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Austin Charles Rainey

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 24, 2016 @ 5:32 am In Durham,News,Obituaries | 3 Comments

Austin Charles Rainey, 19, of Chapel Hill, NC, formerly of Ballston Lake, NY, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, February 18, 2016.
Born November 9, 1996 in Albany, NY, Austin was a son of Edward Rainey. and Donna Hladik Rainey of Chapel Hill. He was a college student at UNC Charlotte, where he was a student manager for the 49ers men’s basketball team; and was an employee of Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Durham Bulls.
Austin was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, and steadfast in his faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ in his life. He would give wristbands to his friends, imprinted with “I Am Second”, as a reminder to live life through Christ, and always put Him first. He was a huge sports fan, enjoying his favorite teams which included the UNC Charlotte 49ers, UNC Chapel Hill Tar Heels, New York Yankees, and Charlotte Hornets. As shared by the 49ers coach, “…His uplifting presence will be greatly missed.” Austin was active in Charlotte Young Life, whose mission includes that “Every adolescent will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him.”
In addition to his loving parents, survivors include a brother, Ryan Rainey of Chapel Hill; maternal grandmother, Joyce Hladik of Ballston Lake, NY; paternal grandfather, Edward Rainey of Durham, NC; two maternal aunts, two paternal uncles, and their families, Debra Mattice (husband Bruce) of Galway, NY, Darlene Letendre (husband Thomas) of Burnt Hills, NY, William Rainey (wife Jennifer) of Virginia Beach, VA, and James Rainey of New York, NY.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:30 a.m., with Fr. Scott McCue officiating. A reception, celebrating Austin’s life, will follow the mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Austin’s memory may be made to Young Life Greensboro, P.O. Box 4222, Greensboro, NC 27404-4222, or online at www.greensboro.younglife.org.
Luke 1:37, his favorite, shares “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”
Arrangements for the Rainey family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham. On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com.


Condolences for the family of “Austin Charles Rainey”

Condolence from Melanie Tuck on February 25th, 2016 12:39 pm

My sincerest condolencses for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Melanie Tuck

Condolence from Pat Linder on February 25th, 2016 7:56 pm

My deepest condolence to you and your family. You have been in my thoughts daily and I pray for your peace and healing.

Condolence from Mike Fernandez on February 25th, 2016 10:52 pm

Ed,Donna and Ryan I am sorry for the loss of Austin. I remember the boys coming into the Durham store when they were young. While working at the store I got to know the family and the thing that always stood out to me was the love you had for each other. As the years went on I watched them grow and remember the special bond that you had. I remember telling Carrie what amazing parents you were and how well behaved the boys acted. As the boys became young men I got to know them more through fantasy football and getting together with the family. This past year I was fortunate to have Austin work for me. I got to know him and was amazed that everyday he came to work with a smile and great attitude. We had great conversations about his passion for sports . He was well liked by everyone that knew him and will greatly be missed. May god bless you and give you peace.

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