Leo Lucius Rainey Jr.

August 1, 1925January 8, 2014

Long time Atlanta resident, Gwinnett County banker, and WWII veteran, Leo L. Rainey, Jr., died on January 8, 2014, surrounded by family members. Mr. Rainey was born on August 1, 1925, in Lithonia, Ga., but spent most of his adult life in Buckhead, Atlanta. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Josephine Winter Rainey, and parents, Exie and Leo L. Rainey, Sr. He is survived by his wife Irene McDaniel Carpenter, daughters Laura Rainey Chambers (Dane), Patricia Rainey Price, grandchildren Benjamin Rainey Chambers, Kelly Chambers Hooper (Scott), James Leo Ledford, and great-grandson Jackson Dane Hooper. Other survivors include Jim and Jean McDaniel, Joyce McDaniel Mills, Bill and Vera McDaniel, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Rainey was a graduate of Emory University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, XI chapter. He was also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, Consumer Credit Management Program, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, and the Executive Program, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Third Army under Gen. George S. Patton in World War II where he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He later served in the U.S. Army Reserve achieving the rank of Captain. His banking career included The Citizens and Southern National Bank (1948-1974), CEO of First National Bank of Gwinnett County (1974-1987), and Gwinnett Federal Bank (1987-1992). He worked with many organizations in the community, including the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, serving two terms as Chairman and named Citizen of the Year in 1988, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Brenau College, Chairman of the Board of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, President of Atlanta Chapter, American Institute of Banking, Director of Charge Account Bankers Association, and in various capacities with Georgia Bankers Assoc., Gwinnett Rotary Club, Atlanta Civitan Club, Peachtree World of Tennis, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (PRUMC). While a member of the Methodist church, he was Chairman of the Stewardship Committee and the Pastor Parish Committee, member of the Board of Stewards, the Finance Committee, the Evangelism Group, various Bible study groups and Volunteer Days. The memorial service for Mr. Rainey will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Ga., on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Rainey requested that donations be made to the Children’s Ministry of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at


  • Memorial service Sunday, January 12, 2014

Leo Lucius Rainey Jr.

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Betsy Hastings

January 26, 2014

I think of you often Laura and my deep sympathy at this time.


January 14, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

January 12, 2014

I was honored to have known and worked with Leo as General Counsel for First National of Gwinnett and in many Chamber activities. I true gentleman with so much class. He was a great example and mentor to me and many more. My deepest sympathy to the Rainey Family. Mike Tennant

Jill Sax

January 11, 2014

Uncle Leo will be missed. Laura, Pat and Irene I hope you will find comfort knowing he is in heaven and at peace. Jill Howard Sax

January 10, 2014

I was so very fortunate to have Leo Rainey as my friend.
Jim Pack

Franklin Rinker

January 10, 2014

I used to ride to Rotary with Leo many years ago. Sorry to hear of his passing. I lost touch after they moved away.

January 10, 2014

Our prayers of sympathy are with you all.
Judy & Mark Waters

Judy Carter

January 10, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Eddie Albert

January 10, 2014

My condolence to the family.