shoals.

Arrangements are by Clements Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls.

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